Principal, Education, Science & Advanced Technologies


Posted: 10/22/21
Deadline: 12/31/21
Reference Number: 163221

About This Organization

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward.

We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists.

Our employees, working in more than 200 locations around the world, push open the doors to what’s possible each and every day.

Job Duties

We believe that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward, even during times of separation.
About us

We are currently searching for a project principal to join our team focused on planning and designing exciting spaces in corporate and higher education science and research. Places that inspire students to learn, researchers to discover and curiosity to thrive. The successful candidate will work together with architects, engineers, and other design professionals as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team. We are an expertise-driven practice that balances deep technical knowledge with the highest degree of creativity.

We design facilities to support life-changing scientific advances and foster discovery. We believe that at the root of all good design is an understanding of human behavior, and how the physical environment can affect these behaviors. We create sustainable facilities in which world-class scientists can discover cures for insidious diseases, explore new sources of clean energy, protect our resources, and improve public health—enriching people’s lives around the world. Similarly, HDR is leading the transformation of learning environments at the world’s top academic institutions to better prepare the next generation’s leaders.

Primary Responsibilities

In the role of Principal for our Education | Science | Advanced Technologies (ESAT) practice, you will help establish and guide the overall direction of the ESAT sector in the local region and be part of the #1 Science & Technology team in the industry. The successful candidate must possess the drive, experience and charisma needed to secure a robust client base and to solidify an unrivaled reputation for the core ESAT Team throughout the southeast region.

The role includes a variety of duties ranging from annual planning to closing on pursuits and directing project teams. Critical to this role is a proven history and commitment to developing and nurturing strong relationships with multiple clients in the ESAT sector. Beginning with pre-positioning activities and continuing through (and beyond) the life of project execution. These relationships will be essential to creating opportunities and maintaining HDR’s position for future work.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership and visioning for the ESAT sector in the region.
Developing capture plans and initiating relationships with key clients.
Maintaining an active and visible presence in the ESAT sector, allocating time in proportion to annual fee goals for the local region.
Helping develop qualifications and proposals for ESAT pursuits.
Leading pursuit go/no-go and strategy discussions.
Directing interview strategies and implementation.
Preparing and negotiating project contracts.
Serving as Principal-in-Charge as appropriate.
Working closely with local leadership to maintain project oversight throughout execution, including conformance to client expectations for technical/quality, financial performance, and schedule adherence.
Providing mentorship and guidance to staff in support of career development.
In collaboration with ESAT subject matter experts, and independently when appropriate, developing abstracts and presentations for industry conferences, seminars, workshops, and other similar events promoting program messages, research, project outcomes, lessons learned, trends, etc. related to facility design.

Project types include learning / teaching environments and research and development facilities for academic, institutional, government, and corporate sector clients. Projects may include a variety of teaching, research, imaging, metrology, testing, and pre-production facilities in the areas of life sciences, physical sciences, biocontainment, animal research, public health, critical facilities / data centers, and related support facilities. Project opportunities are largely within the southeast region, but may extend to neighboring states and potentially abroad due to personal relationships, particular expertise, project needs, etc.

Required Qualifications

Ability to work cooperatively within a team environment.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and comfortable presenting.
Experience in developing and managing diverse teams.
Current professional architectural registration or PE license in resident state.
Proven business development experience in ESAT consulting industry.
An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture, including commitment to quality, improvement and HDR values.
Existing client network.
15+ years ESAT experience.


At HDR, we know work isn’t only about who you work for; it’s also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

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