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Construction Manager

Construction Manager

Job area Project Management Location Chicago, United States of America. Contract type Full time

Vanderlande’s Site Management Department is responsible for the Installation and project execution of Material Handling Systems, Airports, Warehouse Automation and Parcel Sortation systems for our customers throughout North America. The increasing number of new projects and their geographical spread means the team is growing and expanding. You will report hierarchically to the Manager of Site Management, and daily to the Project Manager. In this position, you will be working within a Site Management project team to manage the installation of baggage handling, automation or parcel sortation system.  You will be responsible for the high-quality installation and to ensure the system is installed with efficiency, against the project specifications and technical requirements.

The Construction Manager is responsible for all the activities involved in the installation of baggage or automated material handling systems on our biggest, most complex projects. You are responsible for being proactive in reporting and resolving logistic, technical or organizational problems and having good communication with the customer about progress, out of scope work, non-conformities, timely payments and all other site related issues. This position requires 80% – 90% travel.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Manages site-based execution of medium to large projects (project size ranging from $50M – $100M)
  • Draws up a challenging site-based project plan (including commissioning and integration) and leads the complete execution on site
  • P&L – budget responsible for all site related costs
  • Manages site-based contracts with high project risk and complex installed equipment
  • Profound understanding of contracts and able to effectively mitigate related risks
  • Understands claim avoidance and when necessary, claim handling
  • Manages quality, time, costs and provision of information
  • Full responsibility for reporting and escalating non conformities to customer and PM
  • Ability to mobilize the complete site-based organization and connect to the internal organization
  • Tough negotiator with customer and subcontractors. Manages contract issues in a professional way
  • Manages stakeholders at any level, including senior management (in- and outside Vanderlande)
  • Takes ownership over all site related challenges
  • Multi-disciplined and looks further than borders of own field
  • Manage the high-quality execution of the installation process (schedule, quality) according the Vanderlande process map
  • Responsible for the site safety by creating, implementing and securing the site safety plan 
  • Is responsible to organize all HSE related activities on site
  • Communicate with customer about progress, out of scope work and all site related issues

Basic qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in a position of managing complex projects and systems
  • Leadership capability to create a unified and motivated project team
  • Proven track record in on site management of larger/complex installations with high level of automation
  • Ability to manage a team of mechanical and electrical supervisors assuring that work is executed as per the project schedule
  • Sound knowledge of contract law
  • Experience serving as on-site representative while building relationships with clients
  • Ability to obtain required security clearances to work in Vanderlande project sites
  • Valid passport in the event international travel is required
  • Must have valid drivers’ license
  • Willingness to travel up to 80% – 90% (domestic)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Four-year college degree in technical field
  • Material handling system experience
  • OSHA Certification

Knowledge-Skills-Abilities:

  • Demonstrable leadership skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • International and multicultural awareness
  • Resource planning and site organization
  • Safety awareness on the project managers level
  • Analytical and strategy
  • Pro-active and decisive
  • Experience serving as on-site representative while building relationships with clients

Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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

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