Senior Preconstruction Specialist

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Job Description

  • Analyzes and evaluates historical competitive bid strategies, cost proposals, project schedules, cash flow analyses, cost of capital and currency analyses, etc. to recommend changes and improvements to ongoing bid strategies.
  • Partners with project management and procurement teams to perform post-project win pre-construction build-up including translating the project pursuit into project enrollment and buyout packages.
  • Develops subcontracting and purchase scopes and budgets the project so that cost control and schedule control are fully in place and consistent with the contractual commitments made 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 on administrative and technical pieces of negotiating purchase orders, subcontracts, and change order procurements.
  • Develops early work plans and client deliverables, as necessary.
  • Reviews design progress against project plans to ensure compliance with estimates, schedules, and budgets.
  • Recommends changes and solutions to improve project plans or realign projects with plans, as needed.
  • Collaborates with pursuit team to develop competitive bid strategies.
  • Partners with unit leadership and project pursuit and development staff to create competitive proposals based on an understanding of design, constructability, and sequencing of construction projects.
  • Oversees the development of cost proposals and schedules for current and potential client requests for proposals (RFPs).
  • Partners with proposal team to review project specifications and confirm 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 basic to highly complex project pursuits.
  • 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 8 years of 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

  • Experience in progressive design build delivery
  • Experience working water/ wastewater

Amount of Travel Required


Skills and Abilities

Thorough 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.

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.

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.

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.

Additional Compensation

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

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