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Project Executive, AutoBuilders / Quest Contracting (Construction)
Title:Project Executive, AutoBuilders / Quest Contracting (Construction)
Project Executive (Construction)
AutoBuilders / Quest Contracting, West Palm Beach, FL

For nearly 30 years, AutoBuilders has built a
reputation as the nation’s specialist in
constructing and renovating state-of-the-art
automotive dealerships and support facilities.
We provide Planning, Design Consulting,
Permitting, and General Contracting nationwide
from our headquarters in Florida, and regional
offices in California, New York, and Texas. 


AutoBuilders specializes in the construction of the automotive industries core retail sales, maintenance, and repair facilities. AutoBuilders construction projects types include all the major automotive dealership brands from Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Ferrari, Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep, and many more brands, and also the multi-brand locations such as AutoNation and CarMax. AutoBuilders has an affiliated management relationship with Quest Contracting that builds equally appealing buildings for the retail-focused commercial construction industry that includes spaces for hospitality, multi-family housing, retail, QSR, industrial flex-space, and many more facilities types.

We are looking for a world-class Project Executive to manage a portfolio of construction projects and project managers for both businesses from our West Palm Beach, FL headquarters location. While much work can be done from our headquarters location, the Project Executive position does require travel and the ability to visit portfolio construction sites, clients, and key stakeholders as needed.

Immediate Availability:

AutoBuilders and Quest Contracting
5715 Corporate Way,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407


Posted: 11/30/18
Version: 1.1 updated

For all inquiries please contact:

Severin Sorensen
ePraxis LLC
Headhunting, Talent Selection, and Executive Coaching
222 S. Main Street, Suite 500-E
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
435.655.5111 Direct


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Project Executive

AutoBuilders / Quest Contracting (hereafter AutoBuilders/Quest) has an immediate opening for an outstanding Project Executive to lead and manage multiple construction project management operations primarily for our East coast projects from our Headquarters in West Palm Beach, FL. The Project Executive will also Indirectly participate in the management of all projects in the Texas and California regions   The Project Executive will report to the COO and is responsible for overall project P&L responsibility for assigned projects.  The Project Executive will be the point person on the team (Project Manager and Superintendent) for the client.  The Project Executive will supervise Direct Reports – Project Managers, Superintendents, Warranty Carpenter, Permit Expediter and Indirect Reports – Assistant Project Managers, Project Engineers, Project Administrators.

The Project Executive directly manages a growing portfolio of approximately $100 million in construction projects of typical sized from $5 million to $12 million.  Ideally, for this Project Executive leadership position, we are looking for a seasoned Construction Professional that has complete knowledge of the construction process and the ability to proactively manage challenges so that they do not become future problems. The Project Executive will primarily be managing the current growing book of business; however, a Project Executive that also has the ability to develop new business would be a plus. Finally, while we will consider any highly skilled, experienced. and good-fitting candidate, we have an internal preference to find for this position a licensed general contractor in Florida and/or California, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction / Architecture / Engineering.  If this sounds like you... please read on as we have an exciting career opportunity with a super company for you to consider.

Who we are looking for...

Beyond the 'what' responsibilities of this position, we are looking for the 'who' that best fits our needs; we are seeking a great fitting candidate for the Project Executive position that has the following demonstrated modes of thinking, acting, preparing, behaving.

Your drivers and mode of working

You know you are the right candidate for this position if…

  1. You are self-starter, self-driven, self-motivated, and passionate about doing great work. You have a very practical approach to tasks and are efficient with both time and resources.  You enjoy accomplishing tasks and feel a great satisfaction for a job well done.
  2. You are detailed oriented, a planner and organizer, and are prepared for foreseeable events; you are versatile and have a demonstrated capacity to multi-task and juggle many demands.  You act deliberately and decisively with “calm urgency,” not frenetic chaos. You enjoy managing your own time efficiently and can work in teams of others to achieve goals in an efficient and timely manner. You are adaptable and have the ability to roll with the tides as work effort and initiatives seem to ebb and flow in the manufacturing business.
  3. You have curiosity and like to understand how things work, and it is as important to you as reporting accurate data; when you understand the mechanics of the business, you are more valuable as an advisor to your supervisor, and your team. 
  4. You are a good negotiator; you can see all sides of the situation; you are logical and enjoy accurately identifying and resolving problems using logic and a systematic data-driven problem-solving approach. 
  5. You are a professional with presence; you have developed people skills and can work effectively with teams, with an astute ability ascertain situations, motivate your people when they are down (pump them up), and diffuse conflict situations (calm them down); this ability to work with the full-cycle of construction stakeholders will help you succeed in this position.
  6. You are not an excuse maker, but rather delight in taking ownership of your work responsibilities and decisions. You are perceptive and enjoying identifying the causes; effects, impact, and scope of potential financial risks and opportunities, and can provide decisive and accurate solutions. 
  7. You demonstrate self-confidence and a willingness to take initiative and responsibility for the completion of great work.  You identify risks and make proactive improvements.  You function effectively with responsibility and achieve results even in adverse circumstances. 
  8. You have a high goal orientation and demonstrated accountability for results; you are persistent in overcoming obstacles to meet objectives. At a deep personal level, you are competitive and you like to win; and your drive to win produces regular results that improve your performance and lifestyle.
  9. You speak plainly and have sufficient humility to work effectively with others. You are one who takes initiative without waiting to be given directions; you have the ability to maintain composure amidst a crisis.  You strive for continuous improvement in your circle of influence. 
  10. You have a peaceable demeanor, operate with transparency, honesty, candor, and speak with plainness, and can work with effectively with people from many cultures and backgrounds.  You are not easily disturbed by others and have the ability to see possibilities in all situations. You make places and situations better.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Project Initiation & Planning:
Review invitations to bid and provide CEO and COO recommendation to pursue based on “Go or No-Go” criteria.  Oversee the scope and objectives of the project and outline opportunities and risks.  Oversee completion of the necessary design and pre-construction processes including staging and logistics plans, schedules and work plans to produce a final Project Plan.  Approve all changes and value engineering recommended by Pre-construction and Project Management staff during the planning process.

