Position title
Vice President

Allen + Shariff is seeking a Vice President who would be responsible for the achievement of major key Company objectives, which include:

  • Maintaining and enhancing A+S’s reputation for high quality design.
  • Achieving A+S’s established profit objectives on all projects.
  • Sustaining a continual pipeline of client work and, through effective management, avoiding potential financial and reputation losses associated with client dissatisfaction.
  • Continually improving staff performance in terms of technical capability and production efficiency as these relate to employee satisfaction and company profit.
  • Maintaining and improving quality control procedures as these relate to design, budget, and schedule objectives.

The role of Vice President is a merging of technical, operational, and client-facing responsibilities. In summary, the role assumes ultimate accountability for the technical product leaving the assigned office, the financial performance of the assigned office, and the external view of Allen + Shariff with the clients of the assigned office. Interwoven into the areas of overall accountability are the corporate responsibilities which come with being an executive within the firm.

  • Participates in the development and evaluation of project goals for the office.
  • Ensures project managers and other team members understand the direction and goals of A+S and the office. Ensures that employees comprehend and accept goals and understand how they can contribute to the achievement of those goals.
  • Builds relationships with present and prospective clients.
  • Participates in proposal presentations and negotiations.
  • Reviews and approves plans, programs, and budgets prepared by project managers, designers, and other employees working on projects.
  • Counsels and supports project managers/employees in their execution of the projects.
  • Promotes the adequate and proper utilization of the staff by project managers.
  • Maintains frequent contacts with clients; debriefs and critiques project performance with team members.
  • Ensures project managers prepare accurate job cost reports.
  • Is acutely aware and takes personal ownership of all costs assigned to projects within his/her office. The Vice President takes ownership of the costs of the team and works to manage those costs, as appropriate, in support of the goals of the firm.
  • Periodically evaluates project managers’ performance against the project operating plans, programs, and budgets.
  • Evaluates performance of project managers and other team members and recommends appropriate actions to the President – Engineering (salary adjustment, bonus, promotion, layoff, training, disciplinary action, etc.).
  • Takes a leadership role in preparing proposals.
  • Demonstrates results reflective of actively engaging clients in the pursuit of new opportunities. In addition to project meetings, the Vice President is spending ~50% (20 hrs / wk) of his/her time in client engaging capacities.
  • Available as a primary call for consultation for the clients of his/her primary office, as well as other offices, at the request of his/her appropriate team member.
  • Leads presentations to clients.
  • This is not a remote position.  In office is standard A+S policy.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering with at least 15 years of experience in engineering and 4 years with a PE license.
  • Must have an in-depth understanding of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as CAD operations.
  • Must understand all appropriate codes and LEED requirements.
  • Must have strong working knowledge and experience with the following software: word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software to effectively manage projects and project teams.
  • Must have developed job knowledge, communication, leadership, planning, time management, teamwork, decision‐making, judgment, and problem-solving skills.
  • PE certification required.
  • Leadership role, related civic/professional organization.
  • LEED certification preferred.
Employment Type
Job Location
Columbia, Maryland
Date posted
December 1, 2021
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Position: Vice President

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