Atkins seeks an energetic, highly motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter to join Atkins North America as our National Cultural Resources Manager. Under general direction, you will lead and supervise the technical staff and technical production of our Cultural Resources practice centered in Austin, Texas and including personnel in several other offices nationwide (~50 personnel). You will be asked to provide leadership, direction, and technical guidance to staff to ensure that quality technical services are provided to clients and that your technical practice meets its operating performance targets. You will be asked to manage technical projects, client relations, business development, and financial management of the Cultural Resources practice to ensure quality, safety, client satisfaction, regulatory compliance, continued production backlog, and profitability of all projects within the Cultural Resources practice.
Typical duties and responsibilities of this position are:
Working closely with the Environmental Sciences Practice Director, Business Unit Managers, and various Project Managers you will identify current and future staffing availability based on technical and budgetary requirements, future workload, and staffing projections. You will recommend salary levels for new hires and initiate salary and position adjustment and retention actions for staff, subject to senior management review and approval. You will conduct semi-annual performance reviews and annual career planning sessions with direct reports. You will provide staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote technical performance and career development. You will help staff identify and pursue technical and professional development activities consistent with their career development goals, practice objectives, and company needs. You will ensure staff compliance with company policies and procedures including safety, regulatory compliance, and technical quality assurance and quality control.
Project Production and Management:
You will ensure appropriate staff allocation to projects in consideration of required technical skills and capabilities, geography, project schedules, budgets, key milestone dates, and work products. You will monitor and promote compliance with established quality control standards, ensuring that appropriate quality assurance activities are being performed throughout the practice. You will review project QC plans and conduct periodic QA compliance audits on current or recently completed projects. You will assist staff in developing and maintaining close working relationships with other technical practices, business units, and project managers.
You will maintain visibility and professional currency by actively participating in professional organizations and will encourage and support staff to do the same. This will include activities such as: chairing technical sessions at conferences, giving invited and contributed presentations, and writing technical publications. You will work with Practice and Technical Directors to design and implement development tracks for technical staff, with a focus on building technical excellence at all levels of the organization.
Marketing and Client Maintenance:
You will participate in pursuing new project opportunities for the firm by maintaining contacts with current and prospective clients, leading and contributing to new project pursuits and proposals, participating in trade conferences and client meetings, etc.
Contracts and Financial:
You will assist sales leads and project managers in staffing new pursuits, developing budgets and schedules, and will support contract negotiation efforts. You will have responsibility for approving purchase requests for capital items for your practice as specified in the firms Authorization Matrix.
You will perform such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.
The appropriately qualified candidate will have the following core competencies and required experience: