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Our client is a leading fabricator and supplier in the Chicago area construction market. They are seeking a President to profitably grow their business and improve its quality and operating efficiency. The ideal candidate will have proven experience successfully managing a construction business with P&L responsibility for a $50 million or larger steel fabrication business, or similar experience in the building construction industry. The individual will have a strong process orientation and experience with quality systems, lean manufacturing techniques and safety. They will have proven experience to create and lead a management team that has profitably grown a construction or subcontracting business. The ideal candidate will be willing to embrace the company’s operating philosophy and culture. They will be knowledgeable of the Chicago area building construction market-place and have a solid reputation and strong relationships with major general contractors. The candidate should further have an entrepreneurial mindset and willingness to embrace a “roll up the sleeves” mentality to address and resolve business issues and inspire their team to do the same.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the President

– Develop and execute a plan to profitably grow the business and improve returns
– Oversee company operations to insure production efficiency, quality, service, and cost-effective management of resources
– Implement best practices to enhance processes, increase efficiencies, lower costs, and improve quality
– Develop and achieve sales, profit, and revenue forecasts and lead the development of annual operating plan and expense management activities
– Plan, develop, and implement strategies for entering new markets and capturing business with new customers, including analyzing market size, growth, attractiveness, etc and developing market penetration plans
– Evaluate personnel and ensure a high performance culture focused on accountability and passion to constantly improve
– Establish safety priorities across the company and continually reinforce a safety-first mindset within the company
– Ensure that appropriate processes and controls are in place to maintain industry certifications and compliance with quality and safety standards


First-year Mandate

– Identify areas to initiate process improvements that drive increased profitability, including production, quality, estimation, and project management
– Sustain a focus on serving the customer while improving the bottom line
– Assess the human capital needs at all levels of the organization and create a plan to drive improvement through training and performance management
– Craft a strategic plan that at least doubles the size of the company in 3-5 years
– Evaluate and instill a safety-first mindset in alignment with company values and improve safety programs and culture
– Improve the current fabrication quality management system
– Evaluate IT systems and develop a plan to improve information technology


Education and Qualifications

– BS or BA degree required (Business or Engineering preferred) MBA preferred
– 15 plus years’ experience (5+ years in construction or related field) with 10+ years of leadership experience.
– Prior experience with P&L responsibility as a GM, VP or President of a stand-alone mid-size construction-related company or divisional leadership role in larger construction organization
– Commercial or business development experience with larger construction customers, including general contractors
– Experience managing construction quality management systems and safety programs
– Strong communication skills both written and verbal, analytical skills with experience measuring and managing with KPI’s, negotiation skills and executive presence with key accounts and management
– Experience with Lean production principles is a plus


This position offers a very attractive base salary, that is wide open for the right candidate, along with a lucrative and well defined bonus arrangement and generous benefits.

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