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Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer


Location: Oklahoma City, OK, Tulsa, OK or Allen, TX

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CEC is a privately-held engineering firm, serving both public entities and private developers. We offer extensive services, which allow us to be involved with projects from conception to design, to construction. Our focus is to eliminate aging infrastructure and drive community growth through innovative and collaborative engineering design. CEC is a Top Workplace that offers excellent benefits, professional development and growth opportunities for employees.

The Chief Operating Officer ensures that CEC lives out its purpose and drives progress towards achieving its vision.  He or she is responsible to plan, direct, coordinate, and oversee corporate activities in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the President and Board of Directors, ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the company.


  • Provides servant-leadership to company, practices, and departments; embraces and models CEC values.  Effectively communicates corporate goals, philosophy, and culture. Engages company in setting and achieving goals and objectives that contribute to CEC’s vision, purpose, and strategic plan.
  • Serves on and collaborates with the Executive Team in the preparation of short-term and long-range plans and annual budgets based on corporate goals and growth objectives. Contributes to decision making processes by evaluating and communicating the impact of operational decisions and business opportunities.
  • Responsible for the execution of day-to-day operations, including measurement and progress of performance. 
  • Responsible for implementation of and compliance with company policies, procedures, controls, and standards to maintain optimal communication and information flow, management parameters, and direction of the company.
  • Oversees the activities of all Practices to ensure profit and growth goals are achieved.  Encourages collaboration and cooperation between Practices to achieve overall corporate objectives. Facilitates resolution of issues between Practices as needed.
  • Ensures that the responsibilities, authorities, and accountabilities of direct reports are defined and understood. Leads, mentors, and oversees activities of direct reports, ensuring leadership development and to provide for capable management succession.
  • Exerts influence internally and externally to build the professional reputation and stature of the company. Develops, fosters, and maintains personal relationships with clients and industry leaders. Represents CEC at-large to peers within the industry to build credibility and form strategic partnerships. 
  • Responsible for development of project management and delivery standards and business activities to ensure optimal client experience.
  • Complies with and ensures team members adhere to all safety policies, practices, and procedures.


  • Servant-leadership
  • Communication proficiency
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Initiative
  • Business acumen


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering from an accredited four-year college or university and ten years’ related experience and/or training in leadership, team building, and goal achievement.  Business degree is acceptable given significant prior experience in A/E industry.  Professional license in engineering or survey is preferred.
  • English language skills:  ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, plans, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from peers, managers, clients, vendors, and the public.
  • Mathematical skills:  ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals; ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry to practical situations.
  • Reasoning skills: ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Proficient personal computer skills including electronic mail, record keeping, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc. Proficiency with Microsoft Office preferred.
  • Organizational skills:  ability to prioritize and organize tasks; ability to handle multiple clients and tasks simultaneously; ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.


  • Light physical activity performing non-strenuous daily activities of an administrative nature.
  • Ability to talk and hear.
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to reach/handle items, work with the fingers, and perceive attributes of objects and materials.
  • Ability to sit, stand and walk up to eight hours per day.
  • Ability to manipulate computer mouse up to eight hours per day.
  • Ability to see clearly 20 inches or less and 20 feet or more; ability to identify and distinguish colors; ability to adjust focus.


  • Well-lighted, heated and/or air-conditioned indoor office setting with adequate ventilation.
  • Moderate noise.


  • Some flexibility in hours is allowed to accommodate activities, clients, and events, but regularly scheduled office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Must work minimum 40 hours per week to maintain full-time status.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
  • Frequent travel required between CEC offices and to attend events, conferences, or meetings.

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CEC is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.