Superintendent - Special Projects - WA
Abbott Construction Inc. - Seattle, WA

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Abbott is currently looking for a Superintendent for our special projects. Special projects are typically Tenant Improvement (TI) projects, but can involve a variety of projects. The big challenges in Special Projects often involve working in occupied buildings, and working off hours that don't conflict with the clients normal hours of operation.

Experience with Grocery and/or Healthcare projects is required.


Accountable to Project Manager & Field Operations Manager

The Superintendent role:

The Superintendent runs the field operations, in the delivery of a project through final completion and closeout, in such a manner that both the customer and the company are successful in terms that are clearly established on a job-by-job basis.

Superintendent duties and performance measurements:

  • All work is performed safely, and the goal of zero accidents is acknowledged. The Superintendent's role is to run the field operations safely. The measurement is how many accidents and safety violations occur on the Superintendent's jobs in a year.
    • Must provide a clean and safe working environment on the jobsite and enforce that others do the same.
    • Must always wear personal protective equipment and enforce that others do the same.
    • Must have an understanding of all WISHA / OSHA jobsite safety regulations.
    • Must have a complete understanding of job site safety postings and documentation requirements.
    • Must have gone through Abbott Safety Orientation.
    • Must have completed Abbott Safety Certificate Program.
    • Must attend required safety training classes.
    • Must have current first aid card.
    • Must be competent person trained.
    • Must have a complete understanding of and enforce Abbott safety discipline policies.
  • Runs the field operations of the job so that the total costs on the job are equal to or less than the job budgets.
  • Works in a manner as to produce a quality outcome resulting in no rework.
  • Protects the assets of the company through safe and accurate work skills.
  • Is prepared to work as a Foreman, Project Engineer or Skilled worker on projects when not running a project.
  • Is willing and prepared to self-perform scopes of work.
  • Is willing and prepared to run T.I. projects performed on night shifts when applicable.
  • Takes direction from Project Manager and Field Operations Manager.
  • Builds the job in accordance with the plans and specs that are approved by the Owner and Architect/Engineers.
  • Works with all people, both inside and outside the Company, with respect, fairness, and honesty. (Including all Abbott people, Owners, Architects, Engineers, Subcontractors, Suppliers, Inspectors, building occupants, the public – simply everybody).
  • The "daily work tasks" get done consistently, with only occasional exceptions. It is expected that these tasks are either performed personally by the Superintendent, or by others, such as a Project Engineer or Project Assistant.
    • Interfaces with Owner and Architect on site. Keeps the Owner and Architect informed in a timely and continuous fashion with the goal of eliminating surprises.
    • ALL pertinent information is provided to Abbott crews, subcontractors, and others in a timely, complete, and professional manner.
    • Schedules, both overall and short interval, are generated at whatever frequency is required on the job.
    • Ensures that Change Order work is authorized prior to proceeding.
    • Arrives prepared for work with proper attitude and energy to provide a full day's work while managing other workers.
    • Keeps a safe, clean, organized jobsite and overall work area.
    • Time cards are processed in compliance with established process.
    • Purchases made at jobsite are compliant with established process.
    • Provides and maintains the correct and essential tools on the job, and sees to it that they are properly used and maintained.
    • Directs the on-site operations of subcontractors.
    • Arranges and ensures that timely inspections are made.
    • Fills out job diaries daily.
  • The measurement is the number and type of exceptions that occur in performing these tasks.

    Recognizing that the above items make up the core of the Superintendent's work, it is expected that Superintendents also participate actively in the acquisition of work, which includes assisting in the development of conceptual estimates and schedules, and participating in interviews. In general, working with Group Leaders, Project Managers, Superintendents, and Marketing, to acquire work for the Company. The measurement is whether the Superintendent is clearly helpful in obtaining a job.

    This list is not all-inclusive as to the "daily" tasks performed by Superintendents.

    What our Superintendents can expect from Abbott:
    • Projects with success built into them by the Project Manager. (This deals with the basics like a valid estimate, good subs, proper risk and allocation in the owner contract, adequate time, good owner)
    • Full and timely information, both at the start of a job and during the job, from the Project Manager, such as plans, contract, subcontracts, supply agreements, budgets, cost codes, plan clarifications, and decisions.
    • Excellent support and service from Accounting.
    • Information tools from Information Services, so that "real time" information is available to the Superintendent.
    • Excellent support and service from Administrative staff.
    • Appropriate tools from Management.
    • Appropriate compensation package from Management.
    • An enjoyable and challenging work environment.
    • Safety training leadership and support from the Safety Director.
    • Assistance and training from Group Leaders and Executive Team in the development of people.
    Attributes/qualifications of a Superintendent:
    Essential character attributes include: goal-driven, customer-focused, project-focused, detailed, highly organized and efficient, ability and desire to motivate/inspire/develop people under his/her leadership.

    Mandatory attributes include:

    Leadership skills such as a take charge, decisive mindset. Ability to reach clear, productive agreements with the Project Manager about how to run the Job.

    Must be able to:
    Create teamwork on the project in such a way that all customers, internal and external, experience a project that is consistent with the Company Charter.
    Identify good people and subcontractors, and provide the leadership to integrate them productively into the project/Company.

    Operate in an intense multi-task environment and successfully delegate many tasks, positioning people to succeed.
    Mandatory qualifications include:
    • Must be able to establish a jobsite culture of safe work practices and productivity.
    • Must be able to work independently and manage others on assigned tasks.
    • Must have willingness and desire to learn and teach.
    • Must be very familiar with all aspects of the project's field operations.
    • Must have basic understanding of construction law and contracts.
    • Must have desire to achieve high level of quality and standards.
    • Must be able to do material take-offs as required.
    • Must have all tools listed on the complete tool list required by Abbott and be willing to use them when needed.
    • Must have knowledge of safe tool use and proper maintenance of company tools, as well as personal tools.
    • Must be well-versed in steel stud framing, dry wall, taping, painting finishes, doors and hardware, painting, and cabinetry.
    • Must be able to read and interpret drawings and specs and be willing to teach others.
    • Must have a full working knowledge of specific trade techniques and practices.
    • Must be able to work alongside and manage Lead, Skill 1 workers, and Skill 2 workers.
    • Must be able to prepare a basic schedule using Microsoft Project.
    • Must be able to build a three week schedule using Excel or Microsoft Project.
    • Must be able to manage Subcontractors in the field.
    • Must have exposure to both occupied and unoccupied remodel work.
    • Must have reliable transportation to and from jobsite.
    • Must have basic computer skills.
    • Must be able and willing to review shop drawings.
    • Must be able to generate RFI'S with little oversight.

    Computer skills: Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project, J.D. Edwards, Outlook E-mail, Internet
    Preferred Educational background: High school diploma, or equivalent; vocational education; "continuing industry education" (such as AGC's Supervisory Training Program); apprenticeship.

    Intangible: An intense desire to work in construction and related services, and with the people in these fields.

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