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Burns & McDonnell Section Manager - Pre-Construction (DFW) in Dallas, Texas


The Pre-Construction Manager will lead and motivate a team of designers, project managers, estimators, and subcontractors in the day-to-day management of proposal development and pre-construction activities for Progressive Design-Build, Construction Management at Risk (CMAR), Engineer Procure Construct (EPC), Construction, and Program Management projects. The Pre-Construction Manager supports the team as part of the pre-sell and positioning, as well as oversees the development of the project proposal from inception to completion and may perform the role of Project Manager or Program Manager during early phase execution (i.e. GMP development during Phase 1 for progressive design build or CMAR), as well as support and provide guidance to others performing these roles as required by the specific project. Responsible for overall project execution and successful completion of projects on time and within budget.

  • Assist the Division Manager in developing the division strategy, vision and business planning process

  • Coordinate, manage, and supervise the work of subordinate preconstruction members and support staff

  • Establish and maintain relationships with existing and new clients

  • Lead preparation of proposals for new business and presentations to clients

  • Attend and participate in business meetings, industry events and conferences to promote firm in the markets we serve

  • Develop and maintain leads, review lead sources, participate and help guide the identification of pursuit targets

  • Participate in and assist in attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining top caliber talent

  • Prepare and analyze cost models during the Design Development and/or bidding period

  • Coordinate and assure that a preliminary construction schedule has been developed for each estimate

  • Produce progress estimates at design milestones, evaluate material and system costs, review document progress and coordination, build and maintain subcontractor and vendor relationships

  • Assure that the estimates are complete, including design, general conditions, are accurate, complete, and reflect the actual requirements of the project

  • Plan and lead the preconstruction strategy meeting on the approach to the project or estimate

  • Assure that potential risk factors have been evaluated and reviewed with senior management

  • Negotiate favorable terms using best practices and BMcD risk factors to ensure risks are minimized and mitigated.

  • Responsible for variance reports allows for clear identification of changes to the estimate

  • Work with Project Controls to create realistic and detailed schedules for all design, approval, estimating and purchasing activities

  • Provide clear scopes of work to all subs/vendors and other trade partners including prequalification of potential bidders

  • Act as document reviewer and adviser for constructability and value analysis

  • Provide monthly cost analysis for all active preconstruction assignments and manage the preconstruction department budgets

  • Organize and lead the transition meeting between the project operations team and the preconstruction team and coordinate the follow-up meetings.

  • Adhere to Burns & McDonnell’s safety programs, training, and policies, as well as promote and manage the Safety & Health performance of project team members and subcontractors.

  • Provides leadership and guidance in multiple facets of projects including safety, quality, engineering, procurement, construction, environmental compliance, project controls, and public/community relations.

  • Lead internal and external project risk reviews and consult with the Legal Department as required.

  • Support project execution team during procurement.

  • Lead and oversee the downstream request for proposal (RFP) and bid process and prepare detailed scope of work documents for supplier and subcontractor contracts, including recruiting, prequalifying, evaluating, recommending, and selecting subcontractors, and suppliers. Train new project team members on these processes.

  • Lead and hold responsibility for the bid tabulation / bid-leveling process for the region, utilizing the project management teams, regional precon team, and centralized estimating/precon resources.

  • Lead development and maintenance of estimating dbase.

  • Work with design teams to develop efficient use of BIM tools for estimating support and early cost model development

  • Present reports to internal and external executive management as required.

  • Develop, plan and implement process for, and assess that project and subcontractor insurance, taxes/duties, licensures, and bonding are in place per the project requirements.

  • Work with project controls team to develop WBS for project cost control, cost reporting, scheduling as required.

  • Understand project permit requirements and regulations.

  • Lead and participate in project planning, scheduling, estimating, cost development, and establishing critical project objectives.

  • Lead and develop Constructability Reviews for design-build and design-only projects. Lead and coordinate directly with architects and engineers to establish development and distribution of design deliverables per project schedule and requirements.

  • Provide mentorship as well as formal and informal training of interns, preconstruction staff, estimators and other support services.

  • Manage subcontracting community and building trades relationships as necessary.

  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, construction or related degree from accredited program; applicable experience may be subsituted for the degree requirement.

  • Minimum 7 years related professional experience in design and/or project management.

  • Previous leadership and/or management experience is preferable.

  • Must demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to clearly and effectively present complex information to all levels of employees, management, and clients.

  • Position requires the ability to thoughtfully and positively influence, lead, and manage change.

  • Must possess strong project management skills and a strategic perspective.

  • Must be expert in the use of computer software (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


Job Construction Services

Primary Location US-TX-Dallas

Other Locations US-TX-Fort Worth

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 233446 Job Hire Type Experienced