Deputy Operations Manager

Requisition ID: 265860 

  • Relocation Authorized: National - Family 
  • Telework Type: Part-Time Telework 
  • Work Location: Houston, TX 

Company Overview:

Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world’s infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place.


Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customer’s objectives to create a lasting positive impact.


We serve the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining and Metals; and Manufacturing and Technology markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.


Core to Bechtel are our values and commitments – we live for a challenge, we do the right thing, we take care of each other, we succeed together, and we build trust. They are what we believe, what customers expect, and how we deliver.



Responsible for managing, coordinating, and administering nuclear and non-nuclear water and wastewater projects from the conceptual stages through planning, engineering, procurement, construction, start-up, performance testing, initial operations, and prime contract close-out. Responsible for assisting Business Development in expanding current work scope, developing proposal technical and pricing strategies and preparing proposal execution strategies/plans.  Also supports communications and presentations to customers. Supervises the development of budgets and schedules, manages performance, reports progress, and initiates action to assure program/project objectives and schedules are met and work is performed within budget and according to specifications. Resolves problems and coordinates the final turnover of the project to the customer. Provides leadership for the development and maintenance of a high-performance project team.  Has overall responsibility for Program/Project execution, ensuring that Program/Project is delivered within contract requirements, standards of quality and safety and to Customer and Bechtel performance expectations.



  • Assists BD in developing win plans, preliminary project execution plans, estimating plans, proposal plans, proposals, and contract formulation.  Reviews draft prime contract and proposal documents.  Develops prime contract strategy and plan. Participates in prime contract negotiations including the negotiations of client/customer deliverables and the schedule for such deliverables. Ensures proper and clear Division of Responsibility (DOR) between Bechtel and JV partners including integrated work processes.
  • Establishes an appropriate, integrated organizational structure, including off-project functional and specialist support.  Defines and communicates roles, responsibilities and authorities to project team members/partners and the Customer to ensure project completion in a safe manner, within budget, on schedule, and in conformance with the appropriate standards, specifications and applicable regulatory requirements.  The project organizational structure should address multiple execution offices, multiple project entities, joint venture, alliance and consortium arrangements, as appropriate.
  • Ensures scope, design basis and objectives are defined, best practices/lessons learned reviewed, detailed work plans, schedules, budgets and procedures are established, including:  Execution Plan; Contract Management Plan; Plan for addressing critical cross-functional work processes and systems, etc.  Obtains concurrence by the members of the project team, functional management and the Customer.  Ensures integration of work plans of multiple execution units or entities, such as Joint Ventures.  Promotes the use of constructability reviews during project execution.
  • Monitors and controls all contractual commitments to ensure that all work is being performed in accordance with the specifications, drawings and terms of the contract, that a trend program is in place, that change orders and claims are processed in a timely manner.  Implements and maintains a change management control system.  Ensures that all Customer communications on the prime contract are documented.  On behalf of the Customer, manages contractors on construction management projects.
  • Facilitates with project team the development, communication, implementation, update and continual use of the Project Execution Plan. Reviews and approves project control systems which measure progress/performance, provide early warning of deviations from Plan, and identify corrective actions to be taken.
  • Identifies quality requirements and ensures the proper processes are identified and implemented to achieve contractual quality commitments.  Assesses customer perception of quality on a regular periodic basis.
  • Oversees the Environmental, Safety & Health program for both the office and field work environments including contractor and subcontractor activities.  Ensures design is in accordance with ES&H laws and regulations applicable to the projects (country).
  • Oversees the Document Control and Records Management function.  Coordinates the documentation and software turnover package to the client at the end of the project.  Ensures that customer standards for documentation and electronic files are maintained, as appropriate.
  • Reviews and approves bid tabulations for commitments on all major purchase orders, contracts, and sub-contracts, and approves critical changes to these documents in accordance with the delegated commitment authority.  Promotes and uses global acquisitioning and MPAGs as appropriate.  Considers currency protection and hedging, as appropriate.
  • Directs the preparation and presents the Project Financial Status Report (PFSR) to Bechtel management.
  • Monitors cash flow to minimize the use of Bechtel capital resources on the project.  Informs the Customer of the current and anticipated cash requirements.   Establishes and controls the budget for non-reimbursable project costs.
  • Assists in the training of new project managers and other project personnel in key positions through both formal training courses and on-the-job training.  Establishes a plan to provide training opportunities for project personnel.
  • Promotes the management concept of Continuous Improvement (CI) among all members of the project team.  Leads the CI process for the Customer and Bechtel.  Promotes, monitors and mentors the concept of total installed cost (TIC).  Initiates, promotes and continually practices team building.
  • Conducts periodic project and Customer meetings consistent with the project communications plan to promote and facilitate communication, review progress/performance, discuss issues and facilitate problem resolution.  Develops communication plan to ensure effective communications between the project team, the Customer and off-project operations, Functional Management, RIU/EU and Senior Management.
  • Documents all turnover activities and obtains Customer’s final acceptance of the work.  Prepares and submits the Final Project Report to Bechtel management and the Customer.  Closes out the prime contract.



