National Aviation Senior Design Manager


Amherst, OH, US Indianapolis, IN, US, 46260 Minot, ND, US, 58701 Las Vegas, NV, US Cleveland, OH, US Arlington, TX, US Austin, TX, US, 78704 Temple, TX, US Jacksonville, FL, US Houston, TX, US, 77057 Beaverton, OR, US, 97008 Savannah, GA, US, 31401 St. Louis, MO, US, 63101 Texarkana, TX, US Atlanta, GA, US, 30339 Charlotte, NC, US, 28203 Boise, ID, US Nashville, TN, US, 37210 Orlando, FL, US Jackson, TN, US Laramie, WY, US Duluth, GA, US Reston, VA, US, 20190 Willston, ND, US, 58801 Norfolk, VA, US, 23324 Tucson, AZ, US Fort Lauderdale, FL, US Rolla, MO, US Longview, WA, US Hillsboro, OR, US, 97124 Dickinson, ND, US, 58601 Kansas City, MO, US, 64106 Tempe, AZ, US, 85281 Tampa, FL, US, 33609 Waco, TX, US Hampton, VA, US, 23661 San Antonio, TX, US, 78229 Dallas, TX, US, 75254 North Charleston, SC, US, 29405 Washington, DC, US, 20001 Lincoln, NE, US Iowa City, IA, US, 52317 Panama City, FL, US Omaha, NE, US, 68118 Raleigh, NC, US, 27607 Virginia Beach, VA, US, 23450 Mountain Home, ID, US Des Moines, IA, US, 50389 Langley, VA, US Tulsa, OK, US Oklahoma City, OK, US, 73104 Louisville, KY, US, 40299 Wichita, KS, US Springfield, MO, US, 65810 Minneapolis, MN, US, 55401 Miami, FL, US Auburn, GA, US

Best People + Right Culture. These are the driving forces behind JE Dunn’s success.


By hiring inspired people, giving them interesting and challenging work, enabling them with innovative tools, and letting them share in the company’s rewards, we’ve found a sustainable way to grow in our industry for the last 95+ years.


Our diverse teams around the country strive to enrich lives through inspired people and places every day, and we need inspired people like you to join us in our pursuit of building perfection.


*** This role reports into our National Aviation Group and must be willing to travel throughout the United States when necessary. ***

Role Summary

The Senior Design Manager is responsible for successful delivery of projects by leading the design participants, process and technology. Participants include the design team(s) and trade partners when projects utilize design-build, design assist or other alternate delivery methods. This position requires proactive leadership of the design process from initial business development phase through project completion. Plays an integral role with project team ensuring project goals are achieved. All activities will be performed in support of the strategy, vision and values of JE Dunn.

  • Autonomy & Decision Making: Makes decisions within defined limits of authority and consults supervisor on other decisions
  • Career Path: Various

Key Role Responsibilities - Core


  • Interprets formal design build RFPs and develops work plans, collaborating with preconstruction, operations, and other key stakeholders.
  • Understands potential client’s business needs and helps create conceptual plans, elevations, 3D models, for support of presentations and win strategies.
  • Reviews and understands bridging documents for project compliance with RFP including comprehension of Codes and Criteria to meet the technical requirements and design deliverables.
  • Supports early phase basic due diligence activities with clients and key stakeholders to ensure professional studies, jurisdictional & permitting requirements are incorporated into design documents.
  • Manages outside design consultants, assuring they meet the technical requirements as well as schedule requirements for design deliverables.
  • Manages the design review process with design team and clients to ensure schedules are met and identifies project risks and opportunities throughout the design phase.
  • Leverages design experiences and knowledge to work with project teams identifying solutions to project specific challenges while monitoring expectations for design schedules, quality control, and content for design document delivery.
  • Generates cost savings and value-added solutions during design phase.
  • Monitors and controls our design partner’s and consultant’s cost through the design development, both cost of project and cost of the design services for added scope.
  • Reviews design and provides quality control review comments to ensure the program specifications and life-safety requirements are met. 
  • Coordinates the design document packaging strategies with the project team.
  • Manages project documentation such as proposal, drawings, specifications, reports, calculations, and shop drawings using both 3D and 2D file management system.
  • Capable of developing sketches and plans to assist preconstruction with pricing of conceptual ideas. Coordinates with VDC team to develop and implement project(s) as needed.
  • Provides technical design guidance throughout entire construction process.
  • Provides design engineering support for the entire life cycle of the project (proposal, site survey, engineering, equipment selection, permitting, training, and construction).
  • Understands project budget and steers project accordingly ensuring the design stays in line with contractual details.

Key Role Responsibilities - Additional Core


In addition, this position will be responsible for:

  • Leads the process to understand potential client’s business needs and helps create conceptual plans, elevations, and 3D models in support of presentations and win strategies.
  • Directs the selection of design professionals during the pre-qualification process to enable Design Build projects by evaluating design partners through RFP and selection process.
  • Plays a lead role with the Project Executive to set design budgets, schedules and fees, and influences ongoing decisions throughout the project lifecycle that impacts cost, schedule, and budget.
  • Functions as key liaison between JE Dunn and design team to ensure architect and design partners are accountable for delivering on project strategy.
  • Provides thought leadership and direction to the design process from schematic design through completion.
  • Responsible for managing the external design team ensuring they hit their deadlines and deliverables.
  • Engages in business, industry and community activities to build and strengthen external relationships.
  • Manages change management with internal team and external design partners throughout the duration of the project.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to perform work accurately and completely, and in a timely manner
  • Communication skills, verbal and written – Intermediate
  • Ability to conduct effective presentations
  • Proficiency in MS Office – Intermediate
  • Thorough knowledge of project processes and how each supports the successful completion of a project
  • Ability to build relationships and collaborate within a team, internally and externally
  • Ability to apply Lean process and philosophy – Intermediate
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Revit and/or Google SketchUp
  • Experience with U.S. building design codes and material specific standards
  • Conversant with linked design disciplines, e.g. Geotechnical/Civil, Architecture, Building Façade, Structural, MEP, Data/Communications, Vertical Transportation, Acoustics, and Fire and Life Safety, etc.
  • Ability to think in a highly structured manner along all design disciplines while also having creativity to develop specialized solutions by anticipating potential challenges
  • Ability to manage budgets, maximize profitability and generate future work through building relationships
  • Technical market expert with knowledge of industry trends, innovations, etc.
  • Ability to build relationships with team members that transcend a project


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering, or related field (Required)


  • 10+ years design and/or construction management experience (Preferred)
  • Cross-functional knowledge of the key engineering disciplines (Architectural, Structural, MEP, etc.) and relevant trades
  • Experience taking conceptual design through construction, working with internal and external partners

Working Environment

  • Valid and unrestricted drivers license required
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds
  • May require extensive periods of travel
  • Must be willing to work non-traditional hours to meet project needs
  • May be exposed to extreme conditions (hot or cold)
  • Assignment location may include project sites and/or in the office
  • Frequent activity: Sitting, Viewing Computer Screen
  • Occasional activity: Standing, Walking, Bending, Climbing, Reaching above Shoulder, Pushing, Pulling

At JE Dunn, our approach to benefits means caring for the whole person, and it begins with a comprehensive benefits program that meets families' needs. We offer competitive and award-winning benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, 401(K) and Employee Stock Ownership Plan.


JE Dunn Construction is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and it is our policy to provide equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected category. JE Dunn Construction is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


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