The Senior Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of Architects and Engineers performing design development through construction documents, incorporating Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) and Facilities Management Division’s (FMD)’s Standards and Construction Initiatives. The Senior Project Manager is also responsible for the oversight of construction services that span forty-eight (48) buildings and parking garages on a 133 acre campus, with 6.5 million square feet of building area, focused on education, research and clinical service delivery at WUSM. This position interfaces with and advises WUSM departments (pre-clinical & clinical) and central administration regarding design and construction issues for WUSM. This position also falls under the category of an Owner’s-Representative model of construction management. Finally, it is important to note that this position is a full-fledged, integral member of the FMD team. All decisions made by the Senior Project Manager should take this into consideration to make sure the department is fully aligned in all aspects of a project.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversees capital design and construction projects on and off campus focusing on quality, budget and schedule.
- Works closely and continuously with Washington University Medical Center facilities management counterparts – BJH, SLCH and BJC - to ensure seamless campus project integration and construction.
- Actively supports and aggressively implements both the Chancellor’s Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Initiatives for achieving maximum participation.
- Implements departmental policies and guidelines associated with the Project Delivery Process for his/her areas of responsibility.
- Manages communication, project implementation and feedback with all external parties, including WUSM representatives, outside consultants, and contractors.
- Interfaces with FMD counterparts concerning Planning initiatives, Facilities Renewal infrastructure items, renovations and/or new construction.
- Resolves customer service issues, including communicating with faculty, staff and WUSM leadership.
- Provides monthly financial forecast update information to the Director for all active construction projects.
- Assists in developing, maintaining and enforcing WUSM Architectural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire Protection and Construction Standards.
- Utilizes historical project cost information and helps develop and maintain a WUSM D&C construction cost database for use for future project estimating.
- Close out projects in a timely manner, including collection of as-builts, warranty tracking, O&M manuals and final project cost information.
- Provides consulting and problem solving support to Facilities Operations on all completed projects under his/her responsibility.
- Provides direction to Architects and Engineers to insure that WUSM programs and goals are clearly identified in Construction documents.
- Aligns contractors with their area of expertise and matches each to their project type.
- Achieves FMD operational objectives by contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; identifying trends; determining system improvements; implementing change.
- Enhances FMD and organization reputation by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
- Makes continuous improvement a priority, has a solid grasp of basic and advanced project management principles, along with having experience in successfully applying these principles.
- Understands the business need for each project and makes on-going decisions based on what’s best for the organization, even if it means challenging stakeholders on critical success factors.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, construction management or related field required.
- At least five years construction project management or relevant industry or corporate experience as well as progressively responsible management experience, including supervision of a staff and effective relationships with mid-level management team.
- Have a working knowledge of facilities operations and support services.
- LEED: It is recommended that the Senior Project Manager be a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
- Exceptional integrity, intelligence and maturity.
- Well-rounded in complex organizational environment and be comfortable operating in a university or academic medical center setting.
- A proven track record of creative and energetic problem-solving and demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative approaches to facility management issues/initiatives.
- A strong leader, team-oriented, comfortable making difficult decisions, following through to completion and applying sound fiscal policy and accountability to the department.
- Strong leadership and managerial skills, outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, disciplined, and diplomatic knowledge of research and teaching space facility and utilization requirements a plus.
- Experience in developing and utilizing performance indicators for organizational assessments and improvement.
- Ability to serve as a mentor and an advisor to the Project Managers.
- Ability to Provide direction and advice on project details as required.
- Well-versed in the full spectrum of project management from concepts to post-occupancy and beyond.
- Strong desire for/thrive on continuous professional betterment and development and continuous improvement of project delivery services.