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Director of Construction 

Job Summary

This position’s primary responsibility is the management and direction of the Union and Non-Union construction organizations in the building of field erected cooling towers in the Americas.  The incumbent is responsible for the construction business programs and processes and ensures adherence to approved cost, quality, delivery, and safety standards. Accountable areas include the execution of construction projects, enforcement of safety policies, budget and resource management, construction yard management, and client relations. The area managers, safety managers, and Senior Manager of Lean Construction report directly to this position. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent must demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, creativity, leadership, teamwork, and confidentiality.  The incumbent is a key contributor to the Cooling leadership team, and drives growth by contributing to, leading, and shaping the business unit’s construction organizations.  Success in this role requires extensive knowledge of the relevant products and markets and the willingness to aggressively pursue financial goals.  This position also involves a significant amount of travel.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure a safe working environment
  • Maintain construction schedules
  • Support project planning and estimating at the bid phase
  • Oversee the management of project construction execution
  • Develop construction best practices and standards
  • Develop systems for resource, schedule, and budget planning
  • Apply lean practices and philosophy for improved efficiencies in project execution
  • Manage and develop direct reports
  • Provide input into the compensation/benefits program for construction employees
  • Stay up-to-date on job costs and budget-to-plan
  • Communicate and network effectively with owners/customers and employees at all levels
  • Resolve personnel issues as needed
  • Resolve union issues as needed
  • Train, supervise, evaluate and motivate staff

·         Responsible for all the Americas                                      

Performance Measures

  • Annual revenue growth plan
  • Annual profitability
  • Bid proposal hit rate
  • As-Sold-Margin
  • Forecast Accuracy
  • Key Milestone On-Time-Delivery

·         Construction performance to budgets

Other Desired Competencies

  • Professionalism, accuracy, and timeliness
  • Ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment
  • Broad product and market knowledge
  • Ethical conduct

·         Technical Knowledge


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in an industry related field
  • 5+ years of experience in a supervisory position
  • 5+ years of experience in Project and/or Construction Management

·         Formal education exposure to Lean is desired, but not required

·         Strong skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, Project, Access

Physical Demands

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sitting, standing, walking
  • Keyboarding/typing
  • Ability to read effectively from a computer screen and/or paper copy
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally

·         Extensive air and automobile travel required

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Office environment with varying degrees of noise levels

·         On site frequently; may be exposed to bad weather, excessive heat, and/or excessive noise