Superintendent - Philadelphia

Job Location

111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 802, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Position Type


The Superintendent provides overall leadership for on-site field management and administration as it relates to the onsite construction process in planning, coordination and execution of work on time and within budget. Position includes direct supervision of project superintendent, foreman, subcontractors and other construction related personnel in planning, coordination and execution of work on time along with direct coordination with clients, design team members, 3rd party consultants, etc. Position leads in the establishment of the project parameters as it relates to the onsite work while maintaining a safe work place, enforcing quality control, enhancing client relationships and promoting the company image.


Essential Duties + Responsibilities



  • Enforce the DAVIS Safety program in accordance with DAVIS Policies and Processes, local, state, and federal laws to include all subcontractors and employees
  • Implement, maintain, and enforce a site-specific project safety orientation program in accordance with all DAVIS Safety Standard Policies and Processes, local, state, and federal laws to include all subcontractors and employees
  • Prompt abatement of safety issues
  • Obtain and maintain current certifications for First Aid, CPR and OSHA


Technical Knowledge

  • Participate in the pursuit of new projects – site logistics + planning, budget scope, proposal submission and presentation preparation. Partner with Project Manager to develop the detailed overall CPM schedule; ensure updates and sequence changes are implemented as needed throughout the project
  • Work with Project Manager on critical submittals prior to submission
  • Coordinate daily construction activities within existing operating facilities
  • Review overall project budget with Project Manage
  • Participate in monthly Project Status Report (PSR) preparation and attend meetings, including monthly payment applications, be aware of buy-out issues, risks, budget forecasting, allowances and contingencies; general budget knowledge
  • Perform a thorough scope review of any extra subcontractor work tickets to evaluate completeness and quality prior to signing and submission to the project manager
  • Understand Owner contract terms to be aware of risks, review with project management team
  • Utilize subcontract terms and know how they apply to various situations on a project
  • Coordinate with DAVIS field engineering department for layout requirement
  • Perform basic layout and engineering functions, as require
  • Review and provide feedback on all purchase orders and subcontractor contracts including review and knowledge of scope of work and participation of pre and post award meetings with subcontractors
  • Contribute to the preparation of and actively participate in internal, owners and subcontractor meetings, and partner with project manager to develop and run foreman / subcontractor meetings
  • Responsible for tracking and controlling the construction schedule, material status log, and associated costs to achieve completion of project within time and budget allocated
  • Work with project manager to ensure material procurement aligns with schedule, utilizing material status log, and the submittal process
  • Perform, monitor and document all jobsite control reporting measures including daily reports, payroll, quality reporting, accident and incident reports, and timesheets
  • Perform a qualitative review of all contract documents for potential conflicts, ADA requirements, tolerance requirements or quality issues to mitigate risk
  • Execute a thorough review of submittals, shop drawings, and requests for information (RFI’s), including coordination with contract documents
  • Ensure and / or perform existing conditions survey prior to the start of construction activities; provide report to project team
  • Confirm all products and materials meet the approved submittals
  • Maintain a complete, current and accurate set of contract documents and “as-builts"
  • Partner with DAVIS project manager in the development of site logistics and sequencing diagrams; create the documents using proper software system
  • Participate in the payment approval process of subcontractor, vendor and other invoices with the Project Management Team
  • In conjunction with schedule updates, record the actual start and completion dates of each task
  • Responsible for the maintenance and documentation of the workmanship by using DAVIS project controls, such as Latista, Microsoft Excel, or another software application
  • Provides three week look ahead schedule on a weekly basis to Project Management Team
  • Obtain competitive pricing for all general job site needs to control costs and ensure alignment with the project budget
  • Develop and execute project team’s plan for monitoring the completion of the punch list and coordinate all required field inspections with local jurisdiction and 3rd party inspectors
  • Lead the project closeout process with preparing and completing the job close out check lists, punch list process, collecting and issuing project close out documentation
  • Review, understand and ensure that all local labor requirements are met
  • Document with photographs of general progress and issues of the project and save on server
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Quality of Work

  • Lead the implementation in collaboration with field and office operations staff to utilize the DAVIS Quality Management system in the execution of the project, including creating and managing quality control and deficiency logs utilizing Latista, or similar software
  • Review submittals to ensure work installation complies with the contract documents and in accordance with DAVIS standards
  • Review scopes of work to ensure work installation complies with subcontractor agreement
  • Ensure overall subcontractor compliance with schedule, quality control, production requirements, material deliveries, in accordance with the subcontract agreement
  • Ensure DAVIS’ sustainability standards are being enforced and managed on the project; enforce higher sustainability requirements, such as LEED, as required
  • Ensure adherence to Best Practices; educate other team members



