Senior Construction Manager

Kigali, Rwanda

MASS Design Group is looking to expand our impact in the built environment.  After more than 10 years of professional practice in design, supervision, and construction management, MASS is launching a construction arm. MASS seeks to leverage the investment of our partners to fully realize the impact of construction and infrastructure development for the benefit of the client and end users, rather than the contractor’s profit.

MASS is seeking a Senior Construction Manager to assist with the development of the MASS construction arm and to support construction teams in achieving successful outcomes for our clients by delivering projects within agreed timeline and budget as well as capturing and sharing knowledge across projects.


  • Manage construction projects and teams from inception to occupancy
  • Manage project schedules and budgets for on time and on budget project delivery
  • Participate in development of construction cost and schedule proposals based on client requirements, past experience, historical data and parametric ratios
  • Develop internal plans for budgeting, staffing, scheduling, and managing projects and construction teams
  • Negotiate, manage, and administer contracts with subcontractors
  • Coordinate and manage procurement of materials, labor, and equipment
  • Coordinate with MASS’s design team during the construction process to fully realize the integrity of the design
  • Seek, hire, and manage key personnel to effectively execute construction projects
  • Develop highly detailed construction schedules, labor plans, procurement plans, submittal schedules, and strategic activity plans
  • Supervise day to day site activities to support superintendents and subcontractors
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant code and regulation for construction works
  • Manage reporting, correspondences, documentation, and clerical work during the construction process
  • Manage and track submittals, RFIs, material approvals, change orders, non-conformances, and other construction administration documentation
  • Communicate effectively with clients, partners, funders, and stakeholders
  • Represent MASS in a professional and diligent manner; meeting, negotiating and corresponding with clients to form strong working relationships
  • Support the Finance Manager with billing, invoicing, payroll, and cash flow
  • Mentor and supervise less experienced construction team members
  • Implement all relevant health,safety and environmental regulations; work with the HSE Officer to exceed national requirements and innovate towards the highest standards
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with contractors and subcontractorsManage punchlisting, testing, commissioning, and the project hand-over process


  • Have a detailed knowledge of the technical aspects of construction, including first hand experience with a variety building systems (RC frame, masonry, timber frame and earthen methods are particularly relevant)
  • A strong understanding of quality standards and assurance, plus experience with construction health and safety compliance
  • A proven in-depth understanding of construction, materials, pricing, and industry in both local and regional context
  • Competence in reading and interpreting technical documentation and drawings required to execute a project
  • Trained in commonly used industry software (AutoCAD, MS Excel, MS Project), and an aptitude for learning new software
  • Trained in other industry software (Revit, Rhino, Primavera, etc.) is a plus
  • Sound working knowledge of construction and contract law and various forms of conditions of contract
  • Strong leadership skills and confidence directing and supervising large teams of people (experience working with community groups will be considered a bonus)
  • A strong aptitude for problem-solving and clear decision-making within a challenging and pressured environment
  • Good technical writing, client-facing and communication skills
  • A team player, Well-organised, diligent, proactive, assertive, well-disciplined and commercially astute
  • Key managerial skills, including having had control over construction budgets and schedules
  • Work with the client and internal teams to create project plans that will guide implementation
  • Manage the execution of a project from beginning to end, within budget and according to agreed upon timelines
  • Mentor and supervise less experienced Project Managers and Foremen to build their capacity, confidence and knowledge
  • Manage on-site resources including construction materials and teams (experience working with low-skill-level teams is a bonus)
  • Oversee a portfolio of construction projects on site, providing direct support and guidance to the day-to-day project teams ensuring a high quality and successful outcome
  • Support local community relationships and ensure the essential buy-in of community leaders, organizers, and members
  • Ensure quality of workmanship and project management is upheld across all projects
  • Entrepreneurial, independent and proactive worker, able to multi-task under pressure
  • Strong expertise coordinating construction projects and ensuring high quality outcomes
  • Experience working with alternative building materials is a plus
  • Experience with design or working with design professionals (design-build) is a plus
  • Value MASS’s mission and demonstrate commitment to ensuring social impact goals are met on each project, with a focus on training women in construction
  • Experience training or working with community teams, especially in construction, is a bonus


  • Minimum education level: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Project Management, or similar
  • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant experience in the field of design, engineering, and/or construction
  • Minimum seven (7) years professional experience in construction management, delivering large, complex projects
  • Minimum three (3) years experience working in Rwanda and/or East Africa
  • Registered with a relevant professional board or body E.g: CEng, PE, IAR, CIOB, RIA, ICE, or others is a plus
  • Willing and able to be located full time in Rwanda
  • Fluency in English
  • Working knowledge of Kinyarwanda is a plus

Application deadline: March 22, 2019


Anticipated start date: April - May, 2019