Otak is hiring for a Business Unit Leader. Are you seeking a company with a comfortable, collaborative work culture and amazing benefits? If so, come lead a growing team of creative professionals and work on highly rewarding projects that enrich the communities we serve!
As a Senior Level Manager, you will be responsible for operations, client business development, and leadership of the Water and Natural Resources practice with the Puget Sound including the Redmond and Everett offices. The Business Unit Leader works collaboratively with the Otak Water and Natural Resources Director and the Redmond Regional Manager to set market sector goals and objectives in the region and ensure the group’s ongoing development and efficient operation. This role is a seller-doer who combines excellent project delivery and management with an understanding of the principles of financial management and business development. In addition, you will function as a Senior Project Manager for specific clients or projects.
This position may be based out of our Redmond or Everett, WA office.
What you’ll do:
Provide managerial guidance on a regional level, inspiring the team to ensure that the firm’s vision and mission are achieved by setting appropriate milestones and benchmarks.
In collaboration with the Water and Natural Resources Director and Regional Manager, prepare annual business plans and monitor progress through the year.
Partner with Pursuit Managers and Marketing Managers to prepare winning professional proposals and actively participate in interview preparation and go/no-go decision meetings.
Collaborate with the Regional Manager to oversee practice area personnel in the region in accordance with Otak’s policies and procedures. This includes interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; rewarding and disciplining employees; and addressing complaints and resolving issues.
Provide technical excellence and thought leadership in the areas of basin planning, urban stormwater management, river/stream restoration, fish passage design, open-channel hydraulics, and bridge hydraulics and scour countermeasure design.
Prepare technical approaches/scope, schedule, and budgets for proposals.
Manage water resources planning and design projects in stormwater management and around natural areas, including workload planning and overseeing financials, schedule, deliverables, and quality control.
What you'll bring:
Bachelor's Degree in Engineering (or equivalency in direct field of experience) or related area, including Business and Finance.
15+ years of related experience directly managing large capital projects from design through construction and/or closeout.
Professional Engineering License required, including obtaining a Washington State PE License within 6 months of hire.
Demonstrated significant previous experience in the management of personnel, project budgets, and team financials.
Experience in the review and negotiation of agreements and contracts.
A customer-oriented seller-doer who understands how to sell Otak's services, grow the business and deliver high quality work.
Ability to work in Redmond or Everett office full-time. Flexibility allowable within Otak’s remote work guidelines.
Please note, additional duties for this role will be discussed during the interview process.
Please note that the salary information shown below is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon candidate experience, qualifications, and work location as well as market and business considerations.
Salary Range: $134,000 - $185,000 per year
At our core, we believe that supporting our communities begins with supporting our employees. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, we have a comprehensive total rewards program to enhance your quality of life, help support your family, and assist you in achieving your personal and professional goals. Otak employees enjoy competitive salaries; discretionary performance bonuses; no-cost medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, HRA/HSA; a 401(k)-retirement match that is 100% vested immediately; a hybrid work schedule; Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual based on your industry experience rather than your seniority plus 9 paid holidays per year; a commuter allowance (based on your office location); support for your professional registration and/or certification fees; and much more! If you are out of the area and interested in relocating for this opportunity, relocation assistance may be provided.The successful candidate for this position may be eligible for a signing bonus!
We’re not just looking for skills and experience, having shared values is just as important! When you work at Otak, you aren’t just joining a firm — you’re joining a community. We believe our best work happens in a culture of collaboration and inclusion, where the expertise of diverse individuals can thrive in a foundation of teamwork. The work environment we create is built on a simple concept: working on interesting projects with interesting people. However, we don’t just believe in cultivating our own community; we’re also committed to enriching the communities around us with smart, creative solutions. We know our employees make an investment in us, so we’re committed to making an investment in them. Seasoned experts and young professionals work together to encourage personal growth and skill development at all experience levels. Plus, we’re expanding — and we’re dedicated to developing an internal infrastructure with the strength and talent to support that growth.
Otak is proud to be an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. The Equal Opportunity policy at Otak, Inc. provides a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, nation origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, protected veteran status or disability or any other status(es) protected by law. Otak ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and mandatory supplements to EEO (revisions).
At Otak, we recognize that inclusion is a practice and we are determined to lead our industry by embedding that practice into our work. Cultivating an inclusive workplace environment is ongoing and consistent work, requiring dedication and commitment from every member of the organization. This commitment is reflected in Otak’s promise to significantly increase employee diversity, impact the communities in which we work, and establish ongoing relationships within these communities.
Otak’s Vision for an Inclusive Environment includes the following:
We embrace diverse identities, and willingly engage across difference
All employees can experience the workplace safely and show up as their authentic selves
Fostering unique perspectives and an open exchange of ideas
Engaging one another with curiosity rather than judgment
Relationships are built on mutual trust, dignity, and respect
If you are a minority, veteran, person with a disability, or a member of the LGBTQA Community, we strongly encourage and welcome you to apply to any open position of interest.
If you want to learn more about Otak, this position, or the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, contact our Human Resources Department at GRPHumanResources@otak.com.
*Please note, Otak is not accepting resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies at this time.
Otak, an award-winning design firm, is recognized for the exceptional talent and dedication of its diverse team, comprising engineers, architects, planners, landscape architects, urban designers, surveyors, and construction managers. Collaborating seamlessly, our professionals provide inventive and pragmatic solutions, emphasizing the economic potential of each project while prioritizing environmental stewardship and social responsibility.
Guided by a forward-thinking mindset, Otak employees embody a sustainable community perspective. We incentivize community involvement by rewarding staff volunteers with extra vacation time. Otak seamlessly integrates a small-firm ethos with robust interdisciplinary collaboration, presenting exciting project opportunities in a dynamic work environment. Our commitment to work-life balance and a vibrant workplace is accentuated by Northwest sensibilities, evident in our unwavering dedication to sustainability and diversity. Firmly believing that diversity catalyzes innovation, we nurture a culture of inclusion and equity within our company and communities.