McGough is a respected partner that brings six generations of experience to high profile, unique and complex construction projects.  We take great pride in our people and their extraordinary expertise in planning, development, construction and facility management.  McGough employee tenure reflects the commitment and pride we share in our work.  Ask anyone who knows us - the caliber of our people sets us apart.


The primary role of the Project Executive is to be the project leader beginning with business development and design phase, continuing throughout construction and final closeout, while managing ongoing client relationships. The Project Executive actively supports company initiatives and plays a key role in building and maintaining relationships with owners, owner representatives, architects, engineers, subcontractors, suppliers, and internal McGough personnel.

The Project Executive ensures McGough provides high quality comprehensive services to our customers, both internal and external, while ensuring the financial success of each project. Responsibilities may involve development support, business development, preconstruction, project construction, start-up/commissioning, and ongoing facility management services. A Project Executive will show successful engagement and utilization of the overall McGough organization, including support staff and Centers of Excellence.

Project Executives will also be responsible for leading proposal efforts, working with the Vice President & Project Executive Team Leader to formulate project teams and working with Marketing to prepare proposals as required.

The Project Executive seeks to exemplify McGough values and competencies by living with integrity and respect for all, maintaining a customer-focus, seeking continuous improvement, demonstrating energy, and being of service to the communities in which we work and live.

As a leader, the Project Executive will lead strategically, delegate with purpose, coach and teach staff, and inspire the project teams.

The project Executive will work in various McGough industrial sectors, which include Agriculture (Biofuels, Oilseed), Power & Infrastructure, Pharma, Life Sciences and Tech.

The Project Executive will champion Standard Work and instill a culture of accountability.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience with large and complex projects, including ground-up projects
  • Broad professional skill set to effectively relate to and understand owner/client, design consultant, contractor, and staff (field and office) issues
  • Understanding of building systems, system coordination and regulatory issues (structure, MEP, landscape, building code, ADA, etc.)
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Organized and proactive style, displays resourcefulness, self-starting work habits
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Good listener
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly build rapport and relationships
  • Creative, diplomatic, and calm problem solver


  • Experience with a range of building types (corporate office, higher education, cultural, healthcare, government, developer, etc.)
  • Expertise in various delivery methods (CM at Risk, design-build, etc.)
  • Experience with the project development process (preliminary development project estimating, land acquisition, entitlements, finance, proformas, consultant team management, etc.)
  • Experience with Cosential for strategic positioning and maintaining/enhancing existing relationships
  • Bio pharma, chip manufacturing and/or data center project experience preferred

Office and Travel:

Office:  Various jobsites and/or corporate/regional office.

Travel:  Flexibility for travel is desirable and the ability to travel to out-of-town assignments of up to 12-24 months.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

Pursuit and Business Development:

  • Initiate and support business development in identifying new work opportunities and build/maintain client and A/E relationships
  • Be active in the design and building community (professional credentials, organization membership and participation, board involvement, networking, etc.)
  • Lead proposal and presentation preparation and project interviews
  • Promotion of other McGough services (Facilities Management, Development, Power & Infrastructure, Industrial, etc.)


    • Actively participate in margin analyses, risk assessments, Pursuit Smart
    • Establish and maintain communication with owner, owner’s rep and/or AE
    • Read, understand, and negotiate contracts
    • Maintain awareness of McGough services and capabilities to aid in business development
    • Cosential, Benchmark Tool, ICAT (when needed), CostX, CMiC, Scheduling software


