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Project Manager

Remote, IL | Full Time | Remote
13 Days Ago

Job Description


 J. A. Watts, Inc. (JWI) is a woman-owned professional services firm that believes in treating its clients and employees like family at every level of our company. Our family culture is what we’re known for, and we work to stay true to who we are. That’s how we manage our projects and how we recruit THE Best People in our industry. Our clients come from all walks of life, and so do we, which makes us stronger together. 


This role is responsible for understanding the overall project scope and managing all aspects of assigned project(s) including oversight of planning, design, procurement, construction, closeout, stakeholder coordination, scheduling, cost control, and quality functions. The Project Manager will lead by example and personify the Company’s Mission, Vision, and Values, taking ownership of their assigned project(s). Individual Project Managers may be assigned a group of several smaller projects or one large project to manage. Projects will support our aviation team and airline clients. Because of the nature of the work, the role will be predominantly remote work but we are looking for someone interested in traveling estimated at 25% - 75% depending on the project and need.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Responsible for the adherence and utilization of the JWI Playbook in delivering all projects 
  • Establish clear lines of reporting within the project and team organization and define clear roles and responsibilities for the team members to increase efficiencies and to reduce duplication of effort
  • Establish project objectives, policies, procedures, and performance standards within boundaries of company policy and contract specifications
  • Ensure effective communication is always maintained within the team structure and with Senior Management
  • Understand the JWI contract details, and responsibilities
  • Responsible for collaborating with clients, sub-consultants, and contractors to define work procedures and resolve complaints and construction problems
  • Manage project staff and jobsite construction activities
  • Investigate potential jobsite situations and implement corrective measures as necessary
  • Proactively develop contingency plans to mitigate potential project risk
  • Responsible for all financial aspects of project contracts, including total project budget, labor, expenses and staffing projections, to protect the company’s interest
  • Foster and maintain a positive working relationship with clients
  • Write technical documents, testing plans, and proposals
  • Assemble and distribute meeting minutes
  • Ensure project documentation is maintained on a regular basis
  • Complete weekly and monthly reports concerning work progress, costs and scheduling
  • Develop a preliminary project schedule, coordinate schedule updates and distribute internally and externally, receive, analyze and monitor the contractor’s schedule for level of detail, accuracy and logic
  • Define project scope based upon project objectives
  • Represent company in project meetings and attend strategy meetings
  • Schedule and lead project meetings such as weekly and OAC meetings
  • Responsible for interviewing, recommending, and negotiating contractual service agreements
  • Prepare and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers and subcontractors
  • Provide guidance, direction, and oversight to junior level Project Managers and Assistant Project Managers on assigned projects
  • Responsible for ensuring that project deliverables are on time, within budget and at the required level of quality
  • Prepare and monitor punch list items; manage the close out process to completion
  • Produce and review design plans, specifications, and cost estimates
  • Ensure the timely submission, review and approval of timesheets and expense reports
  • Perform other duties as may be required/directed


  • Bachelor's degree in construction management, architecture or engineering, or equivalent work experience; PMP a plus
  • 3 years of experience in aviation construction or project management. Experience in other related fields such as tenant improvement projects considered
  • Airline experience is a plus
  • General knowledge of contract management and budgeting/estimating
  • Advanced interpersonal, managerial, administrative, and organizational skills, including the ability to negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong ability to balance multiple priorities, work and communicate effectively in a team environment to meet deadlines
  • Active participation in industry organizations a plus
  • Experience using MS Office suite and industry related project management software

Company Benefits

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance options for employee and family
  • Health Savings and Flexible Spending Account options available
  • Company-provided group life, short and long-term disability, and voluntary life options
  • Matching 401(k) retirement plan
  • Paid time off and holidays
  • Student debt repayment resources available 
  • ID Theft protection
  • Professional development and tuition assistance
  • Company-sponsored social events\

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