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Construction Project Manager - Tri-State (CT, NY, NJ) USA
Construction Project Manager
BrightFarms is the leading urban agriculture company, attacking a large, attractive and fast-growing market opportunity with a strong leadership team and world-class investors, board members and partners. We are exploiting a financial and environmental arbitrage opportunity by building a distributed network of local greenhouse farms. Our long-term fixed-price contracts with supermarkets are unique to the industry, reducing risk, attracting project finance and enabling scale.
We are building the nation’s first national brand of locally-grown, great-tasting produce. BrightFarms: Grown Right Here.
Demand for Fresh & Local Produce. Consumers want to trust their food supply and want a simple, transparent and sustainable food system. As such, local produce is currently the strongest industry demand trend. According to recent Mintel research, more than half of consumers report that it is more important to buy local than organic, and farmers markets have increased almost five-fold since 1994. And yet, supermarket chains remain unable to meet their customers’ year-round demand for fresh and local produce.
Long & Complex Produce Supply Chains. The current supply chain for perishable produce, such as lettuce, is long and complex. This length and complexity, with many players between the producer and the consumer, adds significant financial and environmental costs to the wholesale price and dramatically worsens produce taste, shelf life and appearance.
Exploit Arbitrage Opportunity. By replacing a long and complex supply chain with a short and simple one, BrightFarms sells fresher, tastier, and more attractive produce to supermarkets with a lower cost structure. In addition, our growing method uses far less land and water than conventional agriculture, and our urban locations create local green jobs and help to bring healthy, fresh produce to neighborhoods.
Long-Term Purchase Agreements. BrightFarms brings to urban agriculture a key lesson from the highly successful renewable energy industry: signing long-term purchase agreements with supermarkets that feature fixed prices and minimum volume commitments. These contracts guarantee revenue, reduce sales costs and eliminate price volatility. They also enable project finance to be raised efficiently to build our farms.
Development Partnerships. Our partnerships with supermarkets allow them to showcase a special and unique product to their customers, providing differentiation in a crowded field. BrightFarms is also building strong partnerships with cities, capital sources, and vendors, allowing us to develop markets and projects faster and better than any competitor.
We are looking for the best of the best. People with the burn to succeed. People with the highest level of integrity, professionalism, and desire to go beyond the status quo.
The Construction Project Manager (CPM) provides leadership and oversight during the development, engineering, procurement, and construction phases of new and existing greenhouse projects. He/she will manage the design and construction of the facility including civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure, manage the procurement of equipment necessary to operate the facility, and be responsible to deliver the project according to budget and schedule milestones. At the end of construction, the CPM will closeout of projects include managing the turnover to operations, close out of punchlists and contracts, and ensuring the as-builts are recorded. The CPM will oversee the costs and schedule for the project and will drive recommendations for improving the construction and operations of proposed or existing facilities. Finally, this position partners with cross-functional team members and senior leadership to identify and pursue value-engineering improvements that meet ROI metrics, supports the group with development of best-in-class project management processes, and assists our operations group with facility issues when necessary.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Manage greenhouse projects during the development, engineering, procurement and construction phases through the transition to operations to ensure that safety, quality, cost, and schedule goals are met.
- Lead a team of internal and external professionals who provide technical expertise and support through design, construction, commissioning and turnover to operations.
- Build and lead a project team comprised of key equipment vendors, contractors and engineers to ensure a collaborative team atmosphere and common mission for the project. This includes managing vendor relationships, RFP/RFB processes, contract negotiation, and management of contracts through the warranty period.
- Provide for an efficient turnover of a quality plant to operations.
- Develop, negotiate, and manage engineering and construction contracts, including clearly defining scope, schedule and cost management requirements.
- Complete all necessary purchasing processes including bid document preparation and management of the bidding process, issuance of purchase orders, and tracking of costs throughout execution of the contracts.
- Ensure that the technical and quality requirements of the facilities are met.
- Maintain a sharp focus on the project budget on a monthly basis for cash flow, earned value, and potential risks. Coordinate with the finance group for invoice processing and quarterly budgeting.
- Provide weekly and monthly status reports to BrightFarms senior management on construction progress, capital budget forecasting and issues affecting key milestones (schedule, cost, quality, and safety) for assigned projects.
- Develop a team safety awareness culture on assigned projects from the design phase through construction and into operations.
- Assist with technical due diligence in conjunction with operational issues as requested.
- Identify and implement efficiencies and improvements in project quality, reliability, costs, schedule or other parameters that enhance Company's strategic initiatives.
- Ensures all relevant internal controls are followed and recommend new controls as needed.
- Maintain a keen focus on continuous improvement initiatives aimed at delivering projects more efficiently in terms of time, cost, quality, and safety. The goal is to develop a project execution platform that is best-in-class.
- Bachelor's degree in engineering, construction management or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- 5 + years’ experience in project management related to development, engineering and construction of commercial, agricultural, energy, or industrial facilities.
- Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills with strong focus on teamwork and interface with a broad range of work groups.
- Ability to analyze project risks and proactively identify solutions.
- Strong prioritization skills with the ability to operate in a complex, rapidly changing business environment with typically tight schedules and demanding targets.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office, Primavera or MS Project scheduling tools, and cost management software.
- Self-starter and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently.
- Positive collaborative team attitude.
- Inquisitive mindset, ability to take calculated risks and be able/willing to recognize and react as necessary when tactics are not working.
- Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing business needs.
- Fanatical focus on customer service to ensure internal/external partners receive above-and-beyond support.
- Preference may be given to candidates with the following:
- Experience building or operating commercial scale high technology greenhouses
- Understand/experience in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) as it relates to hydroponics and greenhouse growing operations
- Food processing construction or operations
- Advanced degrees in engineering or business.
- Tri-State (CT, NY, NJ) area preferred with moderate travel requirements (30%). Consideration given for ideal candidates.
Key Values & Characteristics of Candidates
- Authentically Green. Candidates must sincerely care about leading the movement to improve the environmental impact of the food supply chain. Candidates must be passionate about creating a healthier planet, environment and food supply. The background and experience of candidates should reflect a true passion for improving the way we feed Americans.
- Networker. Candidates should be the types of networkers that connect quickly and collect people as they move through life. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their network of relevant relationships.
- Drive to Succeed. Candidates must have hunger and ambition and must get out of bed and want to perform strongly everyday, internally motivated. Candidates must demand excellence and strive to achieve greatness. Candidates should have a high clock speed and imbue energy in those around them.
- Humility & Integrity. Candidates must have personal humility and must want the organization to succeed (not focusing solely on personal success). Candidates must care about people and clients and be strong team players. Candidates must possess the highest degree of integrity and must project the proper image of BrightFarms.
- Productive. Colleagues and clients should be quick to describe candidates as famous for getting things done.
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