Preconstruction Director (Industrial)

St. Louis, MO

Job Description

Position Overview:

The Preconstruction Director with Industrial Focus is a senior leadership role responsible for overseeing and managing preconstruction activities within the industrial sector, with specific expertise in industrial manufacturing and food & beverage. Other experience in markets such as data center, or other MEP extensive construction is a plus. This individual plays a pivotal role in the initial stages of project development, collaborating with various stakeholders to ensure accurate project estimations, budgeting, scheduling, and risk assessment. Any operations background is viewed favorably but not a requirement.


  • Strategic Planning: Develop and implement preconstruction strategies aligned with organizational goals and client requirements, focusing on industrial projects such as manufacturing facilities, food & beverage processing plants, and data centers.
  • Team Leadership: Lead a multidisciplinary team of estimators, planners, engineers, and other preconstruction resources, providing guidance, mentorship, and support to achieve project objectives effectively.
  • Budgeting and Estimation: Oversee the preparation of accurate and comprehensive cost estimates, considering all aspects of construction, materials, labor, equipment, and overheads, ensuring alignment with client expectations and project budget constraints.
  • Scope of Work Package Development: Be able to dissect construction bid documents and create scope of work packages for subcontractors to bid. Be able to assemble a complete package that reduces scope gap risk to a minimal and manageable level.
  • Value Engineering: Collaborate with design teams, architects, and engineers to identify value engineering opportunities that optimize project costs, enhance functionality, and maintain quality standards without compromising project integrity.
  • Risk Management: Conduct thorough risk assessments for each project, identifying potential challenges, uncertainties, and mitigation strategies to minimize project risks and ensure successful project delivery.
  • Schedule development: Work with operational resources and scheduling managers to create design and preconstruction schedules. Be able to understand overall project execution to serve development of durations for general conditions and requirement estimating.
  • General Conditions Budgeting: Develop and fully understand the general conditions and requirements for industrial work, with specific attention to the cost associated with working within an active manufacturing facility, in addition to a greenfield build.
  • Client Engagement: Serve as a primary point of contact for clients during the design & preconstruction phase, fostering positive relationships, understanding client needs, and providing transparent communication regarding project progress, challenges, and solutions.
  • Vendor and Subcontractor Management: Evaluate and select appropriate vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers based on project requirements, performance history, and cost competitiveness, negotiating contracts and ensuring adherence to quality and safety standards.
  • Technology Integration: Leverage innovative technologies, software tools, and methodologies to streamline preconstruction processes, enhance collaboration, improve accuracy, and drive efficiencies across project teams.
  • Industrial technical expertise to support preconstruction and estimating functions.
  • Continuous Improvement: Drive continuous improvement initiatives within the preconstruction department, implementing best practices, lessons learned, and feedback mechanisms to optimize processes, enhance productivity, and achieve operational excellence.
  • Coaching and Development: Able to serve as a mentor to younger employees with focus on coaching and development of talent within the preconstruction and estimating company ranks.


  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, Engineering, Architecture, or related field.
  • Proven experience (15+ years) in preconstruction management, with a focus on industrial construction projects, including manufacturing, food & beverage, and/or MEP extensive builds such as data center facilities.
  • Strong technical expertise in cost estimation, value engineering, scheduling, and risk management within the construction industry.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to effectively manage and motivate multidisciplinary teams in a collaborative environment.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport with clients, stakeholders, and project teams.
  • Proficiency in construction management software, estimating tools, and project management platforms (e.g., Procore, Primavera P6, BIM 360, Estimating Software).
  • Thorough understanding of industry, building codes, safety standards, and environmental requirements applicable to industrial construction projects.
  • A strategic mindset with a focus on innovation, problem-solving, and continuous improvement to drive project success and organizational growth.
  • The Preconstruction Director with Industrial Focus plays a critical role in setting the foundation for successful industrial construction projects, leveraging their expertise, leadership, and strategic vision to deliver value to clients, stakeholders, and the organization.

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PARIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.

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