EPC Project Director - Oil, Gas, & Chemical


Houston, TX, US

Requisition ID: 171667 

Job Level: Director 

Home District/Group: Kiewit Energy US District 

Department: Executive 

Market: OGC 

Employment Type: Full Time 


Position Overview

Kiewit Energy US is looking for a successful EPC Project Director/Area Manager that will be responsible for project development, estimate, and project sponsorship for EPC projects to the Oil, Gas, & Chemical Construction market. He or She will develop and maintain trusting relationships with key client decision makers. The candidate will need to be able to lead a team to develop accurate EPC estimates with appropriate risk analysis and winning execution strategies.  

He or She will be responsible for kicking off projects once awarded and provide oversight and direction for the project team with regard to safety, quality, project controls, financials, and client relationship partnering to assure a successful project. Candidate will need the capacity to manage several estimates and projects simultaneously in the $100M to $1B size range or single $1B+ estimates and projects.

Our mission is to make a difference and we offer opportunities for you to make one too through our construction operations. Whether we’re building a small compressor station or a multi-billion dollar LNG project, we depend on our passionate, skilled, and safety-obsessed construction professionals to get it done right. You bring your big ideas, commitment to top quality, and an unwavering work ethic. In return, we offer huge career and travel opportunities and the satisfaction of building the next big thing from the ground up. There’s a reason Kiewit/TIC attracts the best: we offer fast-paced excitement and fulfillment you won’t find anywhere else.



District Overview

Kiewit Energy was established to better serve the diverse and expanding energy market. Kiewit Energy provides cohesive engineering, procurement and construction services to the oil, gas, refining, chemicals, petrochemicals, biofuels, and other process industries. Early Contract Involvement presence offering clients long-term relationships, providing integrated schedules, realistic construction estimates, and construction driven execution planning.


This position will have home location based in Houston, TX. One of the many things that makes Kiewit’s culture unique is that we go where the work is, which exposes your career to abundant opportunities. We relocate our teams based on the work that is available, combined with the development plans, skill sets and career goals of each team member. This means your Kiewit adventure is custom-designed to meet our shared needs.


The Area Manager has overall accountability for projects throughout the US. As the Area Manager you will act as the representative of the organization, and play a vital leadership role through:

•    Providing 'championship' for the projects throughout the US. region.
•    Providing business expertise and guidance to the Project Manager(s).
•    Acting as the link between the project owners, the business community and key management decision making groups
•    Acting as an arbitrator and making decisions that may be beyond the authority of the Project Manager
•    Ensuring that the business need is valid, correctly prioritized and project is properly launched
•    Ensuring that the projects remains a viable business proposition
•    Ensuring changes to the projects are properly managed and risks are assessed
•    Establishing the project organization, roles and reporting structure
•    Ensuring the project is following all Safety Guidelines and policies
•    Approving key project deliverables
•    Initiating project reviews and audits and supporting the process of review with project team
•    Identify, assess, and inform the District of internal and external risks and issues that affect the business.
•    Use logic, data and experience to recognize conflicts and facilitate solutions.
•    Understand and prioritize the overall quality and safety of the project, the methods used to develop it and the end product.
•    Work closely with Get Work and Build Work teams and other internal departments ensuring maximum exposure of the Company’s capabilities, including an understanding of the offerings of other Kiewit business units and the presentation of those capabilities when appropriate.
•    Communicate effectively with all stakeholders including the client, vendors, and subcontractors.
•    Sponsor business development pursuits, key partnerships, strategy, and initiatives, including development and review of proposals and estimates.
•    Drive business growth through expanding service offerings within existing clients.
•    Champion communication with clients and promote client partner culture in collaboration with business development team.
•    Presents ideas in a persuasive and compelling way; gains support and buy-in without demanding it; influences others to the desired course of action.
•    Actively collaborate in development of business planning and market strategy 
•    Champion innovation and continuous improvement; drive efficiency and productivity and seek ways to improve customer satisfaction and employee engagement.
•    Identify, evaluate, and mitigate operating risks inherent in the business that could materially impact the company’s reputation and/or operating results.
•    Build strong relationship with other Operational Leaders of the District and foster effective teamwork between leadership and staff.
•    Develop our people and provide mentorship to future builders by sharing knowledge, experiences and knowing the company’s learning and developmental resources.


•    Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or Business preferred.
•    15+ years of relevant experience in construction or engineering leadership to the Oil, Gas, & Chemical (OGC) market. 
•    Experienced in contract negotiation in the OGC market for engineering, construction and EPC project work.
•    Experience preferred in OGC construction operations and/or operations management.
•    Able to rapidly develop strategies and tactical plans to position Kiewit in these markets.
•    The successful candidate will be innovative and have the ability to perceive business opportunities and work closely with company management in developing and executing strategies which capitalize on these opportunities.
•    Must possess a professional demeanor that builds trusting relationships.
•    Strong client negotiation skills.
•    Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence in taking initiative.
•    Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity.
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills.
•    Interact effectively both professionally and socially with people of all levels.
•    Aggressive about career advancement through results based performance.
•    Individual must conduct himself/herself in a manner which will reflect favorably upon the company, enhance its reputation and promote good will. The successful individual will have a reputation for integrity, maturity, and sound business judgment.
•    Up to 50% travel 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.
•    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 do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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