Water/Wastewater Engineering Project Manager / Group Leader
Portland, OR 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

DEA'sOregon Marketis looking to hire an experiencedWater/Wastewater Engineering Project Manager / Group Leaderwhose primary focus will be the development of business relationships, sales and project delivery for existing and new municipal water and wastewater clients in the Oregon Market. This leadership position will be responsible to help build and grow our Water/Wastewater Practice in Oregon and will require the candidate to utilize their expertise in municipal engineering related projects, including, but not limited to: water and wastewater system planning, potable water supply, conveyance and storage design; sanitary conveyance (gravity and pumped systems) and treatment design; hydraulic modelling analysis and design; preparation of infrastructure feasibility studies and master plans; preparation of engineering and construction plans, specifications and estimates; coordination with regulatory agencies for project permitting. Specific areas of expertise may include:

  • Potable, raw and recycled water delivery system management and master planning
  • Groundwater supply systems, including well design
  • Conveyance system design, including potable water pipelines, pump stations and reservoirs
  • Water supply analyses, including water supply assessments and master planning
  • Pressurized system hydraulic analyses
  • Water quality analysis and treatment, including potable water systems, wastewater treatment and advanced water quality treatment for indirect and direct reuse
  • Sewer system management and master planning
  • Collection system design, including sewer pipelines (gravity and pumped systems), lift stations and combined systems
  • Operational controls, including SCADA

The responsibilities for this role will be diverse and will include participating in both Business Development activities and Operational Management, out of DEA's Portland office. The position will report directly to DEA's Water/Wastewater Practice Leader and will coordinate with the Water and Environment Business Unit (WEBU) Oregon Market Leader and other service lines and business units.

Business Development responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Responsible for the full relationship and overall client experience of clients in the Water/Wastewater market
  • Develop significant new business, lead client teams and cross-business unit selling, assess client technology trends, and perform client sales forecasting
  • Manage the overall client experience and build, maintain, and deepen the client relationships
  • Monitor project manager performance on their client's projects
  • Conduct client experience surveys
  • Coach project managers on client expectations and provide feedback on project manager and delivery team performance, including removing underperforming project managers or staff
  • Engage in project recovery and supports collections as needed
  • Coordinate with the Market Leader to identify and pursue Water/Wastewater-specific project opportunities
  • Make go/no-go decisions and determine pursuit staffing and teaming partners
  • Responsible for client profitability, favorable contract terms, revenue forecasting, and the client sales result

Group Leader responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide leadership and guidance to project teams and staff
  • Supervise delivery of technical work by the Oregon Water/Wastewater engineering team per DEA's Quality Management requirements
  • Ensure project managers have the technical resources needed to deliver projects successfully
  • Accountable for performance management for group members and applicable administration approvals such as time off, timecards, expense reports, and training
  • Attract, develop, and retain key talent; set expectations and manage performance
  • Serve as a pursuit champion and project manager as appropriate for Water/Wastewater projects
  • Ensure excellence in project execution for on-time, on-budget deliverables of a quality that meet or exceed the industry's standard of care
  • Review engineering documents and deliverables for compliance with contractual requirements
  • Work with the Practice and Market Leaders to ensure office resources are available to complete existing project work as well as work committed to in proposals
  • Partner with staff to support employee development and career growth opportunities for project delivery staff
  • Work with the WEBU Market and Practice Leaders, as well as other Group Leaders, to ensure that Business Unit metrics and DEA's stated key results are met, including, but not limited to: sales, backlog, growth, utilization, accounts receivable, employee satisfaction, team satisfaction, client satisfaction, profit, at-work revenue factor, operating income, and days sales outstanding
  • Adhere to firmwide tools, processes, and policies including project accounting (set up, budgeting, etc.), contracting, and quality requirements

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Civil Engineering with emphasis in environmental engineering, civil engineering, and/or water/wastewater system analysis and design
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Oregon
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • 15+ years of experience in the delivery of water/wastewater engineering projects
  • 5+ years in a business development role with clients in the Oregon market

Preferred Qualifications

  • 20+ years of experience
  • Experience working with local special purpose water/wastewater agencies and municipalities, as well as other local, state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Experience with water and sewer master planning
  • Experience with Oregon water and wastewater codes, Oregon DEQ regulations, Oregon Health Authority drinking water regulations, Oregon's implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and other relevant regulations
  • Proficient in common engineering software packages, including: Microstation Inroads Storm and Sanitary, Civil3D, WaterGEMS, SewerGEMS, and Excel


  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance
  • Health Savings and Lifestyle Spending Account with employer contribution
  • Support for continuing education and training opportunities
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)/Holiday Pay
  • 401k and Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)
  • Flexible 9/80 (every other Friday off) work schedule
  • Holistic Wellbeing Program with a focus on physical, emotional, financial, career and community health
  • Opportunity for growth with support and mentoring to help with professional goals

DEA Inc. is proud to be an AA/EEO employer and all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to characteristics protected by applicable local, state or federal law, such as race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, marital status, veteran or military status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
15+ years
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