Strata Solar, LLC

Director of Preconstruction and Estimating

Job Locations US-NC-Durham
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Regular Full-Time

About Us

Strata Solar is a national leading developer of commercial and utility-scale solar farms ranked amongst the top five solar producers in the US. We understand that our employees are the lifeblood of the company. We strive to align company goals with those of our employees. We're constantly innovating to make a difference for our customers, our employees, and our planet. Our mission is to make a difference by developing cost-efficient alternatives to traditional energy sources, without long-term dependence on government subsidies. We’re leading the industry in sustainable energy careers. We hope you’ll join us.


Summary: The Director of Preconstruction and Estimating’s primary responsibility is to manage, in collaboration with the Project Executives, the preparation and management of bid request and cost estimating. The Director of Preconstruction and Estimating is the lead for project financials, risk management, and client relations.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage financials, risk management, and client relations of assigned projects from pre-construction to issuing subcontracts.
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective relationships and communication with client, project team, consultants/engineers, subcontractors, adjacent community, trade unions, governmental agencies.
  • Quantify material costs, man-power hourly costs, and sub buy-outs for projects.
  • Lead team in the creation of proposals and bids documents for each project.
  • Develop bid scope for trade packages and vet subcontractors to insure compliance with bid scope.
  • Support pricing evaluation and diligencing of development projects.
  • Align EPC execution strategies and capabilities with client expectations and contract requirements.
  • Prepare detailed take-offs.
  • Present budget and value engineering ideas to owner and design team.
  • Manage bid list and coordinate with trade partners.
  • Review subcontractor submittals.
  • Assist with subcontractor buy-out.
  • Assemble quantities into project management tools with a high level of accuracy.
  • Work collaboratively with Engineering, Project Management, Construction Managment, and project team to sequence and schedule projects.
  • Attend design development meetings.
  • Participate in project team meetings and client meetings for duration of assigned project.
  • Ensure standards of safety and quality are adhered to by assertively documenting expectations with all parties.
  • Mentor and develop team members while effectively managing the overall team.
  • Job site visits to review existing conditions.
  • Review all project documents, for completeness and accuracy.
  • Write and ensure execution of all subcontracts and purchase orders.
  • Manage project buy-out and formalizing subcontractors.
  • Prepare take-off and budgets in collaboration with Project Estimators.
  • Develop preconstruction schedule and monitor progress.
  • Develop risk register and communication handoff from bid phase to execution phase.
  • Estalbish templates that ensure proper review and documentation of site diligence information to support unitiezed cost estimates and risk mitigation.
  • Colaborate with Subcontracts Lead to integrate lessons learned and value engineering opportunities.
  • Develop and support robus project handover process to execution leads within EPC.
  • Use project management and scheduling software consistently and accurately.
  • Responsible for managing billings and cost procedures during preconstruction.
  • Plan site logistics with input from field team.
  • Conduct team meetings, owner meetings, and budget reviews.
  • Present job cost, scheduling updates, and budget updates at regular intervals.
  • Other related duties as assigned or needed.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Manage key project team members, in collaboration with their respective functional managers, with regard to project related activities and issues, for example, Project Engineer, Project Buyer, Construction Manager, Project Cost Controller, Project Scheduler, Project Coordinator, and Project Administrator.


Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:


Skills and Competencies:


  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.
  • Advanced knowledge and application of estimating and construction processes.
  • Advanced understanding and application of contract commercial terms.
  • Ability to negotiate contracts and scopes of work.
  • Supervisory, conflict management, and team building skills.
  • Expertise in building codes, permitting and labor issues.
  • Sound and proven construction management and project management skills.
  • Strong contract administration and construction risk management skills.
  • Strong leadership, written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability.
  • Strong customer service skills with focus on listening to the customer.
  • Ability to conduct negotiations with vendors, supplies, governmental entities and utilities.
  • Working knowledge of engineering design, procurement, and construction practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of project scheduling concepts, techniques, and software such as MS-Project; experience with Primavera P6 a plus.


Background and Experience:


  • 10-15 years of experience in preconstruction, estimating and/or construction management of large scale renewable energy projects or programs.
  • BS in Engineering, Construction Management, or related discipline, advance study in Project Management and/or MBA desired.
  • Candidates should have advanced math skills and an understanding of risk evaluation.
  • This position requires a high level of fluency reading plans, specifications, and related project documents. Key competencies are initiative, communication, teamwork, dependability, and attention to detail.


Physical Requirements/Work Environment: Work is performed in an office environment and in the field. Must be able to sit, stand, bend, twist, and lift up to 20 pounds. Ability to travel as needed.



No third party solicitations or resumes will be accepted for this or any other Strata Solar position. 


Strata Solar is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Strata Solar is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.


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