Operations Manager- Kiewit Foundations Co.

Location: Denver CO Posted Date: June 18, 2020
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Employer Job Id:  103499  Careermine Job Id: 1844180
Requisition ID: 103499

Job Level: Senior Level

Department: Construction Operations

Market: Industrial

Employment Type: Full Time

Position Overview

Kiewit Foundations Co. is seeking an Operations Manager responsible for leading and influencing field operations across the entire business. Primary duties of the Operations Manager focus on leadership, technical field solutions, operational standards, continuous improvement, scheduling, cost management, fleet planning, craft engagement, and change management. A strong technical and practical background in specialty foundations and geotechnical construction is required. Also, excellent communication skills as well as an ability to work well in a team environment are considered critical to this position.

The Operations Manager is part of the executive team and reports directly to the President of Kiewit Foundations. This position will work directly with Project Manager's and their teams to execute our projects safely, with high quality, and in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. They will also engage with estimating teams on a regular basis to brainstorm technical solutions, equipment, and tooling for bids.

Frequent travel is expected. The Operations Manager spends approximately 75% of their time visiting projects to implement build work standards.

District Overview

Kiewit Foundations Co. is a full-service geotechnical foundation contractor operating across North America. Our experience and expertise cover a wide range of specialty foundation construction for both structural and ground improvement solutions. We operate in the transportation, power, water/wastewater, mining, building, industrial, and oil, gas, and chemical markets. As part of Kiewit we are integrated with 135 years of construction and engineering experience that provides wholistic solutions to the industry that are unmatched.

Our rapidly growing foundations business, which includes drilled shafts, micro pile, driven pile, augercast-in-place pile, full displacement pile, soil mixing, support of excavation, anchors, tie-backs, stone columns, and other geotechnical solutions is a multi-faceted and leading-edge division of Kiewit focused on delivering differentiated solutions.

We are an innovative team that works on both Kiewit projects and with other general contractors across all our markets. Our staff collaborates with Kiewit's engineering group comprised of more than 60 geotechnical engineers as well as premier external geotechnical engineering firms to deliver safe and cost-effective solutions that achieve client expectations and further Kiewit's legacy of excellence.

Our mission is to make a difference and we offer opportunities for you to make one too through our construction operations. Whether we're supporting Kiewit or other general contractors to bore tunnels through mountains, turn rivers into energy, build bridges that connect communities, or develop facilities that power and fuel our world, we depend on our passionate, skilled, and safety-obsessed construction professionals to get it done right. You bring your big ideas, commitment to top quality, and an unwavering work ethic. In return, we offer huge career and travel opportunities and the satisfaction of building the next big thing from below ground up. There's a reason Kiewit attracts the best: we offer fast-paced excitement and fulfillment you won't find anywhere else.

On our team, you'll have the opportunity to see more, touch more, and do more than you ever imagined. Working hard will not only bring you satisfaction from a job well done, but it will help propel your career forward faster than you might expect. Kiewit's culture encourages training, developing your skills, and tailoring your experience and knowledge to allow you to take on projects that impact millions across North America. With top-notch health benefits, a wealth-building 401k plan, and unbeatable growth opportunities, by joining Kiewit, you're ensuring a lifetime of success.


Kiewit Foundations Co. has its headquarters in Omaha, NE and operates across North America via regional locations in Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, and Lenexa, KS. This position can be based out of any of these locations or other Kiewit office locations across the United States.


  • Establish, maintain, train, and continuously improve operational standards that deliver excellent safety and quality results.
  • Work with executive team on fleet planning and management.
  • Maintain supplier and key manufacturer relationships by working closely with equipment department.
  • Positively influence project operations with training, technical expertise, and hands on planning and execution support.
  • Closely work with team responsible for specialty tooling acquisition, utilization, and maintenance.
  • Lead management and engagement of traveling craft.
  • Coordinate training and compliance measures to ensure project procedures are followed.
  • Mentor and develop operational leaders throughout the business.
  • Assist with capture plans and estimate strategies.


Basic Qualifications:
  • At least 15+ years' related experience and/or training, specifically in the specialty foundation and/or geotechnical construction industry.
  • Experience working in a team setting and directing/reviewing the work of others.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Expert knowledge (components, configuration options, applications, repair, troubleshooting, production constraints, etc.) of all types and makes of foundation drill rigs.
  • Expert knowledge of drilled shaft means and methods
  • Strong knowledge of dill tooling
  • Strong all-around knowledge of geotechnical ground improvement techniques, structural deep foundation methods, and support of excavation (SOE) operations.
  • Ground Improvement experience includes rigid inclusions, soil mixing, vibro-replacement (stone columns), vibro-compaction, compaction grouting, permeation grouting, jet grouting, and deep dynamic compaction.
  • Structural deep foundation experience includes micropiles, drilled shafts, auger-cast-in-place piles, driven piles
  • Support of excavation experience includes secant pile, anchors, and tiebacks
  • The physical ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environmental conditions.
  • Ability and desire to travel to project sites on a regular basis

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Open to relocation
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering in any discipline from a four-year college or university.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There's no limit to what you'll work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you'll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you're building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you're bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you'll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you'll be part of a mission that's bigger than you can imagine.

Here, you'll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience - all while helping people across the globe live better.

Nearest Major Market: Denver
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