Sr. Project Manager

Sr. Project Manager

H. J. Russell & Company - Construction - Dallas, TX


The Senior Project Manager directs all project management staff, resources, and activities necessary to successfully complete any single project or multiple projects the Company may undertake regardless of type, size, or complexity, and works with the Project Superintendent as a team to produce a quality product on time with a minimum of cost.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Performs various administrative duties during project start-up, such as:

Establishes a responsibility matrix, in consultation with the Project Superintendent.

Develops the project budget and schedule of values.

Obtains necessary licenses and permits.

Obtains necessary contractual documentation from subcontractors and vendors.

Manages and administers the construction phase of the project, including:

Manages the change order and claims process.

Consolidates and submits pay applications.

Interfaces with the Superintendent, subcontractors, and suppliers

Controls and reports project progress, in consultation with the Superintendent.

Reviews costs and implements cost control procedures.

Manages all project close-out activities, including:

Ensures completion of items from corrective action lists and punch lists.

Obtains necessary licenses and occupancy permits.

Prepares final documentation.

Assists Preconstruction Services in estimating.

Establishes, in conjunction with the Superintendent, the project schedule, detailed estimate, and staffing.

Resolves unfavorable variances from established budgets or schedules.

Develops and maintains good relationships with managers of clients, architects, and engineers.

Conducts subcontractor buyout and major project purchasing.

Guides the professional development of subordinate project management staff through programs of instruction and training.

Assumes primary responsibility for overall project quality, schedule, and profitability.

Performs work in a safe manner and actively encourages others to comply with safety rules and regulations, including wearing of personal protective devices.

Reporting Relationships:

The Senior Project Manager reports directly to a Project Executive or Division VP.

Project Managers, Assistant Project Managers and Project Engineers report directly to the Senior Project Manager.

Internal Interfaces with:

Accounting – discusses cost monitoring.

Preconstruction – assists in estimating new work.

General Superintendent – works together as a team; establishes and maintains a project responsibility matrix, schedules, and budgets; coordinates changes; and monitors the quality of work.

Safety Director – assures implementation of the Company’s Safety Program.

External Interfaces with:

Clients – maintain relationships with client managers and pursue opportunities of repeat business.

Owner and Architect – develop and maintain a professional working relationship.

Local authorities – obtain necessary project licenses and permits.


The Senior Project Manager has the authority, within the policies and procedures of the Company, to manage all aspects of the projects assigned.

The Senior Project Manager, in conjunction with the Superintendent, has the authority to direct the project from conception to conclusion by deciding on types of construction, use of materials, construction schedules, methods, meetings, and budgets.


Profitability of all projects assigned.

Adherence to project schedules and budgets.

Project quality,

Professional relationship with the clients, architects, and consultants, including maintaining that relationship after the project completion,

Professional working relationships with the Superintendent, Job Accountant, and other internal Company departments; and

Professional working relationships with subcontractors, vendors, and other external groups.

Relevant Knowledge Base:

Strong knowledge of program management, construction management, development, and construction marketing concepts, procedures and terminology are required.

A strong background in the composition of reports, proposals, technical correspondence and documentation is also required.

Knowledge of organizational structure of company.

Principles of supervision.

Word processing and spreadsheet computer skills.

Essential Equipment and Software Requirement:

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Suite applications, specifically Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Working knowledge of Contract Administration Tools.

Advanced knowledge of Project Management.

Skills and Competencies required to perform tasks:

Ability to read/understand construction drawings and documents.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

Ability to write reports and correspondence.

Ability to speak effectively before groups of clients and/or employees.

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Ability to make decisions independently regarding engineering complexities and practices in individual fields.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor’s degree (B.A., B.S., or B. Arch) in Engineering, Architecture, Building Construction or Business Management from a four-year college or university with 8 – 12 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Can prioritize and coordinate multiple assignments and tasks for one or more projects, and good verbal and written communication skills.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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