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CDM Smith Lead Preconstruction Specialist in Des Moines, Iowa


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Job Description:

Collaborates with pursuit team to develop bid strategy. Partners with unit leadership and project pursuit and development staff to develop competitive proposals based on an understanding of design, constructability, and sequencing of a project. Oversees the development of cost proposals and schedules for current and potential client requests for proposal (RFPs). Works with proposal team to review project specifications and confirms proposal compliance. Reviews draft proposals for adherence to firm, industry, state, local and federal regulations, and best practices. Provides oversight and pre-construction guidance on multiple basic to high complexity project pursuits including developing competitive bid strategies, cost proposals, project schedules, cash flow analyses, cost of capital and cost of currency analyses, etc. Leads teams in the analysis and evaluation of historical competitive bid strategies, cost proposals, project schedules, cash flow analyses, cost of capital and cost of currency analyses, etc. to recommend changes and improvements to ongoing bid-strategies including pricing. Leads teams of project management and procurement staff to perform post project win pre-construction build-up including translating the project pursuit into a project enrollment and buyout package. Develops subcontracting and purchase scopes and price the project so that the cost control and schedule control associated with the project are fully in place and consistent with the contractual commitments to the client. Works with project managers and project accountants to develop enrollment packages to successfully complete project enrollment into the firm’s financial system. Works with project managers and procurement teams to partner with or lead, as necessary, administrative, and technical pieces of negotiating Purchase Orders, Subcontracts, and Change Order procurements. Works with project managers to develop early work plans and client deliverables as necessary. Reviewing design progress against project plan to ensure compliance with project estimates, schedules, and budgets. Recommends changes and solutions to improve project plan and/or bring project back into alignment with the project plan, as needed. Provides technical guidance and training to more junior staff. Mentors more junior staff and develops them for future growth within the discipline and firm. Provides technical feedback on tools, processes, and procedures to Unit Leadership as needed. Performs other duties as required.

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Lead Preconstruction Specialist



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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree. 10 years related experience. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree. Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

Remediation and Government background preferred.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States - Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of estimating techniques, cost control and material pricing. Advanced ability to read and comprehend drawings and specifications, identifying missing elements during design development. Advanced computation skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Advanced knowledge of construction industry terminology. Strong ability to perform conceptual estimates in multiple trades, review estimates, and generate estimates for a wide variety of construction projects and contracts.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

U.S. Vaccine Status:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) are committed to your health and safety. CDM Smith and its employees adhere to all applicable government and client COVID-19 requirements.