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Parsons Corporation Design Manager in New York, New York

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Job Description:

Parsons is looking for a talented Design Manager to join our team!

Competition makes you stronger

You love a challenge. You thrive on seeing possibilities and opportunities that others miss and coming up with productive, creative solutions. Your competitive spirit gets you over and around obstacles and your drive is motivational to others. That’s what makes you the kind of manager we want. We value the way that healthy competition advances our business and all the people in it, and your talent at motivating your team will be well rewarded. If your energy needs an outlet (and a lot of recognition), we’ve got a challenge for you to enter… and win.

Position Overview:

Our design team in the Eastern United States is growing, and we are looking for a senior level Design Manager to be part of our team in New York City. This is a new addition to staff and is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Design-Build professional that enjoys working on various Alternative Project Delivery projects (APD). The successful candidate will have experience working on major, significant APD projects in North America.

As a leader in APD, Parsons offers numerous opportunities to deliver signature projects across North America and around the globe. Experienced professionals from our deep pool of talent will support this new position to provide our clients with quality designs that incorporate innovation and are delivered on time and within budget.

The Design Manager provides direction and management for large scale Design-Build projects and ensures on-schedule completion within or below budget in accordance with contractual obligations. The Design Manager is responsible for the marketing and pursuit strategy, scope development, scope management and commercial performance of the project to meet project goals and objectives. This Manager also plans and defines program goals and devises methods to accomplish them; develops in-depth knowledge of client objectives, contract terms, and corporate policies, and must be familiar with the integration of engineering/technical aspects, as well as procurement and construction activities.

Additional Specific Responsibilities of the Design Manager:

§ Acts as the Company representative with the client and selected subcontractors during the program execution. Negotiates changes to the scope of work with the client and key subcontractors. Markets and secures additional work with client. Follows up on instructions and commitments associated with the project.

§ May participate in negotiations with regulatory agencies and in public meetings in support of clients.

§ Oversees establishment of Project Execution Plan, Health and Safety Plan, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, and other documents as required.

§ Establishes the program requirements for all areas of the project and monitors the draft and final deliverables for adherence to these criteria. Responsible for the development and distribution of a one to two-page description of the project to all members of the project team for reference.

§ Plans, directs, supervises, and controls the execution of all business, technical, fiscal, and administrative functions of the assigned project. Assigns responsibility for executing project plans to key subordinates after careful assessment of how to utilize their qualifications and strengths. Provides input to performance reviews and development plans for subordinates.

§ Mobilizes company resources, through liaison with support departments, other offices, or subsidiaries, to create project teams capable of completing effective, quality work. Discusses the qualifications required of the key project positions in specific detail with the profit center and department managers. Collaborates with the office facilities staff to address project space requirements.

§ Works with other managers, project engineers, and discipline leads to develop budgets, schedules, and plans for the various elements of a project. Ensures that the project meets or exceeds goals established in these plans.

§ Works with the key project individual to devise and execute actions plans to rectify potential cost overruns or delays, or to accommodate significant changes to the scope of work. Advises the client and company management of any such changes. The Project Manager is specifically responsible for maintaining current and timely change orders.

§ Promotes technical and commercial excellence on the project through application of Quality Assurance processes. Monitors and reports to management on the progress of all project activity within the program, including significant milestones, and any conditions, which would affect project cost or schedule. Establishes weekly meeting to review project status and formulate action items.

Preferred Education/Experience

  • 4-year degree in Civil Engineering (or related) required

  • At least 15+ years of related work experience is required

  • Registered Professional Engineer

  • Experience as Lead Design Manager on Design-Build projects is required

  • Additional design experience on Design-Build projects

  • Proven background of leading multidisciplinary design teams on challenging, high-profile projects.


Incumbent must meet Parsons’ project management certification requirements and possess a proven ability to perform in a management capacity, excellent written and oral communications skills, and a thorough knowledge of industry practices and regulations are also required. In addition, the incumbent must be knowledgeable of current technology and how it can be effectively utilized on the project.

The stone age didn’t end because we ran out of stones

Innovation! That’s what moves progress forward, and if you want to be a part of it, welcome. We’ve fine-tuned our operations, but if you can lead your team to be on the lookout for ways to do things smarter, simpler, and more efficiently, wait until you see what can happen when a diverse staff is motivated by an inclusive environment.

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Critical Infrastructure team.

For more than 75 years, our experts have designed and delivered the critical infrastructure that connects and protects communities around the world. We work in diverse, collaborative teams, both within the company and with our partners and customers, to plan, design, build, and modernize infrastructure. We take special pride in projects and solutions that improve communities as well as people’s quality of life by promoting economic growth, enhancing mobility, and increasing sustainability and resiliency. Powered by our people, we provide the imagination necessary to support our customers’ visions—and to help them see new possibilities.

Salary Range:

$126,600.00 - $227,900.00

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 401(k), life insurance, flexible work schedules, and holidays to fit your busy lifestyle!

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

We truly invest and care about our employee’s wellbeing and provide endless growth opportunities as the sky is the limit, so aim for the stars! Imagine next and join the Parsons quest—APPLY TODAY!About Us

Parsons is a digitally enabled solutions provider focused on the defense, security, and infrastructure markets. With nearly 75 years of experience, Parsons is uniquely qualified to deliver cyber/converged security, technology-based intellectual property, and other innovative services to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+.

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