Burns & McDonnell Planning Section Manager in Kansas City, Missouri


The Planning Section Manager is responsible for the direction and leadership of the Planning Section of the Utility Consulting Department within the Business & Technology Solutions Global Practice.Candidates should have a broad base of knowledge regarding planning services for the utility industry.Areas of responsibility include general roles supporting the overall Utility Consulting Department and specific roles relative to the Planning Section including the following, with other duties as assigned by senior management.

The Planning Section Manager will supervise a team of Consultants focused on planning studies for utility clients.The Consultants in this group will be supporting projects involving transmission planning and power system analysis, distribution planning and grid modernization, and generation resource planning and market assessments.The Planning Section Manager will be expected to communicate with Project Managers and other members of management to facilitate staffing of projects and allocation of workload.They will also be expected to provide training, guidance, and support to all members of the Planning Section to improve onboarding, professional development of staff, and support growth of the team.

  • Work with the Department Manager, Assistant Department Manager, and Business Line Leads to establish annual goals for all personnel in the Planning Section, and follow-up throughout the year with each team member on progress toward those goals.Those goals will be incorporated in year-end performance reviews.

  • Mentor personnel in the Planning Section on career path opportunities and support their growth into career paths that best fit their individual skill sets

  • Support the development and implementation of Utility Consulting Department initiatives, policies, and processes

  • Responsible for ensuring Planning Section personnel follow department, global practice, and company policies and procedures

  • Responsible for the recruitment, development, training and retention of Planning Section personnel

  • Responsible for onboarding of new personnel, including working with Department Manager and Assistant Department Manager to develop and implement an onboarding process. This will include coordination of training on department tools and processes as well as general industry training

  • Responsible for working with Department Manager, Assistant Department Manager, Business Line Leads, and Project Managers to develop training curriculum and classes to provide for growth and development of individuals within the Planning Section.This will include general industry knowledge training, as well as training on specific software and tools used on projects in the department

  • Responsible for working with the Assistant Department Manager, other Section Managers, Project Managers, and Managers in Regional Offices on resource allocation of Planning Section personnel to facilitate workload on projects and maintain high billability of Planning Section personnel

  • Organize and lead section meetings as appropriate

  • Coordinate with other Utility Consulting Section Managers, the Department Manager, and the Assistant Department Manager on strategic issues relating to the Department

  • Demonstrate creativity, foresight and judgment in anticipating and solving problems

  • Recommend changes in the Planning Section and/or the Utility Consulting Department to achieve the objectives assigned to them

  • Market global practice, Department and Section capabilities with higher focus on technical development functions and efficiency improvement projects to serve our clients, increase staff skills, and maintain billable goals

  • Advance and develop Department tools and work flows to increase efficiency of project execution

  • Provide administrative, supervisory and technical direction for Planning Section personnel

  • Provide support to Project Managers for staffing and execution approach on projects including assigning staff to specific projects

  • Work with Project Managers to monitor progress on Utility Consulting projects and provide input into areas of concern and direction or redirection to enhance achievement of project schedules, productivity goals, budgets, and quality

  • Serve as Project Manager, Technical Consultant, or other support on Utility Consulting projects to maintain an individual billable time of 50%

  • Monitor and maintain staffing levels, staffing loading, and staffing assignments to meet project requirements while maintaining billable goals

  • Provide administrative, supervisory and technical direction for Interns assigned to the Planning Section including assignment of work, training, and other associated functions

  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or business from accredited program, advanced degree is a plus (MS or MBA). Minimum 7 years related professional experience in engineering consulting and/or project management with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the utility industry.

  • Experience should include consulting experience related to technical planning or strategic planning projects in the utility industry. Must have a strong understanding of the utility industry.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients. Position requires the ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead, and manage change.

  • Must be proficient in the use of basic computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

  • Proven ability to lead, educate, and train a team of engineers and analysts in regards to utility planning studies

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Ability to perform under pressure and tight deadlines


Job Engineering

Primary Location US-MO-Kansas City

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

About Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell is making the world a more amazing place with more than 5,000 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists and consultants on staff and growing. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employee-owners. We take on some of the world’s toughest challenges with the industry’s best thinking.

We have offices and projects spanning the US and the globe. We are proud to rank among FORTUNE magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Our culture of 100% employee ownership plays a major role in supporting that outcome. Each employee shares in the ownership of the firm, bringing the commitment of an owner to our projects. Clients appreciate that and have rewarded us with a 90% repeat business rate and decades-long partnerships. Pretty cool for a 100 year old firm that grows organically.

At Burns & McDonnell, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference every day while fulfilling your personal and professional ambitions. Our entrepreneurial culture lets you guide your destiny and shape the path your career travels. And with more than 350 service specialties, your career and development options are abundant.

Burns & McDonnell is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans

Req ID: 181881