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Vice President of Operations

  • Industry: Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Location: Illinois - Chicago
  • Client: Construction
  • Search ID: 19-0107-07

Helbling is representing a construction firm in Chicago in conducting an executive search to secure a Vice President of Operations. This role has overall responsibility for all construction operations and provides support with Business Development and Sales.


Operations - Overall responsibility for all construction operations, including:
  • Oversees and manages Project Executives.
  • Makes project staffing assignments.
  • Advises on prime contract negotiations.
  • Makes decisions on hiring and firing of all field personnel including Project Executive, General Superintendent, Project Manager, Project Superintendent, Project Engineer, Operations Manager etc.
  • Profit and loss on all projects.
  • Establishes and enforces policy and procedures for construction operations.
  • Establishes development and training needs in collaboration with organizational development function.
  • Works closely with Vice President of Preconstruction and Estimating to ensure seamless delivery of services.
  • Ensures contract billings and contract receivables are effectively managed.
  • Accountable for project quality plans.
  • Accountable for project safety plans.
  • Subcontractor risk assessment including:
    • Prequalification
    • Bonding
    • Subcontract default insurance (SDI)
    • Insurance requirements
  • Reviews and approves initial schedules on all projects.
  • Ensures that the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) function is used appropriately for project modeling and project pursuit.
  • Ensures continuous improvement via implementation of new and current technologies.
  • Follows through on any warranty and construction defect issues.
  • Claim settlement.
  • Attends all Quarterly Reviews.
  • Involvement in project bidding and pursuits.
  • Ensures that project teams are developing strong Owner and Architect relationships.
Business Development / Sales
  • Assists with the development of project pursuit strategies and RFP responses.
  • Works closely with Marketing Department and Business Development to obtain project awards.
  • Participates in, and helping plan, the project interviewing process.
  • Delivers customer satisfaction.
  • Achieves 100% customer retention.

[Although not a prerequisite, having the ability to bring customers and project opportunities is a significant value add.]

  • Member of the leadership team.
  • Facilitates the leadership development of all Project Executives.
  • Actively participates in industry organizations.
  • Maintains relationships with principals of subcontractors.
  • Develops Owner relationships.
  • Involvement in strategic planning and initiatives.
  • Oversees the following Direct Reports:
    • All Project Executives
    • Self-Perform Department

Qualifications and experience should be reflective of responsibilities outlined above.

Search Consultants: Joe Wargo and Ryan Pugh

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