Project Budget, Costing & Resources:
Oversee financial budgets to evaluate project viability and analyze/forecast cost estimate data for project budgets.  Oversee project-related budgets to ensure accurate documentation outlining the cost and scope of projects, staffing requirements, and engagement of consultants and subcontractor scopes are developed in a consistent and accurate manner.  Oversee bidding and procurement requirements or request for proposals and review and oversee the qualification of vendor bids. Oversee all project contracts including consultants, subcontractors, etc.  Approve all subcontractor selections for project award recommended by the project management team.

Project Monitoring:
Oversee the day-to-day operational and tactical aspects of assigned projects. Oversee the project team to manage the scope, layout, design and other criteria regarding the project to ensure all project requirements are understood and implemented. Oversee contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers etc. during all phases of the project.  Oversee project activities to ensure each project phase is progressing on schedule and within prescribed financial parameters to ensure project profitability.

Project Communication:
Oversee project teams and client to manage day-to-day interactions. Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork, collaboration and build lasting relationships.  Facilitate team meetings for purposes of project planning, communicating project information, status updates and to address issues in a timely fashion. Resolve and/or escalate to COO issues in a timely manner and communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully.

Project Integration:
Oversee standards and procedures for project planning, design, reporting, decision making, and documentation. Provide oversight and evaluate subcontractors ensuring adherence to project safety and quality standards and addressing issues as necessary.

Relationship Management:
Establish constructive ongoing relationships with local city and county representatives who have oversight and approval rights for our projects.
•    Provide leadership in business judgment and in all financial and profitable aspects of projects 
•    Participate extensively to acquire and define projects and develop budgets that will achieve profitability objectives taking into account project-specific challenges
•    Set appropriate milestones and assign staff qualified to handle the scope and complexity of the project
•    Work closely with clients, owners, architects and subcontractors to develop relationships that exceed client expectations
•    Provide oversight in managing all necessary resources throughout the entire project from start-up to closeout and ensure that the Owner’s and Autobuilders budget and profitability objectives are met
•    Oversee projects at a high level from beginning to end; including budget updates, cost control and general performance against the project plan
•    Ensure that the day-to-day operations of projects are transitioned effectively to trained and accountable Project Managers 
•    Mentor, train and coach staff to perform to or exceed Autobuilders standards
•    Represent Autobuilders to Owner(s), Architects, Consultants, Government Authorities, Vendors and Subcontractors
•    Lead Business Development efforts and participate in presentations for project acquisitions
•    Attend all scheduled meetings necessary to monitor and manage project profitability
•    Attend owner and project meetings, maintain continuous client contact to gauge performance perceptions and communicate relevant information to the Project Team
•    Ensure Project Management staff is trained according to Autobuilders guidelines
•    Recruit qualified talent; mentor, coach and train them to perform to position requirements

Education and Experience:
•    Bachelor Degree in construction management, engineering operations, architecture, business or other related discipline or equivalent experience 
•    Minimum of fifteen years’ experience in the construction industry
•    Minimum of ten years in the role of Project Manager and have worked as a Project Manager on a minimum of 5 projects
Knowledge and Skills Required:
•    Good written and verbal communication abilities in English
•    PC proficiency to include (but not limited to) Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
with ability to learn company specific software
•    Familiarity with Microsoft Project (and/or other project planning software), MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, Timberline, Procore, and video conferencing technology. 
•    Knowledge of current trends including LEAN and LEED preferred
•    Thorough knowledge of construction costs, scheduling, estimating, purchasing and engineering principles and techniques, as well as accounting principles
•    Ability to read, understand and interpret contract documents, drawings, specifications, scopes of work and project schedules
•    Demonstrate leadership and interpersonal skills
•    Possess good client management and goodwill building ability
•    Capacity to motivate, lead and boost morale of the project team(s)
•    Effective time management and logical decision-making ability
•    Excellent business judgment demonstrated by consistently achieving profitability objectives and strong project close-outs maintaining client and subcontractor relationships in good standing
•    Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail evidenced by a strong command of all applicable contract and legal provisions
•    Ability to constantly multi-task and handle competing priorities between Autobuilders business needs, organizational issues, and sound customer relations
•    A strong sense of urgency and initiative. Able to quickly study and react to complex issues
•    Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to confidently and decisively take action
•    Team Leader with excellent diplomatic and communication skills, able to resolve conflicts effectively in a firm but fair manner


The compensation for this position is industry competitive and includes generous incentive compensation for outstanding performance. 


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online.
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