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Director of Transportation Engineering

  • Industry: Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Location: Texas - Houston
  • Client: Engineering
  • Search ID: 19-0508-30

Helbling is representing a top engineering firm in conducting an executive search to secure a Director of Transportation Engineering for its Houston office. 

Position Summary

This role is open due to growth, continuous sophistication, and the desire to attract top talent that will help lead the organization into the future.

Reporting into the Executive Director, Infrastructure, the Director of Transportation Engineering will be responsible for overseeing three direct reports (department leaders of Bridge, Roadway, and Schematics) and approximately 30 employees across four offices (Houston, TX; Austin, TX; Tulsa, OK; Oklahoma City, OK). Duties includes the oversight of planning, design, and completion of transportation projects with a focus on maintaining client relationships and assisting with senior leadership to provide client growth in their key markets. In addition to the technical aspects of the role, the desired candidate should be capable of nurturing relationships across the entire group, have an extremely strategic outlook, and be able to communicate effectively across all levels internally and externally. The qualified candidate should have experience in Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) RFQ / RFP written responses and interviews, and be able to successfully manage project teams.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements strategic plan of the Transportation Engineering group.
  • Reviews and manages the progress of projects to ensure all production and budgetary objectives are met with the support of the Executive Director.
  • Supports Managing and Team Director(s) in supervising and coordinating activities of staff.
  • Maintains and develops market focus and client relationships.
  • Takes a leadership role in the development and execution of corporate initiatives.
  • Professional Engineer licensure in Texas required.
  • Minimum education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Fifteen (15) or more years of relevant experience in managing people and projects.
  • Experience leading a team of engineers and technicians.
  • Sound technical design background.
  • Experience on TxDOT highway projects.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Responsive to internal and external client requests.
  • Driven by unique projects with potential to grow with a progressive company.

Additional Requirements

  • Sound knowledge of computer-aided design techniques, including the following software applications: Bentley MicroStation, OpenRoads, OpenBridge Modeler, GEOPAK, Bluebeam, Adobe, Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices, as well as TxDOT and local rules, regulations, standards, and procedures.
  • Knowledge in the development of construction documents, plans, specifications, and estimates.
  • Experience in development and design of major highway transportation projects.
  • Experience in personnel management, budgeting (establishing scope and fee), and scheduling.
  • Superb organizational skills.

Search Consultant: Lindsey Johnson

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