Metro Consulting Associates (MCA), a civil engineering, surveying and land planning consulting firm is seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented self-starter to join our staff as Field and Inspection Services Project Manager in our Plymouth, MI office.

Position Description

The Field Services Manager is responsible for managing the staffing, technical, and financial aspects of various inspection, construction, and maintenance & operations of various projects, serving as a liaison between engineering, municipal, GIS, survey, and ecological services groups and field services staff.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage client relationships and serve as liaison between engineering, municipal, GIS, survey, and ecological services groups and field services staff
  • Plan, organize, and direct all aspects of field services group including personnel, budgeting, general administration,
  • Develop, recommend, and implement policies and procedures for field services group
  • Develop departmental mission and long-term plan for field services group
  • Supervise personnel, evaluate performance, and oversee training and professional development of staff
  • Take disciplinary action according to established procedures
  • Schedule construction services field crews short and long-term
  • Attend outside meetings with clients on potential projects and new/existing clients
  • Assist with developing and writing field services related RFPs and RFQs as necessary
  • Ensure proper staffing levels and employee development
  • Coordinate with field staff regarding various inspection, operations, and maintenance activity
  • Ensure construction is being performed to quality standards in compliance with design specifications, drawings, budget and schedule
  • Provide oversight and leadership for staff in carrying out construction supervision including contract administration, quality control, construction monitoring and evaluation, and other relevant activities
  • Hold field staff accountable for maintaining a safe, secure, and healthy work environment by following and enforcing standards and procedures; complying with legal regulations
  • Inspect completion and sign-off on quality of workmanship along with crew leaders and external subcontractors
  • Interpret construction plans, standards and specifications
  • Coordinate work between agencies, contractor and other city departments (interact with contractors and their representatives while representing the contract owner)
  • Develop construction observation guide and maintenance of preconstruction, construction, and closeout execution plans
  • Assist in reviewing project drawings and specifications to gain a full understanding of project scope, client goals and expectations, and resource requirements for each phase of the project
  • Identify construction approaches and risks to ensure efficiency and mitigate exposure
  • Solicit and coordinate subcontractor and supplier bids for labor, material and equipment
  • Gather information, develop solutions, and adjust to necessary changes in work sequences
  • Monitor project budgets and other financial metrics of all construction services projects
  • Evaluate the legitimacy of contractor and supplier change requests in terms of contractual requirements and validity of cost estimates
  • Interpret and explain plans and contract terms to involved staff and contractors
  • Develop, update and maintain project schedules, progress, durations, compliance with financial, operational, and/or scheduling requirements and sequencing logic
  • Administer, arrange, optimize and lead daily and weekly progress meetings, activities with owner/contractor, construction staff, site engineer, inspection staff, external contractors and subcontractors
  • Prepare request for proposals for public tender of services and statement of work documents.
  • Also contribute to contracts, change orders, material and services purchase orders for approval by Owner. Assess and where appropriate make recommendations on contractor requests for extension of time, claims for additional payment, and contractual disputes
  • Review quotes, material requests, procured items, deliveries and on-site production to validate accurate fulfillment and quality control
  • Certify invoices submitted by suppliers and contractors and recommend for payment by owners
  • Determine and recommend labor force, materials, and equipment requirements
  • Maintain regular estimates of the cost-to-completion and time-to-completion for each task
  • Complete computer-based weekly and/or daily reports, project log and documentation files.
  • Identify risk and opportunity in all aspects of construction management, and implement mitigation measures where risks are appreciable
  • Conduct ongoing meetings with field staff to remain informed of project work and facilitate resolution of presented or developing issues
  • Assign weekly tasks to direct reports, and conduct performance evaluations on a quarterly basis
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management and/or equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Minimum ten (10) years applicable experience in the surveying/civil engineering/construction industry
  • Minimum five (5) years of construction field experience leading field inspection crews
  • Must be familiar with NASSCO Standards as well as community standards for examining and construction of structures (manholes, storm water sewers, sanitary sewer systems, water main systems, etc.)
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret spec books
  • Required to have satisfactory results on a Motor Vehicle Record check and maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Be available to respond to unscheduled emergencies, including after-hours emergencies
  • Basic knowledge of web-based GIS interfaces and applications a plus
  • Advanced knowledge of applicable codes and standards
  • Basic understanding of the AutoCAD Civil3D platform and technology a plus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Exceptional written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in diverse teams including technical and non-technical personnel
  • Resourceful, action-oriented, creative, and analytical thinker
  • Provide direction and leadership by demonstrating an attitude for safety, cost control, efficiency and professionalism
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines as well as balance multiple projects by prioritizing effectively
  • Strong planning, organization, preparation, and execution capabilities
  • Manage client interaction and promote positive relationships
  • Facilitate communication between staff, contractors, suppliers, and other project participants
  • Open to new ideas, innovation, and change
  • Strong problem solving/analytical skills
  • Ability to adapt to unforeseen events while in urban and rural environments

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Primarily work indoors in office setting, must be able to work outside in extreme heat and cold when necessary
  • Must be able to travel and/or conduct fieldwork up to 25% of the time
  • Regularly required to walk for long distances
  • Frequently lifts or moves objects up to 20 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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