AECOM Pre-Construction Manager in Arlington, Virginia

Business Line Construction Services

Position Title Pre-Construction Manager

United States of America - Virginia


Job Summary

AECOM Federal Construction is seeking a highly talented Pre-Construction Manager responsible for US Federal Government projects both domestic and international. This position will be located in the Arlington, Virginia office.

Position Description or Typical Responsibilities:


Reviews all budgets prepared by estimating personnel for accuracy and completeness and presents to Owner and Project Executive. Reviews overall preconstruction schedule, contract agreement obligations, monitors deliverables and maintains product work flow.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • The generation and tracking of budget estimates from the pre-concept design stage to the construction document stage

  • Present budgets to Owners and Project Executive after having reviewed & adjusted trades costs, if necessary, with estimators.

  • Present value engineering and cost savings opportunities to clients as required to meet budget constraints.

  • Set schedule and work load priorities with staff and organize estimating schedule.

  • Assigns work load to distribute drawing specifications, bulletins and all pertinent information to all estimating staff so they can complete their assigned task(s).

  • Reviews bids to sub-contractors, review scopes of work and analyze costs as bids are received.


Individual incumbents may be responsible for the management of cross-discipline applications of the Estimating disciplines including Electrical, Architectural/Civil/Structural, Mechanical, Systems Control, Estimating cornerstone application analysis, etc.

  • Provides functional and administrative oversight of all estimating activities, including: estimate planning, preliminary project schedule, coordination of estimating activities, equipment and material take-off, costing, vendor and subcontractor quotations, calculating Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR), preparation of a basis of estimate, and leading estimate reviews.

  • Implements estimating policy, procedures, and systems consistent with the company mission and competitive practices.

  • Ensures that guidelines, policies and procedures are established and implemented for various types of estimates.

  • Ensures that systems are maintained in a manner that aligns with the established guidelines, policies and procedures.

  • Analyzes and reviews proposals to ensure potential profitability.

  • Maintains an adequate level of personnel, with appropriate levels of skills and training, to staff on-going estimating activities.

  • Remains objective when faced with predetermined client numbers/expectations.

  • Participates in contract and change order negotiations.

  • Assists in the coordination and implementation of the estimating process associated with joint ventures, consortiums, teaming arrangements, etc.

  • Assists in Bid/No Bid decisions.

  • Assures quality archival of historical data (consistency, current, accurate, and complete).


  • Acts with Integrity

  • Demonstrates consistency and utilizes clear judgment.

Business Acumen

  • Aligns assignments to achieve customer and company objectives.

  • Understands the Company’s organizational units and how the Estimating function can positively impact their goals and efforts.

  • Participates with management in the development of strategic and tactical plans.

  • Analyzes and uses estimates to predict key project issues.

  • Assists in evaluation of business opportunities and potential profitability.

Communicates Clearly

  • Demonstrates consistent, effective and efficient written and oral communications skills.

  • Expresses ideas, exercises sound judgment and effectively listens.

Employee Development

  • Provides on-going staff development and training.

  • Develops, implements and participates in a department sponsored mentoring program.

Gets Results

  • Applies attention to detail and quality approach to assignments.


  • Exhibits confidence and positive attitude about the project and the Company.

  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills (e.g., conflict resolution, team building).

  • Effective delegation skills.

  • Supports and promotes a diverse work environment.

Organizational Management

  • Develops a basic understanding of each of company’s organizational units.

  • Builds collaborative relationships with other organizations.

  • Establishes a system for tracking corrective actions.

Performance Consistency

  • Maintains technical performance excellence.

Presentation Skills

  • Highly professional, competent and persuasive.

Pursues Self Development

  • Demonstrates energy and commitment for continuous self-improvement.

  • Learns to perform a task through on the job training and asking questions.

  • Maintains a program of self-development

Safety Consciousness

  • Knows and applies safety policies and procedures

Encourages change and innovation

  • Continually strives for the development of new tools and techniques for the purposes of enhancing estimating approaches and improving cost effectiveness.

Minimum Requirements


• Bachelor's degree in engineering or construction or demonstrated equivalent and related experience


  • Entrants to this position possess extensive and diversified experience in the Engineering and Construction Industry with 5+ years of management responsibility

  • Previous experience with US Federal Government Construction Program requirements in relation to the Estimating Function

  • Previous experience organizing and managing domestic and international US Federal Government estimating projects

  • Previous experience providing estimating and design management through all phases of pre-construction, evaluation of construction alternatives, conceptual estimating, and value engineering

  • Previous experience providing pre-construction estimating analysis of costs for at-risk construction projects

  • Previous experience providing estimating and pre-construction feasibility studies and analysis for potential projects

  • Previous experience providing due diligence reporting of at-risk construction projects

  • Past experience managing projects with a total value over $ 100 million

  • Knowledge of lump sum, GMP, Cost Plus and Time and Material contracts

  • Ability to obtain a US Federal Government Security Clearance

  • Understands and complies with FARs when necessary for government contracts.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and estimating software.

  • Due to the nature of the work, candidate must be a US Citizen.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in scheduling, estimating, accounting and project controls software

Additional Information

  • Employment is contingent upon passing a pre-employment substance abuse test and the satisfactory completion of a background check

  • Relocation assistance is available for this position.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.


Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Program and Project Management

Country United States of America

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 162144BR