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Senior Project Manager

  • Industry: Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Client: Construction - General Building
  • Search ID: 17-0202-13

Please note: Our primary executive search is for a Senior Project Manager. However, due to our client's growth and initiatives, we are also seeking candidates who have expertise and technical qualifications that extend beyond this position to fulfill additional roles within the organization.

Helbling has been retained by a premier construction firm in Portland, Oregon to conduct an executive search to secure a Senior Project Manager (SPM). Our client has a diverse portfolio of commercial projects from urban residential projects and complex LEED certified projects to projects for Fortune 100 clients in the Portland and greater Oregon region. As the company continues to build some of the largest and most complex projects in the region, they are looking to find a key Senior Project Manager who can contribute to short- and long-term company goals for the Portland Office.

The SPM serves as the senior on-site company representative responsible for managing all administrative and technical requirements and supervising Project Managers’ activities related to contract administration, change orders, submittals, procurement, project financials set-up and updates, and schedules to ensure projects are completed in a quality, profitable, safe, and timely manner. He/she maintains a relentless focus on meeting and exceeding customer needs and expectations, builds business with current customers by delivering on promises, and creates new business with potential customers in a proactive manner.

Responsibilities include:

  • Creates and manages project’s budget and coordinates the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) development.
  • Knows and understands the requirements of owner’s contract, including bonds, fees, notifications, schedules, reporting, and costs.
  • Collaborates with preconstruction to prepare, review, and monitor information and reports related to all costs involved in developing the project’s budget.
  • Manages the subcontracting process, which includes holding initial scope review meetings, finalizing agreed price, developing subcontract scope of work, and managing the subcontract distribution and final execution process.
  • Develops plan, complies with, and reports on Minority Business Entity (MBE) requirements for the project, as required.
  • Develops an organizational and responsibilities matrix at the start of each project and determines the resources needed for the project (e.g., people, tools, equipment, materials, internal and external services).
  • Project administration and daily operations. Prepares and maintains the project schedule, milestone dates, and close-out checklist. Reviews with project staff each quarter and assigns responsibilities, execution, and follow-up plans.
  • Ensures that project sites and the company's assets are secure and maintains a safe and respectful working environment at all times. 
  • Builds effective relationships with customers, design team, subcontractors, suppliers, and user groups that reflect and support company's core values and exceeds the customer expectations.
  • Actively participates in industry, client, and community relations to network with industry contacts and enhance company image.  
  • Makes presentations to proactively seek new business opportunities through relationships.
  • B.S. in Construction Management, Engineering, or related field preferred.

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience. (Depending upon project sizes, scopes, and complexities, the years of experience may vary.) 

  • Demonstrates leadership skills with ability and willingness to face challenges, solve problems, and motivate others, while maintaining effective relationships with customers by meeting or exceeding their requirements and expectations.

  • Supervises and develops direct reports while prioritizing and delegating significant responsibilities to others.

  • Manages essential functions effectively by consistently driving for quality, profitable, safe, and timely results on the assigned project. 

Key Attributes of the Successful Individual:

  • Looking to make a positive impact on the organization. 

  • Strong team management skills that create an environment people want to work in.

  • Willing to develop talent while sharing knowledge for the benefit of the team.

  • Interested in career progression to a Vice President level and a future leader for the Portland Office.

  • A “Relentless Ally” for clients and employees ensuring the job is done right.

Search Consultant: Jason Vallozzi

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