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CDM Smith Pipeline Design Discipline Leader in Des Moines, Iowa


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Do you have a passion for pipeline engineering? Are you looking to elevate your career and take on increasingly challenging work? This Pipeline Design Discipline Leader position could be your ticket to achieving your goals. Check it out!

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.

This position is for a Pipeline Design Discipline Leader for the Texas market. As a discipline leader, your focus will be on the proper application of technology, growth of our technical capabilities within the discipline, staff development, and pre-positioning and distinguishing CDM Smith to assist in sales growth. You will be collaborating with dedicated local, regional, and national teams of talented staff to deliver in this role.

This role requires strong communication and teamwork involving staff from various engineering disciplines. In addition, you will have the opportunity to represent CDM Smith at conferences and industry events and provide technical support on business development opportunities.

This position is perfect for you if you are looking to elevate your career and take on increasingly challenging work. CDM Smith is committed to providing the encouragement and necessary support so you can be a strong leader within your industry.

This position has extensive client interface, project execution, implementation of quality control measures, and mentoring and managing of engineering staff for pipeline design projects. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong knowledge of various material pipeline design, installation and inspection standards and guidelines and the ability to provide technical leadership through the full cycle of planning, design, construction and commissioning of pipeline projects.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Act as a subject matter expert on water transmission and distribution pipeline design

• Act as a subject matter expert on collection sewers and interceptor design

• Communicate and work directly with client’s staff at all levels

• Serve as Project Technical Leader with responsibility for all technical aspects of complex projects and makes project engineering execution decisions within the bounds set by applicable policies, standards, guides and contract commitments

• Oversee and produce technical reports and other deliverables for the client

• Provide technical support for business development activities

• Practice and promote culture of quality and technical excellence

• Mentor and train younger staff

• Promote culture of teamwork and identify potential recruits

• Initiate and pursue development and implementation of innovative and cutting-edge technologies

• Support continuous improvement, change management and risk management efforts

• Actively participate in professional organizations’ activities.

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Pipeline Design Discipline Leader



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Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor's degree in Civil, Environmental, or Mechanical Engineering or related discipline.

-Professional engineering (PE) license.

-15 years of related experience.

-Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

-Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Master’s degree in civil, mechanical, environmental, or pipeline engineering

-PMP Certification

-Active participation & leadership positions with local and national professional organizations and associations.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States - Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

-Knowledge of computer assisted design and drafting (CADD) 3D and 4D software and practices.

-Knowledge of engineer principles of design.

-Knowledge of Microsoft business software (excel, word, etc.).

-Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

-Knowledge of federal, state and local regulations.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.