Jan 01, 2022

Sr. Civil Engineer (Land Development)

  • Kier + Wright
  • Santa Clara, CA, USA
Full time Civil Engineer

Job Description


The Senior Civil Engineer is well versed in land development, can manage projects with minimal oversight, delegate work to staff and mentor junior engineers in their professional development.  The senior engineer will be primarily responsible for overseeing and managing production of design from initial concepts to final permitted drawings on multiple projects assigned to the team.  They must have professional knowledge and skill to research, analyze, plan, and implement effective engineering designs, and must frequently use of independent judgment.  They will represent Kier & Wright in all communications with the client, developer, design team and public agencies throughout the course of the project.



  • Assist with the preparation of proposals including write ups on project specific approach
  • Prepare scope, selection of staff, and resource loaded schedule
  • Provide prior project experience, inclusion of subconsultants
  • Provide fee breakdown and valuation

Project Management

  • Participate in contract negotiations, approve client billing, and secure contract amendments for changes to scope and fees.
  • Responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and controlling project team activities with minimal input from team lead.
  • Maintain project schedules, project budgets and track project risks.
  • Develop working relationships with client, contractors, stakeholders, relevant agencies, etc.

Staff Management

  • May perform or be consulted for input on annual employee evaluations in addition to ongoing mentoring, goal setting and skill development.


  • Can independently provide accurate designs of on-site and off-site improvements for the planning and construction of commercial, industrial, and/or high-density residential projects that are ready for construction.
  • May assist the team lead in the QAQC review of project plan sets.
  • Can independently provide accurate design of grading, drainage, utilities and stormwater treatment.
  • Prepare civil engineering calculations and other engineering reports.
  • Construction cost estimating.
  • Coordination with municipalities, architects, subconsultants & clients.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or an equivalent level of experience
  • 10+ years of experience + Professional Engineering License, CA or 20+ years of experience (non-licensed)
  • Additional certifications a plus, e.g. QSP/QSD, PMP
  • Project Management experience
  • Employee Management experience.
  • General knowledge of computers, Microsoft office, Adobe, Internet, etc.
  • Experience with AutoCAD Civil 3D and Bluebeam, required


Employee Self-Management Skills

  • Collaboration: Effective working relationships with management, coworkers, subordinates and clients. Mutual respect. Listening to others, adapting to changes, debating alternatives, being open-minded and producing a superior outcome as the result of effective teamwork.
  • Problem Solving: The ability to develop a timely, efficient solution or alternative when a posed with a problem; thinking outside the box; paying attention to the details.
  • Responsiveness/Communication: Communicating in a prompt and professional manner; providing relevant and timely information to management, coworkers, subordinates and clients in a clear, concise and direct manner.
  • Self-Responsible: Taking control and accountability; not waiting for others to direct.
  • Efficient: Ability to maintain focus, stay organized, manage multiple tasks and complete work within deadlines, with minimal errors in a fast-paced environment.
  • Adaptable: Ability to modify practices, systems or attitudes to align with new requirements.

Project Management

  • Financial Acumen: The ability to think quickly and use good judgement to make financial decisions relating to the overall business, clients, project budgets, expenses, assets, etc.
  • Time Management: The ability to use one's time effectively or productively; advanced planning and organization; producing results with less stress and increased accuracy.
  • Risk Management: Awareness of obstacles and their impact on the business; ability to manage obstacles to avoid them all together or produce the best possible outcome.

Employee Management

  • Conflict Resolution: The ability to listen effectively, communicate in a clear and direct manner, process information and establish an agreeable outcome leading using collaboration as a conflict resolution strategy.
  • Delegation: The ability to assign responsibility for a task and empower the individual with the authority to do what is needed to produce the desired results.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Ability to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, e.g. self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills and/or managing interpersonal relationships.
  • Mentoring: Ability to effectively train and counsel less experienced staff.

Specialty Skills

  • LEED Certified
  • Understanding and production of Entitlements/Planning documents
  • Construction Management (i.e. methods of construction, responsiveness, project closeout, etc.)
  • Detailed understanding of Topographic and boundary surveys


  • Prolonged periods of sitting (up to 8 hours a day for office staff)
  • Interacting with technology (computer, cellphone, etc.)
  • Ability to lift and/or carry items ( up to 20 lbs.)
  • Prolonged periods of standing/walking (field checks)
  • Ability to work outdoors in various weather conditions (field checks)
  • Occasional travel e.g. driving to offices, jobsites, client meetings, etc.

What we offer to our employees

  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision 100% paid for by Kier & Wright
  • 401k and profit sharing
  • Paid Holidays
  • Generous PTO
  • Great company culture
  • Free office snacks
  • Hybrid work from home options  (Santa Clara and Irvine Office Options) 
  • Much more! 

Since 1972, Kier & Wright has provided both private and public sector clients with engineering and surveying work that is efficient, cost-effective and forward-thinking. We offer a full range of services to support land development and redevelopment projects throughout California. Learn more about our services at kierwright.com. EEO

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