AI Center of Excellence Leader

at Black & Veatch in Burr Ridge, Illinois, United States

Job Description

AI Center of Excellence Leader

Date: Sep 12, 2023



Company: Black & Veatch Family of Companies

Together, we own our company, our future, and our shared success.

As an employee-owned company, our people are Black & Veatch. We put them at the center of everything we do and empower them to grow, explore new possibilities and use their diverse talents and perspectives to solve humanity’s biggest challenges in an ever-evolving world. With over 100 years of innovation in sustainable infrastructure and our expertise in engineering, procurement, consulting and construction, together we are building a world of difference.

Company : Black & Veatch Corporation

Req Id : 99616

Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : No

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: No

The Team

As part of BV Business Enablement , you will be part of the critical and forward-thinking group that enables our people, projects, and businesses to be as successful as possible by providing creative solutions. Functions in this group include CIO/Global Information Technology, Diode, ESH&S, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Risk Management, and Government Affairs and Real Estate and Building Services.

Why Black and Veatch

Recognized by Glassdoor as a 2023 Top 100 place to work, Black & Veatch allows you to lend your talent and perspective to humanity’s biggest challenges in a flexible environment where you are empowered to grow and explore new possibilities. We offer competitive compensation; 401K match and benefits that start day 1. Our hybrid environment allows you to balance your work and personal life.

At Black & Veatch, you own your career with purpose and meaning. You are empowered to grow and explore new possibilities at every step of your career journey. Bring your big ideas knowing you are safe to be who you are and speak up with concerns or questions and put your diverse talents and perspectives to use.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a highly skilled and visionary AI CoE (Center of Excellence) Leader to lead our organization’s AI initiatives and drive innovation in artificial intelligence. As the AI CoE Leader, you will have the opportunity to be responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, and execution of our AI strategy across the organization. You will work closely with cross-functional teams, including data scientists, engineers, and business stakeholders, to identify and prioritize AI opportunities, develop AI solutions, and ensure successful integration of AI technologies into our business processes.

Key Responsibilities

+ Develop and execute the AI strategy: Define and drive the organization’s AI roadmap and vision, aligning it with business goals and objectives.

+ Lead the AI CoE team: Build and manage a high-performing team of data scientists, machine learning engineers, and AI specialists. Provide leadership, mentorship, and guidance to foster a culture of excellence and collaboration.

+ Identify enterprise AI opportunities: Collaborate with business stakeholders to identify and assess potential use cases for AI applications that can drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and enhance customer experiences.

+ Project management: Oversee the end-to-end development and implementation of AI projects, including scoping, resource allocation, timeline management, and risk assessment.

+ Drive AI innovation: Stay abreast of the latest advancements and trends in AI technologies, tools, and methodologies. Evaluate and recommend new AI solutions and frameworks to enhance our capabilities and competitiveness.

+ Stakeholder management: Build strong relationships with key stakeholders, including senior executives, business leaders, and technical teams, to ensure alignment, secure buy-in, and facilitate successful adoption of AI initiatives.

+ Governance and ethics: Establish governance frameworks and ensure compliance with ethical guidelines, privacy regulations, and industry standards for AI development and deployment.

+ Performance monitoring and optimization: Implement measures to track and evaluate the performance and impact of AI projects. Continuously improve and optimize AI models and algorithms to achieve desired outcomes.

+ Knowledge sharing and training: Promote AI awareness and knowledge sharing across the organization through training programs, workshops, and best practice dissemination.

Minimum Qualifications

+ Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, master’s degree preferred

+ All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Preferred Qualifications

+ Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Data Science, or a STEM related field

+ Experience in leading AI initiatives, preferably in a leadership role within an AI-focused organization or a dedicated AI CoE.

+ Expertise in AI technologies, including machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and computer vision.

+ Proven track record of successfully delivering complex AI projects from conception to deployment.

+ Understanding of AI tools, frameworks, and platforms.

+ Excellent leadership and team management skills.

+ Strong business acumen and the ability to align AI initiatives with organizational goals.

+ Exceptional communication, presentation, and stakeholder management skills.

+ Demonstrated ability to navigate and drive change in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Salary Plan

ITS: Information Technology Service

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Black & Veatch is committed to being an employer of choice by creating a valuable work experience that keeps our people engaged, productive, safe and healthy.

Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

We are proud to be a 100 percent ESOP-owned company. As employee-owners, our professionals are empowered to drive not only their personal growth, but the company’s long-term achievements – and they share in the financial rewards of the success through stock ownership.

By valuing diverse voices and perspectives, we cultivate an authentically inclusive environment for professionals and are able to provide innovative and effective solutions for clients.

Black & Veatch Holding Company, its subsidiaries and its affiliated companies, complies with all Equal Employment Oppor

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Job Posting: JC245899300

Posted On: Aug 16, 2023

Updated On: Sep 27, 2023

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