Senior Project Manager – Water (Kansas City, MO)

Garver Engineering is accepting applications for a Senior Project Manager - Water (Kansas City, MO)

Garver is seeking an experienced water industry professional as a Senior Project Manager for our developing Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area portfolio. If you have ever dreamed of having your own practice, this just may be your calling only better. You will be empowered and rewarded to grow your own. With the full support of a century-old engineering consulting firm that is rapidly growing in the water market, the successful candidate will help develop and lead business planning, pursue diverse and custom water and wastewater projects, build and maintain outstanding client relationships, be active in industry activities and events, and learn and mentor as part of a growing full services team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the hands-on management of exciting water industry projects through all phases of delivery. Specifically, responsibilities will include a variety of projects related to:

  • Water infrastructure planning, design, implementation, and optimization
    • Water distribution, pumping, and storage
    • Sewer collection, pumping, and storage
  • Water resources planning and development
    • Conveyance, pumping, and storage
    • Surface water supply
    • Groundwater supply
    • Challenged and/or reuse supply
  • Water facilities planning, design, implementation, and optimization
    • Drinking water treatment plants
    • Wastewater treatment plants
    • Advanced water treatment plants

Responsibilities will vary in relative volume, and change over time, but will generally include:

  • Business planning and development activities
  • Client service management
  • Pursuit planning
  • Support proposal development efforts
  • Scope, fee, and contract development services
  • Program Owner’s Advisor (OA) services
  • Oversee production of deliverables, including:
    • Complete detailed design calculations, drawings, and specifications
    • Scheduling, management and coordination of support disciplines and subconsultants
    • Facilitate stakeholder engagement activities
    • Support permitting approval with regulatory agencies
    • Manage quality assurance and risk management
    • Facilitate workshops with clients
  • Transition to construction phase (both alternative delivery and design-bid-build)
    • Contractor pre-qualification and bid evaluation
    • Participate in facilitated teaming activities
    • Technical review of submittals and RFIs
    • Construction phase engineering support
    • Scheduling, management and coordination of support disciplines and subconsultants
    • Progress tracking and communications
  • Transition to integration phase
    • Manage owner training program
    • Equipment, instrument, and device checkout and performance validation
    • Control system and HMI integration
    • Scheduling, management and coordination of support disciplines and subconsultants
    • Contract closeout

Travel will be required on an as-needed basis for projects, conferences, marketing, and other duties to maintain your designated service area. The successful candidate will have a great opportunity for professional and career development while attending industry conferences as a subject matter expert on behalf of Garver and the Water Business Line.

Qualified candidates must be capable of performing the following routine functions:

  • Display technical competency of water or wastewater engineering
  • Develop and manage detailed project delivery assumption, scope of work, level of effort, and associated man-hour estimates
  • Manage and delegate scope, budget, and schedule for a team of multi-disciplined (civil, process, structural, mechanical, electrical, and I&C) project engineers, design engineers, and CAD Technicians in the development of various Water Business Line projects
  • Manage and delegate multiple projects concurrently
  • Be responsible for time management and work product quality
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date project accounting on all assigned projects
  • Conduct written and oral project reporting for clients and Team Leader. Reporting will include project design status, upcoming milestones, project accounting and billing, percent completes, progress reports, etc.
  • Prepare and execute Quality Assurance and Quality Control Plans
  • Lead internal and external project workshops
  • Be an active learner responsible for continuing education and learning based on project needs, as well as overall needs of the team
  • Construction management, excluding construction observation, for local projects

Teambuilding Skills

  • Client Focused - Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external clients; gets first-hand client information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with clients in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with clients and gains their trust and respect.
  • Ensures Accountability and Drives Results - Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions; sets clear objectives and measures; monitors process, progress, and results; designs feedback loops into work. Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Action Oriented and Manages Complexity - Enjoys working smart and efficient; is action oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning and analysis; seizes opportunities; can effectively cope with change; is very flexible and adaptable when facing tough calls; balances risk; can combine seeming opposites like being compassionately tough, stand up for self without trampling others, set strong but flexible standards, act differently depending upon the situation; is seen as balanced despite the conflicting demands of the situation.
  • Collaborates and Communicates Effectively - Works cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives; represents own interests while being fair to others and their areas; partners with others to get work done; credits others for their contributions and accomplishments; gains trust and support of others.  Effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels. Attentively listens to others; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization; encourages the open expression of diverse ideas and opinions.
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit – The ability and desire to not only develop new and existing clients, but to build a Water Business Line practice, growing a water portfolio in a developing Garver market.


  • 10 or more years of similar technical experience with no less than three years’ experience in project/team leadership
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer (PE) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or the ability to obtain within a year
  • Previous experience in responsible charge of planning, design, and implementation of water facilities and infrastructure projects
  • Strong understanding of the multi-disciplined practices (i.e. process, surveying, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, and control) required for the planning, design, and implementation of water facilities and infrastructure projects
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Project and Outlook


  • Master’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering
  • ENV SP Certification or ability and willingness to obtain.

Grow With Us

Garver offers its employees programs such as company-paid professional memberships, company support for industry licenses and continuing education opportunities that foster a progressive atmosphere. Garver provides the tools, resources, and environment to develop leaders, stimulate ideas, and accomplish projects. By offering highly competitive salary packages, attractive benefits, and a comprehensive wellness program; Garver walks the talk when it comes to work-life balance.

Founded in 1919, Garver is an employee-owned multi-disciplined engineering, planning, architectural, and environmental services firm with more than 1,000 employees across the United States. Offering a wide range of services focused on aviation, construction, facilities design, federal, survey, transportation, water, and wastewater, Garver sits in the top 125 of the Engineering News-Record's prestigious Top 500 Design Firms list and is consistently recognized as a best firm to work for. Learn more at

Garver is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees. Our employment practices are based upon an individual's capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.

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