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CDM Smith Program and Construction Management Practice Leader in Charleston, South Carolina


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CDM Smith is one of the world’s top design, program management (PM) and construction management (CM) firms, providing innovative and creative solutions for our clients and assisting them in achieving successful outcomes on their most important water, infrastructure, environmental and transportation programs. We currently provide owners rep services around the world with over 300 working full-time professionals who use world-class program controls, processes, and tools.

The Program and Construction Management Practice Leader (PL) is a global technical and sales role with responsibility for growing the Program and Construction Management practice through technical advancement, innovative applications, and luminescence. As a “thought leader” at CDM Smith you will present visionary and influential views on the Program and Construction Management practice both internally and to our clients.

As the Practice Leader and visionary you would contribute to CDM Smith's transformational growth by:

  • Advancing the practice through technical ingenuity, innovation, and growing top line sales.

  • Positioning us technically, ahead of challenges being recognized in the marketplace.

  • Collaborating with the client service units, pre-positioning for major pursuits by identifying and showcasing our technical differentiators.

  • Recruiting and retaining strategic technical talent and the best and brightest employees.

  • Leading the Program Management and Construction Management Communities of Practice (CoP).

  • Developing and guiding technical specialists and discipline leaders within the practice and driving new ideas for research and development.

  • Embracing continuous improvement, a culture of quality, accountability to commitments, and CDM Smith’s Core Values; and challenge of the “status quo”.

  • Embracing the continuous search for technologies that provide CDM Smith with a competitive edge and allow us to help our clients solve challenging problems and to do more for less.

  • Embracing the opportunities afforded by a matrix organization and leverage its advantages to grow the firm while keeping our existing clients “CDM Smith clients”.

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Program and Construction Management Practice Leader



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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 15 years of related experience.

  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional Engineering license (PE)

  • Certified Construction Manager (CCM) from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)

  • PMP or PgMP

  • Proven leadership and visionary abilities

  • Expertise in managing large complex CIPs and Programs

  • US and overseas experience with Program and Construction Management

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Why CDM Smith?:

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.

Job Site Location:

United States - Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated adherence to CDM Smith’s Vision and Core Values

  • Demonstrated commitment to CDM Smith’s Transformational Growth initiatives

  • Demonstrated ability to make tough decisions

  • Self-directed, motivated, mission-driven with positive attitude

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to represent the firm to industry groups and the media on a national and international level

  • Strong consensus builder and team player

  • Strong leader, instilling confidence in our firm and in our business unit through open and transparent interaction and collaboration

  • Developer and implementer of best practices in delivery of services

  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

  • Ability to inter-relate and operate effectively with peers managing operating units throughout the organization

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions.

Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview.

CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate.

In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.