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CDM Smith Discipline Leader-Transportation Design West in Great Falls, Montana


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*This position can be based in any of our Western Region (US) offices.

We are looking to expand our design team for the West region. If you’re a Transportation Engineer with a desire to grow a discipline and a team, this could be a great fit!

The Transportation Services Group at CDM Smith is seeking a Roadway Discipline Leader who will help us advance our Roadway Discipline capabilities in the western United States. As a Roadway Discipline Leader, your focus will be on the proper application of technology, growth of our technical capabilities, staff development, pre-positioning and distinguishing CDM Smith for sales growth, improved capture rate, and retention of both clients and staff. you will help our Transportation team grow our technical capabilities, develop employees, and assist with sales growth. We are searching for a thought leader who is confident with clients and will collaborate with our CDM Smith team to showcase our technical differentiators and drive growth.

Join our growing Transportation team in the West as a Roadway Discipline Leader in our Roadway Transportation group! As an integral member of this team, you will contribute to CDM Smith's success by:

-Driving day-to-day technical content coordination and ensuring high-quality delivery.

-Defining consistent expectations as the technical content leader on transportation projects.

-Establishing consistency and efficiency in project delivery across the organization.

-Improving project quality management, technical disciplines integration, and Intellectual Property reuse, especially on multi-discipline design projects.

-Improving on-budget/on-time delivery.

-Decreasing the risk of claims and reducing project rework.

-Signing and sealing engineering designs as necessary.

-Performing site reviews and studies, as needed, to ensure designs are aligned with location specifications.

-Updating design requirements as necessary.

-Collaborating with sales staff to create proposals in response to current and potential client requests for proposals (RFPs).

-Meeting with current and potential future clients to review their current and future design needs.

-Attending conferences, symposia, etc. to improve the visibility of the firm's products and services in collaboration with applicable sales staff.

-Providing technical guidance and training to more junior staff and mentoring more junior staff and developing them for future growth within the discipline and firm.

-Will supervise the work of junior engineers on project work. Motivating team members to produce high-quality work.

-Nurture the abilities of team members.

  • Being a problem solver who approaches each challenge head-on.

-Collaborate with senior management to help develop strategic plans.

Job Title:

Discipline Leader-Transportation Design West



Certification/License Requirements:

Professional Engineer

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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Civil, Transportation, or Structural Engineering or related discipline. Professional engineering (PE) license. 10 years of related experience. Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

-TxDOT, WSDOT, Caltrans, and/or NDOT experience.

-Currently registered as a PE in any or all of the following states; CA, WA, TX, NV, or ability to obtain registration within 6-9 months.

-Excellent technical writing with the ability to develop work plans and document technical discussions required

-Successful multidiscipline team/task management or design lead experience.

-Proficiency in Microsoft Office software. Experience with technical design software including Autodesk and Bentley platforms, including ProjectWise.

-Complete understanding of technical project production and delivery methods.

-Critical thinker with an understanding of transportation and/or systems concepts required.

-Experience implementing NACTO guidance on projects preferred.

-Experience in transit and/or urban mobility and active transportation projects preferred.



EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (

Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Western United States

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Expert Knowledge of computer assisted design and drafting (CADD) 3D and 4D software and practices. Expert Knowledge of engineer principles of design. Expert Knowledge of Microsoft business software (excel, word, etc.). Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Expert knowledge of federal, state and local regulations. Basic knowledge of design standards (AASHTO, NACTO, etc.).

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Fully Remote or Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.