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Jacobs VDC Design Office Lead in Arlington, Virginia

VDC Design Office Lead


The Buildings &Infrastructure Line of Business is a global network of employees, which servesboth the private and public sector. Our employees work to shape thecommunities we live in by creating world-class projects that transform thefuture development patterns of those communities. We provide our clientsaward-winning planning, engineering, architectural and interior design,construction and program management, and design-build project delivery. The Jacobs business model allows us to successfully service our clients,leverage our integrated services, and provide our employees with growthopportunities while delivering global solutions to our client’s local programs.

We consistently receive highrankings from Engineering News-Record (ENR) in many classifications, includingthe categories of Top Design Firms, Top Contractors, Top Green Buildings DesignFirms, and Top Transportation Companies.


This role requires the candidate tomanage and support a large hub office for all their design technology needs.Candidate will be part of the national VDC (Virtual Design & Construction)team where the office lead shares ongoing work, innovations, and expertise.Work will be performed under the supervision of the office and regionalmanager, with close alignment with the line of business leads. This is atactical role focused on managing large complex programs with stringent BIM andVDC requirements and with an emphasis on supporting the larger organizational needfor innovation and process transformation.


  • The VDC Lead is responsible for researching and helping standardize VDC/BIM workflows across our design practice as well as organizing and communicating BIM technical information for a global A/E, EPCM, and CM Practice.

  • The lead must possess the ability to relay these technology solutions to architecture, engineering and construction professionals. This includes sales/client-facing presentations and meetings.

  • Lead technology R&D activities and manage initiatives, including new technology implementations

  • Represent Jacobs at select industry, academic, and software vendor events while serving as a VDC ambassador for process transformation


  • Identify appropriate resource needs, assign individual responsibilities, and develop department schedules to ensure successful implementation of VDC on projects

  • Develop collaborative project workflows and processes with project partners and VDC staff

  • Update, develop, and implement VDC technology training programs for office staff and work with office managers and project managers to organize and conduct this training

  • Challenge current BIM/VDC practices, guiding the resulting technology transformation

  • Act as a liaison with IT and project staff to ensure functional and efficient hardware and software setups for design staff


  • Coordinate technology related activities on projects with stringent BIM deliverables

  • Participate in project-based BIM Strategy for all projects in office & work with Project Manager to produce the project-based BIM Implementation document (PxP, BEP)

  • Provide BIM production support to project teams; including project model setup, file export, model coordination and deliverables

  • Integrate with construction and review trade contractor models, shop drawings, reality capture data and adapting design models for construction purposes as necessary

  • Ensure that milestone models adhere to all internal and client specific standards as outlined in BEP

  • Identify, evaluate, and if possible expand the efficiency of the software using API tools




  • Minimum of 3 years' VDC experience leveraging and managing technology in facility design and construction required

  • Bachelors’ degree in Engineering, Architecture, or Construction Management, or related experience, required

  • Industry BIM Certification (Revit Professional, CM-BIM, or related) is preferred

  • Ability to motivate established professionals, external partners, and direct reports

  • Effective leader: articulate, diplomatic, ethical, and dedicated

  • Experience with, and passionate about BIM, IPD, Lean, Collaboration

  • Must have extensive knowledge of the nuances, features, functions, and limitations of Autodesk and Bentley 3D/BIM Platforms, including experience with complex workflows involving these platforms

  • Knowledge of Design-Bid-Build, Design/Build, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and other modern contractual delivery methods

  • Proven successful implementations of BIM platform technologies

  • Understands the construction industry and maintains knowledge of future trends

  • Understands project workflows from design, estimation, construction administration and coordination, and fabrication

  • Knowledge of industry standards, workflows, data formats and inter-operability techniques

Software Knowledge and Capabilities:

  • Working knowledge and proficiency with the following:

  • BIM authoring platforms for facility design and construction (Autodesk Revit etc.). Knowledge of API tools preferred

  • Design and engineering analysis tools like Dynamo, Grasshopper, Sefaira, RAM etc.

  • Collaboration and data management solutions like ProjectWise, C4R, BIM 360 Suite (Glue, Field, Docs, Plan) Navisworks, Navigator, BIMSite, PlanGrid, Fieldwire

  • Bluebeam and other markup and design review tools

  • Real time visualization tools like Revizto and Autodesk Live. Experience with AR/VR tools and processes preferred

  • 3D/BIM-enabled quantity takeoff and BIM-enabled estimating tools

  • Awareness/knowledge/experience in BIM usage in the building life cycle/CO

United States Citizenship is a requirement for this position.

At Jacobs, we help prepare people for new opportunities and challenges. With positions at every level, openings in multiple disciplines, expertise in a range of markets and offices around the globe, we create an environment where you can learn, grow, and thrive. From our competitive benefits program to our Health and Safety initiative of Beyond Zero workplace injuries, we believe that you'll find a flourishing career here at Jacobs.

Note to Virginia Job Seekers: Jacobs ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact the Human Resources Director at our Arlington, VA office at 571-218-1000. Persons with hearing-and speech-impairments can contact Jacobs by using the Virginia Relay Service, a toll-free telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD). Call 711 for TTY/TDD.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Virginia-Arlington

Req ID: BIA0003NL

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