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CDM Smith Senior Manager, Development (Development Leader) in Boston, Massachusetts


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Job Description:

CDM Smith is seeking a Development Leader to join our Digital Engineering Solutions team. This individual will lead the Development group within the Digital Engineering Solutions team, helping to drive strategic architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) initiatives through the creation of cutting-edge custom digital tools for AEC professionals. The Development group will lead the firm in DevOps practices and will provide the technological vision, solution development, tiered maintenance and support, and CI/CD, etc. This position is for a person who has demonstrated leadership capabilities, is business savvy, experienced with development and DevOps processes, and enjoys framing a problem, shaping and creating solutions, and helping to lead and champion implementation. As a member of the Digital Engineering Solutions team, the Development group will also engage in research and development and provide guidance and oversight to the AEC practices at CDM Smith, engaging in new product research, testing, and the incubation of innovative ideas that arise from around the company.

The ideal candidate will have a proven record as a team leader and expert in the field of application development, with a mindset of continuous learning and curiosity leading to tangible results.

• Lead, monitor, supervise, and evaluate the Development group. This includes aligning the group to the Digital Engineering Solutions team’s goals and objectives. This further includes providing guidance, instruction, training, and leadership skills to inspire the group to perform at their optimum, working efficiently together and maximizing the team’s potential.

• Motivate and inspire the Development group by creating an environment that promotes positive communication, encourages bonding of group members (both within the Development group and across the broader team as a whole), and demonstrates flexibility.

• Display excellent interpersonal skills to build quality relationships with the team and across the organization, be goal-driven, and manage the day-to-day activities of the team efficiently.

• Achieve goals that contribute to the growth of the organization.

• Help to identify and prioritize business use cases.

• Provide oversight and management of custom digital solutions for AEC-related needs. Employ infrastructure requirements to establish development environments and the DevOps framework.

• Establish common standards, best practices, etc. for CDM Smith’s AEC practices from a development perspective. Work closely with CDM Smith’s Information Technology team and support the IT infrastructure, cyber security, and other IT-related organizational policies.

• Be a collaborative partner to our business line stakeholders by understanding the business needs, the key strategic objectives of the business line stakeholders, and what those stakeholders need to achieve their strategic objectives. Be seen by the business line stakeholders as an extension of their team.

• Help drive the business strategy, working with leadership to identify and prioritize problems best suited for custom solution development. Effectively translate business challenges into advanced digital solutions and help quantify the various types of risks and rewards for solutions to be prioritized.

• Manages staff, evaluates performance, mentors, and plans career paths, approves paid time off (PTO) and training, ensures human resources (HR) policies are followed and makes recommendations regarding staffing decisions.

• Present to both internal and external audiences as needed.

• Assist with marketing, communications, and business development descriptions and activities as needed.

• Assist with internal and external website descriptions as needed.

• Perform other duties as required.



Job Title:

Senior Manager, Development (Development Leader)



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Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree. .

• 12 years of related experience with at least 4 of those years in a management or leadership capacity.

• Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a college degree.

Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of

the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (

Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Massachusetts - Boston

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

• Expert ability to lead teams of managers and staff. Team-oriented, positive, collaborative and reliable, actively communicating, listening, and being accountable and respectful to others.

• Proven leadership capabilities with the ability to organize, plan, prioritize, and to manage time and changing priorities.

• Possesses excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to interact with varying levels of staff, including senior management and vendors. Ability to communicate well with people from both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Passionate about creating clarity by using accessible language.

• Expert knowledge and proven ability to develop and oversee large and highly complex development programs and projects. Inquisitive, with a desire to ask questions and get a deeper understanding of business issues.

• Innovative and able to imagine new solutions to any problem.

• Business-oriented with a solid understanding of business requirements and vernacular.

• Ability to develop a deep knowledge of business units and build positive relationships, both horizontally and vertically. Passionate about helping business lines drive their success with custom digital tools.

• Ability to listen, build rapport, and credibility as a strategic partner vertically within the business unit, as well as with leadership and functional teams.

• Advanced organizational and decision-making skills. Highly detailed or less detailed as appropriate.

• Advanced ability to understand the function and capabilities of new technology trends. Curious. Stays abreast of current and upcoming technologies and tools.

• Confident in challenging perceptions and biases of individuals diplomatically at every level of the organization to enact improvements.

• Ability to operate in a high-energy, high-intensity, and evolving environment.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Fully Remote or Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.