Terracon Senior Project Manager in Des Moines, Iowa


Service Line:


Office Name:

Des Moines

Job Description:

Our Des Moines, IA office is looking for a Sr. Project Manager to help support our growing construction materials service line.

General Responsibilities:

In this role, you will manage all aspects of materials consulting projects to ensure that they are safely completed on time and within scope and budget. Responsible for completing the project as per its contracted scope; monitor progress and performance against the project plan. Troubleshoot and recommend or resolve operational problems and minimize delays. May be responsible for resource management, project scheduling, budgets and forecasts, and working with external vendors, subcontractors or contractors. Conducts meetings and prepares reports to communicate the status of the project to project team and client. Set priorities, assign tasks, and coordinate project staff to meet project targets and milestones. May have responsibilities to communicate with the client and deliver work products to satisfaction of client. Coordinates effort with APR (authorized project reviewer) to make sure that APR has opportunity to engage throughout the project, particularly at critical junctures. Is involved with approving invoices, preparing change orders, and collections.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all aspects of a large scale and complex project.

  • Works with client or national account manager to define project scope, schedule and budget of materials projects

  • Leads interactions with client and stakeholders to ensure their goals are being considered in execution of the work

  • Design, communicate, and implement a project plan for completing a project.

  • Leads safety efforts including preparation and compliance with approved safety plan

  • Resolve operational problems and minimize delays.

  • Identify, develop, and gather necessary resources to complete the project.

  • Prepare designs and work specifications; develop schedules, budgets and forecasts; select materials, equipment, project staff, and contractors.

  • Estimate costs, resources, and time required to complete.

  • Prepares forecasts for expenditures and manages scope, schedule to meet budget

  • Monitor activities, allocate resources, and assign tasks to ensure targets are met.

  • Partner with other departments or offices to secure specialized resources for the project.

  • Conduct project meetings and prepare reports to communicate the status of the project within and beyond the project team.

  • Coach and mentor project staff and assist them to solve problems.

  • Coordinates with APR to ensure appropriate oversight is in place and sufficient time allowed for quality reviews

  • Coordinates with accounting for financial management of business intelligence, invoicing and collections

  • Develop understanding and be aware of project-related risk. Be familiar with what could go wrong on a project and how to protect the Company. Be familiar with company risk policies.

  • Lead safety efforts for team and ensure team follows safety rules and guidelines. Responsible for creating and modeling a safe work environment; demonstrates safety practices. Promote pre-task planning for all projects.

  • Promote continuous quality monitoring and improvement on projects. Monitor quality standards and practices. Engage APRs on projects at their onset.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and a minimum of 10 years’ related experience. Or, in lieu of a degree, a minimum of 14 years’ related experience.

  • Established experience with construction materials projects - leading projects as well as growing the business

  • Valid driver’s license with acceptable violation history.

Preferred Certification:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Professional Engineer (PE), Professional Geologist (PG) or similar professional registration/certification relevant to the type of services and projects being managed

  • Authorized Project Reviewer status.



Requisition ID:


Posting Title:

Senior Project Manager - Materials

Employment Type:

Regular, Full Time

City, State (Office Location):

Des Moines, IA

About Terracon:

Terracon is a 100 percent employee-owned consulting engineering firm providing quality services to clients. Since 1965, Terracon has evolved into a successful multi-discipline firm specializing in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services. Terracon currently has more than 4,000 employees in over 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon’s growth is due to valued employees exceeding expectations in client service and growing their careers with new and exciting opportunities in the marketplace.

Terracon offers an excellent compensation and benefits package including: medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) plan, and paid holidays.

EEO Statement:

Terracon is an EEO employer. We encourage qualified minority, female, veteran and disabled candidates to apply and be considered for open positions. We do not discriminate against any applicant for employment, or any employee because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, or military status.

Job Category:

Project Management