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Pre-Construction Manager

Company: Volumetric Building Companies
Location: Tracy
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Company Description

The Volumetric Building Companies (VBC) are redefining the future of housing. VBC is a vertically integrated design, manufacturing, and construction company that builds volumetric modular multi-family buildings. Our company is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with offices located in Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Hamlet, NC; and Tracy, CA.

VBC manufactures building products and modular building assemblies. Over the past 10 years VBC has built over 1 million square feet of multifamily real estate across the US. VBC recently announced the acquisition of Katerra Inc.'s state of the art office and manufacturing facility in Tracy, CA in 2021. More information can be found at

Job Description

In this role you will be a member of the Global Volumetric Modular Business Development/Pre-Construction Team. The Pre-Construction Manager (PCM) will be responsible and accountable for supporting company sales strategy, following company preconstruction process and best practices, and acting as the key leader in the entire work delivery/acquisition process including management, coordination, and delivery of the pre-construction phases of the project.

The Pre-Construction Manager is responsible for representing VBC, both internally and externally,
in a manner that aligns with our brand and core values to establish new business relationships and opportunities in various markets.

--- Coordinate, manage, and supervise the work of all preconstruction resources including interdepartmental staff and external consultants.

--- Plan and lead the preconstruction strategy meetings on the approach to the project and ensure that potential risks have been evaluated and reviewed with senior management.

--- Ensure the creation of realistic and detailed scopes and schedules for all design, approval, estimating and construction activities

--- Ensure that each project has prepared a cost model(s) during the Design Development Milestones/Stages and analyze these cost models with estimating and construction resources to verify accuracy.

--- Coordinate and ensure that a preliminary construction schedule has been developed for each estimate at design milestones. Work with the Project Team to develop Master Project Schedule.

--- Produce progress reports at development milestones, evaluate materials and systems costs, review document progress and coordination and build and maintain subcontractor and vendor relationships where required

--- Ensure that the estimates, including general conditions, reflect the actual schedule, resource and other requirements of the project

--- Ensure that clearly defined, comprehensive and accurate scopes of work are completed for all work packages

--- Act as document reviewer and adviser for constructability and value analysis

--- Ensure estimates are complete and reflect all that is required to build the project

--- Provide monthly cost analysis and progress status reports for all active preconstruction assignments and manage the preconstruction budgets.

--- Organize and lead the transition meeting between the project operations team and the preconstruction team and coordinate the follow-up meetings

--- Visit ongoing projects to verify status of estimate, schedule, etc vs. project status, meet with the project operations team for comparison to the preconstruction planning estimation of cost, progress, quality etc.

--- Provide feedback for business process improvement and analysis.

--- Proactively identify and help to solve problems to minimize risk

--- Actively participate on internal team(s) that focus on continuous improvement of the business.

The role will work closely with and report to VBC's pre-construction, business development and project management organization in Philadelphia. As part of the pre-construction team, you will be responsible for:

--- Manage the customer experience by overseeing modular projects from early-stage design and into manufacturing.

--- Collaborate closely with Business Development on conceptual estimates, plan reviews, initial proposals and client review.

--- Collaborate closely with VBC's integrated architecture and engineering division, VBC Studio, to advance projects from schematic design through manufacturing shop drawings.

--- Collaborate closely with VBC's manufacturing and construction divisions to develop and maintain modular unit specifications, scope of work documents, requests for quote/information, product submittals, project schedules.

--- Directly oversee the modular project during design, through material procurement and into manufacturing to ensure strict adherence to project specifications and scope of work.

--- Contract administration - draft and negotiate contract documents, manage, and monitor contractual obligations, develop and manage change orders, prepare timely payments applications

--- Estimation - support VBC's sales and design teams with various cost analyses.


  • Bachelor's degree in construction, construction management, architecture, engineering, or related field
  • Strong leadership, organizational and decision-making skills
  • Ideal candidate is a driven self-starter who is adaptable to a fast-paced work environment with the ability to adapt to change and competing demands.
    --- Experience working both independently and, in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

    --- Ability to prioritize and manage workload.

    --- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Minimum 5 years' experience working in the construction field in similar or related position.
    • Experience with turnkey general contracting and site/civil scopes preferred
      --- Technical knowledge of building codes considered a plus
      • Knowledge of Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.) and Planswift preferred
        --- Familiarity with (or willingness to learn) cloud base CRM and/or project management tools such as HubSpot, ProCore, MS Project.

        --- Construction or modular industry experience preferred but not required.

        --- Multi-family construction experience required.
        • AutoCAD experience a plus
        • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with individuals at all levels, both internal and external
          --- Ability to travel and work in the field when necessary

          --- Willingness to travel (Valid driver's license). Travel with overnight stay may be required.

          Additional Information

          --- We believe the future of housing is inclusive. As such, VBC is a proud equal opportunity employer. We are committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity, or any other factory protected by applicable federal, state, and or local laws.

          --- VBC is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need special accommodation at any point during the interview process.

          --- All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Keywords: Volumetric Building Companies, Tracy , Pre-Construction Manager, Executive , Tracy, California

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