Project Manager

Lombard, IL
Projects – Project Management /
Valdes is a 200-person, multidisciplinary, engineering, architecture, and project management company with an expert focus on technical excellence. Every client project is assigned a dedicated team of professionals who provide personalized services and solutions. The Valdes success model consists of streamlined work processes, attention to detail, technical expertise, and an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction, safety and quality.
Valdes is guided by our purpose statement: We are talented people who thrive and achieve extraordinary results for our customers. 

Our core values reflect who we are, how we perform and what we aspire to:
Integrity            Critical Thinking              Excellence               Teamwork              Passion 

Valdes proudly executes all work in the United States to maintain the utmost quality for our clients. We are a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and hold the following certifications:
National Minority Supplier Development Council - MBE Certification
Illinois Department of Central Management Services - BEP Certification 
City of Chicago - MBE Certification
California Public Utilities Commission, The Supplier Clearinghouse - MBE Certification

Primary point of contact and accountability for ensuring projects meet client’s expectations. Interfaces with client engineering representatives and other discipline engineers within the Valdes organization. Responsible for leading the Valdes team and ensuring project completion within budget, schedule and conformance with specifications. Maintains good business relationships with client counterparts throughout the course of the project. Responsible for sign-off of the completed project and also a final project report to close-out the contract. May visit job site as required for exchange of information.

Responsibilities include the following:

    • Strong project management experience with the capability and initiative to perform the following tasks while supervising/mentoring a staff and maintaining strong client relationships 
    • Participate in all required safety activities. Promote safety in all aspects of the project
    • Direct, coordinate, budget, scope and manage multi-discipline projects of any size
    • Manage, coordinate, and administer projects from the conceptual stages through planning, engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and prime contract closeout 
    • Manage one or more Project Engineers assigned under her/him to support the execution of the projects under their management
    • Develop new client accounts and maintain existing business relationships with client counterparts and management team
    • Review and approve invoices to the client, as well as manage estimates, schedules, and reports being sent to the client  
    • Supervise and coordinate the efforts of the staff to achieve client’s established project objectives
    • Assist Business Development and Client Manager in business related activities.
    • All other duties as assigned

Technical Competencies:

    • Ability to communicate complicated issues in a simple manner
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong knowledge of all engineering disciplines, plant operations within their sector
    • Leadership skills such as conflict resolution, risk evaluation, mentoring and steadiness 
    • Ability to properly delegate and follow up with team to assure project is completed to client satisfaction on schedule and on budget
    • Creativeness in providing new solutions to problems
    • Basic knowledge of  2D and 3D AutoCAD software 
    • Strong Microsoft Office experience and knowledge of planning or scheduling software
    • Knowledge of  multi-discipline project design execution and construction sequence
    • Responsible for Quality Control and possesses an eye for detail
    • Expertise in Microsoft Office software, Microsoft Project and Primavera are pluses
    • Professional registration desired

People Skills:

    • Personable and able to work easily with others at all levels 
    • Able to work alone or on a team in different level positions. Not afraid to take charge, but will also cooperate and coordinate with others at their level that may have more authority over the work at hand
    • Possesses a knack for the ability to network and connect with peers, subordinates, supervisors and others within the industry
    • Personable and possesses the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with clients, subordinates and co-workers at all levels
    • Ability to handle difficult individuals, remain calm when employees or clients are confrontational and effectively manage and resolve conflicts in a professional manner
    • Demonstrate effective work relationships with all project and engineering personnel
    • Represents the highest standard of professional conduct with other groups, department members and clients
    • Ability to supervise and lead staff offering coaching and oversight resulting in quality work product
    • Conscientious, enthusiastic and extroverted personality, able to initiate and follow through on assignments with little coaching

Organizational Skills:

    • Excellent organizational skills and able to prioritize multiple tasks without becoming overwhelmed
    • Able to schedule and balance their time effectively and possesses an internal locus of control
    • Able to commit to and meet project deadlines, and driven to provide outstanding service to both external and internal customers
    • Basic understanding of other discipline work flow and how all departments work together to complete projects 
    • Takes ownership of work and follows thru to completion 


    • Bachelor's Degree in one of the Engineering disciplines or equivalent experience
    • 3+ years of related experience in project engineering or project management, or equivalent experience in one of the engineering disciplines with cross training in project execution
    • Process, pharma or power background required
    • Must be able to work in the US without sponsorship now, or in the future
Valdes Architecture & Engineering Company is looking for bright and talented people that want to take their career to the next level. We offer many rewarding career paths to challenge and engage our employees at all phases of their careers. Our office provides a team environment, and excellent working conditions, which allow individuals to maximize their potential. Valdes Engineering offers an outstanding benefits package including Medical, Dental, 401K plan, Company paid Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, Company paid Life and AD&D Insurance, Pet Insurance, a discounted gym membership and tuition reimbursement.