Senior Project Manager

Milwaukee, WI
Projects – Project Management /
Full Time /
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering, architecture, and project management company with an expert focus on technical excellence. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.
Valdes is guided by our purpose statement: We are talented people who thrive and achieve extraordinary results for our customers. 

Our core values reflect who we are, how we perform and what we aspire to:
Integrity            Critical Thinking              Excellence               Teamwork              Passion 

Valdes proudly executes all work in the United States to maintain the utmost quality for our clients. We are a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and hold the following certifications:
National Minority Supplier Development Council - MBE Certification
Illinois Department of Central Management Services - BEP Certification 
City of Chicago - MBE Certification
California Public Utilities Commission, The Supplier Clearinghouse - MBE Certification

Responsible for supervising and coordinating the efforts of Project Teams reporting to him/her and the project staff to achieve client’s established project objectives. Interface with business development, client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. May also be responsible for the Client Manager role for specific clients and be the primary point of contact and accountability for coordinating all projects with that client. Interfaces with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. Primary point of contact and accountability for ensuring projects meet client’s expectations. Responsible for leading the Valdes team and ensuring project completion within budget, schedule and conformance with specifications. Responsible for sign-off for the completed project and a final project report to close out the contract.


    • Extensive project management experience with the capability and initiative to perform the following tasks while supervising/mentoring a staff and maintaining strong client relationships.
    • Participate in all required safety activities.
    • Promote safety in all aspects of the project.
    • Direct, coordinate, budget, scope and manage multi-discipline projects of any size.
    • Manage, coordinate, and administer a project from the conceptual stages through planning, engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and prime contract closeout.
    • Manage a portfolio of client projects with one or more Project Engineers or Project Managers assigned under her/him to support the execution of the portfolio.
    • Develop new client accounts and maintain existing business relationships with client counterparts and management team.
    • Review and approve invoices to the client, as well as manage estimates, schedules, and reports being sent to the client.
    • Assist Business Development and Client Manager in business related activities.
    • All other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor of Science Degree in one of the engineering disciplines or equivalent experience
    • Professional Engineering (PE) license preferred
    • 15+ years of related experience in project engineering or project management, or equivalent experience in one of the engineering disciplines with cross training in project execution
    • Must have experience in the energy (e.g. electric power generation), or general heavy industrial sectors
    • Must be able to work in the US now and in the future without sponsorship
    • Technical Competencies
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Thorough knowledge of all engineering disciplines, plant operations within their sector and strong understanding of other the workflow from discipline to discipline for project completion
    • Leadership skills such as conflict resolution, risk evaluation, mentoring and steadiness
    • Ability to properly delegate and follow up with team to assure project is completed to client satisfaction on schedule and on budget
    • Creativeness in providing new solutions to problems
    • Responsible for Quality Control and possesses an eye for detail
    • Expertise in Microsoft Office software, Microsoft Project and Primavera are a plus
    • 5+ years’ experience supervising staff and managing projects from inception to completion including evaluating scope of work and assigning responsibilities
    • Professional registration desired
    • People Skills
    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels
    • Provide leadership to monitor, enforce, and improve quality of work and possesses the skills to supervise and manage a team
    • Able to work alone or on a team in different level positions. Not afraid to take charge, but will also cooperate and coordinate with others at their level that may have more authority over the work at hand
    • Possesses a knack for the ability to network and connect with peers, subordinates, supervisors and others within the industry
    • Ability to handle difficult individuals, remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational and effectively manage and resolve conflicts in a professional manner
    • Conscientious, enthusiastic and extroverted personality, able to initiate and follow through on assignments with little coaching
    • Personable and possesses the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, subordinates and co-workers at all levels
    • Demonstrate effective work relationships with all project and engineering personnel
    • Represents the highest standard of professional conduct with other groups, department members and clients
    • Extroverted personality, ability to supervise and lead staff offering coaching and oversight resulting in quality work product
    • Organizational Skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and able to prioritize multiple tasks without becoming overwhelmed
    • Able to schedule and balance their time effectively and possesses an internal locus of control
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Basic understanding of other discipline work flow and how all departments work together to complete projects Ability to set and track goals
    • Ability to multi-task and work on more than one project at a time
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Takes ownership of work and follows thru to completion
    • Must keep work area neat, clean and organized
    • Physical Requirements
    • Office or computer work for 60% of the time. Must be available for evening and weekend emergency calls. Position may require periods of travel and on-site assignments. Duties will include the ability to push/pull, lift or carry approximately 20 pounds, and climb stairs and vertical ladders. Must be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time such as when performing walkdowns at client facilities.
Valdes Architecture & Engineering Company is looking for bright and talented people that want to take their career to the next level. We offer many rewarding career paths to challenge and engage our employees at all phases of their careers. Our office provides a team environment, and excellent working conditions, which allow individuals to maximize their potential. Valdes Engineering offers an outstanding benefits package including Medical, Dental, 401K plan, Company paid Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance, Pet Insurance, a discounted gym membership and tuition reimbursement.