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McGough Companies Project Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

McGough is a respected partner that brings six generations of experience to high profile, unique and complex construction projects. We take great pride in our people and their extraordinary expertise in planning, development, construction and facility management. McGough employee tenure reflects the commitment and pride we share in our work. Ask anyone who knows us - the caliber of our people sets us apart.


The primary role of the Project Manager is managing all project aspects, including the responsibilities and tasks outlined below. In addition to managing projects, a PM is responsible for:

  • Overall project success

  • Successful management of project financials

  • Client satisfaction

  • Management of major portions of a large project or overall responsibility for smaller projects

  • Mentoring and coaching Asst. PMs and PEs

  • Continuing to develop skills to successfully mange projects

  • Understanding scope changes and performing quantity take-offs, pricing, and tracking all project revisions

  • Fostering and building relationships with owners, design partners, subcontractors and suppliers



  • Four-year degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related degree

  • 5+ years of related experience, including experience with self-perform capabilities

  • Demonstrated experience building strong partnerships and trust with external partners, including owners, owner's representatives, design firms, and subcontractors

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills

  • Thorough and detail-oriented

  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task within time constraints

  • Self-starter and motivated with minimal supervision

  • Strong computer skills, including Excel


  • Estimating and field experience a plus

  • Scheduling experience preferred

    Office and Travel:

    Office: Various jobsites and/or corporate/regional office.

    Travel: In addition to regional meetings, overnight travel may be involved.

    Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Pursuit, Preconstruction and Business Development

  • Assist pursuit team in understanding prospective projects and requirements

  • Research prospective clients

  • Assist pursuit team in completing responses to RFQs and RFPs

  • Participate in pursuit interviews

  • Assist with and participate in preconstruction meetings

  • Provide management and leadership to ensure successful completion of our QA/QC page turn process

  • Understand project-specific workforce and vendor participation goals and incorporate into project work plan

  • McGough Self-Performed Work

  • Understand and perform quantity take-offs and assist in estimating labor production, materials and equipment

  • Understand warehouse equipment, rentals, small tools, services and costs

  • Gather information, implement or assist in PACE preparation and projections

  • Scope bid materials (concrete, rebar, brick, etc.)

  • Assist with creating Critical Path Method (CPM) schedules for our work

  • Estimating and Bidding

  • Perform quantity take-offs and assist in estimating

  • Take the lead on updating estimates through SDs, DDs and CDs

  • Develop bidders list and verify subcontractor qualifications (i.e., Textura, etc.)

  • Subcontractor procurement (prepare contracting plan, bid solicitations, bid analysis and tabulations)

  • Comprehensive understanding of what is included in subcontractor package scope

  • Page turn review with subcontractors and field staff prior to subcontract award

  • Review bid results with owner and architect and prepare/execute Owner Notification Letter (when applicable)

  • Prepare, approve, and signoff on subcontracts for Sr. PM review and execution

  • Participate in preparation of preconstruction estimate and cost model

  • Create and maintain control estimate

  • Scheduling

  • Assist field staff with creating CPM scheduling

  • Work closely with field staff to update and distribute schedule as needed

  • Co-lead Last Planner efforts in conjunction with field staff

  • Project Documentation

  • Review and understand all drawings and specifications

  • Lead the project document page turn reviews

  • Manage the Request for Information (RFI) process and work with the design team to get timely responses

  • Manage the shop drawings/submittals review process and work with the design team to get timely turnaround

  • Participate in BIM coordination meetings

  • Manage project sustainability requirements and documentation

  • Understand the requirements of our owner’s contracts, as well as subcontracts

  • Subcontract Management

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of what is included in the subcontractor’s scope

  • Review and process subcontractor change requests; negotiate pricing

  • Review and approve subcontractor invoices

  • Track project workforce goals/vendor goals

  • Assist superintendent with manpower and personnel requests

  • Schedule and document pre-installation meetings

  • Cost Control

  • Manage distribution and pricing of project changes

  • Assist superintendent in tracking labor costs

  • Assist superintendent with material procurement and cost coding

  • Collect and report the required information to support the Cost History Department

  • Prepare and maintain the project PACE documents

  • Work with the project accounting team to produce monthly pay applications

  • Prepare, track and review the project cost control log with the construction team

  • Manage project cost review and approval processes with the design team and owner

  • Prepare Schedule of Values, Sworn Construction Statement, Invoice and other billing documents as required by our owner contract

  • Project Meetings

  • Attend all project and company safety meetings

  • Attend and participate in weekly work plan meetings

  • Conduct and provide timely documentation for construction coordination meetings

  • Participate in start-up meetings and preparing documentation in conjunction with field staff

  • Provide monthly PACE reports to management and lead PACE meetings

  • Attend pre-installation meetings and mock-up reviews

  • Post-Construction

  • Perform pre-punch with an aim at providing a “zero item” punchlist

  • Oversee the punchlist process

  • Support the close-out team in gathering final as-built plans and documentation

  • Review project close-out documentation for accuracy and completeness

  • Participate in and/or manage test and balance and commissioning processes, as required

  • Manage overall plan for owner training in conjunction with field staff

  • Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in business development activities (client functions, design firm open houses, conferences, etc.)

  • Foster relationships with clients, architects, engineers, consultants and subcontractors

  • Pursue new relationships with potential clients and design firms

  • Attend and participate in project management and other company meetings

  • Attend any training – personal and/or professional development – that is relevant to the position, including human resources management

  • Actively participate in company-sponsored events

  • Perform functions of PE or Asst. PM as may be necessary for project

  • Support and follow standard of work

  • Participate in Lean events and support of the McGough Way

  • Other responsibilities as assigned

    Physical Requirements:

    The physical requirements listed 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.

    Position involves sitting for extended periods of time while working at a computer terminal. Employee must be able to communicate effectively in a typical office environment with a standard level of office noise. Occasional standing, bending, walking and lifting is also required.

    Employee will be required to visit construction jobsites, which may expose the employee to dirt, dust, uneven surfaces, outdoor weather conditions and extreme temperatures. In addition, employee must be able to move around prospective or current project sites. This includes climbing ladders, walking on uneven surfaces, walking long distances, and climbing stairs.

    Passing a pre-employment drug screen is required.