Project Manager-Mission Critical Facilities-Chicago

A global company, ESD is a leader in Improving Society Through the Built Environment. We create solutions that produce economic, environmental and experiential benefits for our clients, many of whom are the biggest names in the worlds of business, technology — and beyond. We embrace technological change and are in the forefront of developing Intelligent Buildings. We emphasize innovation, adaptability and sustainability when providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, life safety and technology engineering. For more information, please visit

Position Summary

We are looking for a Project Manager in our Chicago office who wants to join us in Improving Society Through the Built Environment. Collectively, we apply our knowledge, expertise, and critical thinking skills to develop solutions impacting people’s health, comfort, productivity, safety, and connectivity. 

We are able to make a difference for our clients and society-at-large within a framework of regulations, budget and schedule realities, and at the speed of change. This requires our team to collaborate, continuously improve, and innovate to earn trust among our colleagues and clients. 

If you are a person who enjoys making a difference for your colleagues and clients through excellence – this is an opportunity for you to apply your knowledge, work with some of the world’s highest-profile clients, enjoy social and charitable activities, and build your career.

The Project Manager is directly responsible for the overall successful execution and delivery of the project, both to the Client and ESD, according to the contract. The Project Manager represents ESD and is the primary administrator and communications link between ESD and all project stakeholders.  He/she oversees the planning, implementation and tracking of the project and its specified deliverables to meet the client’s expectations and goals and provides a positive experience.

Capable of pursuing opportunities and managing all project activities, with limited oversight or support, on projects with the following characteristics:
Any size project
Standard to Moderate project complexity
Standard to Medium schedule duration projects
Design-Bid-Build project delivery
Projects with no Sub-Consultants to ESD
Proposal preparation using ESD Standard Letter Templates
Familiar with AIA format contract formats
May requires assistance reviewing and negotiating contracts
Multi-Phase project design projects or Multi-Phase construction projects
Management of Domestic US Projects

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Drive the work on the project; set the priorities, procedures, scope and schedule; publish and coordinate project team member assignments with the Studio Leader and/or Operations Director; obtain resource commitment for all disciplines
  • Manage assigned projects through all stages of the project lifecycle; including, Project Initiation, Project Planning, Project Execution, Project Monitoring & Control, and Project Closure.
  • Follow and implement all established company processes and procedures.
  • Facilitate project kick-off meeting with all members of the project team and related personnel to clearly communicate the objectives, scope, design and schedule of the project
  • Develop a detailed Work Plan for completing the design within the scope of work, project timeline and budget; identify required precursors from other disciplines in a timely fashion, and track details/data/information/activities for proper project documentation
  • Direct, coordinate and support the members of the project team to meet the objectives of the client and the project profitability goals for ESD
  • Maintain contractual, business and financial related records for the project; keep the client, Studio Leader, Operations Director, and the Accounting Department informed on the financial status of the project
  • Identify QA/QC requirements for the project and schedule appropriate technical reviews 
  • Manage the client’s expectations to a positive outcome; participate in client meetings as required.
  • Notify the client of changes in project scope, prepare estimates for additional design fees, issue work authorization to client and obtain client approval prior to performing any additional services
  • Actively participates in cross selling of ESD services and new project pursuits
  • Make a personal investment in professional growth and development by seeking ways to expand responsibilities, knowledge, and abilities
  • Create and maintain purpose-built tools that support the Project Management of the projects unique to your Business Unit; including templates and standardize deliverables, to increase overall project quality and efficiency 

Qualifications / Skill-sets

  • Possess basic knowledge of engineering practices within own discipline and basic knowledge of practices and principles of other disciplines. 
  • Knowledge of commonly used and accepted design and construction concepts, practices, procedures; including, American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Institute
  • Able to read, analyze, and interpret technical documents and specifications, technical procedures, and government regulations.
  • Communicate in a clear, concise and professional manner; demonstrate strong written, oral, listening, and presentation skills to confidently interact and coordinate both technical and non-technical issues with the internal project team, Client and other Consultants
  • Manages work independently and delegates and utilizing other ESD staff and productive partners effectively
  • Demonstrates effective organizational and time management skills regarding projects, reports and other commitments; completes assignments in a quality and timely fashion; able to manage multiple priorities concurrently; is punctual and dependable 
  • Effectively builds positive morale on the team by inspiring confidence, instilling enthusiasm and cohesiveness, and influencing employees to act

Education / Certification / Experience

  • Accredited engineering degree or equivalent experience required.
  • 3+ years of Engineering experience

AA / EE / Veterans / Disability

We are an equal-opportunity employer.