Quality Manager-Kiewit/Cherne


Lenexa, KS, US Albuquerque, NM, US

Requisition ID: 172296 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: Cherne District 

Department: Quality 

Market: Industrial 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

Located at the project location, the Project Quality Manager (PQM) is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a contract-specific Project Quality Plan (PQP) and all other quality related functions necessary to deliver the project fully compliant with the contract documents. The PQM is a member of the project management team, and therefore must be able to work with minimal supervision, interact professionally with the project team and client personnel, have excellent written / verbal communication and conflict resolution skills, manage a diversified workload and challenging situations efficiently and effectively, have a Continuous Improvement (CI) and Total Quality Management (TQM) mentality, and takes the lead role in managing quality on the project. 

The PQM is the chief quality representative on the project and has full stop work authority for matters related to quality. The PQM is the head of the project quality department and is responsible for managing all other salaried and hourly quality personnel on the project. 

District Overview

Cherne Contracting is one of Kiewit’s oldest districts. Founded in 1916. Cherne is a valuable part of Kiewit and is well known for safety and quality of execution in amazing projects within the oil, gas and chemical sectors. Alone and with other Kiewit districts through internal joint ventures, Cherne not only provides challenges but the stability and career development opportunities expected in a world-class multi-billion-dollar organization


Lenexa, KS


Manage the development and implementation, of a contract-specific Project Quality Plan (PQP)

Review and approve subcontractor quality plans to ensure compliance with contractual requirements

Ensure quality staff is adequately assigned, trained, and qualified to execute the PQP and that all project staff has access to the appropriate quality resources

Responsible for the implementation and oversight of a Quality Assurance Program in a construction environment, to include, but not limited to, issues management, nonconformance reporting, subcontractor oversight, internal assessments/audits, causal analysis, commercial grade dedication, inspections, procurement oversight, and commissioning and turnover. 

Lead and mentor junior QA/QC personnel to ensure the correct behaviors are developed and reinforced. 

Maintain a positive, collaborative relationship with the Client team while understanding their requirements and expectations while continuing to reinforce a safety culture.

Interpret quality standards and regulatory requirements and define implementation strategies. 
Collaborate closely with district quality management to ensure consistent implementation across the company. 

Coordinate and perform causal analysis investigations on project-related issues.

Coordinate and perform QA audits and assessments on the QMS, PQP, subcontractor quality plans, and other processes / procedures (which may include other business unit functions). Document findings and assign / implement effective Corrective Actions

Analyze findings to identify trends that could be potential risks to the project. Work with the project management team to develop and implement mitigation strategies to remove or reduce those risks

Promote Continuous Improvement and the timely reporting of all conditions that affect the project

Be actively engaged in operation planning sessions, providing input from a Quality standpoint and ensuring that Inspection and Test Plans (ITP) are developed for all operations

Ensure that all Quality documentation required for project turnover is completed, compliant with contractual requirements, and stored in an organized manner

Routinely speak and /or present at meetings to promote quality goals / objectives and to discuss issues

Perform routine performance reviews with all project Quality staff

May perform other duties as assigned



A four-year degree, preferred in engineering, science, or technical college degree plus five (10) years of quality experience in an EPC or industrial environment. or


An associate degree in engineering technology or science plus ten (15) years of experience in a related construction and/or engineering field with at least five (5) of these years in an EPC or industrial Quality position or;


A high school graduate or equivalent (GED) plus fifteen (20) years of experience in a related construction field and/or engineering with at least ten (10) of these years in a Quality position.


A thorough knowledge, understanding, and experience implementing a Quality Management Systems (QMS)

Self-starter with organizational, managerial, and leadership skills. Must be able to manage teams up to 20 personnel, have effective organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills.

Strong verbal and technical writing skills. Must be able to communicate to large groups of craft personnel as well as management and client teams

ASQ Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) or similar certification is recommended. 

Additional certifications from AWS, ACI, ASNT, ASQ, NACE, etc. are advantageous

Ability to freely access all points of a construction site in wide-ranging climates and environments

Ability to relocate to project locations as required

Other Requirements:
•    Regular, reliable attendance
•    Work productively and meet deadlines timely
•    Communicate and interact effectively and professionally with supervisors, employees, and others individually or in a team environment.
•    Perform work safely and effectively. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies.
•    Work during normal operating hours to organize and complete work within given deadlines. Work overtime and weekends as required.
•    FIELD ROLES ONLY May work at various different locations and conditions may vary.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

There’s no limit to what you’ll work on at Cherne. With mechanical and heavy industrial projects across North America, you’ll be challenged and have more opportunities to grow from Day One.

At Cherne, you'll develop multidiscipline capabilities to grow your knowledge of self-performed construction services in areas like equipment, civil/structural, electrical, instrumentation and insulation work, in addition to the core mechanical services— all while helping people across the globe live better.

If you're looking for a career that can take you places, look no further.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, paid parental and maternity leave, and generous paid time off.

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