Construction Program Manager

Job Locations US-IL-Rolling Meadows
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/21/2021 11:41 AM)
# of Openings
Refresh & Remodel



We are seeking an experienced professional who can take ownership of their projects; is able to work well within a team environment combined with ability to work individually, occasionally with limited direction.  We need a PM that cares about quality and details, has the ability to properly manage budgets coupled with a  sense of urgency to get the project completed within the project timeframe, including proper close out. This can mean 50+ hours a week at times to get the job done!  



Our Exceptional Benefits Plan includes:

  • Supportive & Friendly Culture
  • Manage national accounts for Fortune 500 companies
  • Medical, Dental, Vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts
  • Wellness Screenings
  • Life Insurance
  • 401k
  • Short/Long Term Disability
  • Generous Paid Time Off program
  • Career Growth Opportunities and Career Mapping
  • Additional perks including Pet Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Educational Assistance Program (Non-Union employees), and Various employee discount offerings from our Vendors 

Summary:  Stratus is one of the nation’s largest brand implementation companies. We are made up of 700+ employees nationwide who roll up their sleeves, dive into the details and bring our clients’ brands to life!  We deliver versatile solutions for some of the nation’s largest and most recognized brands. From signage to site refresh & remodel, from energy & lighting to repair & maintenance solutions, we deliver ideal solutions to meet all our client's branding needs.




The Construction Program Manager implements the overall project plan for construction activities delivering the projects within budget and at pre-determined cost levels. This individual will work closely with the client providing status updates on timelines as well as budgeted costs and will be responsible for all documentation for change orders.


Major Responsibilities: 

  •  Create and manage project schedules, resources and budgets
  •  Manage documentation and billing, such as purchase orders, change orders, and close out documents
  •  Communicate frequently and honestly with the customer, internal team, subcontractor, vendors and material suppliers
  •  Build and maintain customer relationships
  • Read and interpret construction drawings
  • Negotiate with contractors
  • Assist in documenting project phases and creating summary reports
  • Partner with field personnel to handle and assist with project issues as they arise
  • Research vendors for pricing, equipment availability and staffing
  • Maintain record keeping on a customized software program
  • Interpreted specifications, blue prints, job orders, company policy, and procedures for workers.
  • Create and track purchase order submissions
  • Complete project close-out manuals
  • Provide timely project status updates to the Director of Construction


  Typical Challenges:

  • Superintendent and Subcontractor Management
  • Ensuring frequent and honest communication from the Superintendents about project status.
  • Scheduling Superintendents and Subcontractors to ensure the right people at the right place at the right time to complete multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Obtaining proper, complete and accurate close out documents, data and information from Superintendents and sending it to the customer.
  • Timely project close outs


 Communication & Team Work:

  • Working with peers and management to find solutions for superintendents and Subcontractors on job site questions/issues for commercial remodel and tenant improvement projects. 
  • Maintaining consistent, professional communication with customers and the internal team, as well as subcontractors, vendors and materials suppliers.


Organization and Multi-Tasking:

  • Managing multiple schedules and budgets simultaneously. 
  • Ensuring all required documentation are being completed and sent to the customer timely and accurately. This includes but is not limited to purchase orders, change orders and close out documents.


Year 1 Goals:

  • Within first 90 days, complete understanding and proficient use of Stratus' systems, policies and procedures. 
  • Within first year, proven ability to manage projects independently.





  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent education and/or experience.  Construction Management degrees are preferred. 




  • 3-5 years of project management experience for a general contractor, retail experience   preferred; construction remodel experience preferred. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and project management tracking software.
  • Demonstrated ability to interface successfully with a dedicated team of customers and employees from Project Management, Sales, Finance/Accounting, and MIS.
  • Ability to work Mon-Fri between 8am and 5pm, as well as answer calls or emails before and after typical work hours and on weekends (can be 50+ hour weeks at times).
  • Open to 25% travel






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