Project Manager - Ground Source Geothermal Systems

at CDM Smith in Auburn, Maine, United States

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Job Description:

CDM Smith has an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager focused on the siting, design, and construction of networked geothermal heating and cooling systems at the district scale. This position can be based at any of our Industrial office locations. This project manager:

- Plans and conducts work requiring judgment in the independent evaluation, selection, and application of standard engineering or construction techniques, procedures, and criteria.

- Coordinates with and provides guidance to drafters/designers, engineers, craft workers, other project team members, subconsultants, contractors or subcontractors.

- Develops and implements project resource plans and manages the staffing of assigned projects.

- Determines and coordinates the proper staffing within the project including identification of outside resources needed (subs/vendors) and ensures procurement processes are followed.

- Clearly communicates project deadlines, assignments and objectives to project team members.

- Assigns work and provides direction to project staff with regard to timeliness and completion of project objectives.

- Coaches project staff and provides feedback to staff and to project staff’s supervisors on project performance; escalates any performance issues to appropriate management and human resources.

- Builds, maintains and manages strong client relationships.

- Ensures client satisfaction by delivering quality, on-time project outcomes as a result of good planning and organizational skills; manages client expectations.

- Creates project definitions, schedules, budgets and objectives for projects using lessons learned.

- Prepares detailed statements of work with associated work breakdown structures and gains concurrence and approval from internal and external stakeholders regarding various project aspects.

- Assesses potential project risk and outlines risk mitigation solutions.

- Ensures adherence to company and project management policies, procedures, and practices.

- Manages project costs and is responsible for ensuring profitability.

- Identifies, quantifies, and communicates residual risk (time and cost).

- Creates and reviews timely client billings with internal billing support.

- Ensures timely client payment and follows up on outstanding client invoices to obtain payment.

- Reviews and approves subcontractor/vendor invoices to ensure timely payment to outside resources.

- Performs ongoing review of project status.

- On an ongoing basis, monitors project risks; identifies possible risks and recommends and implements risk mitigation solutions; escalates as appropriate.

- Manages project change using change management protocols; determines appropriate changes or alternate paths based upon performance and metrics.

- Works in conjunction with team members and internal and external stakeholders to manage changes to requirements and schedule of the project.

- Ensures proper review of project scope by safety managers and proper implementation of safety plans.

- Provides timely response to audit corrective actions identified by external or internal audits.

- Identifies opportunities for change orders and repeat business though pre-eminent project execution and developed client relationships.

- Performs other duties as assigned.

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Project Manager – Ground Source Geothermal Systems



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Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s Degree.

- 7 years of related experience.

- PMP (PMI), CCM or DBIA certification is required (within 12 months of hire or promotion onto the Approved Project Manager list).

- 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. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience in Geothermal Facility Assessment & Energy Analysis, Vertical Bore field Design, Horizontal Bore field Design, Geothermal Site Planning, Geothermal Bore field Operational Analysis, Infrastructure Master Planning and Life-Cycle Cost Analysis preferred.

- Experience with district heating/cooling and a strong desire to focus on geothermal engineering will be considered in lieu of direct geothermal experience.

- Ability to lead teams to create engineering designs including geothermal systems master planning & studies primarily for closed loop systems; conceptual and basis of design technical documents; analyzes horizontal and vertical geothermal bore field systems; creates detailed design of district-scale geothermal heating and cooling systems for sustainability/energy efficiency/renewable energy/green buildings focused projects.

- Licensed as Professional Engineer strongly preferred.

- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical or Civil Engineering or related degree from an ABET accredited program.

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, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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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:

Experience working with project management methodology including budget developmen

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Job Posting: JC229753204

Posted On: Dec 04, 2022

Updated On: Jan 06, 2024

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