  • Assist in leading multiple projects simultaneously through the preconstruction phase from a project conception/award through completion
  • Establish project management in project set-up and communication protocols (internal and external)
  • Provide input into the project’s programming and conceptual design activities to ensure early scope and budget alignment; escalate when unable to maintain alignment
  • Proactively identify and solve problems as they emerge to minimize risk for the project team
  • Assist in constructability reviews with architect, owner and McGough QA/QC, VDC
  • Identify opportunities and encourage utilization of McGough’s Centers of Excellence in the design management and construction process (Estimating, BIM/VDC, Scheduling, MEP, Sustainability, Development, etc.)
  • Manage preconstruction cost, schedule, and changes with owner, owner’s rep and/or A/E
  • Identify, prioritize and manage areas of risk (maintain documentation of the risk management process)
  • Help manage the design process, assume responsibility when contractually obligated
  • Lead VA efforts from idea development through approval and implementation
  • Ensure completion of design deliverables by phase or otherwise accommodate prior to next phase


    • Operational Excellence (the successful implementation of process improvements that result in fewer unsafe incidents, less waste, higher productivity and more profitable projects.)
    • VS2 – Preconstruction and the following RIEs
      • 02 – Project Initiation
      • 03 – Concept Estimating (Benchmark)
      • 04 – Concept Design (deliverables list, LPS, page turns)
      • 05 – Design Estimating (and trend log)
    • ICAT

Construction - Project Oversight:

  • Understand project staffing needs and make sure appropriate resources are involved including both office and field needs
  • Review and understand project financial condition and profitability
  • Ensure that Understand the requirements of our owner’s contract, as well as subcontracts
  • Establish phasing and construction sequence planning and include field staff
  • Ensure detailed project schedules are in place and followed
  • Ensure meeting facilitation and task coordination is being done effectively
  • Support Last Planner champion
  • safety protocols are in place and adhered to
  • Regular jobsite walks with McGough project staff


    • Project Assessment
    • Meeting minutes
    • CC log
    • All CMIC functions and processes
    • Last Planner System (LPS)
    • Scheduling Software
    • Cosential
    • Margin Analysis

Construction - Estimating and Bidding:

  • Managing costs throughout the design phase, including initial project budgeting, benchmarking, cost models, soft cost definition, contingency definition, internal estimate reviews, value analysis, etc.
  • Review and approve estimates prepared by project managers and estimating, including self-perform estimates
  • Monitor design scope and cost trends
  • Lead estimate presentation to owner/design team
  • Review and approve proposed subcontractors prior to presenting to owner
  • Final review/sign subcontracts


    • Cosential
    • CostX
    • CMiC Prequalification
    • Margin Analysis

Construction - McGough Self-Performed Work:

  • Understand and oversee quantity take-offs, scope of work, labor production, materials and equipment
  • Understand warehouse equipment, rentals, small tools, services and costs
  • Oversee implementation of CMiC preparation and projections
  • Scope bid materials (concrete, rebar, brick, etc.)
  • Approve Critical Path Method schedules for our work

Construction - Close-Out:

  • Ensure punchlists are conducted and completed prior to owner move-in
  • Ensure cost history information is uploaded
  • Follow up with owner on lessons learned, strengths/weaknesses
  • Ensure internal “lessons learned” meeting is held
  • Ensure Close-Out Documentation is complete and provided to Ownership


    • Lessons Learned Documentation and sharing
    • Complete close-out checklist

Project Management Oversight:

  • Work collaboratively with external clients, owners, design teams and consultants – ability to put aside ego and pride of authorship to work collaboratively with broad and dynamic owner, consultant and contractor teams
  • Work collaboratively with internal project teams, including business development, marketing, project management and field staff
  • Coach/Mentor project management staff
  • Understand specific training needs of staff
  • Review and understand global project management staffing needs and available resources
  • Ensure project management staff is mentoring at all levels

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position involves sitting for extended periods of time at employee’s work station and during meetings as well as while traveling, either by plane or car. Employee needs to be able to lift up to 20 pounds as frequently as needed to move objects; dexterity to write and manipulate computer keyboard and mouse; ability to hear and speak clearly; and ability to distinguish between colors on graphs and charts.

Occasionally, employee will be required to visit construction jobsites which may expose the employee to dirt, dust, uneven surfaces, outdoor weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

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