Project Manager

General Position Summary:

Responsible for overseeing the construction of commercial construction projects.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Act as a liaison between the owner, architects, subcontractors and the company.
  • Write contracts for owners and subcontractors.
  • Provide budget administration.
  • Coordinate information and documentation from owners and architects to the subcontractors.
  • Approve subcontractor invoices for payment.
  • Process subcontractor submittals – route, review and approve.
  • Estimate change orders.
  • Coordinate/schedule workflow and material deliveries.
  • Run weekly construction meetings.
  • Prepare owner billings.
  • Track allowances and contingencies.
  • Coordinate project closeout.

Secondary Functions:

  • Meet with city officials, inspectors, etc.
  • Provide a schedule for the project.
  • Assist pre-construction with project estimating.

Job Scope:

Performs duties with little direction given, determines own practices and procedures and contributes to the development of new concepts.  Frequently works in new and varied work conditions and the job involves a high degree of complexity.

This position is responsible and accountable to the owner of the project and the company for a project budget of 100,000-10 million dollars depending on the project.

Mistakes/errors might result in a financial loss of money and time off the schedule.  This may lead to poor customer/owner satisfaction.

Supervisory Responsibility:

May be responsible for supervising and having the authority to hire/fire a project engineer.  Customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment.

Interpersonal Contacts:

Contacts are normally made with others both inside and outside the organization.  Contacts within the company are usually with own department staff and supervisor and are seldom about confidential/sensitive matters.  Contacts made outside of the company are with both customers and non-customers (subcontractors, city inspectors, etc.)

All contacts are usually made at the employee’s own initiative with 60% of the contacts being over the phone and 40% face to face.  One-third of the contacts are made with the customer and the other two-thirds with non-customers.


Specific Job Skills:

  • Excellent knowledge of commercial construction.
  • Ability to read plans/blueprints.
  • Supervisory skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Current knowledge of safety regulations and codes.
  • Mental ability to conduct on-going interpersonal interactions, analyze and solve problems essential.
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.
  • Ability to perform advanced math (analysis, statistics, significant data or number manipulation).
  • Ability to participate in a team and work creatively.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and independent action.

Physical Activities:

  • Occasional sitting.
  • Occasional standing.
  • An occasional repetitive motion of hands/wrists.
  • Rare lifting of up to 20 pounds.

Education and/or Experience:

A minimum of 5 years of experience in commercial construction building is required for this position.  Some higher education in construction management or on-the-job training is needed.

Job Conditions:

This position generally requires 8-10 hours a day.  The workweek is Monday-Friday. This position requires the incumbent to work in a job trailer on a construction job-site or in the Colas Construction main office depending on the project.  When walking around the job site the incumbent may be exposed to weather conditions, dust, noise, chemicals, odors, and fumes.