Opening: WWTP Project Manager

Job Summary

The WWTP Project Manager schedules, directs, coordinates, and supervises all project-related field operations. This includes coordinating schedules, budgets, staffing, and resources directly with contractors, designers and owners. The WWTP Project Manager directs the project from concept to completion to meet client expectations and to maintain McAlvain standards of quality, productivity, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and profitability.

More specifically, the WWTP Project Manager shall be familiar with complex electrical and mechanical systems and have proven experience coordinating and managing the successful delivery of large wastewater treatment plant projects.  Familiarity with typical treatment, preliminary, primary, secondary, biological, digestion and solids handling processes is required.  Proven track record of successful startup and commissioning of wastewater treatment plant projects with verifiable references.  Comprehensive understanding of equipment procurement strategies, functional differences with treatment technologies, appropriate piping selections, and primary functions of programmers and systems integrators. Experience managing preconstruction services on alternative delivery treatment plants is preferred.  Experience with additions and rehabilitation of operating wastewater treatment plants is preferred. Provide (3) three reference wastewater treatment plant projects greater than $10-Mil in construction dollars excluding equipment costs and assignment contracts. Reference projects must have primary point of contact for Owner and Engineer provided including phone numbers for checking references.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Monitors the project schedule and work progress to complete the project as required by MCI’s contract with the client.
  2. Meets with the client or owner (or designated representatives) to collect data and information about the project and to resolve issues and concerns as they arise.
  3. Processes change requests by researching issues, collecting pricing information, and presenting to the owner for approval. Secures owner approval before instructing or authorizing Superintendent to begin work changes.
  4. Reviews all project changes and modifications with Senior Project Manager and Superintendent.
  5. Monitors the overall progress of each project to address any and all issues in a timely and proactive manner. Keeps MCI’s management team informed of any issues that impact the project schedule, budget or any other areas.
  6. Directs the priorities, schedules and work performance of assigned staff members and subcontractors. Disciplines staff members as appropriate.

  7. Recommends to the Senior Project Manager replacement of assigned subcontractors when company policies and procedures are violated.

  8. Manages warranty issues by limiting potential problems and following up to resolve outstanding concerns.

  9. Serves as the key liaison between the company and the client, all client representatives, and all subcontractors. Maintains positive and productive relationships by demonstrating sincere courtesy, responsiveness and professionalism.

  10. Exercises the authority to buy out assigned projects while representing the best interests of the company.

Other Duties

  1. Supervises assigned Superintendents to achieve optimal job performance and adherence to company policies, procedures and processes.
  2. Conducts and attends all required project meetings, including pre-construction and project start-up meetings.

  3. Obtains all required legal documents for the project.

  4. Coordinates with the Superintendent on the project schedule, adequate staffing levels, keeping project costs below the estimate without affecting quality, and completing the project closeout in a timely manner.

  5. Develops several project budgets including a progress budget based on estimated cash flow and the project schedule and a working budget that reflects approved changes during construction.

  6. Works with the Estimator to define the scope of subcontractor work for bidding purposes.

  7. Secures the best available pricing and quality of subcontractor work and job materials to maintain the project budget.

  8. Follows up in a timely manner on all RFIs.

  9. Reviews all work logs, Change Orders, notifications of project delays, and client reports.

    Provides Senior Project Manager weekly updates on progress and cost balances. Notifies Senior Project Manager of any variances or corrective action required related to the schedule, budget, cost controls, reporting, and productivity reports.

  10. Reviews, approves or denies purchase orders and pay requests.

  11. Prepares and submits to Senior Project Manager and Controller a monthly progress report for each project as required by contract.

    Completes all required project documentation (including Project Management Book, Subcontract Request Forms, and Project Completion Record) in a thorough and timely manner. Codes invoices to proper accounts assigned to each project.

  12. Works with the Cost Engineer to ensure the final project invoice is prepared accurately, completely, and in a timely manner.

  13. Monitors design details for cost and constructability. Manages design consultants to receive timely deliverables of drawings, coordinated drawings, and design work within the program and budget.

  14. Tracks building permits and agency approvals and leads design status meetings.

  15. Maintains the confidentiality of the company’s client and personnel information, data and documents.

  16. Maintains the cleanliness (inside and out), maintenance and appearance of all company-issued vehicles at all times.

  17. Performs other duties as assigned.

Duties Related to Our Commitment to Safety

  1. Promotes the health, safety and welfare of the job site.
  2. Ensures all relevant sections of the company’s safety management plan are implemented and understood.

  3. Coordinates accident and incident investigations to determine cause and to take appropriate corrective action as required.

  4. Oversees compliance with all relevant health and safety legislative requirements.

Education & Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering required.
  2. A minimum of six years in construction as a Superintendent or at least two years as a Project Manager for a general contracting firm similar to MCI. At least five years as a Project Manager is preferred, including experience with design/build projects. An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.

Other Competencies & Skills

  1. Valid driver’s license preferred. This position requires a reliable means of transportation for frequent travel to and from the office and various job sites.
  2. Proficiency with spreadsheet and project tracking software such as Expedition.

  3. Ability to communicate effectively with office and field personnel and establish and maintain productive client relationships. Must be able to direct the work on all levels of construction projects.

  4. Strong communication, writing, organizational, negotiating and management skills.

  5. Ability to read and interpret blueprints to accurately prepare competitive, yet profitable bids and to effectively plan and schedule complex construction projects.

  6. Ability to write, read, understand, interpret, follow, and enforce construction documents and contracts with clients and subcontractors.

  7. Ability to perform routine and complex calculations, accurate job costing, and financial data analysis.

  8. Ability to take reasonable action and make sound business decisions in order to carry out the responsibilities of this position within the parameters of the company’s established company policies.

  9. Ability to productively and tactfully handle difficult situations.

  10. Ability to effectively prioritize and plan workload to meet deadlines. Consistently seeks better and more efficient ways to accomplish objectives.

  11. A working knowledge of all aspects of the construction trades (including practical applications of the Uniform Building Code—UBS).

  12. Demonstrates sound business judgment, decision making, initiative, attendance and reliability.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. On occasion it may be necessary to lift and carry or manipulate items of up to 25 pounds, walk over uneven or unpaved ground to reach a worksite in construction zones. This position may be required to perform a variety of construction tasks in all areas and aspects of the construction project—including scaffold or platform work, confined spaces and exposure to outside elements. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, stand, walk, bend, use hands, computer, and have specific vision abilities to include close and distance vision, and ability to adjust focus working with computer and business equipment. This position requires the ability to work extended hours and flexible schedules as the workload demands. The Project Manager must maintain a professional appearance and demeanor appropriate to this position.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


McAlvain Companies, Inc. reserves the right to make changes to this job description whenever necessary. All employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed and assigned.

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