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Transportation Design Project Manager, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kirkham Michael Cedar Rapids, IA
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Company Summary

Kirkham Michael is an award-winning multi-disciplined civil engineering firm dedicated to the success of our clients. We provide full-service engineering from concept to final design and construction engineering services.  Kirkham Michael provides integrated engineering and construction services to a wide variety of public and private clients. We are a dynamic firm focused on our clients’ success and we fulfill project and program needs from initial concept through implementation with innovative, yet practical solutions. We employ results-oriented professionals in offices throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.


Kirkham Michael continually invests in our people and their skills to maximize the value delivered to our clients.  Our engineering expertise, clear communications, and commitment to our clients’ success have been proven time and again on successful projects throughout the region.


Kirkham Michael is a growing company with great benefits. Join us today!


Job Summary/Objective

Do you feel as though you are not in control of your own career growth? Are you stuck behind others with no clear path to more challenges or opportunities? Kirkham Michael is expanding to Eastern Iowa and looking for an experienced Project Manager to be the local leader of this expansion. This is an opportunity to really challenge yourself and your critical thinking with a significant opportunity for career growth!


The ideal candidate is a driven individual focused on building a career with our team through professional presence, relationship-building, solid decision-making, planning, and organizational skills. Will serve as Project Manager for local projects with resources provided as needed from other operation centers and locally as we grow. May serve as Project Engineer on assigned projects. Build upon existing client relationships in Eastern Iowa to generate project leads and generate new business. Applies broad knowledge of principles and practices in a specific practice area.  Independently evaluates, selects, and adapts standard techniques, procedures, and criteria.  Acquires general knowledge of principles and practices of related fields, and ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.  Works on multiple projects of moderate size or portions of major projects.   Implements quality program.


Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • May serve as Project Manager or Project Engineer on assigned projects. 
  • Determine and participate in Marketing and CSM assignments.
  • Independently applies extensive and diversified knowledge of principles and practices in broad areas of assignments and related fields.   
  • Works on a major project or several projects of moderate scope with complex features.  
  • Leads quality control in quality program.
  • Reviews complete project documents for conformity and quality assurance.  
  • Develops new techniques and/or improved processes, materials, or products.  
  • Assists upper-level management and staff as a technical specialist or advisor. 
  • Reviews and approves scopes, budgets, and schedules for assignments.  
  • Prepares proposals to provide professional services or obtain funding for engineering projects or programs. 
  • Receives supervision and guidance relating to overall objectives, critical issues, new concepts, and policy matters.
  • Receives direction on unusual conditions and developments. 
  • Possesses advanced oral and written communication skills.   
  • Represents the organization in communications and conferences pertaining to broad aspects of engineering assignments.


Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises all staff necessary to complete assignments.   


Work Environment

  • Mix of office environment and outdoor


Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer, walking, standing, bending, ability to lift up to 50 lbs.


Travel Required

  • The travel expectation for this role will be up to 25%. Will be expected to travel to Des Moines, IA twice per month to coordinate with team members. Team members will also travel to Cedar Rapids, IA to support expansion and integration into the Kirkham Michael team.

Required Education and Experience

Requirements that are job-related and consistent with business necessity.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from an ABET accredited program.
  • 8 years of experience required
  • Professional Engineering License 


Preferred Education and Experience

Preferences that are job-related and consistent with business necessity.

  • Experience managing medium-sized to large ($150,000+ Design Fee) transportation projects.
  • Client relationship management experience. 
  • High level of energy; great at problem solving.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong sense of urgency and self-initiative to meet client and internal deadlines.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


We provide career growth opportunities and recognize and reward an individual's contributions, efforts, and teamwork. Kirkham Michael is a great place to work where you can achieve both your professional and personal goals. Kirkham Michael offers a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance. We have an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), 401K plan, professional membership and tuition reimbursement program, an employee assistance program, and a flexible spending account. At Kirkham Michael, employees are rewarded based on performance.  You create your own destiny!


Kirkham Michael is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal laws, rules, or regulations.


Date Posted June 8, 2024
Date Closes July 23, 2024
Requisition 1141
Located In Cedar rapids, IA
SOC Category 00-0000.00

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