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Project Director - New Markets: Food & Beverage

Date:  May 13, 2022


Company:  Black & Veatch Family of Companies


At Black & Veatch, our employee-owners go beyond the project. For over a century, we have been breaking down social, economic and geographic barriers by making life's critical resources accessible to all. Working with us, you will help provide critical expertise as we, along with our valued clients, deliver solutions that positively impact communities around the world. Our professionals are our greatest asset, and we believe nothing is more important than the health, happiness and professional growth of our employee-owners. With a focus on flexible work-life balance options, an expanding and diverse workforce, and limitless career growth opportunities, we will give you our best to help you give us your best, and together we can build a world of difference. 


Company : Black & Veatch Corporation  

Req Id : 68085 

Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : No 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Project Only Hire : No 

Visa Sponsorship Available: No 

Job Summary

The future of food, beverage, and agriculture has never been more exciting, challenging, and promising.  Consumers’ preferences and demands are rapidly evolving alongside major leaps forward in food technologies like alternative proteins, aquaculture and vertical farming. These trends are reshaping our food systems, driving innovation to solve global food security and create more sustainable products and facilities.

We have an exciting new leadership position in our fast-growing NextGen Ag team. We are commercializing disruptive technologies in the food and agricultural fields. We’re pros in optimizing existing facilities, designing and building new ones, and collaborating to bring emerging, new-to-world food, beverage and agricultural innovations to market.  From vertical farming to cell-based meats, we help our clients bridge the gap between science, research and development, engineering, and commercialization.

Reshaping our food system will require massive change.  If you are passionate about this opportunity and the potential to make a massive difference, we are looking for you!

Black & Veatch is Building a WORLD of Difference.

It's time for better.  NextGen Ag: Better Food, Better Planet
Manages all aspects of medium to large Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC)/Service projects, including risk to cost, schedule, quality. Responsible for the day-to-day successful execution of contracted engineering, procurement, and construction scope in the areas of performance, financial metrics, planning, schedule, quality, contractual compliance, safety, and client satisfaction. Provides for the successful staffing of the project. Manages and leads medium to large teams of multi-discipline professionals. Coordinates and integrates the activities associated with the engineering, procurement, construction, and startup elements of the project team, including the activities of all third-party companies contributing to the initiative.

Key Responsibilities

•    Proposal / Business Development – Supports proposal requests by contributing to development of scope, levels of effort and commercial strategy. 
•    Project Complexity - Manages medium to large engineering projects involving multiple clients or partners, or small EPC projects with minimal risk
•    Number of Projects and/or Clients - Manages multiple services clients and/or a small EPC project client and/or projects where the project team, client structure and/or project location present challenges
•    Client Management - Obtains new/repeat business on medium to large size projects; supports contract negotiations with clients
•    Risk to Black and Veatch - Manages risk which may include fixed price, new technology, non-domestic markets or new clients
•    Acts as a project manager among responsibilities is management of a project team 
•    The individual comprising this team may vary by project 

Management Responsibilities

Acts as a project manager. Among responsibilities is management of a project team. The individual comprising this team may vary by project.

Preferred Qualifications

9 years of Project Management experience  
Preferred Skills:
•    Knowledge and overall understanding of the food and beverage industry.
•    Business Development - Foundational - Identifies client requirements, develops and maintains relationships with clients, conducts market research, writes and presents project estimates and proposals including scope, cost, and schedule according to client requirements and bid processes
•    Business Acumen - Foundational - Negotiates contract commercial terms, manages project budgets, costs, and receivables, manages contracts and legal issues, analyzes and reports health metrics as a basis for improvement, applies knowledge of policies and regulations to project scope, builds relationships with key stakeholders, applies value creation
•    Execution - Foundational - Uses Black and Veatch project management phases and methodology including, project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and control, and closeout to direct work, manages changes and risk on scope, cost, schedule, quality, and safety based on available resources and client requirements, manages constructability and procurement, manages warranty plan
•    Leadership - Foundational - Communicates clear expectations, goals, and vision 
•    Manages performance of direct reports, motivates, coaches, and mentors professionals, delegates project work, practices behaviors supporting diversity and inclusion, and collaboration to achieve results
•    Client Focus
•    Drives Vision and Purpose
•    Previous project management experience in food & beverage, manufacturing or other related industries.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree. All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Typical office environment: Sitting/standing/computer usage for extended periods of time. Speaking/listening. Ability to utilize audio/video conferencing software for internal/external communication purposes. 

Typical construction environment: Extreme weather conditions, high noise level, safety hazards (electric currents, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to chemicals), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, poor ventilation). Sitting, walking, talking, hearing, reading, writing, keyboarding, driving, filing, reaching, stooping, crouching, bending, standing for extended periods of time, lifting or carrying up to 40 pounds.

Business Travel required as necessary.


Action oriented
Builds effective teams
Business insight
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Drives results
Drives vision and purpose
Develops talent

Salary Plan

PMT: Project Management

Job Grade


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Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers an array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.


To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time, and dependent sick time.


A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company-matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.


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