CannonDesign has an exciting opportunity for an Engineering Leader - Technology located in the Chicago office. Look at the description below. If you think your skills and experience make you a good match for this position, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for creative, curious, empathetic people to join our Living-Centered Design movement.


CannonDesign is an integrated design solutions firm focused on helping people continuously flourish. Whether designing for innovations in health, new scientific discoveries, equity in education or the next big idea in business, we use our Living-Centered Design approach to help organizations realize widespread change. Our ability to design transformational places, plans and strategies is why Fast Company named us a World Changing Company and one of the most innovative design firms in the world.


The ideal candidate will provide leadership, set strategy, and inspire our people within the Technology Solutions group.  This position entails acting as a senior client manager, business development leader, and mentor.  The person, based in the Chicago office, will work in conjunction with the east region Technology Solutions Leader to develop and expand the technology solutions group including a specific focus on the central and west regions of the country.


  • Discipline and Practice Leadership: Focus on the benefits and value of truly integrated design, reinforce cross collaboration of disciplines, discuss and generate new ideas and innovative approaches that differentiate CannonDesign and help solve our client’s greatest challenges.  Drive collaboration and integration to obtain successful results including the quality of the design work, process improvement, innovation and profit goals. Facilitate and maintain a regular rhythm of proactive internal communication with your discipline.
    • Develop and execute a plan to have regular (at least monthly) internal and external marketing outreach (emails, newsletters, jive site, website, social media, etc) in collaboration with the Marketing and Communication department.
    • Actively recruit people to our firm that will develop technology systems design services into the next decade and beyond.
    • Serve as a Client Leader when appropriate and as a subject matter expert to secure work and assist other teams in securing work.
    • Lead business development and innovate in the delivery of structured cabling systems, audio/visual systems, electronic security systems, distributed antenna systems, nurse call, data networking, LAN/WAN, voice and data architecture and data centers.
    • Be a driver of new ways of integrating IT systems with overall building design, including space planning and technology impacts, smart building attributes, IoT, and an ability to blend technical solutions with business practices and personnel needs.
    • Demonstrate success at negotiating and securing new assignments on major projects.
    • Travel from coast to coast in order to meet project and client needs.
    • Oversees the identification of staff members’ developmental needs. Review departmental evaluations and selects individuals for further training and/or advancement.
    • Motivate and provide ongoing mentorship and constructive feedback to the team.
    • Evaluate and attract candidates for new positions in department or the overall firm.
    • Complete performance reviews. Help oversee the entire performance review process including dissemination/collection of reviews, and the provision of feedback. Participate in the design of tools/programs for evaluation.
    • Check proposal drafts and provide guidance as needed. Establish timelines for proposal preparation and clarify necessary content.
    • Understand client developmental needs; establish and maintain professional relationships with clients; orchestrate changes in response to changes in clients’ stated needs.
    • Build external relationship through networking, community and industry functions.
    • High level of motivation, energy, and the ability to be self-directed.
    • The expectation is that 60% of time will be spent on billable, client-facing, project work.
    • Establish and continually benchmark discipline design standards, unify firm wide deliverable consistency, and promote continuous improvement toward industry best practices.
    • Set, implement, and monitor achievement of technical and quality-related practice goals. The visibility, profile and reputation of the firm, its leaders and all CannonDesign employees are of the utmost importance.  Be a strong voice for the Engineering practice.  Promote the firm and our work. Discipline leaders shall anticipate writing one externally published article and speaking at one event per year at a minimum. FDLs shall actively participate in at least one professional society related to their field.
    • Engage in efforts to expand our prime engineering practice in addition to our traditional integrated A/E practice.
    • Lead resolution of potential discipline specific issues involving clients, team performance, design matters, etc. recommending solutions and engaging in conflict resolution.  Coordinate with other senior leaders as required.


  • Staff Management and Development: Lead by example.  Mentoring and growing emerging professionals is an important responsibility for all leaders at CannonDesign. Assist in establishing an environment that exemplifies leadership, integrity, humility, respect and responsibility, along with collaboration, experimentation, innovation, quality, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Be a strong proponent of interdisciplinary design integration.
  • Work with Office Engineering Leaders (OELs) and Office Discipline Leaders (ODLs) relative to staffing (SFMO), skills assessment, recruitment, and professional development to help develop high performance teams. Staffing efforts must be a collaboration between OELs and FDLs.
  • Develop an education plan relative to the discipline. Work with the Human Resources to develop content that is available in our internal CannonDesign Academy. Encourage our younger engineers to help develop this content.


  • Minimum 15 years of relevant experience.
  • Applicable Professional Accreditation required (RCDD, Other Accreditations are a plus)
  • Bachelors’ degree in related field
  • LEED Accreditation preferred
  • Design experience in telecommunications, security, audio/visual and facility and clinical systems
  • Experience with Healthcare, Education, Commercial and Government project designs.
  • Strong understanding of BIM capabilities
  • Ability to drive solid process improvement and business results
  • Ability to lead, influence, mentor, and demonstrate good judgment.


  • We are relentless in our pursuit of client adoration (not simply satisfaction). Consistent delivery of the best service is what we are about.
  • We are committed to ensuring our practice is equitable for all employees, representative of the communities around us – and focused on the future of design. We advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts through the leadership of our DEI Council, Employee Resource Groups and other community advocacy initiatives.
  • We’re about communication and transparency here. If you want to talk to someone about an idea you have, or a challenge that needs addressing, we’re ready for you.

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As a condition of employment, all employees are expected to complete mandatory training, including compliance training, within required timeframes and adhere to our internal policies and our Code of Conduct.

CannonDesign recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce. We are committed to equal opportunity. We consider all qualified employment applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law. Individuals who hold legal work authorization applicable to employment at CannonDesign in the United States will be considered without regard to citizenship/alienage.


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