Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Department Manager

ESP Associates is seeking a Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Department Manager to lead and develop our SUE team consisting of field crews and supporting technical staff in our Texas offices. 


  • Initiate and maintain contact with key personnel and officials of organizations and companies.  This includes coordinating with municipalities to obtain proper certifications/permits, and maintaining/developing client relationships.
  • Plan, organize, train, and supervise crews, technicians and other staff members. 
  • Administer contracts and manage projects, interpret, organize, execute and coordinate assignments. 
  • Schedule and assign work to meet completion date. 
  • Plan and develop SUE projects with unique or complex problems, explore subject area, investigate and develop novel concepts and approaches.
  • Developing and monitoring project scope, budget, schedule and quality control for SUE projects from the proposal stage through final deliverables.
  • Planning of SUE crew schedules and coordination with other departments to ensure the proper allocation of personnel and resources to meet project deadlines.
  • Responsible for safety coordination of SUE effort.


  • 10+ years of experience in SUE with at least 5 years of experience managing SUE crews. 
  • Ability to designate all utilities using surface geophysical equipment, including RF Pipe and Cable Locators, Ground Penetrating Radar, and electromagnetic induction devices.
  • Experience operating and maintaining a vacuum excavation truck.
  • Must be able to generate revenue through existing client base and new business development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to prioritize work with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills that allow you to effectively and professionally interact with clients, authorities having jurisdiction and the public.
  • Excellent financial management skills
  • Demonstrated experience working in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary environment with tight deadlines and ability to adjust to project priorities and demands of multiple clients
  • Must be able to work flexible hours (travel will be required).
  • Candidate must be able to pass a drug screen, background check, and have a satisfactory driving record in accordance with the company’s driving (MVR) policy.  

Corporate Information:

ESP is a multi-discipline engineering design and consulting firm providing our clients with civil engineering, surveying, planning/landscape architecture, geosciences, environmental, subsurface utility engineering, and construction engineering inspection.

Through years of dedicated service to our clients, ESP has received a designation of 209 on the 2023 ENR Top 500 Design Firm rankings. For the firm's primary territory, the ENR Southeast Top Design Firms, ESP received a 2023 ranking of 32.

ESP offers an excellent employee benefits package including:   

  • Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance 
  • PTO (Paid Time Off) & Holidays 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Flexible Benefits Plan 
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Education Reimbursement Opportunities
  • Referral Bonuses 
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 04/27/2023 - 16:33