Senior Civil Engineer

Group: Engineering
Sector: Civil
Revised 10/16/08

General Statement of Duties

The Senior Civil Engineer will assist in providing leadership to the civil engineering sector of Thatcher Engineering Inc (TEI). He/she will assist in growing the civil engineering sector of the firm by building a strong industry reputation and a cohesive regional consulting practice. He/She will be responsible for the delivery of effective civil engineering services to clients and leading other technical professionals to excel.

He/She will independently perform work requiring an in-depth understanding of engineering principles, theories, standards, concepts and techniques. He/She will ensure work conforms to project/task requirements, including defined scope, schedule and budget. He/She will provide leadership to personnel in developing, coordinating and executing a variety of engineering projects and activities or environmental issues and programs. He/She will assist supervisor in assigning work, explaining procedures and process, training personnel and identifying and solving issues and problems. He/She will be a technical expert in an area of responsibility. He/She will develop solutions to problems of above average complexity, which require regular use of creativity and ingenuity. He/She will exercise considerable latitude in determining technical solutions for specific assignment. He/She will identify and help solve problems by bringing to bear needed resources and information. He/She will develop and nurture relationships with clients, key technical counterparts, and industry allies. He/She will provide expert testimony as required. He/She will be responsible for the administrative and technical management of projects and for the supervision of all activities related to contract administration and scheduling. He/She will also be responsible for client presentations and interaction, preparation of design and construction documents and specification writing.

Supervision Recieved

He/She works under the general direction of the President.

Supervision and Leadership Authority Exercised

He/She supervises Civil Engineering sector personnel.


A. Effectively communicate with clients, TEI personnel and others.

B. Assist in effectively manage client relationships and expectations.

C. Assist in improving and implementing the strategic business plan for TEI.

D. Assist in developing and implementing strategies to grow the civil engineering sector, leading ultimately to a dominant civil engineering market share, and coordinate with other sector engineers to use the firm’s resources to implement the strategies.

E. Assist in developing and managing financial and human resources of the civil engineering sector.

F. Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies and other civic groups.

G. Plan, prioritize, organize, coordinate, administer and manage projects.

H. Research, review and recommend award of construction contracts.

I. Perform periodic inspection of construction sites.

J. Effectively managing quality controls and updating QA/QC manual and procedures as necessary.

Travel from TEI office (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

A. Requires some travel, typically to attend meetings at client locations or construction sites.


A. Education

1. BS Engineering degree required. Masters Degree preferred.

B. Experience

1. Fifteen (15) to Twenty (20) years of relevant experience working on progressively larger multi-disciplinary projects with increased responsibility and leadership.

2. Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to network in social situations and present and educate in larger group setting.

3. Professional Engineer license required.

C. Skills

1. Exceptional leadership skills with both strategic and operational strengths.

2. Ability to communicate effectively with clients, project team, consultants, contractors and the general public.

3. A commitment to total quality management principles and continuous improvement activities.

4. Ability to deliver high quality exceptional services within budget and schedule constraints.

5. Possess effective verbal and written communication skills, strong technical skills, good work habits, and a team-orientated approach.

6. Possess ability and technical competence to recommend improvements to local government engineering standards and prepare plans and specifications.

7. Work successfully with TEI staff, including engineers, technicians, and administrative staff.

8. Knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary for construction.

9. Knowledge of Federal and State laws, municipal ordinances including zoning and subdivision codes and regulatory requirements.

10. Excellent computer skills with MS Office products.

D. Other Requirements

1. A valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.

The duties and requirements described above are the general nature and level of work to be performed, but are not intended to be a complete comprehensive list of all the duties and requirements. TEI has the right to revise this job description at any time.

TEI is an EOE/Drug Free Employer.

Previous                                                                      Back                                                                      Next

© 2005 Thatcher Engineering, Inc.