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KLJ Senior Transportation Project Manager in Helena, Montana


Position Purpose

The Senior Transportation Project Manager plans, designs and manages the full life cycle of the largest, most complex, multi-discipline transportation projects and assumes full responsibility for profit or loss. This includes managing all activities related to project scope, schedule, cost/budget, quality, communications, resources, procurement, and risk elements to optimize exceptional customer experience, quality and fiscal responsibility.

Essential Functions

Leads efforts in developing project scope, schedule, and fee during proposal preparation phase.

Supports and/or participates in interviews and negotiations to the extent required.

Sets baselines for project scope, determines work procedures/sequences and refines schedules, budgets, risk assessments, staffing, vendor lists and progress billing points.

Works with Team Managers to request and form project teams, assigns responsibilities, and confirms those responsibilities are begun and completed according to schedule.

Meets with customer’s management team and stakeholders as necessary during the term of a project to resolve issues and obtain approvals.

Leads the project delivery team including project management staff and technical deliverable leads.

Manages changes to project scope, schedule, budget and risks; submits contract amendments (upon internal approval) to customer’s management team regarding identified changes from contracted baseline documents.

Conforms with KLJ project delivery and safety standards.

Utilizes effective written and oral communication; plans and manages project communications.


Supports Go-To-Market Teams in assessing pre-contract risks.

Maintains a positive business relationship with customers as part of ongoing business development efforts.

Responsible for the financial aspects of the project including optimizing revenue and cost management to maximize profit while minimizing project overruns and collect client accounts receivable within contracted terms.

Responsible to ensure project change orders are submitted and approved prior to work starting.

Works with customer’s management team to ensure all KLJ activities are billed properly, and accounts receivable balances are paid in a timely manner.

Responsible to ensure error and omissions claims are minimized. Capture, document and share with the KLJ community "lessons learned".

Works with the PMO Manager to continuously improve the organization’s project management capability and enhance the customer experience. May train other project managers on project delivery processes.


A bachelor’s degree in an industry-related field; applicable experience can substitute for education.

Minimum of 8 years relevant experience.

Demonstrated capabilities and success in managing larger and/or complex, multi-discipline, multi-office projects

Travel is required, must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate motorized vehicles.


Previous project management experience in a professional services firm

PMP, PgMP, PfMP, CAPM or equivalent certification

MDT experience is preferred


Business Leadership

Business Acumen

Strong business acumen including understanding of key financial metrics for the business and their interrelationships with one another and operational drivers underlying them.

Operational Management

Strong operational management skills with the ability to drive efficiency and productivity utilizing appropriate tools (e.g., workforce planning; lean methodology) and expert resources (e.g., Operations, Business Development) as well as disciplined process management.

People Leadership

Organizational Influence

Builds, leverages and motivates a diverse team driving them towards a common vision and clear goals.

Leads change - creates vision, engages key stakeholders, manages resistance, fosters healthy debate, knows when to let go.

Able to effectively delegate and hold others accountable.

Ensures ethical business practices.Managing Relationships

Understands role in the context of larger business system and builds collaborative relationships.

Effectively manages external relationships (e.g., clients, partners, etc.).

Demonstrates executive presence in all interactions and presentations.

Authentic and credible with leadership, peers and employees in her/his organization.

Effectively engages in healthy debate.

Leads with the company’s values.


Emotional Maturity

Demonstrates high emotional maturity including understanding the fine line between confidence and arrogance.

Demonstrates self-awareness and self-control - understands the impact of own actions on others and manages emotions constructively.

Holds self personally accountable for outcomes that are controlled and influenced in her/his role.

Actively listens to other.

Acknowledges that she/he may not always be right.


Demonstrates high energy and stamina and is adaptable to changing business conditions.

Shows resiliency and manages stress to avoid burnout and demotivation of self and others.

Demonstrates agility and ability to deal with ambiguity.

Winning Spirit

Goal oriented and focused.

Thinks strategically and acts decisively.

Learns rapidly; committed to lifelong learning.


The Senior Project Manager receives guidance from the PMO Manager. Supervisory responsibilities include indirect management of staff within various disciplines.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

The employee is regularly required to:

Sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, twist, crouch, and crawl

Use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms

Talk or hear and communicate clearly

The employee must:

Frequently lift and move up to 25 pounds, occasionally lift and move up to 50

Be able to walk on uneven terrain up to three miles per day

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual work 40+ hours per week with up to 50% of the time spent in the office and 50% out of the office; however, this will vary greatly by project needs.

Other Duties

This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive or restrictive and other duties may be assigned. It is a description of the job as presently defined and is subject at any time to revision. This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Individuals may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities, as needed.Qualifications

Bachelor of Sceince of Engineering (preferred)
Bachelor of Sceince of Civil Engineering (required)

Licenses & Certifications
Project Managament (preferred)
Project Management Prof (preferred)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.