Knowledge of Bechtel organization, policies, procedures and programs including QA and Safety. 

Knowledge of water and wastewater treatment processes and technologies.

Knowledge of nuclear and non-nuclear industry project requirements, technology and EPC work processes, including knowledge of customs, culture and business practices of Region/Country where project is located. 

Knowledge and understanding of working arrangements with joint ventures, alliances and consortiums.  Experience with lump sum and reimbursable projects.

Knowledge of front-end activities including:

  • Best Practices/Lessons Learned
  • Constructability
  • Risk Analysis/Contingency Evaluation
  • Estimate/Proposal Review Process

Ability to effectively organize and staff a project team in a matrix organization.

Knowledge and understanding of Bechtel standard tools, techniques and procedures including:

  • Project Controls
  • Financial management
  • Automation, including standard office tools
  • Records management
  • Root Cause Analysis

Knowledge and experience in baseline development and implementation including:

  • Scope definition
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Estimates and resource loaded schedules
  • Progress and performance curves and metrics
  • Reports and action items tracking

Business and Commercial awareness including:

  • Cash flow management
  • Currency management and hedging strategies
  • Conserving the use of Bechtel capital

Knowledge and experience in Project Execution Plan development and implementation.

Knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies.

Knowledge and experience in contracts/subcontracts formulation, risk analysis, negotiations, and implementation including:

  • Change control and documentation management
  • Cost trend program and its linkage to change control
  • The hierarchy of requirements documents in case of conflict (RFP, Proposal, Contract, etc.)
  • Joint Ventures, Alliances and Consortiums

Knowledge of project insurance issues/options.

Knowledge of cross functional work processes and interface knowledge, especially Project Controls, Supply Chain management, Quality management and the ability to manage the relationships/interfaces with management and functional groups.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifcations:

Level 1

  • Typically possesses 15+ years experience in the following functions:  project management, engineering, construction, project controls and procurement.
  • Responsible for managing, coordinating, and administering any of the following major and complex projects:
    • Major projects involving several Bechtel organizations.
    • Major international projects.
    • Simultaneous management of several projects.
    • Joint Ventures, Alliances and Consortiums
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of the scope of work, including construction, engineering, procurement, project controls, and financial phases, including their interfaces and interdependencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage very difficult and complex projects and to take corrective action, monitor work, manage conflict, and coordinate the activities of others.


Level 2

  • Typically possesses 12+ years experience in the following functions: project management, engineering, construction, project controls and procurement.
  • Responsible for managing, coordinating and administering major projects that may involve several Bechtel organizations.
  • Thorough understanding of the scope of work covered by the prime contract. Has demonstrated knowledge of construction, engineering and procurement, and other project related activities, including their interfaces and interdependencies.  Broad knowledge of industry standards.
  • Ability to manage large projects and to take corrective action, monitor work, manage conflict, and coordinate the activities of others, including joint ventures, alliances and consortiums.



Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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