  • Perform responsibilities with excellence in service, integrity and building relationships as exemplified in DAVIS core values
  • Take the necessary steps in following tasks through to completion
  • Demonstrate involvement in DAVIS sponsored activities and industry-related events
  • Participate with the retention and recruiting of current and future DAVIS employees


Cooperativeness + Teamwork

  • Team with DAVIS Project Manager to assist and / or lead the construction process for the duration of the project
  • Actively participates and promotes a collaborative environment with owners, property managers, design team members, co-workers, subcontractors, vendors and other contractors to enhance effective communication
  • Foster a spirit of cooperation to create a collaborative team environment



  • Effectively communicate with DAVIS team, owners, architects, and subcontractors from preconstruction through project completion, including progress and any potential project impact
  • Develop strong relationships with project team through owners meeting, project meetings, internal, and / or subcontract meeting
  • Actively maintain business relationships with owners, architect / engineers and subcontractors to promote future business opportunities
  • Participate in presentations for potential projects, internal corporate initiatives, etc.
  • Provide timely updates to Project Manager regarding costs not forecasted or budgeted
  • Provide and use subcontractor qualification reports to assess subcontractor performance to provide project teams with strategic guidance


Problem Solving

  • Identify and execute a proactive approach, including alternative solutions, to solve project issues
  • Support active research, coordinate with other DAVIS resources, and connect with subcontractor community to help foster creative solutions
  • Assist in the development of fully coordinated RFI’s that offer solutions and field information to the design team
  • Implement solutions in a timely manner


Planning + Organization

  • Plan and execute jobsite logistics to maximize production and safety
  • Manage task priorities and execute effectively
  • Plan and organize field office to include set up of workspace, files, and contract documents
  • Know the details of the project while maintaining a big picture outlook
  • Plan for future tasks and projects



  • Ensure timely project completion through project scheduling, working with project team
  • Execute timely project start-up and closeout process
  • Participate in the review and completion of job start-up agreement and closeout checklist
  • Fulfill attendance and commitment expectations
  • Execute timeliness of project specific duties


Management + Leadership

  • Establish a leadership presence on the project site
  • Supervise, mentor and assist field operations staff, including reviewing their work, strengthening necessary job skills, communicating performance concerns, and providing resources in strengthening areas of development
  • Develop, mentor and participate in the technical education of others towards a successful career with the company
  • Conduct performance appraisals



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  The employee is responsible to maintain fitness-for-duty while holding the above described position and should be able to perform the essential tasks of the position in a safe, appropriate and effective manner. This refers to the physical, mental and emotional duties of the job. Reaching above and below, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and bending. The employee must occasionally lift / carry / move up to 50 pounds. Manual dexterity to operate office equipment, file, and perform specialized skills. Needs a high degree of concentration in a busy office environment.



Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  This position may require some travel for conferences, educational sessions, and other company events. The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to higher noise levels and hazardous working conditions when working at job sites. Safety precautions must be taken and resources will be provided.

 NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned this job. They are not exhaustive lists of all duties and responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, physical job demands and working conditions associated with the job.

Required Skills

  • At least four (4) years supervisory construction experience*
  • Decision making, research and analytical problem solving skills*
  • Time management with the ability to organize, assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects, and demands, and to work independently*
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills, and interact effectively at all levels within the organization*
  • MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook experience*
  • Certifications for First Aid, CPR and OSHA 30-hour
  • Proficient with computer based scheduling software, spreadsheet applications, project management software, and virtual construction software
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture or related field, preferred


Required Experience

  • Solid skills in Field Management*
  • Demonstrated skills in these areas: managing site activity, labor relations and union agreements, anticipating and resolving project issues, establishing and enforcing site schedule requirements, managing site safety and insurance risks, and subcontractor management*
  • Demonstrated success in managing construction projects*
  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of technical systems associated with the project*
  • Experience in educating staff on technical issues, processes and quality
  • General knowledge and understanding of LEED related to construction credits


This position is located at 111 S. Independence Mall East, Suite 802, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. View the Google Map in full screen.