Senior Bridge Project Manager

at Parsons Corporation in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

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Job Description:

Senior Bridge Project Manager – Illinois

Parsons is seeking an ambitious and talented Senior Project Manager to join the well-established bridge practice in our Chicago office. The award-winning Chicago bridge group is a lead office for complex and major bridge design within Parsons. In the past decade our team has been engaged in projects involving road, heavy rail, and bridges of all types, including girder, segmental, truss, arch and cable stayed bridges. The Chicago office works on some of the most challenging and fast-paced bridge projects in the industry, in traditional and alternative delivery formats on a regional and national level. Our client base includes both public entities (such as state departments of transportation) as well as private clients (such as major Class 1 railroads and nationally known contractors), so Parsons’s engineers can experience everything from traditional road/highway projects, to railroad design, to the fast-paced world of design-build delivery. This position reports directly to the Parsons’ MidCentral Area Manager, requires a strong leader who inspires loyalty and commitment with a proven track record of managing bridge design and design-build projects along with familiarity with local standards.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, this position will play a key role in pursuing and executing projects, talent management, business development and directing and managing large/complex projects. The successful candidate will be an effective “seller/doer” who balances project management responsibilities and business development. This role will provide you with the unique opportunity to join our highly-skilled, collaborative, and flexible team which will allow you to expand your technical and professional expertise on local, regional and national major projects with a tangible impact on infrastructure.

What You’ll Be Doing:


+ Review and approve discipline staffing budget estimates and staffing assignment schedules on each project

+ If assigned to a major program, manage all specific engineering and design efforts for that program’s structural discipline

+ Coordinate structural discipline staffing requirements for the program

+ Monitor the quality and progress of the discipline on each project, ensuring that production requirements are satisfied

+ Responsible for all project financial functions including forecasting, budgeting, invoicing, and cash collections

+ Work closely with Project Task Leads to insure project needs align with available staff i.e. staffing, quality, schedule, and productivity is properly resourced

+ Regularly lead decision-making meetings with the client and stakeholders

+ Actively participate in and promote the Quality Improvement Program

+ Interfacing with Contracts and Procurement groups to facilitate coordination with vendors/subcontractors

+ Able to lead task force meetings for project development

+ Support pre-contract and business development efforts as required, serving as technical consultant. Ensure client criteria and scope are met by all engineering disciplines and expedite distribution of action items following discussions/meetings with the client and Project Manager

+ Strive to understand the client’s business goals and formulate action plans to enhance the project work and delivery methods

+ Actively participate in industry association functions and committees and present technical papers or presentations


+ ?Maintain appropriate project staffing level, including temporary personnel, as necessary (plus review and approve staff forecasting reports)

+ Support recruitment efforts by recommending, interviewing, and evaluating prospective employees.

+ Conduct performance evaluations, mentor and counsel employees on career goals.

+ Ensure new employees receive orientation on company policies and procedures

+ Potential to manage direct reports


+ Review drawings, calculations, reports, specifications, and other project deliverables produced to ensure that applicable codes, standards, and procedures are followed, and that quality requirements are met

+ Monitor productivity and technical proficiency of assigned technical personnel.

+ Provide training and development opportunities for assigned personnel

+ Serve as Project Structural Lead to prepare technical reports and documentation of activity for the client and project management. Act as Project Manager’s deputy for certain activities, such as attending meetings in his/her absence, etc

+ Obtain, analyze, and circulate technical and contractual information to project disciplines. Review and coordinate change orders and supplementals

+ Notify project leads and other affected personnel of all changes. Participates regularly in decision-making meetings with the client and project management

What You’ll Bring:

Required Skills/Qualifications

+ Bachelor’s degree in Structural or Civil Engineering – advanced degree preferred.

+ Professional and/or Structural Engineer licenses in Illinois

+ Qualified to perform in a lead capacity for Project Management or as Structural Lead on Illinois DOT bridge projects

+ 15+ years bridge design experience, including roles as Project Manager and Engineer of Record on road and bridge projects with construction values more than $20M.

+ Experience in development of RFQ/RFP responses for public sector work.

+ Excellent written and oral communications skills with thorough knowledge of industry practices and regulations.

Preferred Skills/Qualifications

+ Active member of industry associations such as ACEC, ASCE, SEAOI, etc.

+ Familiarity with Illinois DOT, Illinois Tollway, Chicago DOT and/or Metra staff

+ Lead bridge design-build experience a plus

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Critical Infrastructure team.

For more than 75 years, our experts have designed and delivered the critical infrastructure that connects and protects communities around the world. We work in diverse, collaborative teams, both within the company and with our partners and customers, to plan, design, build, and modernize infrastructure. We take special pride in projects and solutions that improve communities as well as people’s quality of life by promoting economic growth, enhancing mobility, and increasing sustainability and resiliency. Powered by our people, we provide the imagination necessary to support our customers’ visions-and to help them see new possibilities.

Salary Range:

$121,900.00 – $219,400.00

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 401(k), life insurance, flexible work schedules, and holidays to fit your busy lifestyle!

The position may require a COVID vaccination or an approved accommodation/exemption for a disability/medical condition or religious belief as required by customer requirements and some cases federal, state, provincial or local mandates.

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled

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Job Posting: JC240426711

Posted On: May 18, 2023

Updated On: Jul 21, 2023

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