Geospatial Sr. Project Manager (Aerial Mapping)

Austin, TX
Added: May 6, 2024
Who We Are

For over thirty years, SAM has built a reputation as a trusted, knowledgeable, and innovative partner. Our licensed professionals transform petabytes of complex spatial data into intelligent insights in a holistic Managed Geospatial Services™ (MGS™) framework. As North America's premiere MGS™ company, SAM provides practical, precise, and high-fidelity solutions designed to enhance decision-making, mitigate risks, achieve strategic objectives, and drive costs out of our client's business. Our vision is to advance spatial data acquisition, improve analysis capabilities, and develop predictive analytics to redefine and transform how infrastructure assets are developed and managed throughout their lifecycles.

Your Impact at SAM


The Geospatial Senior Project Manager will be responsible for leading a team and coordinating all aspects of aerial mapping projects from inception to completion. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Project Planning and Management:
    • Develop and manage proposals, project plans, timelines, budgets, billings and contracts for aerial mapping projects.
    • Coordinate resources, including personnel, equipment, and materials, to ensure project milestones are met.
    • Monitor project progress, identify risks, and implement mitigation strategies as needed.
    • Communicate regularly with stakeholders to provide updates on project status and address any concerns.
  • Team Leadership:
    • Lead and motivate a team of aerial mapping project managers, technicians, and support staff.
    • Provide guidance and support to team members, fostering a collaborative and productive work environment to ensure long-term growth of the department.
    • Conduct performance evaluations and provide feedback to team members to enhance their professional development.
  • Quality Assurance:
    • Ensure that aerial mapping data meets quality standards and specifications.
    • Implement quality control measures throughout the project lifecycle to minimize errors and deviations.
    • Work closely with clients to understand their requirements and ensure deliverables meet or exceed expectations.
  • Compliance and Safety:
    • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, permits, and safety protocols.
    • Conduct risk assessments and implement safety measures to prevent accidents or injuries during aerial mapping operations.
    • Stay abreast of industry trends and best practices in aerial mapping technology and methodologies.
    • Participate in business development for Geospatial opportunities and maintain strong client relationships.
    • Develop and conduct presentations to clients and other critical stakeholders.
    • Effectively interface with sub-consultants and any other business relationships associated with the Geospatial Services.
    • Provide Geospatial support to other operational units as needed.
    • Support corporate strategic initiatives.
    • Serve as Company representative at meetings and presentations.

    What You Bring to SAM

    • Strong leadership skills with the ability to effectively manage and inspire a diverse team.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact professionally with clients, stakeholders, and team members.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with a keen attention to detail.
    • Sound Knowledge of Photogrammetry and LIDAR mapping
    • Proficiency with CADD, GIS, and other relevant mapping tools and technologies preferred
    • Ability to meet fixed deadlines and work as a team member
    • Bachelors degree in Geography, Photogrammetry, or related curriculum from an accredited college preferred
    • Minimum of 10 years progressive experience in Photogrammetry and Aerial LiDAR

    Our Perks

    • Opportunity for hybrid work schedules for office positions - Work-life balance is on us
    • Company paid premiums for medical, dental, vision, LTD and life insurance (HSA and FSA plans available)
    • Generous paid time off (vacation, sick, holidays and parental leave) - Accrual starts immediately
    • 401(k) program offers 100% employer match up to 5%
    • Paid continuing education courses and tuition reimbursement
    • Employee Assistance Program - Your mental health is our priority
    • No glass ceiling! Truly a place to spread your wings (Ask about our Career Pathing!)
    • Trainings throughout the year - Specialized in-house trainings programs designed to assist you in advancing in your career
    • Office snacks, free food and fun-themed events for employees throughout the year
    • Passion for our Community - You have endless opportunities to volunteer alongside your peers with our Corporate Social Responsibility Program

    Our Culture

    Our entrepreneurial culture is a key factor in SAM being recognized as a Top Workplace for twelve consecutive years, and we make it our mission to ensure every one of our employees learns how to build and manage a business, not just be the subject matter expert on the team. At SAM, our employee’s development is instrumental to our success. Your learning will be supported by specialized in-house training programs and mentoring by the industry’s leading experts, who just happen to be on our staff! We make SAM a GREAT place to work, but it all starts with YOU!


    SAM is an EOE/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/D/V. SAM also participates in the federal E-Verify Program.