Construction Project Manager

Job Title: Construction Project Manager
Job Type Classification: Contract
Location - Town / City: Midrand/Mthatha
Location - Province: Eastern Cape
Location - Country: South Africa

Job Description:
Strategic Functions
- Assist in the planning, execution, monitoring and control and closure of the project (with the relevant support from the Programme Support Office)
- Assist in identifying and implementing expediting measures to prevent project delays

Key Responsibilities:
Strategic Functions
- Assist in the planning, execution, monitoring and control and closure of the project (with the relevant support from the Programme Support Office)
- Assist in identifying and implementing expediting measures to prevent project delays

Project Management Functions
- Project coordination and team management
oversee the construction project from start to finish
serve as a key link with the Programme Manager and client’s representative and review the deliverable prepared by the team before passing onto the client
co-ordinate the efforts of all parties involved in the project, including professional service providers (consultants), contractors, sub-contractors and labour
develop team spirit and ensure that staff involved in the project are committed to the same goal
identify and negotiate assignment of resources
implement the project office framework with objectives and goals of the team members and assign individual responsibilities
- Project control on cost, time and quality
ensure that control measures for cost, time and quality are in place
conduct regular status meetings with the principal agent teams
conduct periodic inspection visits to project construction site(s)
ensure that construction activities follow the predetermined schedule and critically monitor project milestones
oversee project accounting including budget management, approval of progress payments, tracking of team expenses and minimising the exposure to risk
ensure invoices/claims submitted by contractors and/or professional service providers are timely checked, verified and forwarded to the Programme Manager
maintain strict adherence to the budgetary guidelines as well as project management, quality and safety standards
- Project planning
devise project work plans and make revisions as and when need arises
confirm project activities are scheduled
cost all activities
confirm milestones with stakeholders and customers
- Project communication and reporting
ensure an effective communication system is in place to provide timely feedback for management, client and customer
issue site meeting minutes and action plans
compile weekly project reports for stakeholders
compile monthly progress reports
conduct project close out reviews
- Project contract management
ensure contracts are managed in a way that is fair to all parties
monitor performance by identifying and resolving areas of concern
actively measure progress against the contract’s performance
ensure adherence to the contract conditions and timelines
issue contract instructions in accordance with the conditions of the contract (in consultation with the Legal Expert)
- Project commissioning
confirm the commissioning and transfer of new assets
confirm the availability of all site handing over documentation
ensure submission of as built drawings and user specifications where applicable
ensure commissioning, hand over and sign-off by client
- Programme health, safety and environmental quality
ensure the implementation of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act and any recommendations from audits carried out within the project environment
assure compliance to the project Environmental Approval (EA) conditions develop a culture of safety and health within the project environment by promoting the aims and benefits of proactive safety and health interventions
conduct effective control, management and follow up of incidents
advise and evaluate contractors on compliance to the approved safety plan

Expertise & Technical Competencies:
- A four year Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
- A postgraduate degree in construction project management is an added advantage
- Minimum 10 years experience in construction projects/built environment
- Proven track record in managing high performance professional teams
MS Office proficient
- Project and contract management knowledge
- Sound knowledge of the JBCC, NEC, GCC and other relevant building contracts
- In depth understanding of the PMBOK knowledge areas
- Knowledge of relevant Acts regarding infrastructure development
- Understanding of infrastructure markets
- Understanding of government priorities, systems and processes at national and provincial level
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, effective presentation skills and skills to express complex concepts in business terms
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills

Required Personal Attributes:
The incumbent is required to have the following behavioural competencies:

- Achievement Orientation. Having the sustained energy and determination in the face of obstacles to set and meet challenging targets, in compliance with quality, time and diversity standards, and delivering the required business results

- Flexibility. The ability to adapt to and work with a variety of situations, individuals and groups. It is about being able to think on your feet, and not being disconcerted or stopped by the unexpected.

- Team work. Working co-operatively, across cultures and organisational boundaries to achieve shared goals.

- Self-awareness. Understanding of your own emotions and ‘triggers’ and how they impact on your own behaviour and/or the behaviour of others. It is also about understanding your own strengths and limitations.

- Customer Service Orientation: The willingness and ability to give priority to customers, delivering high quality services which meet their needs.

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Questions after the interview:

At the end of an interview there is usually an opportunity where you can ask any questions you might have. This is a great opportunity to show the interviewer that you are interested in the position as well as the company. It is a good idea to prepare a few questions before the interview – this can be done while you are doing research on the company.

Your questions should show the interviewer that you are a good candidate for the position. Try and avoid questions that are based on your personal needs and preferences, for instance:

- How much leave will I get in a year?
- Will I be considered for promotion in my first year?
- When will I get an increase?
- What time can I leave in the afternoon?

These questions are inappropriate at this stage and will probably raise concerns on the side of the interviewer. Should you be the successful candidate then all these questions will be answered in your letter of appointment so don’t waste this opportunity by asking these basic questions.

If the position is an entry level job or very junior then you are welcome to ask questions in line with the position, for instance:

- Why did the previous person leave the position?
- What would the successful person be tasked to do in a typical day?
- How does this position fit into the department and / or company?
- Could you explain the company structure to me?
- Is there any further education assistance or support?

If the position is more senior then you can prepare question around the following themes:

- current issues that will face the successful candidate;
- inter-personal challenges in the department;
- any process, technology or people challenges that needs to be attended to urgently;
- key result areas that need urgent attention in the first few months;

The above information should get you started. Prepare a few questions so that you can show your worth. Good luck with your interview!
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