• Construction Manager

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    ID 2018-1108
  • Overview

    Draper and Kramer is a family owned company with over 100 years of experience providing vertically integrated property and financial services throughout the United Sates. Specifically, our services include multi-family residential and commercial property management, acquisition, development, debt and equity commercial financing and residential mortgage banking services.


    With over 600 employees, we are one of Chicago’s best employers offering opportunities for career advancement, supportive work environment and competitive benefit packages. We encourage you to learn more about joining the Draper and Kramer Team.


    We are seeking a Construction Manager to oversee overall project management for our growing portfolio of multi-family apartment properties. This includes project planning, budgeting, scheduling, resource allocation, project accounting and budget control for capital improvements, renovation, rehabilitation on a multi-family apartment properties while providing technical direction and ensuring compliance with quality standards. Responsibilities span a broad spectrum, covering all of the core disciplines of construction project management.


    • Perform a key role in project planning, budgeting, and identification of consultants needed.
    • Oversee all aspects of the project or projects from inception to closeout.
    • Project accounting functions including creating and managing the approved budget and minimizing exposure and risk in the project.
    • Bid out projects, negotiate contract pricing and write all scopes of work specific to the project.
    • Establish a construction schedule and ensure that all construction activities move according to plan.
    • Oversee the approved project plans and make revisions as and when need arises.
    • Communicate effectively with the superintendent responsible for completing various phases of the project. 
    • Obtaining RFI’s and negotiating Change orders.
    • Co-ordinate the efforts of all parties involved in the project, including but not limited to, architects, interior designers, consultants, contractors, sub-contractors and laborers.
    • Monitor the progress of the construction activities on a regular basis and hold regular status meetings with all the supers and sub-contractors.
    • Maintain strict adherence to the budgetary guidelines, quality and safety standards.
    • Periodic inspection of construction sites for conformance to plans and quality control.
    • Ensure approved project documents are compiled and archived after the project is completed.
    • Identify the project elements of design and construction likely to give rise to disputes and claims.
    • Responsible for regular progress reporting to Asset Management, Executives and Stakeholders.


    Skills and Experience:

    • Bachelor's degree in Construction Management or related field
    • 7 to 10 years of experience in Construction Project Management preferred
    • Strong residential renovation construction experience 
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Good understanding of all building systems.
    • Thorough knowledge of legal issues and safety standards is essential.
    • Experience with CAD a plus 
    • Proven track record of fiscal control and responsibility, including budget development 
    • Experience overseeing and managing a multifaceted property renovation program, including the coordination and sequencing of all trades to achieve an efficient, economical and aesthetically pleasing result
    • Willing to travel within a multi-state portfolio
    • Organization and management of various capital construction projects
    • Maintain strict dedication to the budgetary guidelines and safety standards
    • Work with user group to understand the scope of work and ways of reducing costs
    • Other duties as assigned


    Core Competencies:

    • Strong background in budgeting and project financial management
    • Ability to consult with associates/colleagues, contractors, vendors, and staff to define property/asset construction, renovation and capital needs and requirements
    • Ability to organize and prioritize a wide range of projects
    • Strong knowledge of construction procedures and operations, building codes and ability to read detailed plans and blueprints
    • Strong communication, diplomacy, and negotiation skills
    • Ability to travel to property sites to manage scheduled projects and emergency projects with short notice
    • Ability to travel 25%
    • Strong proficiency with Microsoft products: Excel, Word, Outlook, and Project



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