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Atkinson Construction Senior Design Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

Atkinson Construction is currently seeking highly talented Senior Design Managers. Senior Design Managers are integral members of our design-build project teams across the country. As a Senior Design Manager, you will provide critical guidance to partnered design firms on one or more of our projects--leveraging internal resources, creativity, professional relationships, and proven processes to manage complex workflows.

Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Successfully delivering a design that is on budget, on schedule, and compliant with program standards

  • Actively leading an integrated design-build team, including regular interfaces with clients, designers, trade partners and other key stakeholders

  • Leading stakeholder decision meetings, design progress meetings, and design conferences

  • Shaping design deliverables and workflow during the design process, including critical decisions regarding design packaging to support subcontracting and permitting

  • Organizing and leading the design review process to ensure collection and resolution of all comments

  • Managing design issue resolution in real-time

  • Leading collaboration internally with technical teams, project managers, cost managers, and purchasing agents

  • Participating in development of RFP and RFQ responses including providing strategic insights to pursuit strategy


  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in a related field (e.g. Business, Real Estate, Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Economics, etc.)

  • 8+ years relevant work experience managing development and/or design to achieve pro-forma goals--cost, schedule, and program

  • Experience managing staff and outside stakeholders

  • Working knowledge of Revit and other BIM-related design tools strongly preferred

  • Must have strong interest in Design-Build delivery

Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of design and cost management principles and practice

  • Clear understanding of integrated design and construction schedules

  • Appreciation and understanding of architecture firms’ business model, design principles, and process

  • Ability to lead a collaborative design process with various stakeholders

  • Strong leadership, communication and relationship-management skills

  • Ability to train, manage, and influence direct reports

  • Ability to motivate and collaborate with peers working at other firms

  • Ability to work with and present to executive leadership

  • Ability to participate in pursuit efforts for design-build projects

  • Self-motivated, organized team player with ability to manage work priorities in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to develop and maintain a collaborative, creative work environment and influence others

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Atkinson Construction Group, (subsidiaries and affiliates) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Atkinson Construction promotes a drug-free workplace.

Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

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Authorization to Work:

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the US on a full time basis in order to be considered.