Senior Project Engineer

Posted July 10, 2022

Job Summary

The Senior Project Engineer (SPE) is responsible for assisting the project team in successfully managing the construction projects. This position has the responsibility to assist in day-to-day management of project operations including client relationships, subcontractor and project team. This position assists the project team to ensure the job is completed on time, on budget, safely. Maintain strong working relationships with the team, owners, consultants, and subcontractors.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and in a timely manner. The following duties are representative of the job but are not all inclusive and other duties may be assigned as needed.



  • Act as a steward of Pence culture – Who We Are
  • Uphold and communicate Pence safety standards
  • Proactive, self-starting, self-managing
  • Takes ownership for the project
  • Behaves in a manner that sets a positive example for others to follow
  • Makes day to day decisions that enhance profitability without sacrificing our values or relationships
  • Grow and mentor Interns and other Field and Project Engineers
  • Responsible for mitigating and reporting project risk
  • Follow all policies and procedures and assure others do as well
  • Participates in meetings and committees


Job Start Up

  • Work with the project management team to accomplish the following:
    • Nurture positive relationships with owners, architect, etc.
    • Understanding owner contract requirements
    • Perform a constructability review in partnership with Project Superintendent.
    • Bidding project and GMP development.
    • Developing project schedule, identifying key risks within the schedule i.e. long lead procurement items, etc.
    • Verify permitting, local licenses and approvals to begin job
    • Ensure all project insurances, including builder’s risk and bonds, are obtained to begin job
    • Active involvement in pre-construction process relating to estimating, bidding, project logistics and similar responsibilities

Managing Active Jobs

  • Assist the project management team with the following duties:
    • Understand, identify and manage project risk and profitability
    • Resolve the budget in its entirety into scopes of work and executed contracts while improving the profitability of the project
    • Participate in project forecasting development and presentation.
  • Manage QA/QC process for project in partnership with the field team
  • Manage project documentation processes
  • Understand all specifications and drawing requirements
  • Manage submittal process
  • Manage RFI process in partnership with the field team
  • Manage procurement process, including buyout
  • Manage change management process
  • Set up and coordinate weekly job meetings and minutes
  • Manage project cash flow
  • Manage monthly owner billing process
  • Review and approve monthly invoices from subcontractors and suppliers

Job Closing

  • Assist the project management team with the following duties:
    • Manage delivery of closeout documents and owner training
    • Implement 1-year warranty and manage activities throughout warranty period
    • Create and process final change orders
    • Produce final cost accounting for job
    • Identify contractual substantial completion requirements and obtain notices for substantial and final completion
    • Protect project lien rights
    • Initiate post closeout review




The following qualifications are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to perform the job but are not all inclusive.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Engineering Management or similar degree
  • Must have at least 2 years of experience as a Project Engineer in the commercial construction industry.
  • Minimum of 1 years’ experience with construction software platforms
  • Must be proficient at all Project Engineer responsibilities
  • Computer literate with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word)
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong management and leadership skills.
  • Able to work within tight deadlines and in stressful situations.
  • Strong organization/time management skills
  • Working knowledge of critical task scheduling
  • Ability to understand plan specifications, scopes of work, and other necessary construction documents to ensure job is completed as expected
  • Can work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Must have, or complete within six months of hire, CPR and first aid certifications and OSHA 10 training.
  • Must be available to work flexible hours. Your work hours will be consistent with a Senior Project Engineer in the construction industry.



Working Conditions: 

Works occasionally in a typical office environment but primary job station is on job sites where work is done in a job trailer or outside in a construction environment. May be exposed to weather, dirt/dust, loud noise, and may be required to wear personal protective equipment. Is required to lift 25lbs regularly and 50lbs occasionally. Must be able to work for long periods of time in front of a computer.

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Pence Values:

Our philosophy is simple. The foundation of our success is rooted in the skills and talents of our people and their commitment to who we are. Pence lives by a set of values and we look to our employees to keep those values in everything they do. On your first day at Pence, you will learn about those values and how we live them straight from our owners. 

About Pence:

Founded in 1949 by Dale Pence, in Salem Ore., Pence Construction has been passionate about building with integrity and quality for decades. With many long-standing client relationships and lengthy employee tenure, Pence is a trusted partner to our clients. 

Formerly known as LCG Pence, Pence is owned by Paul Schulz and Dave Hays. With more than 150 employees currently, Pence serves a wide variety of clients from senior living, education, multi family housing, office, and more. We are looking for talented and value-oriented people to join us.



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