Jacobs Project Manager-Rail in Chicago, Illinois

Project Manager-Rail


The Buildings & Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which serves both the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape the communities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform the future development patterns of those communities. We provide our clients award-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design, construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients, leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growth opportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive high rankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, including the categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings Design Firms, and Top Transportation Companies.

  • Responsible for the quality of rail and civil engineering work performed, client service, utilization of staff, marketing, office reputation, contract management, billing collection, and project profitability for railway engineering projects.

  • Sells the services of Jacobs as a senior level Project Manager.

  • Directs and coordinates activities of Project Engineers, Engineers, and Technicians to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget.

  • Performs work with the preparation of railway, roadway, highway, and bridge design using local (State, County or City) or AASHTO along with Fright Rail and AREMA standards at both conceptual and final design levels.

  • Typical duties are likely to include the following: Coordination with all complimentary disciplines (roadway, drainage, structural, traffic, public involvement and environmental), technical preparation and supervision of planning and final design tasks, perform plan quality reviews, participate in value engineering studies.

  • Full managerial responsibility for all aspects of the project; scope, schedule, design, quality, staff, etc.

  • Initiates and reviews proposals and sales activities as well as leads and participates in interviews and presentations.

  • Maintains positive relationships with current and past clients.

  • Represents Jacobs at meetings, presentations, and public hearings relative to assigned projects.

  • Supervises the design and ongoing progress of a project, including the coordination of the project with Railroad, City, State, and County officials, and other outside agencies.

  • Reviews plans, prepares or reviews technical specifications, contract documents, and estimates.

  • Assures that project team complies with the contract agreement as well as exercises rigid cost control to implement the approved design within established budget restraints.

  • Develops and mentors less experienced staff.

  • Completes within 12 months of hire the Jacobs’s Project Management Certification program.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering is required

  • Licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) is required

  • At least 10 years of progressive railway, highway and bridge consultant or public agency design experience is required

  • At least 10 years of progressive Project Management experience is preferred.

  • Experience with Microstation and InRoads/RailTrack is required.

  • Experience working in and leading large multi-disciplinary teams required.

  • Experience working on large Class 1 freight rail road projects a plus.

  • Candidate with established local client relationships preferred.

  • Technical experience preparing feasibility studies, proposals (Project Approach) and reports is preferred.

  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills is required.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Illinois-Chicago

Req ID: BI 000394