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Managing Director, Diagnostics

  • Industry: Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Location: California - Los Angeles
  • Client: Engineering
  • Search ID: 18-1004-12
Helbling has been retained by a premier international consulting firm to conduct an executive search for a Managing Director, Diagnostics for its Los Angeles, California office. Reporting to the Executive Director of the national Diagnostics Group, the Managing Director will work with a team of engineers and consultants on a variety of evaluation / forensics / restoration / building performance projects, including the pursuit, design, and production of restoration or forensic opinion reports.

Due to the firm’s research of the region, Los Angeles has been identified as a growth market for the Diagnostic Practice. The position will provide an opportunity for an established leader to build a practice with the support of a large national firm.

Essential Job Functions

  • Utilize established relationships with those in the Los Angeles marketplace for the purpose of growing the firm’s structural diagnostic practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate strong project management skills with the ability to create, build, and maintain client relationships on diagnostics, analysis, forensics, and restoration projects. This may include, but not be limited to, preparing reports, construction documents, construction administration for restoration, renovation, and rehabilitation of commercial structures and complexes such as arenas, stadiums, convention centers, office facilities, industrial facilities, hospital complexes, parking structures, and building enclosures.
  • Management, development, and direction of the diagnostics team in the Los Angeles office.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Practice Area leaders to develop an annual business development plan for the office.
  • In concert with the Executive Director and Director of Operations, assist with the staff growth by adding Graduate Engineers, Engineers, and other members of the team as needs arise.
  • Provide leadership within the Diagnostics Group. Provide coaching and guidance to Diagnostics team in general and specifically the Los Angeles team.
  • Work with the Los Angeles team and Diagnostics leadership to achieve a fast-paced growth for Diagnostics in the Los Angeles market, as well as, work towards our firm’s overall strategic initiatives.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in structures / building technology.
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of experience in consulting engineering with emphasis in one of the areas of forensics, materials, building technology, structural performance, or parking restoration.
  • Licensed Structural Engineer in California is required.
  • Litigation / forensics experience and attorney client relationships.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of United States design codes and standards is required.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong people management skills and customer service focused.


  • Ability and desire to grow a new Diagnostics Practice.
  • Leadership and mentoring skills.
  • Ability to generate and nurture business development leads.
  • Thrives in a teamwork environment.

Search Consultant: Rick Nawoczynski

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