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Principal Construction Manager

Santa Clara, CA

Employment Type: Direct Hire Position: Building/Construction/Development Branch: San Ramon

Position Description


A fast growing, innovative Data Center Development and Construction is looking for a self-motivated Principal Construction Manager to provide overall leadership and drive success of large-scale new development construction projects. The position covers all aspects of construction. Areas of expertise require autonomy and independent discretion in the following areas:


  • RFP development and budgeting
  • Pre-bid oversight and coordination
  • Managing all design phases and documents
  • Customer engagement for sales and fulfillment of requirements
  • Coordination and supervision of design-build contractors
  • Coordination with internal stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • Oversight of physical construction activities
  • Participation in commissioning
  • Hand-off of physical data center and project documents to operations


Essential Job Functions


  • Drive thought leadership with a focus on lean principles of construction and cost optimization
  • Development of capital improvement projects to and through internal project approval
  • Management of project scope, schedule and budget
  • Drive all aspects of construction including pre-construction, design development, permitting and entitlements, competitive bid process, team selection, construction oversight, commissioning, and project closeout



  • Collaborate with design team, operators and clients
  • Submit monthly project financial reporting including forecasting, cash-flow,
  • Review monthly contractor billing and perform job walks to substantiate progress
  • Develop, manage, maintain, and assist with contract negotiation of new and existing vendors
  • Manage input and delivery of work products from internal team members to ensure that new data center spaces comply with the project requirements, customer requirements, all engineering standards, applicable codes, and specifications
  • Develop, document, and drive lessons learned, process improvements, cost and schedule savings initiatives throughout the project lifecycle process
  • Work closely with the Operations to coordinate design criteria with budgetary issues and ongoing maintenance and operation of existing facilities
  • Awareness of the importance of mission-critical facility operation
  • Additional duties as assigned from time to time by Management


Job Requirements


  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, or similar field, or equivalent experience
  • 10 years of experience in managing construction projects required, 10 to 15+ years preferred
  • Data center experience is a strongly preferred
  • Experience in CSA (civil, structural, architectural) and MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) construction management is a requirement
  • Expected travel is less than 5%, but may grow and evolve over time


Mary Lindner
Senior Executive Recruiter

With 20+ years experience in successful Business Development and TalentAcquisition, Mary finds a great sense of fulfillment in matching talented candidates with their Dream Jobs! Mary’s career has focused on growing companies, so she understands that growth for her clients will start by connecting the right individual to the right opportunity. Providing outstanding customer service and exceeding clients’ and candidates’ expectations is the foundation of Mary’s work mantra: work hard, be nice, and have fun!! Mary’s favorite part of working for Wollborg Michelson is being a part of an incredible team that always strives for excellence. Outside of her professional accomplishments, Mary takes the most pride in her role as a mom, never forgetting to savor the little moments with her three daughters and husband.

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