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Graham Construction Company Superintendent in Des Moines, Iowa

Graham Construction, one of the Midwest’s leading construction managers and general contractors, seeks an experienced superintendent to lead a high-profile job in one of the region’s fastest growing cities. If you’re eager to lead a project that will become a landmark in the Des Moines, Iowa, area, this opportunity is for you. We need a strong leader to ensure successful construction of a new corporate headquarters for a fast-growing manufacturer. How do you know if you’re a fit for Graham? You’ll thrive here if you put the customer’s interests first and set a high value on building long-term relationships with clients and industry partners. You’ll love Graham if you’re looking to join a motivated team that holds everyone accountable and pulls together to do whatever it takes to perform a job well. We offer competitive salaries, an industry-leading 6% match on 401(k) contributions, incentives for working safely and many opportunities to advance your career.

Superintendent II and Senior Superintendent roles also available. Roles based on candidate education and experience.

What do we offer?

  • Full-time salaried position

  • 401(k) with 6% company match

  • Health, dental, vision, life insurance available

  • Vacation and personal days

    Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate a large crew of field personnel on a daily basis, and delegate all roles and responsibilities.

  • Manage and coordinate subcontractors, and have a proven track record in doing so.

  • Understand labor and material reports and accurately analyze money and manpower available for specific work activities and their associated cost codes.

  • Understand cost codes and code weekly payroll.

  • Consistently prove the ability to manage money on assigned projects.

  • Look at the big project picture while making decisions on specific tasks. Recognize how Graham Construction work affects subcontractors and make the best judgments for the project.

  • Provide alternatives and encourage creativity among fellow workers.

  • Understand Graham Yard and/or vendor rental procedures, material transfers, equipment usages, maintenance of equipment, cost implications, etc.

  • Create & maintain detailed 6-week project schedule in Excel (Requirement: Excel training course completed and/or proven ability to establish/maintain schedule).

  • Understand process for creating meeting agenda/minutes for foreman meetings (competent with project management software).

  • Read/understand/implement bid packages after job is awarded.

  • Perform “1st Installation Verifications” and understand “how to build” project from multiple trade standpoint.

  • Review, mark up, and approve/process submittals/shop drawings (competent with project management software.

  • Coordinate and manage multiple subcontractors/trades.

  • Understand how to build in an efficient/effective manner.

  • Contribute to pull sessions with multiple trades.

  • Complete daily reports (competent with project management software).

  • Manage Graham tool and equipment inventory on jobsite.

  • Assist in and contribute to all required jobsite inspections (city/state/AHJ/OSHA).

  • Demonstrate The Graham Mentality: Complete every project from an owner’s point of view.


  • Promote Graham Construction internally and externally.

  • Interact with the entire project team (architect, engineers, subcontractors, inspectors, vendors, etc.) who may come to the jobsite to tour the project, discuss issues, or make requests requiring action by Graham Construction. In these interactions, the superintendent must be perceived by the project team as competent and capable.

  • Communicate effectively with entire project team (architect, engineers, subcontractors, inspectors, vendors, etc.) on any project issues/problems.

  • Demonstrate skill and open-mindedness in listening, problem solving, and running effective meetings.


  • Promote a culture of safety at all levels of the organization.

  • Ensure compliance with company policies, state and federal laws, OSHA, building codes, non-discrimination requirements, etc.

  • Ensure that Preconstruction Risk Assessments are completed and all infection control measures are in place and maintained.

  • Show strong awareness of jobsite safety. Display a strong safety attitude at all times and model it for crew members and subcontractors.

    Quality Assurance & Quality Control/Owner & Customer Relations

  • Read and understand drawings and specifications thoroughly in order to make proper judgments.

  • Perform “1st Installation Verifications” and possess knowledge of “how to build” project from multiple trade standpoint.

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date as-builts in paper format.

  • Demonstrate draftsman quality – straight edge/legible/accurate.

  • Lead punch list efforts (create & complete tasks).

    Staff Leadership

  • Manage and coordinate field personnel on a daily basis, and delegate all roles and responsibilities.

  • Mentor project team.

  • Attend all superintendent meetings.

  • Display a positive attitude toward Graham Construction in all work dealings and ensure the work crew does the same. Ensure subcontractors and suppliers see this positive attitude displayed.

  • Demonstrate The Graham Mentality: Complete every project from an owner’s point of view.


  • Assist in establishing initial site logistics plan, construction phasing plans, and overall project schedule. Work with PM and/or Sr. Superintendent on final review.

    Professional Development

  • Advance learning through training and education courses to increase expertise and achieve job objectives more effectively and efficiently .

    Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to see the big picture.

  • Skill in assessing issues, making decisions and communicating/implementing decisions quickly.

  • Knowledge of construction means, methods and engineering techniques as it relates to the products and services Graham Construction provides.

  • Ability to comply with all work-related deadlines.

  • Vision to see the project through completion, through the eyes of the owner—before the project is even started.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with management staff, company project staff, vendors, contractors, and project owners on any issues/problems related to the project.

  • Skill in listening, problem solving, and running effective meetings with the ability to be open-minded.

  • Ability to resolve major issues without laying blame.

  • Ability to develop win-win scenarios and bring final resolution to issues and problems.

  • Knowledge of product costs, labor costs, and associated time frames essential to developing cost-effective project budgets.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.

  • Ability to perform the roles and duties of all staff direct reports.

  • Ability to see others’ perspectives with regards to their concerns.

  • Ability to remain calm and professional during peak periods of activities.

  • Ability to work daily and extended hours as necessary.

  • Ability to assist in other work-related areas as necessary.

  • Ability to recognize when assistance is needed and not afraid to “hit the panic button.”