Construction Director

Air Products

Allentown, PA

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Job Description and Qualifications
Job Title :
CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR (Mega Project)
JOB DESCRIPTION
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a Fortune 500 manufacturer of industrial gases, has an immediate opening for a Construction Director in Houston, TX.
The candidate is accountable for the overall construction management work process, scopes for projects being implemented for a $1B+ mega project in the Americas. Accountability includes strategic and tactical matters associated with construction management commencing during the bid development phase and continues through start-up and commissioning.
The selected Director must possess expert-level construction/EPCM leadership skills and knowledge along with exceptional communication and influencing skills. The role requires significant interaction with internal groups such as project management, engineering, procurement, EPCs firms and construction contractors ensuring effective coordination across all involved supporting project delivery commitments. The Director also interfaces extensively with the customer on engineering and technical matters. Projects are completed applying global capabilities, necessitating a strong cross-cultural proficiency.
Principal accountabilities
  • Develop and lead a hard-working construction management team which includes external partners, vendors, equipment vendors and possibly, customer representatives.
  • Ensures the projects is front end loaded with meticulous construction planning, implement value engineering, constructability processes, and standard methodologies. Manages project objectives and expectations throughout the project regarding scope, budget, invoicing, schedules, and time frame.
  • Oversight and provides direction to construction management work processes and activities including ensuring site safety program, cost, schedule, and quality are aligned to support project critical metrics and objectives
  • Participates in project reviews and for outstanding execution strategies and decision-making process to address these situations. Lead the internal and/or external problem-solving necessary to arrive at appropriate decisions.
  • Single point of contact for the execution team supporting project development through project on stream
  • Maintains a safe work environment and support corporate and project execution construction safety program goals within the office, with suppliers, and on construction sites.
  • Expected to be resident at the project site during construction; residency is required at some point during civil construction. The candidate must be flexible to location, but the project site is most likely in Louisiana or Texas
Duties & responsibilities
  • Embraces and promotes the dedication to provide a safe workplace that strives for an incident and injury free environment where everyone goes home safe every day. Ensures construction safety program including Site-Specific Safety Planning is proactively communicated and consistently enforced on all projects
  • Hires, trains, and manages required staff resources to support the project to accomplish construction strategy as it relates to safety, cost, and schedule. Mentors Construction Managers and Superintendents
  • Provides mentorship to the project construction team to develop budgets and project plans during the proposal, design and/or pre-construction phase of the project
  • Supports project strategy and ensures compliance with the construction management program, including scalable construction strategies from project initiation to handover. Promotes use of AWP, CWP to ensure accurate site planning
  • Establishes and maintains relationships and acts as the primary contact and counsel to project management
  • Identifies deficiencies in skills among assigned team members and works to improve individual’s capabilities through mentor, development, and training
  • Knowledge of construction management standard processes and a willingness to adapt and lean out existing practices. Ensures training and continuous improvement processes are implemented for the team
  • Leads and develops processes to ensure full, end-to-end coordination between all involved parties from planning, design, construction, and commissioning
  • Accountable for management of the construction team budget and financial reporting
  • Other duties as assigned
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related field preferred
  • 15+ years of Construction Leadership experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects > $1B+
  • Global experience preferred
  • PMP or CCM certification preferred

At Air Products, we work in an environment where diversity is essential, inclusion is our culture, and each person knows they belong and matter. To learn more, visit About Air Products.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including paid holidays and vacation, affordable medical, dental, life insurance and retirement plans. You will be eligible for benefits and also be 100% vested in your retirement benefits on your first day of employment.

Air Products thanks all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those applicants who are being considered for an interview, or are currently employed by Air Products, will be contacted.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (U.S.).  You will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, citizenship, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or veteran status.