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Merrick & Company Technical Quality and Design Services (TQDS) Leader in Denver, Colorado

Technical Quality and Design Services (TQDS) Leader


Merrick & Company is seeking a Technical Quality and Design Services (TQDS) Leader for our Infrastructure team in Denver, CO, which would include limited travel to other Merrick offices in Colorado to support the growing practice. The TQDS Leader will have a portfolio of projects for which they have final responsibility for delivering (sealing). Within that portfolio, they will be responsible for design team goals, key success factors, team roles, internal communications, subcontract coordination, quality control, drawing and specification production, and timelines.

The TQDS Leader must have unique capabilities in water infrastructure design, quality control, standards development, planning and design process optimization, and technical delivery mentorship. The TQDS Leader will critically review approaches, initiate refinements, and oversee the upgrading of standard methods. They will work with Project Managers to ensure that a Project Procedures Manual is developed and followed on every Merrick Project and will serve as the QA/QC lead on projects they not sealing.

Generally, this is not an external client facing role focused on new business development. The TQDS is not anticipated to be leading the negotiation of contracts. Rather, the TQDS Leader will focus on staff development and continuously improving the technical quality of our designs and streamlining our design processes without adversely impacting quality. The TQDS Leader will support externally focused project managers:

  • in developing and refining technical approaches on projects and proposals

  • attending client meetings as requested, and

  • participating in technical committees with potential clients.

The TQDS Leader will provide technical mentorship and design advisement for a team of 4-12 project engineers. This will include facilitating technical professional development discussions and supporting staff as they implement their development plans. Part of the role involves identifying and creating opportunities for project engineering staff to both strengthen and diversify their skill base.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering related discipline

  • 15 years of infrastructure industry experience

  • 8 years of progressive design experience related to water/wastewater treatment, pumping, and conveyance.

  • 5 years of technical and professional mentoring experience

  • Required Certifications: P.E. (Professional Engineer) in any state with the ability to obtain licensure in the State of Colorado with 6 months

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in civil engineering related discipline

  • 20 years of infrastructure industry experience

  • 15 years of progressive design experience related to water/wastewater treatment, pumping, and conveyance.

  • 10 years of technical and professional mentoring experience

  • 5 years of experience working within a cross-discipline design center

  • Continuous improvement and business system optimization experience.

The TQDS Leader will work across the entirety of the Merrick organization on projects, standardization, and leveraging of talent (wherever it exists in the organization) including collaboration with:

  • Merrick’s Infrastructure Team which includes transportation, land development, surface water, and whitewater consulting services

  • Merrick’s High Performance Facilities Group which includes structural, electrical, architectural, and mechanical discipline engineering.

  • Merrick’s Energy and Chemicals Group that require Industrial Wastewater design services.

Physical Requirements

  • The job requires the ability to sit for extended periods at a computer workstation.

  • Meets expectations for attendance and punctuality.

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasional travel to client facilities and project sites require ability to climb ladders, inspect without entering manholes and vaults and be physically mobile in and around water and wastewater facilities, as well as being able to open gates, doors, vaults and manhole lids.

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as but not limited to computers, copiers, printers, scanners and plotters.

Additional Information

Apply online only. No e-mail, hard copy or third-party resumes accepted.

Merrick & Company offers a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes health insurance, dental and vision coverage, employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) opportunity, 401(k) options, and paid time off (PTO). This position is also eligible for annual performance and spot bonuses.

We recognize the importance of developing top talent from within, our employees have access to a wide range of internal and external training as well as coaching and peer mentoring programs.

Merrick & Company is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or any other applicable status protected by state or local law.

We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.


Job ID: 2021-2676

External Company Name: Merrick & Company

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Street: 2480 W. 26th Avenue