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Project Director

Company: NES Fircroft
Location: Skokie
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

New Perm Opportunity Project Director (Engineering)

NES is actively seeking highly experienced Engineering Project Directors for a permanent opportunity with one of our renewables clients based out IL This is a permanent role with our client, and the position would have significant work-from-home opportunities and are open to seeing candidates across multiple locations. This would be a senior-level role, with our client seeking candidates with 15-20 years of experience with full lifecycle project management from pre-design through commissioning.

All interested candidates are encouraged to send resumes directly to along with their availability.

Position Summary:

  • Total project accountability for the successful execution of build, own, & operate projects with a "safety first" culture throughout the entire scope of the project.
  • Develops project execution concept & subcontracting strategy.
  • Directs complex engineering projects requiring global resources and multiple partners.
  • Takes an active role in the development of contracts necessary for the project.
  • Complete responsibility for project performance to meet schedule and budget.
  • Direct management of project team and corporate functions (including engineering, procurement, legal, services, vendors, subcontractors, and owner's engineer).
  • Direct interface with client and / or project sponsors
  • Communicate project status to senior management and stakeholders with regular project updates, identify issues that could impact project performance, and lead the corrective action effort to put solutions and resolutions into place.
    Specific Job Function & Major Activities:
    • Leadership role for developing and implementing project execution and quality plans
    • Develop organizational structure, staffing requirements, and deployment of personnel
    • Work with the business and sales support to develop proposal and project charter.
    • Develop project schedule with critical milestones and track against actual progress and recommend changes required to keep project on target
    • Set-up project goals and maintain project controls utilizing established internal reporting procedures in order to keep project on budget.
    • Manage project staff, schedule and conduct status meetings and document action items
    • Manage project scope changes and required change orders with vendors and subcontractors
    • Directly interface with contractors including EPC and owner's engineer
    • Directly interface with local officials and other government agencies to obtain necessary permits
    • Conducts risk assessment to identify potential major project pitfalls
    • Assist business leadership with negotiating and closing contracts with key customers and partners for items such as site purchase or lease, feedstock supply, product offtake, and required utilities.
    • Continuously develop, improve, and maintain engineering tools and project templates
    • Lead efforts to improve the company's global work processes, costs, and execution schedules
    • Develop and retain internal talent through coaching, mentorship, and performance development plans
    • Maintain a continuous improvement mindset, looking for productivity gains through project closeout meetings and document lessons learned for future projects.
    • Leads on resolution of warranty claims and performance shortfalls
    • Leads in documenting project reports including lessons learnt as necessary
    • Travels internationally to support execution of customer projects and start-up servicesBasic Qualifications:
      • 4 yr. Engineering degree in Chemical, Mechanical, or related Engineering (MBA is a plus)
      • Minimum 20 years of professional experience comprised of project execution and supporting plant operations in addition to capital project development and management
      • Proven experience as a project manager or project director for large capital projects (> $200MM)
        • Experience of leading projects through all stages from initial conception through to final commissioning, start-up and handover.
        • Experience of managing globally dispersed project teams
        • Experience managing the award and execution of large EPC and construction contracts
        • Strong leadership, organizational, and multi-tasking skills
        • Aggressive risk management approach; ability to anticipate problems before they impact project schedule and budget
        • Ability to build and lead a diverse team and operate in a fast paced, global, entrepreneurial environment is key
        • Ability to gather data, set priorities, and meet deadlines / project goals
        • Excellent written and oral communication skills
        • Strong interpersonal skills and team player mentality
        • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and intelligent risks
        • A valid passport is requiredWhat will put you ahead:
          • Experience with the design and build of a "grass roots" greenfield or brownfield plant in the refinery, chemical, or renewable energy industry (site selection and permitting through start up and operation)
          • Strong feasibility, FEED stage, EPC construction phase through Startup and Commissioning phaseWork Conditions:
            • The role will be based at the Skokie IL, USA office, however candidates will be traveling to several different clients locations and project sites. Estimated travel to be 50% work from home, 50% travel
            • The Project Director will be expected to travel frequently to the offices of engineering contractors and key project stake holders
            • During the construction and commissioning phases of the project the Project Director shall have a significant presence at the Job site.With over 90 years' combined experience, NES Fircroft (NES) is proud to be the world's leading engineering staffing provider spanning the Oil & Gas, Power & Renewables, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Automotive and Chemicals sectors worldwide.With more than 100 offices in 45 countries, we are able to provide our clients with the engineering and technical expertise they need, wherever and whenever it is needed. We offer contractors far more than a traditional recruitment service, supporting with everything from securing visas and work permits, to providing market-leading benefits packages and accommodation, ensuring they are safely and compliantly able to support our clients.

Keywords: NES Fircroft, Skokie , Project Director, Executive , Skokie, Illinois

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