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Structural Engineering Principal in Charge

Acumen Executive Search
California (US)
$215,000 – $240,000
Closing date
May 11, 2024

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Structural Engineering
Position Type
Organization Type
Firm, Architectural

Structural Engineering Principal in Charge - Ownership in Growing Boutique Engineering Firm with Passion for Design & Sustainability – San Jose

Acumen is pleased to partner with DAEDALUS -- a boutique structural engineering firm with a sustainability focus to hire their next Principal in Charge (PIC) to support their rapid growth. DAEDALUS partners with Best-In-Class architects on projects ranging from custom residential designs of $35M homes of the highest profile Bay Area residents to stunning 12-story mass timber towers to destination wineries in Napa and Sonoma to the Presidio Visitor’s Center to unique structures on the Carmel Coast and in Hawaii.


No two projects are the same for DAEDALUS, from community centers with living roof supported by mass timber framing, historic university buildings that are seismically retrofitted while maintaining the original aesthetic, and residential structures that challenge with cantilevered rooms and designs that orient to breathtaking views.


DAEDALUS believes that only through collaboration with the entire project team can each project reach its designed and built potential. Whether structural elements are intended to define a project’s architectural aesthetic or are completely concealed beneath the architectural facade, DAEDALUS believes that the structure provides, not hinders, opportunities to mold and shape the architectural vision of each project.




If you:


  • Are looking for opportunities to challenge conventional thinking and traditional ways of engineering in search of more inspired and sustainable design solutions, including unlocking the potential of Mass Timber.



  • Are ready to lead, train, and inspire a cohesive team of Project Managers and Engineers.



  • Have 8+ years of relevant experience, including residential and commercial projects.



  • Have a California Structural Engineer (SE) license (or the ability to obtain licensure through a reciprocal license program or testing).



  • Want to lead a kind, collaborative, and long-tenured team of Best-in-Class SEs and Project Managers.



Then the Principal in Charge at DAEDALUS may be an ideal next step in your career.


Compensation: DAEDALUS is looking to add a proven leader to their team with a generous compensation package and an ownership stake in the organization. Annual compensation of $215,000 – $240,000 including salary and a 20% performance bonus. Ownership equity of 10-25%, with vesting in 2-3 years, and associated profit sharing.


Generous benefits include fully paid Healthcare for Employee, 401k, an additional week off during the holidays, flex time, and the option to work remotely 2 days a week.


Location: San Jose, CA. working at least 3 days a week in office.


Responsibilities will include:


  • Build, lead, and develop teams.
  • Lead the ongoing training, development, and education of Project Managers and Engineers.
  • Foster an environment of collaboration, teamwork, and excellence.
  • Lead Staff Accountability Meetings / Review Utilization Reporting.
  • Actively recruit top talent in accordance with the agreed-upon hiring plan.
  • Lead in the hiring of all Project Managers and Engineer roles.
  • Ensure proper onboarding of all PROJECT MANAGERS and Engineer new hires.
  • Projects
  • Determine all project staff assignments.
  • Inspire cutting-edge innovation in all Daedalus projects.
  • Ensure flawless execution of all Daedalus projects.
  • Ensure efficient and effective project communication.
  • Finance/Strategy
  • Review monthly business review reporting.
  • Participate in annual and quarterly reviews and planning with CEO & Business Ops.
  • Review, address challenges, and sign off on Project Managers' monthly invoicing and Project Projections.
  • Review and address challenges with Project Managers and Engineer utilization monthly.
  • Marketing/Customer Service
  • Prepare Client Proposals with the support of Project Managers.
  • Build rapport with current clients via calls, emails, lunches, etc.
  • Prepare Client Presentations.
  • Update prospective project projections for target clients.
  • Attend conferences and targeted networking events.
  • Identify and reach out to target clients as time allows.
  • Build rapport with target clients via calls, emails, lunches, etc. as time allows.

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