Senior Project Manager - Federal Market

Posted Date 1 month ago(6/25/2024 11:53 AM)
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Job Description

Dewberry is seeking a Senior Project Manager in Peoria, IL to act as primary contact between our office and the Owner; effectively managing projects from concept through design, bidding, negotiation, and construction administration to winning the next project with the same client. Based on candidate’s knowledge of the Federal market, including existing client relationships and ability to establish new client relationship, acquire new projects. Work closely with the client to anticipate and avoid problems. Quickly solve problems that arise. Work with multi-disciplined team to provide first rate engineering documents that meet client’s needs, project specifications and governing standards/codes. Assist the client to achieve their professional goals and that of their organization and in general, doing whatever is necessary to maintain a Client for Life.


Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors is our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.




  • Maintain primary one-to-one contact with the client.
  • Understand the client's needs and goals and that of his/her organization.
  • Draft proposals for new projects with existing clients for review and signature of the Principal In Charge of Business and track proposals through award of project. Work with client to develop additional work.
  • Attend regular design meetings with the client and issue meeting minutes.
  • As project manager; lead, organize, and schedule design team staff.
  • Organize and direct frequent in-house design meetings.
  • Prepare detailed personnel loading by task interfaced with the detailed schedule.
  • Coordinate with Design Discipline Managers to schedule, plan and assign appropriate personnel.
  • Prepare detailed project timeline and maintain design schedule.
  • Organize and maintain project design folder.
  • Document meetings and telephone conversations.
  • Provide quality control to ensure that all of the clients' needs and requests have been accommodated. Ensure and coordinate among all of the disciplines involved, including outside consultants.
  • Provide 'on-the-spot' advice and decisions to Owner.
  • Advise on project billing and assist in collections.
  • Supervise and coordinate the submission of documents to the appropriate reviewing authorities.
  • Coordinate the responses to reviews. Ensure that responses are in fact reflected in the drawings and specifications.
  • Arrange for in-house quality review in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate as required to ensure construction administration phase of the project puts Dewberry in positive standing with Client at all times.
  • Perform site visits, inspections, and commissioning activities as required to support the Construction Administration requirements.
  • Assist with recruiting, evaluating, and making recommendations regarding new employees to support MEP Federal practice.

Required Skills & Required Experience


  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent experience.
  • Accomplished Engineer or similar with 10+ years of project management experience, with a minimum of 5 years working in the federal market.
  • Knowledgeable of construction process, familiar with FARS and DFARS contracts.
  • Self-motivated with highly developed verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Well organized, with good understanding of plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems with general knowledge of applicable codes, national standards, client design standards, system operation, space requirements, and cost.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Dewberry we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees. So if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the position description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may just be the right candidate for this or other opportunities.


*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.

*In accordance with applicable Executive Order 14042 and related requirements, all prospective hires for this position, performing work for the federal government, will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or qualify for an exemption to this vaccination requirement. Such proof of vaccination, or written request for exemption, will be required, following receipt of written offer.

Notice to Third Party Recruiters:  Dewberry only compensates job placement recruiters that have a valid Dewberry-approved written agreement in place for recruiting services. Dewberry does not compensate third party recruiters for unsolicited job placement candidate information.




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