Area Manager - Rail Systems at PARSONS in Chicago, IL

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Demand for efficient and safe transit is at an all-time high!  Since 1944, Parsons has set the standard for safe, effective, and reliable rail and transit systems around the globe.  Partnering with more than 400 transit agencies, we have worked on EVERY major transit system in North America and many of the most renowned systems overseas!   Whether its conducting rail transit feasibility studies, implementing a new rail line or expanding an existing system, Parsons engineering team has supported all elements of mass transit, including mainline railways, commuter rail and light rail transit!  Join Parsons and work with the experts to develop world class rail/transit systems for vibrant, more connected communities!



Are you a Systems industry leader? Parsons is seeking a Chicago Area Manager to expand our Systems Division. This position reports to our US Midwest Regional Manager for the division.  This position will play a key role in developing business strategy, talent management and development, business development, directing and managing large/complex projects and managing operations in the area.  The successful candidate will be an effective "seller/doer" that balances business development, operational management and project management responsibilities.  Willingness to travel to client or project site locations is expected.

This position works for the US Midwest Regional Manager to continue the legacy of technical, operational and management excellence while growing a successful and sustainable business practice that creates a challenging and fun workplace.
The candidate will have a broad range of knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of the following Systems disciplines: rail signaling, communications, OCS/third rail, traction power, positive train control (PTC), vehicle, Safety Certification, Testing and Commissioning Systems Integration and Systems Engineering to name a few. The incumbent must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of design build (DB), design bid build (DBB) project delivery and be comfortable with both lump sum and cost plus fixed fee contract delivery.
We really like professionals who have worked across varied management capacities with and understanding of contract management, scheduling, estimating, risk mitigation, project development, scope definition and other traditional project management skills.
Client Management is a key aspect of the job and the candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships. The ideal candidate will be able to foster trusted advisor type relationships with local clients such as Metra, CTA and NICTD and other local agencies to position Parsons for new Rail Transit Systems opportunities as well as grow existing opportunities. Additionally, the candidate will establish relationships with other consultants, DBEs/SBEs, General Contractors and Electrical Contractors in support of teaming on future projects.
Capture Management is an important part of the job that includes writing proposals, developing scopes and design estimates, doing pre-bid engineering in support of contractor estimates and presenting to clients.
This position is based in Chicago and the candidate will work from the Parsons Chicago Office.
  • Create a challenging professional environment of innovation, opportunity, development and continuous improvement that supports division objectives
  • Develop strategic initiatives and business plans for the area that align with the overall goals of the region and division.
  • Assesses present and future needs, trends, problems and identifies profit opportunities for the Chicago area.
  • Participates in development of policies and procedures related to the operations of Rail Transit Industrial Systems.
  • Successfully win and manage complex systems projects within the operational and strategic framework.
  • Recruit, retain and develop top industry talent.
  • Reviews and appraises performance od subordinate managers and recommends compensation changes as appropriate.
  • Commitment to quality and continuous improvement through innovation, creative thinking and improved results.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and productive work relationships with all employees, clients and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure consistency in project quality, budgetary constraints and expectations and that appropriate monitoring and control mechanisms are developed and administered.
  • Ability to represent Parsons in industry policy and engineering committees
  • Enhance the organization's profile and reach across the area


  • 15+ years of related work experience.
  • Project and staff management experience on large transportation projects
  • Technical experience in the area of systems design
  • BS in Electrical Engineering or related technical field
  • Design-build experience preferred
  • Licensed PE
  • Good relationships with key clients in Chicago 
  • Knowledge of the Engineering and Construction industry and Transportation Infrastructure business
  • Excellent management skills, Strong organizational skills, collaborative skills as well as ability to new and evolving requirements within a matrix environment
  • Entrepreneurial approach to the business
  • Core values include safety, quality, integrity, diversity, innovation, and sustainability
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Creative and innovative leader
  • Strategic business thinker
  • Strong emotional intelligence

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