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Senior Planner/Project Manager (West Coast Office Location or Remote Work)

Company: Tetra Tech, Inc.
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:

Discover your full potential. At Tetra Tech, we are collaborating with industry-leading experts for a sustainable future for our world. We combine consulting and engineering with advanced analytics and technology to solve the world's most complex challenges. Our innovation hubs across the globe will enable you to share ideas and best practices while growing your professional network. Wherever you are in your career journey, you will benefit from working with world-class engineers, scientists, and technical specialists.

Apply today and join the company that is Leading with Science.


Tetra Tech, Inc., a nationally recognized engineering, and consulting firm, is seeking motivated, intelligent professionals interested in filling a Senior Planner/ Project Manager position on our Asset Management Team. Functioning as a member of that team, the Senior Planner / Project Manager will provide vital leadership, mentor more junior members, and apply expertise in municipal and federal planning. The position will be responsible for planning, preparing, and developing deliverables in compliance with Department of Defense (DoD), federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, and policies.


To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Creating proposals, associated scope, and work breakdown structures to include tasks, deliverables, resources, hours, and costs.

  • Bringing together client needs and requirements with Tetra Tech capabilities, looking beyond personal experience and matching untapped Tetra Tech potential with a wide range of client needs.

  • Understanding government market conditions, trends, risks, and budget drivers and applying this knowledge to anticipating the scope and timing of major contracting opportunities.

  • Developing and implementing growth strategies to increase client base for a broad range of integrated asset management and engineering services.

  • Providing Earned Value Management (EVM) calculations to ensure projects are within scope and budget.

  • Performing agency coordination while leading specialized teams and contractors in the production of technical deliverables.

  • Managing multiple complex projects and issues simultaneously while meeting firm deadlines.

  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with DoD clients to maximize contract and project opportunities.

  • Staying well informed of military, asset management, and resiliency programs and opportunities through existing relationships, developing new relationships, and participating in professional organizations.

  • Meeting with key clients and potential clients to share Tetra Tech's capabilities and foster stronger client relationships and identifying mutually beneficial contracting opportunities.

  • Working collaboratively with other experts in numerous locations across Tetra Tech's broad U.S. geography.

  • Supporting preparation of proposals, cost estimates, and business development materials.

  • Other duties as may be assigned.


The following experience and skills are required for this position:

  • Experience in client management, team leadership, and charrette facilitation.

  • Well-developed knowledge of municipal and federal contracting, procurement processes, proposal development, and price negotiations.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical asset attribute data, geographic information system (GIS) data, land use planning, energy materials, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, and practices of project management, research, policy analysis, quantitative data-driven analysis, and qualitative analysis.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills in facilitating relationships with executives, elected/appointed officials, and other decision-makers.

  • Creative problem-solving skills to gather relevant information and identify opportunities to solve less well-defined planning problems, including identification of cost-saving partnerships and efficiencies.

  • Familiarity with natural and cultural resources, federal land use, and property and facility management.

  • Experience with encroachment management, airspace and land restrictions and including air, water, and cultural resources.

  • Direct experience with DoD and surrounding municipalities, partnerships, regulations, and projects.

  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state, and/or local regulations and statutes related to DoD land use.

  • Ability to write proposals in response to DoD requests for proposals.

  • Relationships with DoD customers, including USACE Districts, AFCEC, and NAVFAC as well as Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps installations.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher and a minimum of 15 years of applicable experience. Active DoD security clearance of "Secret" or ability to obtain a security clearance if required.

  • At least 15 years of experience in land use environmental planning and project management, including military planning, municipal planning, and federal land management.

  • More than 8 years of project management experience (e.g., budgeting, scheduling, developing scope, and quality assurance/control).


Not applicable.


While primarily performed in an office environment, travel and on-site work might be required, however, which could require lifting 50 pounds of documents or equipment, traversing uneven terrain during site visits, and standing long periods of time at public meetings. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


This work is principally performed in an office environment either from a home office or in a Tetra Tech office. However, there are occasional requirements to visit client sites, which requires the ability to perform work in an office environment or outdoors while conducting data gathering site visits, participating in on-site meetings, and attending conferences or other training and business development activities off-site. Travel to conferences and client sites is expected to be less than 25% of the time.


Must be fluent in the English and able to communicate effectively in speaking and writing Must be able to provide high-quality written products including reports and presentations.


Must have basic mathematics skills required for bidding, managing budgets, and analyzing documents.


Fluency with computer software is desirable, including knowledge of primary Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Project, Teams, and Outlook) and GIS.

About Tetra Tech:

Tetra Tech combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with local, client-focused delivery in more than 400 locations around the world. Our reputation rests on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees-20,000 associates working together to provide smart, scalable solutions for challenging projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

Explore our open positions at Follow us on social media to learn more about our people, culture, and opportunities:

LinkedIn: @TetraTechCareers

Twitter: @TetraTechJobs

Facebook: @TetraTechCareers

Tetra Tech is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are among Tetra Tech's core values. Throughout our history, the company has prioritized equitable inclusion of all people. All qualified candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, military or veteran status, gender, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information and any other characteristics protected by the law. We invite resumes from all interested parties. Please visit our website at to see the array of diverse services and exciting projects we are currently working on.

Tetra Tech is a VEVRAA federal contractor and we request priority referral of veterans for available positions.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please no phone calls or agencies.

Additional Information

  • Organization: 112 EGS

Keywords: Tetra Tech, Inc., Santa Maria , Senior Planner/Project Manager (West Coast Office Location or Remote Work), Other , Santa Maria, California

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