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Force Account Manager

Company: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Location: Chicago
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Jacobs, as a partner within the CTR Joint Venture, provides program management, engineering and construction management services to the Chicago Department of Water Management (CDWM) in Chicago, Illinois. As part of the CTR Program team supporting the CDWM Capital Improvement Program, CTR manages force account work related to managing impacts of external projects (other City agencies, utilities, developers, etc.) to existing CDWM facilities. The primary responsibility of the Force Account Manager position is to manage operations of CTR's Force Account group, overseeing a staff of approximately 30 engineers and construction management professionals that are responsible for coordinating permit review, construction, and closeout processes to enforce CDWM policies regarding impact to City's water facilities. The Force Account Manager will be the central point of communication between CDWM and CTR staff with regard to resolution of issues and direction on Force Account projects.

Since a significant portion of the position involves communication with internal and external team members and stakeholders, excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical to success. Additionally, the position requires a high level of organizational ability to simultaneously oversee, drive action on, maintain documentation for, and report status on many active and pending projects.

Responsibilities, some which may be delegated to direct reports:

  • Lead CTR's Force Account group for delivery of force account related services in accordance with CTR's contract with CDWM.
  • Track and coordinate all Force Account projects including those under engineering review, in construction, and undergoing close-out.
  • Organize and assign new projects received from the Office of Underground Coordination - Existing Facility Protection process, for review and coordination by Force Account team members.
  • Assure that that project engineering reviews, permit determinations and construction observation conform to CDWM policies and standards.
  • Enforce conformance to applicable CDWM policies and standards for all Force Account related water main designs.
  • Provide technical support to the CDWM-Bureau of Engineering Services on water facility related matters.
  • Prepare professional correspondences on behalf of the CTR and CDWM.
  • Support design, pre-construction and construction activities through meetings, communications, engineering review, etc., to best enable success of the project to all stakeholders.
  • Provide timely consideration and response to questions and issues raised by office/field CTR team members, CDWM, other City agencies, design professionals, contractors, and developers.
  • Evaluate and support timely resolution of project technical conflicts, during engineering and construction.
  • Review and validate submittals/shop drawings and as-built documents used for construction and record.
  • B.S. Civil Engineering

  • Illinois Professional Engineer (PE) license

  • At least 10 years of experience in water/wastewater or transportation engineering, land development design, utility engineering and project management, and/or general civil engineering for public infrastructure design and construction

  • Ability to envision, manage and drive change for process improvement

  • Ability to lead staff in order to maintain a high level of productivity

  • Detail-orientation to assure group deliverables are of high quality and appropriately enforce applicable City policies and standards

  • Strong organization skills to simultaneously oversee many concurrent projects

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet project and task deadlines

  • Proficiency with Microsoft applications, including Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, SharePoint and Access

Ideally You'll Also Have:

  • Engineering experience with utility infrastructure work

  • At least 5 years or more experience in a supervisory or management capacity

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.


Keywords: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Chicago , Force Account Manager, Other , Chicago, Illinois

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