Construction Contracts Manager

Cianbro Com   •  

Portland, ME

Industry: Real Estate & Construction


5 - 7 years

Posted 145 days ago

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The Construction Contracts Manager is an integral member of the Cianbro Contracts Department and works collaboratively with attorney and non-attorney team members inside and outside the Cianbro Contracts Department to ensure that the risks assumed in contracts can be proactively managed through the contract and project lifecycle. In this fast-paced, innovative and creative company, the ConstructionAttorney is primarily responsible for handling construction-related legal matters in multiple business units (with support of outside counsel as may be required), including the drafting, review and negotiation of contracts between Cianbro and owners, other prime contractors and subcontractors; transactional-based matters; assistance with response to performance failures; and dispute resolution.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in the review of Requests for Proposals, Terms & Conditions, Insurance provisions and support Engineering/Estimating as required in the evaluation of business opportunities.
  • Determine, develop and implement a suitable risk profile for construction services business. Participate in corporate evaluation of alternate project delivery contract strategies and initial project assessment for projects with elevated potential risk.
  • Assist in negotiating contracts with private sector owners and with downstream subcontract service providers and major material suppliers. Participate in routine follow- up to ensure compliance during program execution.
  • Provide training and advice to project teams on understanding managing contract requirements.
  • Lead or assist operations teams and Senior Management to recognize, prepare and manage the resolution of contract disputes, claims and significant change orders.
  • Lead or assist operations teams and management with review or negotiation of leases, financial instruments, or other transactional-based matters.


  • Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school.
  • License, in good standing, to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Approximately 5 – 10 years of relevant legal experience with reputable law firm training and/or in-house experience with broad-based experience focusing on drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, with strong preference given to experience drafting and negotiating constructioncontracts and subcontracts.
  • This individual must possess and demonstrate a cooperative and adaptable personality to culturally integrate in the environment of a fast-paced, innovative and creative, 100% Employee-Owned business enterprise.  Day-to-day responsibilities and priorities will change, often with little advance notice, and the successful candidate must thrive in this flexible team-oriented environment while managing multiple deadlines.  Honesty, integrity and mutual respect are essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate contracts and related instruments using a balanced and reasonable approach with established corporate philosophies towards risk allocation.
  • Experience in infrastructure projects and approaches to alternative project delivery (e.g., CMGC).
  • Advanced negotiation and dispute resolution experience.
  • Strong sense of urgency in the accurate completion of tasks.
  • Strong financial and business acumen with the knowledge of how to structure and close a business deal.
  • Understandingof key contractual issues including indemnity, warranty, guaranty, performance guarantees, corporate and project specific insurance programs and liquidated damages are required.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, federal contracts, including cost and pricing matters, FAR/DFARS.
  • Must possess and demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to produce a variety of professional communications to support the operations and management on a variety of issues. Proven ability to communicate thoughtful and appropriate approaches to issues or problem resolution with team members at all levels are key.
  • This position will be based in the greater Portland, Maine area with weekly travel to the Pittsfield, Maine corporate headquarters. Periodic travel within the United States is expected to support the needs of the organization.

Cianbro is an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate based on marital status, race, color, creed, gender, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, veteran status, union affiliation, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, or sexual orientation.