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Woodruff Construction, LLC Pre-Construction Manager in Spencer, Iowa

About Us:

Woodruff Construction is a general contractor founded in 1956 which offers award-winning design-build, construction management and project development services and is driven by strong Core Values:

  • FAMILY Comes First

  • SERVICE to Others

  • PURPOSE in everything we do

  • DEPENDABILITY to do what's right

  • ENJOYMENT of our work

We provide service to clients across Iowa, with offices in Ames, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, and Waterloo. Our team not only strives to achieve our clients' goals and visions, but to also provide them with an enjoyable building experience.

We provide a dynamic environment where each individual is challenged to be his or her best, and we are continually searching for qualified professionals to join our team. Woodruff is committed to employing a diverse workforce and encourages those with a wide range of backgrounds to inquire about our job opportunities. Build your future with us.

Current Opening:

This position is responsible for developing, improving and leading the pre-construction process for design-build and construction manager at-risk projects. This position with serve as the team/company expert as it relates to pre-construction contracting & estimating.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Risk Management

  • Adhere to, enforce and support company safety program

  • Evaluate subcontractors and suppliers to ensure they meet or exceed Woodruff standards for the project

  • Document project changes and correspondence through email and mail correspondence through the pre-construction phase

  • Anticipate & address issues and understand how work performance & timeliness effects the achievement of Woodruff goals

  • Financial Management & Results

  • Assist Project Manager with the buyout process

  • Ensure profit objectives are met by ensuring schedules and budgets are achieved

  • Negotiate and estimate favorable and timely change orders that produce results, protect Woodruff‘s interests and satisfy the owner and architect

  • Design Support & Field Involvement

  • Facilitate correspondence with the owner and design team

  • Assist project manager with scheduling and conducting design meetings (if design-build)

  • Assist project manager with scheduling and conducting team meetings to review design status, budget status and overall progression of the project

  • Include and involve the field operations manager, safety specialist and/or anticipated superintendent as needed throughout the pre-construction process

  • Project Leadership

  • Manage project through Procore and any other required project management software

  • Assist with setting, communicating and tracking project goals

  • Support customer relationship building with owners by balancing the needs of Woodruff with the customer expectations around schedule, quality and cost

  • Develop a clear and complete understanding of the construction project by reviewing plans, documents and proposed cost information

  • Plan ahead to work efficiently by creating a sound completion plan leading the Woodruff project team to establish priorities, schedule activities and timeframes, develop clear and measurable progress benchmarks and assign responsibilities

  • Guide the project by keeping the big picture in mind & making sound decisions

  • Ensure timely construction project starts consistent with preconstruction plans and owner needs

  • Produce clear and complete planning information including timely and detailed owner meeting minutes and look-ahead schedules

  • Use Woodruff policies and procedures through use and reference of pre-construction process manuals

  • Contribute to swift and smooth project transition from pre-construction to construction phase

  • Lead the project team through pre-construction abiding by and following the contract requirements

  • Process Development & Improvement

  • Ensure Woodruff processes follow current CMaR preconstruction Iowa law

  • Development of new and/or improvement of existing pre-construction processes

  • Research and learn industry best practices regarding pre-construction processes

  • Assist with developing, implementing and utilizing pre-construction services fee estimating process

  • Assist BD with development and submission of RFQ’s

  • Lead the development and submission of RFP’s including developing and leading the presentation process


At Woodruff, We attribute our success to the investment and retention of our quality employees. Our firm values its employees and offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive salary with project performance based bonuses

  • $1,000 stay on bonus gift card after 30 days

  • 100% Employee Owned, ESOP

  • Generous health insurance benefits

  • Paid holidays

  • Paid time off

  • Bereavement leave

  • Dental insurance

  • Basic life insurance

  • Flexible spending account

  • 401K retirement plan

  • Tuition reimbursement and continuing education

  • Direct payroll deposit

  • Employee assistance program

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management/ConE Degree or related field is preferred

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience involving pre-construction

  • DBIA Certification preferred or ability to obtain within first year of employment

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Advanced computer experience with proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel

  • Ability to objectively coach employees through complex issues

  • Good time management skills

  • Must be able to contain confidential information

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Work well in an office team environment

  • Ability to work independently on assigned tasks as well as to accept direction