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Construction Manager

Department: 207 - CMS West
Location: Laguna Niguel, CA

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MWH Constructors is currently seeking a Construction Manager to join our construction management services (CMS) group in support of critical infrastructure construction work in Southern California.

The Construction Manager will oversee the appointed project staff and support service consultants to ensure the project is constructed in accordance with the project plans and specifications, as well as requirements of the contract and the expectations of the client. Reporting directly to MWH’s Area Manager, the Construction Manager is the primary interface with the owner and the contractor and with the engineer of record and regulatory representatives. In addition to providing construction management on all project phases from procurement, through bid, pre-construction, construction, commissioning, start-up and close-out phases, the Construction Manager will assist in new business development opportunities.

Essential Functions

  • Interface with client, oversight representatives, regulatory agencies, etc., for both business development and project execution.
  • Make decisions and recommendations that can improve corporate relationship with client and profitability of managed projects.
  • Develop new business opportunities relative to a particular client, group of clients or geographical area.
  • Initiate and maintain liaison with client, consultants and contractors to facilitate construction activities.
  • Ensure all client, company, and project policies, procedures, standards, etc., are adhered to properly.
  • Complete project objectives and performance standards within boundaries of client policies and procedures.
  • Provide oversight and direction to all activities associated with construction management, contract administration, contract planning/execution, contractor’s scheduling review and analysis, change order management, and quality assurance oversight with field inspection functions, as required.
  • Monitor and control to ensure project is built on schedule and within budget.
  • Evaluate contractor’s detailed cost proposals and develop preliminary cost estimate.
  • Plan, coordinate, and/or supervise activities of all company and consultant personnel on assigned project(s).
  • Will have day-to-day supervisory responsibility over support and professional construction management staff.
  • Authorize/approve all purchase requisitions, change requests, etc., within signature authority.
  • Implement company safety program. Assure that direct reporting employees follow safe work practices and use company guidelines and policies for planning and executing work in a safe manner.
  • Attend industry networking events.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (civil, mechanical or electrical), construction management, or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum of 12 years of experience managing municipal water and/or wastewater infrastructure projects, such as treatment plants, pump stations, pipelines, tunnels, etc.
  • 8+ years of management experience, including client interface and solicitation, marketing and business development, planning and execution, project delivery, and staff supervision.
  • CCM or PMP required, however consideration will be given to candidates willing to gain CCM or PMP within 12 months.
  • Thorough knowledge of all aspects of construction (technology, equipment, methods), union jurisdiction, labor agreements, and negotiations.
  • Thorough understanding of corporate and industry practices, processes, standards, etc. and their impact on project activities.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organizational, supervisory and planning skills.
  • Must be able to apply innovative and effective management techniques to maximize employee performance.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Project P/L experience.


  • The salary for this position will range from $140,000 to $170,000 depending on previous experience.


  • Group health & welfare benefits including options for medical, dental and vision
  • 100% Company Paid Benefits: Employee Life Insurance & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D), Spouse and Dependent Life & AD&D, Short Term Disability (STD), Long Term Disability (LTD), Employee Assistance Program and Health Advocate
  • Voluntary benefits at discounted group rates for accidents, critical illness, and hospital indemnity
  • Flexible Time Off Program (includes vacation and personal time)
  • Paid Sick and Safe Leave
  • Paid Parental Leave Program
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Plan (company matching contributions up to 4%).
  • Employee Referral Program

MWH Constructors is a global project delivery company with a focus on water and wastewater infrastructure. With the ultimate goal of delivering maximum value to clients and their local communities, MWH Constructors provides single-source, integrated design and construction services and a full range of project delivery methods. Incorporating industry-leading preconstruction services and safety practices, the Company’s multi-disciplined team of engineering and construction professionals delivers a wide range of projects, including new facilities, infrastructure improvement and expansion, and capital construction services.

Please note that all positions require pre-employment screening, including drug and background check, as a condition of employment

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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