J A Watts Inc

  • Rosemont, IL
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
J. A. Watts, Inc. (JWI) is a woman-owned professional services firm that believes in treating its clients and employees like family at every level of our company. Our family culture is what we’re known for, and we work to stay true to who we are. That’s how we manage our projects and how we recruit THE Best People in our industry. Our clients come from all walks of life, and so do we, which makes us stronger together.

We are searching for a Director of Rail and Transit to develop and execute the emerging Rail and Transit Services Team’s strategic direction. This includes providing leadership, business development and strategic marketing, client relationship management, project delivery, and recruitment and retention of key staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead client management/development activities, including; maintaining and developing client relationships, managing overall client expectations, leading project pursuit efforts, and identifying new projects to pursue.
  • Direct and manage other construction professionals’ work, including mentoring junior-level technical staff and identifying staff requirements for all assigned projects, including hiring and supervising workforce to support the Rail and Transit team.
  • Manage the team through training, coaching, and mentoring to encourage staff development.
  • Direct all construction and project management activities, including overseeing work with architects, project managers, coordinators, and external consultants/contractors.
  • Monitor project specifics on an ongoing basis and ensure compliance with project objectives from JWI and client.
  • Oversee quality control programs and information management systems for all construction inspection and resident engineering assignments.
  • Provide leadership through all phases of construction management, including managing the project team’s daily construction activities and contracts, maintaining QA/QC requirements, developing relationships in the market, and directing all technical aspects of construction projects and teams.
  • Serve as the Project Director with overall responsibility for project financial performance, resolution of project challenges, and ultimately project completion success.
  • Responsible for overall financial budgeting and planning related to the Rail and Transit Services Team and related projects.
  • Perform other duties as required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering; IL PE strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 15 years in Construction Management with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience in the Rail and Transit industry, including and strongly preferred experience working with agencies such as CTA, RTA, Metra, etc. Additional agency, municipality, private, and/or additional strategic clientele is a plus.
  • Must have strong Business Development/Marketing experience with a proven track record.
  • 5+ years of experience in project and operational management.
  • Knowledge of Client A/E/C procedures.
  • High level of business acumen with a thorough understanding of management functions for construction management and inspection services.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships with managers, peers, and direct reports.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse personalities.
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and influencing skills.
  • An active member in industry Agencies such as IRTBA, ACEC, CMAA, and/or others is strongly preferred.
  • Computer knowledge including MS Office, Adobe, Engineering software.