Northern California Transportation Design Leader

Michael Baker International
April 15, 2021
Walnut Creek, CA
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Supported by more than 3,000 employees in nearly 100 locations across the United States, we provide a full continuum of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our clients include U.S. federal, state and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker is committed to delivering a standard of excellence that fosters a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve our clients' complex challenges

Consistently ranked nationally by Engineering News-Record as a Top 20 transportation firm, Michael Baker International offers clients an integrated team of professionals versed in all aspects of transportation planning, design, permitting, and construction management and inspection. In addition, Michael Baker is a recognized leader in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining a safe and efficient transportation infrastructure.
Michael Baker is seeking an experienced California Transportation professional to lead the growth of our Transportation Practice in the Northern California marketplace.

Working closely with our West Region Transportation Practice Lead and our local transportation professionals, this individual will be charged with the development and implementation of an innovative business strategy, identifying and leading key strategic pursuits, managing large multidiscipline transportation projects, mentoring project managers, and establishing strategic relationships with clients and teaming partners. 

The Northern California Transportation Practice Leader will: 
•Grow Michael Baker’s transportation presence with a primary focus on Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (i.e. ACTC, Caltrain, Caltrans and local cities / counties, etc.) in Northern California, with collaboration with other managers in the West region offices. Develop business in highways and freeways in collaboration with other Michael Baker leaders. 
•Connect /cross-market other discipline services and solutions. Support other disciplines that have existing client relationships and leverages those relationships for growth opportunities. Assist in design-build pursuits including strategic pursuit planning, stakeholder outreach, proposal development and project management execution for project delivery as may be warranted.
•Develop and maintain client, stakeholder and teaming partner relationships. Work closely with the Michael Baker California Transportation Leadership Team in pursuit identification and strategies, agency and public outreach, and allocation/management of technical resources. Identifies and leverages partnership opportunities, build knowledge in government relations, protocol and processes and develop strategic relationships with key elected officials, industry leaders, agency management leaders and colleague firms through collaboration with Business Development Associates.  
•Become an active participant in local professional organizations such as WTS, APWA, ASCE or ACEC and works towards securing a leadership role on the Board(s) or Committee(s). 
•This is a highly visible position that requires strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and negotiation skills, as well as problem-solving abilities. 
•Lead project delivery as Senior Project Manager on projects through provision of technical direction and oversight to the design team; oversights fiscal management relative to scope, schedule and budget; promotes adherence to client management, implementation of quality control processes and appropriate level of delegation to, and oversight of, key supporting staff.
•Identify potential business development opportunities that are professionally challenging; brings recognition to Michael Baker on a local and regional basis; and help to maintain and continues to expand Michael Baker’s Transportation presence in California.
•Lead proposal, interview, fee development and negotiations for various project pursuits. 
•Build relationships with other managers in the firm and with other key managers companywide. Refresh past knowledge and stay apprised of current representative services and projects for Michael Baker in Environmental, GIS, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Structures, Surface Water, Surveying, Transportation, Water Resources; Recruits and attract individuals to the firm and help build team members’ careers.  
•Collaborate with the California and West Region Transportation Leadership team regarding staff assignments, workshare, mentorship, business pursuits and quality of project deliverables.

•Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
•Professional Engineer in the state of California required.
•20 years of Transportation/Public Works design-build and/or design-bid build experience with increasing levels of responsibility
•Strong track record of overseeing successful project delivery of transportation projects for ACTC, Caltrain, Caltrans, and local cities or counties in Northern California.
•Entrepreneurial spirit and the drive to be a leader in the company to grow our transportation practice in the California marketplace
•Demonstrated supervisory and mentoring skills, strong engineering judgment, and technical skills, and strong proposal

Michael Baker International is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Michael Baker International provides equal employment opportunity for all persons, in all facets of employment. Michael Baker International maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply for any open position for which they feel they are qualified and all will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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