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Brown and Caldwell is the largest engineering firm of its kind—solely focused on the U.S. environmental sector. With offices throughout the country, we have opportunities nationwide to work on some of our most exciting environmental projects.

Design Manager

Work Location: Irvine, California
ID: 3016
Job Type: Full Time
Travel: 25%

For more than 70 years, Brown and Caldwell has been creating leading-edge environmental solutions for public agencies and private industry. We strive to be the environmental company of choice—to our clients, who benefit from our passion for delivering exceptional quality, and to our employees, present and future, who share our commitment to client service, collaboration and innovation. Join us, and you will find a home where you can do your best work, reach new levels of expertise and enjoy exceptional development opportunities. As a privately held firm with over 1,500 employee-owners in 50+ offices nationwide, the opportunity awaits for you to advance.


Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Are you an individual who takes pride in delivering exceptional work? Our Design Services Group has an opportunity for a Portfolio Design Manager with experience in infrastructure, water, or wastewater projects. This position will support our Southern California area and in this key role you will help to grow area and will work on a key projects for BC and the local area.

When you join Brown and Caldwell you will enjoy a unique and welcoming culture. You will find that we offer a non-hierarchical, collaborative, and supportive environment, allowing you to do your best work. The work we do is important, challenging and wide-ranging in nature, and so is our client base.

The Portfolio Design Manager will be responsible for leading/facilitating multidisciplinary design projects and coordinating the design projects in the geography. This coordination will encompass the following:

  • Lead the design teams, including design managers/project engineers to build quality into design documents
  • Work with the area leaders, project managers, local staff and client service teams to identify and mitigate project and business risk
  • Work with local Client Service Teams and Project Managers in scoping and pricing large projects
  • Lead and support Regional/Enterprise Pursuits, as needed
  • Identify projects requiring additional attention and resources and work with the BC enterprise to fill the needs
  • Participate in Area/business unit Leadership Teams as appropriate

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Design Management experience on multidisciplinary design projects
  • CA PE Required (Civil, Mechanical)
  • Hands-on understanding of multidisciplinary design
  • Decisiveness (the ability to take input and make a decision in a timely manner)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills (comfort dealing directly with clients)
  • Experience working on water, wastewater or infrastructure design projects
  • 15+ years of experience
  • BS degree in Civil, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience with local clients a plus but not required
  • Relocation to one of our three Southern California offices is available.


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Join, Grow, Have Fun

We’re growing and having fun while doing it. Brown and Caldwell provides a comprehensive benefits program and a culture that promotes employee performance and success. We recognize that you are looking for a career path with opportunities to grow personally and professionally. We have a strong focus on employee development and offer defined advancement through our Career Path Framework; tuition reimbursement; honorariums for papers and presentation as well as project management training (BC is a PMI Registered Education Provider). Our work environment promotes a flexible and collaborative culture, an extensive knowledge-sharing infrastructure and more. Our values of working hard and with integrity combined with learning, growing and having fun make Brown and Caldwell your employer of choice.

This position is subject to a pre-employment background check and a pre-employment drug test.

Brown and Caldwell is proud to be an EEO/AAP Employer-Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.  

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