Job Title: Director of Engineering and Construction
Reports to: Vice President, Operations
Location: 3187 Albion Road South
Job Posting Date: May 24th 2017
Taggart Construction Limited is seeking a Director of Engineering and Construction to support the overall delivery of the company’s construction projects. Director of Engineering and Construction is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the day to day administration of the terms and specifications of work outlined by the project contracts. In addition to the oversight of the project management function, the Director will provide engineering services on various projects related to the construction or repair of sewers, watermains, roads, subdivision servicing, building excavation, land development, storm water ponds, pumping stations and site grading. These duties must be carried out in a manner that is in compliance with the City of Ottawa Standard Specifications, Health & Safety Standards, and Ministry of Labour codes in addition to the general policies and procedures of Taggart Construction Limited. The performance of the duties must ensure a quality approach to all employees, customers, subcontractors, owners, managers and suppliers. All responsibilities must be performed in a manner that is consistent with the Taggart Group of Companies’ mission and vision.
Director of Engineering and Construction
Oversee the Project Management team to ensure the quality delivery of all construction projects. Ensure that projects are delivered on schedule and within the budgetary requirements.
Obtain bid estimate and other contract details from estimating team and assign a project team (superintendent, project manager, and project coordinator to that specific project. Consider alternatives to the delivery of that project. (more efficient/ more profitable ways of carrying out the project requirements.) Provide VP of operations with suggestions on different approaches to run the project.
Keep an active listing of all current projects and upcoming projects, noting each projects level of progress.
Prepare recommendations on the schedule of construction support services and equipment and provide to VP operations for approval.
Provide the Project Manager with the bid estimate and support them to prepare a comprehensive project budget and other project requirement such as schedule and resources. Ensure the forecast is aligned with the expectation of the project. Report all findings to Director of Estimating.
Seek approval from VP of Operations and then the President when project forecast does not meet bid expectation or schedule. Report findings to Director of Estimating.
Approve all subcontracts and Purchase Orders, change orders, extras and ensure alignment with tender process and/or budget.
Lead weekly team meeting of Project Managers to discuss status of projects. Report findings weekly to VP of Operations and President. Flag concerns, project delays or potential revenue loss to the senior management team after being updated by the project management team.
Monitor and follow up of status of monthly Progress Payments with Project Manager. Ensure all extras are being billed on a timely basis. Assist PM in negotiation of extras.
Review and approve job costs and estimates to complete against budget monthly with each project manager. Coordinate results with finance for accurate reporting.
During project initiation establish the key benchmarks or milestones that will need to be met in order to deliver a project on schedule.
Establish Key Performance indicators (usually production amounts) to the entire project team, i.e. superintendent, project manager, and project coordinator. Ensure that the KPI’s well communicated and understood by the team.
Follow up and provide team with feedback on adherence to KPI’s. Keep your team informed on their performance against these metrics. Providing recognition when these expectations are met, and coaching/ further investigation or corrective action when needed. Summarize these findings to the VP of Operations and President in a timely fashion.
Support Project Managers when needed in the performance of their roles. Troubleshoot issues on an as needs basis such as technical issues, or questions in regard to project scope or managing project priorities.
Complete detailed Performance reviews for each of your direct reports, providing training and mentoring for further development in their roles.
Ensure proper staffing levels for effective Project Delivery. Review team structure and provide recommendations and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Project Management team (project managers, coordinators, and site supers) and delivery of their services. Work with VP of Operations to increase the capabilities in project management team. This role will require a “continuous improvement” approach.
During Project Closeout, review entire construction contract and ensure that deliverables have been met, where tasks have not been completed provide a full detailed report on the work that requires completion. Summarize project status to the job close out team.
After project hand off, follow up with the close out team to ensure that all tasks have been finalized.
When projects are delivered to client, hold a project close out meeting and debrief the best practices, and learnings observed throughout the lifespan of the project include all stakeholders that contributed to the project.
Network and build connections with key stakeholders, support business development and obtain work when relationship permit.
Active involvement in industry groups and associations. Sit on boards and participate in committees that are pertinent to our line of work, acting as an ambassador to our brand.
Statement of Qualifications:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A minimum of 20 years’ experience in construction, preferably heavy civil construction is required.
The ideal candidate will have 10+ years of experience in a senior, director level role.
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in engineering (civil) or an acceptable combination of education and relevant experience that are related to the role will be required. a PMP designation would be considered
The candidate must have prior experience in managing a professional team. The candidate can demonstrate their ability to successfully mentor, influence and lead others.
A background in Project Management is required and an asset.
Knowledge of IT, HR systems, and prior experience in process improvement will be considered an asset.