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EMCOR Group Electrical Contractor Project Manager - Commercial in Des Moines, Iowa


Job Title: Project Manager, Commercial

Reports to: VP of Operations

Location: Des Moines, IA

FLSA Status: Full-Time / Exempt

Since 1946 Baker Electric has served the electrical needs of Des Moines and Central Iowa. We perform all types of electrical work including commercial, industrial, residential, voice/data cabling, traffic signalization and underground installations. We continue to strive towards excellence by employing individuals with the intelligence, talent, and skills required to contribute to our growth and success and by focusing on employees’ individual performance and unification with the team! All successful employees are focused on customer satisfaction and dedicated to meeting our vision of an inclusive and unified workforce.

Position Description . The Project Manager for the Commercial division is a critical role for the division within Baker Electric, Inc., a subsidiary of publicly traded EMCOR Group, Inc., and is located in Des Moines, IA. The position will be responsible for soliciting, planning and executing projects for the division by participating in the organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation of assigned projects. This individual must have the ability to support field personnel in their relationships with other subcontractors, to resolve field problems as they arise, to maintain full financial responsibilities of the project, and to understand construction financial and accounting practices. This is an individual contributor role, but involved in general business operations.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Drive the project’s overall flow effectively from inception to completion.

  • Obtain contract and bid documents from estimating; review and understand scope for project turnover. Attend walk-throughs.

  • Ensure all project document control is completed efficiently by project team, including but not limited to, insurance, bonding, permits, submittals, RFI’s, change orders, correspondence, etc.

  • Confer with supervisory personnel, owners, contractors, or design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, or construction problems.

  • Plan, schedule, or coordinate construction project activities to meet deadlines.

  • Prepare and submit budget estimates, progress reports, or cost tracking reports.

  • Inspect or review projects to monitor compliance with building and safety codes, environmental regulations, or other regulations.

  • Select subs and equipment suppliers with input from engineering, estimating and purchasing as required.

  • Verify correct drawings are distributed to field.

  • Create schedule of values, or billing format as required by the contract documents.

  • Create project schedule showing completion, delivery dates and sub requirements. Integrate into overall project and manpower schedule as required. Understand notice requirements.

  • Request PO’s for major equipment and subs indicating shipping requirements, and anticipating delivery dates. (Request proper delivery notice at that time.)

  • Facilitate material takeoffs by trade foreman.

  • Host and attend all necessary meetings with both internal and external entities to review scheduling and delivery, work plans, job progress, manpower, and solutions to setbacks.

  • Support accounting department in monthly billings and collections and follow up on outstanding balances.

  • Collaborate with foreman regarding project safety. (Toolbox talks and weekly walk through.)

  • Gather information for changes in work and turnover to estimating for pricing. P.M. will finalize C.O. pricing after estimating completes takeoff and attempt to maximize profit on C.O.s. Ensure no work starts prior to approval or notice to proceed.

  • Assist field personnel in closeout of project.

  • Obtain as-builts from field; request CAD from engineering.

  • Escalate critical and/or sensitive issues to the Division Manager / Executive Team with recommendations for resolution.

  • Comply with all Company operating policies, procedures, and safety programs as established.

  • Perform additional assignments as required by the needs of the company or as directed by executives.

QUALIFICATIONS. To perform this job successfully, the individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Education and Experience (Knowledge)

  • Minimum 3 – 5 years related experience in construction or electrical industry

  • High School diploma or GED required

  • Bachelor of Science with an engineering or construction management focus preferred

  • Knowledge of the construction industry and contract documentation

  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and city regulations and guidelines

Required Attributes and Competencies (Skills)

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook and Excel formulas and formatting

  • Familiarity with Windows based operating systems and web based applications, include ERP systems or other construction/financial software packages

  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, and other electrical, technical, or construction programs

  • Must demonstrate integrity, honesty, professionalism and commitment to company values

  • Must have ability to build positive working relationships with multiple levels of employees, management, suppliers, and customers

  • Must have excellent organizational, communication, strategic, technical, analytical, problem solving, and multi-tasking skills

  • Must demonstrate ability to effectively organize and manage multiple projects and to meet frequent deadlines

  • Must have high standards of quality with attention to detail

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills, effectively in the English language

Physical Requirements (Ability)

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, see, talk, and hear. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is regularly required to walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee may be required to commute to field locations and project sites and be able to navigate around the job site locations.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee should expect to sit for long periods in front of a computer and also travel to field locations as needed.

While visiting field locations, the employee may be required to be outdoors, exposed to outside weather conditions, extended exposure to sunlight, moisture, cold and heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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We offer our employees a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package and are always looking for individuals with the talent and skills required to contribute to our continued growth and success. Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

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