McGuire and Hester is a construction company that provides complete site work services: pipelines, grading paving, concrete, landscape and mechanical. In addition to traditional project delivery methods, we are involved with design build projects and alternative delivery methods. McGuire and Hester have played an integral role in the construction of many of Northern California’s most recognizable landmarks and infrastructure projects. Our storied past crosses more than nine decades. Our mission statement is, “Together We Build Things Right” which encompasses our business philosophy as well as our values and culture. We have a team environment that focuses on the greater good, resulting in a fantastic place to work that positively impacts our business partners and community.

Job Summary

The Pre-Construction Project Manager is the key leader through the entire pre-construction process whenever conceptual budgeting, “Design-Build” or “Alternative Project Delivery Methods” are present. This position is in direct contact with owners and owner representatives on a daily basis, during the pre-construction timeline. Responsibilities will include close coordination with engineers, architects, and municipalities. Continuous scheduling, budgeting, and managing logistical constraints will be required. The Pre-Construction Project Manager will introduce the McGuire & Hester operations team to the project and be “upstream” of physical construction months and years in advance. This position will serve to integrate our operational project managers, superintendents, and field crew in a seamless way.

Reports to

Pre-Construction Manager

Key Communication Partners

Pre-Construction Manager, Estimators, Takeoff Project Engineers, Field Project Engineers

Directly Supervises

Estimators, Takeoff Project Engineers, Field Project Engineers, and Project Teams

Typical Duties

  • Recognize positive safety habits and practices by creating bids that allow for implementation of best practices that drive safety and safety compliance
  • Coordinate with owners, architects, engineers, and municipalities
  • Engage with clients and/or project owners form project inception, beginning with validation studies, and the creation of “Basis of Design” parameters through preconstruction design development
  • Review and approve Purchase Orders and Subcontracts as required
  • Analyze job site conditions for hazards and apply means and methods to ensure worker safety
  • Alert operations team to special conditions at the Pre-Job Partnering meeting
  • Establish and implement “Best Practices” protocols for Design-Build projects and projects utilizing Alternative Delivery Methods
  • Present deliverables to the clients in a complete and organized manner conforming to industry practice and/or guidelines of the owner
  • Coordinate internal Pre-Construction Process and work with Estimating, Operations, Accounting, and Safety
  • Facilitate document reviews and advise project team for constructability and value analysis
  • Organize and lead the transition meetings between the project operations team and the preconstruction team
  • Understand and monitor contractual requirements as they relate to labor, subcontractors, and other utilization requirements
  • Assist and support the Pre-Construction Manager with the development and implementation of companywide polices and procedures
  • Assist in the general administrative management for estimating as it pertains to preconstruction services
  • Manager or delegate and monitor pre and post award preconstruction sequences
  • Create realistic and detailed schedules for all design, approval, estimating, and purchasing activities
  • Participate in weekly meetings with Pre-Construction Manager and staff to review bid, takeoff, schedules, and deliverables
  • Identify, assess, and manage project and profit risk
  • Produce increasingly detailed and accurate estimates through all stages of design development including conceptual narrative, schematic, design development, and construction
  • Analyze “Alternative Technical Concepts” for feasibility, constructability, schedule impacts, and cost savings
  • Actively participate in industry groups promoting Design-Build and Alternative Project Delivery Methods
  • Promote McGuire & Hester’s Pre-Construction, project management, and construction capabilities to existing and new clients
  • Visit jobs in process and review job status and related job operations to estimating methods and schedules
  • Manage from a professional capacity, the relationships between clients, owners, and other key stakeholders
  • Help foster an efficient, positive, and productive work environment
  • Reward and recognize others for their contributions to the company
  • Spend time developing and mentoring others
  • Capable of always establishing and maintaining a collaborative and integrated professional environment and be engaged in LCI trainings, educational courses, and help others to establish this culture at McGuire & Hester


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Education and Experience: Undergraduate degree in construction management, civil engineering, or other construction related undergraduate degree preferred or the equivalent in education or experience. DBIA Certification preferred, Interdisciplinary fluency. Five to ten years construction estimating and project management experience. Five or more years’ experience with Design-Build and Alternative Project Delivery Methods, including a full understanding of the Lean Construction principles and processes

Language Skills: must be able to read and write in English; bilingual in Spanish helpful but not required

Mathematical Skills: basic business math and the ability to create and understand budgets; geometry, algebra, and physics necessary to calculating volume, area, and tonnage

Reasoning Ability: strong problem solving and analytical skills and ready comprehension and be able to deal with both standard and non-standard situations with many variables

Computer Skills:  must be fluent in Microsoft office Suite. Individuals in this position will also need to able to learn new technologies as they evolve or are implemented

Interpersonal Skills: the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of people including clients, employees, managers, agencies, and the public; strong leadership skills

Certificates, Licenses, and Registration: valid California driver’s license and clean driving record


Besides a competitive salary and the best retirement package in the industry we offer:

  • Company Vehicle or Vehicle Allowance
  • Family medical, dental and vision
  • Company Stock (ESOP)
  • 401k Employer Match
  • Bonus Program
  • Continuing Education Reimbursement
  • PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sabbatical Program
  • Personal Financial Planning

We are confident that our retirement plan is the best in the industry.


$140,000 - $190,000/year, based on skills experience and knowledge

McGuire and Hester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience and qualifications without regard to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, union affiliation and any other basis protected by federal, state, local law, ordinance or regulation.

Accessibility: If you need an accommodation as part of the employment process please contact Human Resources at
Phone: 510-632-7676

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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