Work in Ames

Sr. Designer

Company Name:
Keen Project Solutions
Job Type:
Full Time
Posted Date:
January 31, 2023
Deadline Date:
June 30, 2023
Job Categories:
Construction, Engineering
Home Base Iowa Company:
Job Description:

Role Definition  

A Senior Designer must have a strong design background and a desire to use creativity to design systems that enhance the productivity, quality, and working environment of facilities. They are responsible for the front-end engineering and design phase and planning, coordinating, and procurement for construction projects.  A Senior Designer is very technical and understands industrial process flows, equipment, and design methodology required to develop Process Flow Diagrams (PFD’s), P&ID’s, and general arrangement equipment layout drawings.  They are responsible for developing the scope of the project including spatial requirements, operational considerations, building use, equipment, and consider the overall safety, budget, schedule, and quality of large, complex construction projects from project inception through project completion. This role profile is subject to change at any time.  



  • Consider the safety of Keen Project Solutions construction personnel, the customer, operators, subcontractors, and the general public when designing any project outlined by the company, OSHA, NFPA, FMSA, and other applicable regulatory requirements for all work processes.  

  • Research and ensure incorporation of applicable federal, state, municipal codes, permits, and standards relying upon proper expertise and resources internally and externally.    

  • Perform job site observations and report deficiencies, non-conformance, safety issues, quality control issues, and opportunities for improvement to the senior-most project manager on an assigned project.    

  • Comply with risk management programs applicable to assigned projects, including contracts, insurance, bonding, and any special owner or regulatory requirements.  Identify areas of risk, investigate, and propose solutions.  



  • Coordinate the efforts of all parties involved in the project, including the architects, consultants, contractors, trade contractors, and directly hired tradespersons.  

  • Demonstrate ability to effectively establish and contribute to internal and external teams while leading outside design management and in-house design.  

  • Lead Owner Design Coordination Meetings.  Facilitate open communication and collaboration with owners, designers, and trade partners to build a team atmosphere, resolve conflicts early, and track progress.  Ensure actions are logged.  Utilize on-line collaboration tools and web meetings to coordinate and conduct business efficiently.   

  • Build teams to effectively manage projects, resolve design issues, answer questions, solve production problems, and make sure that final plans are accurate.   

  • Coordinate the efforts of all parties involved in the project, including the architects, consultants, contractors, trade contractors, and directly hired tradespersons.  

  • Provide basic support for all other departments as needed, along with other assigned duties.   




  • Properly prepare and execute design services to meet customers’ expectations for clarity, timeliness, quality, completeness, and efficiency.  

  • Communicate effectively to ensure all team members and customers are well informed throughout the design process, including effective face-to-face meetings, web and phone conferences, collaborative software, design meetings and events, and other common communication channels.  

  • Maintain a Critical Path Schedule, including establishing and reaching owner milestones. Organize architectural, design, and engineering resources, coordinate procurement, assign contracts, and oversee the use of owner and company resources.  

  • Assist in establishing and maintaining project budget.  Optimize project resource utilization while ensuring procurement at the most cost-effective terms according to contract documents and defined budgets. Assist in developing cost estimates at varying stages of the project.  

  • Coordinate buyout, including specification, selection, and contracting of vendors, suppliers, and technicians. Prepare contracts, negotiate revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, and trade contractors in a timely fashion according to agreed payment terms.    

  • Complete the equipment procurement with installation drawings, which reflect the site layout, specifications, safety measures, schematic design, and the production process.    

  • Analyze equipment and process to achieve continuous improvement and ensure process performance requirements are met and sustained.   

  • Other responsibilities may include but are not limited to: scope development, specification and technical writing, conceptual design, design management, and estimating.  



  • Participate in on-going business development and continued customer service through the professional representation of Keen Project Solutions within the industry and through serving customers, design partners, suppliers, and industry contacts.   

  • Work closely with other project partners, professionals such as scientists, and other engineers on development and research projects.  

  • Strategically work with our project partners to pre-plan, identify, eliminate constraints, and manage risk on all project stages.  

  • Integrate new technology or environmentally friendly practices into existing processes.  

  • Implement process designs, create prototypes, test, make necessary modifications required to be cost-effective, keep with a given budget, and commission the process.  

  • Critique designs for safety, manufacturability, failure modes, customer usage, and functionality.  

  • Analyze problems through data analysis, field returns, and experimentation to create more robust designs to reduce service incidence rates.  



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related science field such as Industrial, Manufacturing, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering preferred.  Combined experience and industry educational certifications to demonstrate competency considered.    

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience.     

  • Certification or completion in Professional Engineer License (P.Eng), Certified Professional Engineer (PE), Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), Engineer in Training (EIT), Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE), and/or Lean Qualifications or willing to obtain.  

  • Working knowledge of basic computer programs like Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, and on-line collaboration tools. Proficient in Autodesk/Plant Design Suite products like Revit and AutoCAD is desired, with knowledge of Inventor, Navisworks, etc., beneficial.    

  • Travel up to 25% or as needed, by air and ground.  



  • Sedentary strength demands include exerting up to 10 pounds occasionally or negligible weights frequently; sitting most of the time.  

  • Continuously requires vision, hearing, twisting, and talking.  

  • Frequently requires standing, fine dexterity, sitting, and handling.  

  • Must be able to ascend and descend ladders, scaffolds, stairs and work in confined spaces and in proximity to loud equipment. 

  • Must be able to position one-self to work in confined spaces such as trenches, pits, manholes, attics and tunnels. 

  • Must be able to lift and carry or otherwise move 25/50/80 pounds regularly/occasionally 

  • Must be able to respond quickly to sounds. 

  • Must be able to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces. 

  • Must be able to see and respond to dangerous situations. 

  • Must be able to wear personal protective gear most of the day. 

  • Must be able to work in cold/hot environments and on concrete floors. 

  • Must be able to traverse irregular and steep terrain 


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position at this time.  


Keen Project Solutions is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment (minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws). The Company is a drug and alcohol free workplace and background checks are required if applicable. 


Benefits and additional Company Information is located on the career section of our website.  


5 years+
Travel Required:
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3001 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ste 101
Contact Person:
Tonya Salvucci
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