Construction Manager (Pharma)
Valdes Engineering Company
 Kankakee, IL
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering and project management company with an expert focus on the energy industry. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.

Oversee project construction activities from design through turnover of the project to the client. Reviews design for constructability. Develops construction strategy, project construction schedule, and a site development plan. Assists in the selection of contractors qualified to perform the project scope. This individual interfaces with client representatives, contractors and project engineers / managers within the Valdes organization.  Located at the job site as required for exchange of information. 

Responsibilities include the following:
·         Provide direct interface with contractors leads on project work
·         Organizes a field construction team to manage the general contractor and/or prime construction contractors throughout the course of the project
·         Accountable to the client for schedule, cost, safety, and quality of work for the project 
·         Provide field management for client construction activities
·         Coordinate construction activities for all contractors
·         Responsible for the timely receipt of all client supplied equipment and materials
·         Field enforcement of Regulatory and client safety requirements
·         Communicate to team members and client on work plans
·         Participate in review, approval and audit of construction schedules.  Monitor Contractor schedule performance
·         Verify field conditions, constructability of designs, and assist in resolving problems during field construction
·         Review construction contractor proposals
·         Review invoices for assigned contractors
·         Manage construction budgets
·         Conduct meetings with client and contractors
·         Ensure that contractors are conducting safety meetings/reviews and audits
·         Review all change orders
·         Monitor contractor quality performance per client guidelines
·         Ensure that client specifications and requirements are met
·         Provides status reports to the client including status of schedule, construction budget and activities
·         All other duties as assigned by the client, manager or management

Technical Competencies: 
·         Strong verbal and written communication skills and possesses the ability to communicate complicated issues in a simple manner
·         Strong knowledge of construction management, all engineering disciplines, plant operations
·         Leadership skills such as conflict resolution, risk evaluation, mentoring and steadiness
·         Ability to properly delegate and follow up with team to assure project is completed to client satisfaction on schedule and on budget
·         Creativeness in providing new solutions to problems
·         Basic knowledge of  2D and 3D AutoCAD software
·         Strong Microsoft Office experience and knowledge of planning or scheduling software
·         Knowledge of  multi-discipline project design execution and construction sequence
·         Responsible for Quality Control and possesses an eye for detail
·         Expertise in Microsoft Office software, Microsoft Project and Primavera are pluses
·         Professional registration desired

People Skills:
·      5+ years’ experience supervising staff and managing projects from inception to completion including evaluating scope of work and assigning responsibilities
·       Able to work alone or on a team in different level positions. Not afraid to take charge, but will also cooperate and coordinate with others at their level that may have more authority over the work at hand
·       Possesses a knack for the ability to network and connect with peers, subordinates, supervisors and others within the industry
·       Conscientious, enthusiastic and extroverted personality, able to initiate and follow through on assignments with little coaching
·       Personable and possesses the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, subordinates and co-workers at all levels
·       Ability to handle difficult individuals, remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational and effectively manage and resolve conflicts in a professional manner
·       Demonstrate effective work relationships with all project and engineering personnel
·       Represents the highest standard of professional conduct with other groups, department members and clients
·       Extroverted personality, ability to supervise and lead staff offering coaching and oversight resulting in quality work product

Organizational Skills:
·       Excellent organizational skills and able to prioritize multiple tasks without becoming overwhelmed
·       Able to schedule and balance their time effectively, multi-task and possesses an internal locus of control
·       Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
·       Strong understanding of construction management, project management and discipline work flow and how all departments work together to complete projects
·      Ability to set and track goals
·      Takes ownership of work thru project completion
·      Must keep work area and job site neat, clean  and organized



  • Education:     Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Construction Management or one of the Engineering Disciplines
  • Experience:    10+ years of construction management experience in pharmaceuticals required and 5+ Years supervisory experience desired. Knowledge of industry and regulatory standards.

Valdes Engineering Company is looking for bright and talented people that want to take their career to the next level. We offer many rewarding career paths to challenge and engage our employees at all phases of their careers. Our office provides a team environment, and excellent working conditions, which allow individuals to maximize their potential. Valdes Engineering offers an outstanding benefits package including Medical, Dental, 401K plan, Company paid Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, and Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance and tuition reimbursement.