Position Description

Preconstruction Director
Location CA-San Diego
Department 302-San Diego Operations
Employment Duration Full time
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Working for Webcor is an experience unlike any other. One of the principles our founders baked into our DNA is that people come first. Fifty years later, our people and our values remain at the center of everything we do. Our clients agree that it's the people we assign to their projects that seal the deal. Our higher calling is to build solutions and better lives. This includes devising ways to build diverse, high-profile, and innovative structures, many of which have become iconic parts of the skylines where we work (mainly the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego). It also means crafting career paths that accommodate the individual goals of our people through rotation plans, volunteer opportunities, and other people-focused approaches. A key to achieving these goals is creating an inclusive environment that is not only diverse, but also inclusive and equitable. We are also builders, with collaboration and transparency routine between our Core & Shell and Special Projects groups and our self-perform operations: Webcor Concrete, Webcor Drywall, and Webcor Carpentry. We better lives through involvement in the community, corporate philanthropy, a deep commitment to sustainability, a culture of leadership, and an employee experience that features financial, health, and wellness benefits. Whether you are a craft specialist, an experienced professional, or a graduate seeking your first opportunity, Webcor will deliver an unparalleled experience for you.

The Preconstruction Director leads the Webcor preconstruction effort on projects including conceptual estimating, detailed estimating, scheduling, constructability analysis, value engineering, and coordination with VDC/BIM team, subcontractor/supplier involvement, procurement, and transition to the construction team. The position requires active collaboration with owners, architects, consultants, subcontractors, and suppliers to deliver a successful project. The Preconstruction Director will take an active role in regional industry organizations, develop and maintain subcontractor and supplier relationships, be knowledgeable regarding regional commodity markets and assist in the pursuit and development of new project opportunities. The Preconstruction Director will work with managers (i.e., Chief Estimator, Regional Manager, etc.) to ensure that the necessary resources are committed to complete the required preconstruction services.



  • Identify and provide the preconstruction services required by the customer and the project. Work closely with the Project Sponsor, Project Director, other Preconstruction Directors, and the entire project team to ensure client’s expectations are met.
  • Coordinate the involvement of estimators, schedulers, project managers, superintendents, MEP managers, VDC staff, and sustainability during preconstruction to deliver preconstruction services required.
  • Ensure that Webcor is properly represented at all project meetings with the owner, consultants, and design team. Keep the team informed of the project decisions, deliverables, and action items. Provide feedback directly to owners and architects during the design process to enhance the value of cost, schedule, quality, and constructability of a project.
  • Support Business Development in the maintenance of customer relationships and in support of specific project pursuits. Offer technical expertise and advice during the entire timeline from lead to prospect to pursuit.
  • Maintain and organize project records and documentation in a manner as to allow for the effective transmission of the record of the preconstruction effort to the construction team. This includes both electronic and hard copy documents, electronic mail, and drawings and specifications.
  • Present relevant project experience and exhibit knowledge to customers and prospects.
  • During preconstruction, maintain and update the schedule relative to scopes and procurement.
  • Ensure compliance with the requirements in the prime contract and/or RFP.
  • Lead the transition from the preconstruction phase to the construction phase by transferring information gained to the construction team members. This includes review of contract terms, estimates, schedules, value management, bid management (review subcontracts), constructability, clash detections findings, technical systems information, etc. This effort will continue through buyout and includes the review of subcontracts prior to execution. May temporarily relocate to the jobsite office as required.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.


  • Develop the Bidding and Buyout strategy for the project, partnering with the Project Director/Project Manager.  The role may include the solicitation and scoping of subcontractor bids, bid leveling, interviews and recommendations of subcontractors to the Client. After procurement is complete, serves as a resource for the project team for the remainder of the project.
  • Develop and maintain subcontractor relationships; understand prequalification status/limits and the best subcontractors to include in the procurement process for the Project.
  • Coordinate the involvement of early subcontractors and suppliers during preconstruction.
  • Identify any direct long lead items during design and develop a procurement strategy for the long lead items in conjunction with the project buyout log.
  • Prepare and present all estimates and value-added alternates to the owner and the design team in a format that meets the requirements of the project stakeholders.
  • Review conceptual and programmatic design documents to determine both the nature and scope of the work to be performed to prepare an accurate conceptual budget, the nature and extent of the scope of work must be identified. Examine conceptual or programmatic documents and develop a description of the various scopes of work required to complete the project and estimate.
  • Provide cost and value management during design. Direct and coordinate the estimating effort to deliver timely milestone estimates for the team. The assistance of specific subcontractors will be enlisted as needed to assist with testing and confirming our in-house pricing.

Value Engineering & Constructability:

  • Review and understand the findings of the constructability reviews to present those findings to the owner and design team.
  • Coordinate with the Project Manager, Superintendent, and design managers to provide Constructability Reviews during all phases of design.
  • In collaboration with the design team, lead the process for obtaining the highest quality systems, material, and equipment for the lowest cost through the value engineering process. Solicit the internal and external resources to identify the best way to meet the customer’s need for the best value.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering, or equivalent work experience.
  • Working knowledge of construction costs and principles.
  • At least twelve years’ experience managing preconstruction projects in the construction market.
  • Proven experience in both the private and public markets.

technical skills and knowledge Required

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of design development, estimating, and scheduling.
  • Practical knowledge of all aspects of various building types commensurate with Webcor’s market sectors.
  • Knowledge of complex commercial BMS, Fire Alarm, and related building control systems.
  • Knowledge of complex and various types of commercial HVAC and Plumbing systems.
  • Practical experience with VDC/BIM process and implementation.
  • Solid knowledge of the following software: WinEst, OST, Revit, Navisworks, AutoCAD, P6, Bluebeam.
  • Advanced user of MS Excel and other MS Office applications. Adept in quickly learning new software.
  • Working knowledge of construction drawings, costs, and principles.
  • Strong estimating experience in historical costs, conceptual estimating, and competitive bidding.
  • Design Build or Design Assist Services expertise.

behavioral competencies REQUIRED

  • Demonstrated ability to promote Webcor’s core values internally and externally and exemplifies Webcor’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in everything they do.
  • Proven ability to identify, manage, develop, and mentor staff and teams, and make difficult team decisions.
  • Ability to engage in difficult internal facing conversations with empathy. Holds others and themselves accountable.
  • Ensures psychological safety for everyone at project level / department.
  • Possesses a strong self-awareness, empowering them to make changes and to build on their areas of strength as well as identify areas where they would like to make improvements.
  • Able to ensure project goals and expectations are realistic, achievable, and revisited/revised at appropriate times during the life of the project. Relentless for success. 
  • Strategic communication skills. Ability to address an audience of various sizes and effectively communicate messages and ideas. Ability to write clear and concise thoughts in a professional manner.
  • Strategic decision quality and use of sound judgement. 
  • Strategic customer focus and the ability to build trust.
  • Able to build strong relationships with owners and architects and hold them accountable.

Webcor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. 

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