Construction Executive/Subject Matter Expert


Construction Executive/Subject Matter Expert

Irvine, CA


CannonDesign has an exceptional opportunity for a Construction Executive/Subject Matter Expert (SME) based in our Irvine, CA office. We are an integrated global A/E/C firm that unites a dynamic team of architects, engineers, constructors, strategists, futurists, researchers, and industry specialists driven by a singular goal - to help solve our clients' and society's greatest challenges.
The successful candidate will be responsible for client engagement and construction project development; leading the work acquisition process including oversight, management, coordination and delivery of all project phases.  Primary responsibilities will also include: 
  • Assist the Executive Director of Firm Strategies, Peer Construction Executives, Business Practice Leaders and the Integrated Services Practice Leader in developing the strategy and business planning process.
  • Coordinate, manage and supervise the work of construction Project Managers and support staff.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with existing and new clients.
  • Develop procedures and 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.
  • Review all estimating packages and budgets to insure accuracy and completeness.
  • Oversee procedures to assure that the estimates, including general conditions, are accurate, complete, and reflect the actual requirements of the project.
  • Oversee procedures and standards for variance reporting allows for clear identification of changes to the estimate.
  • Administer procedures and standards to ensure estimates are complete and reflect all that is required to build the project.
  • Oversee procedures and standards for preparing and analyzing cost models during the Design, Bidding and Implementation of a project.
  • Administer procedures and standards for progress estimates at design milestones, evaluate material and system costs, review document progress and coordination, build and maintain subcontractor and vendor relationships.
  • Coordinate and assure that a preliminary construction schedule has been developed for each estimate.
  • Oversee procedures and standards to create realistic and detailed schedules for all design, approval, estimating and purchasing activities.
  • Lead the preconstruction strategy meetings on the approach to the project or estimate.
  • Ensure that potential contract risk factors have been evaluated and reviewed with senior management.
  • Oversee procedures and standards to provide clear scopes of work to all bidders and pre-qualify bidders.
  • Administer procedures and standards for document review, constructability and value analysis.
  • Ensure monthly cost analysis for all active construction assignments and manage the construction services budgets.
  • Develop procedures and standards to organize and lead the transition meeting between the project operations team and the preconstruction team and coordinate the follow-up meetings. 
  • Conduct constructability reviews, oversee project design and construction delivery schedules and provide input to the bidding and proposal preparation process for all project delivery methods.
  • Assist leaders to determine the types of projects requiring multitude of services to pursue including strategies and techniques.
  • Oversee and review schedules and scheduling activities on projects on an as needed basis.
  • Participate in presentations to local office management and clients. Participate, prepare and advise in proposals/interviews for project awards/sales.”
  • Assist with the review of general conditions, contracts and subcontracts on an as needed basis.
  • Approve invoices for consultants and subconsultants related to preconstruction/design advisory activities.
  • Prepare reports related to project performance to assist leaders.
  • Provide technical assistance in negotiating contracts, change orders, etc. as required.
  • Assist in the preparation of studies, materials and methods, recommendations, and cost estimates as required.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate support staff; make recommendations for salary adjustments, promotions and other personnel actions as needed.
  • Help/advise/guide leaders to create and develop customized services opportunities in marketing pursuits.
  • Provide intelligence in local construction markets as required for successful implementation and completion of projects for various project delivery methods.
  • Advise leaders on when and how to pursue project management, construction management, design-assist and design-build opportunities.
Qualified candidates must have 15+ years of related commercial construction experience with at least 5 years in a management role.  A Bachelor degree in Construction Management, Engineering or Architecture is preferred. Proven leadership skills with a strong focus on mentoring, teaching, motivating and leading others are essential.  Excellent verbal and written communication and complex problem solving skills are a must. A solid understanding of market conditions, project challenges, client/sub trades issues and risk management is required. Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite. Working knowledge of applications and benefits of BIM and VDC required along with fundamentals of contract law and project accounting. Must have a thorough understanding of scheduling, estimating, cost control, procurement and business development. Experience with On-Screen Takeoffs, Procore, MS Project and Primavera software all desirable. Click on apply now to upload your resume and portfolio
As a condition of employment, all employees are expected to complete mandatory training, including compliance training, within required timeframes and adhere to our internal policies and our Code of Conduct.

CannonDesign recognizes the value of diversity in our workforce.  We are committed to equal opportunity.  We consider all qualified employment applicants without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, partnership status, protected veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.  Individuals who hold legal work authorization applicable to employment at CannonDesign in the United States will be considered without regard to citizenship/alienage.