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Burns & McDonnell Preconstruction Manager - Water - (Norfolk) in Richmond, Virginia


The Water Preconstruction Manager will collaborate with and motivate a team of designers, project managers, estimators, and subcontractors in the day-to-day management of proposal development and preconstruction activities for Design-Build (DB), Construction Management at Risk (CMAR), Engineer Procure Construct (EPC), Construction, and Program Management projects.

The Water Preconstruction 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. Responsible for overall preconstruction project execution and successful completion of preconstruction efforts on time and within budget.

  • Primary responsibilities:

  • Assist the Director, Department Manager, or Global Practice Manager in developing the preconstruction strategy, vision and business planning process.

  • Coordinate, manage, and supervise the work of subordinate preconstruction and estimating 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.

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

  • 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 transitional process 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.

  • Support 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 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 coordinate directly with engineering to establish development and distribution of engineering 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 Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or related field. and 7 years of direct project estimating experience. Required or

  • Applicable experience may be substituted for the degree requirement. Required

  • 7 years relevant project management and pre-construction experience in the construction industry including public infrastructure, healthcare, energy, mission critical, industrial, aviation and/or federal market sectors is preferred.

  • Ability to work independently or in groups, think creatively and analytically, and make quick and sound decisions Excellent written and verbal communication skills.Expert with Microsoft Office, ConEst and K-base.

  • OSHA 10-hour certification Required

This job posting will remain open a minimum of 72 hours and on an ongoing basis until filled


Job Estimating

Primary Location US-VA-Norfolk

Other Locations US-VA-Richmond

Schedule: Full-time

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 241286

Job Hire Type Experienced #LI-AN #CDB