Site Manager / Lead Superintendent

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, rather than the contractor’s profit.

MASS is seeking a Site Manager / Lead Superintendent 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 project schedules and budgets for on time and on budget project delivery
  • Manage and supervise the day to day site activities of large, complex construction projects
  • Negotiate, manage, and administer contacts with subcontractors
  • Coordinate activities of subcontractors and laborers on site
  • Coordinate and manage procurement of materials, labor, and equipment
  • Coordinate materials deliveries, storage, staging, and planning of activities on site.
  • Supervise and assist all fore(wo)men and staff assigned to the project
  • Provide leadership and direction to field staff on project jobsite, which includes but is not limited to providing regular guidance and motivation and actively participating in performance evaluations of jobsite staff
  • Ensure the project is built in accordance with architectural and structural drawings, specifications and other contract documents, as well as relevant codes and regulations
  • Communicate/raise queries to the designer as required in order to ensure the construction meets the design intent
  • Implement all relevant health safety and environmental regulations. Take an active role in leading improvements to site safety and environmental management, through hazard identification, open communication and innovative working methods
  • Manage all site reporting requirements and ensure they are submitted in a timely manner
  • Manage and track sketches, drawings revisions, and other relevant construction administration documentation for implementation
  • Work closely with project management and communicate the appropriate information required to maintain project schedule
  • Ensure all materials are verified for compliance and completeness of the order that they are received in the field
  • Prepare material procurement schedule and ensure all materials are coordinated for timely delivery
  • Review subcontractor/vendor pay requests in accordance with the project processes and timeframes
  • Ensure that all government, lenders, manufacturers and consultants tests and inspections are performed in timely manner and all approvals are obtained in writing and submitted to the project manager
  • Manage 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, Revit,  MS Excel, MS Project), and an aptitude for learning new software is a plus
  • 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
  • Experience in managing a diverse workforce including assistants, subcontractors and vendors
  • Ensure quality of workmanship and project management is upheld across all projects
  • Ability to maintain the schedules, manage conflicts and performance of job site workers
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Project and/or equivalent project scheduler
  • Ability to train the team under the lead superintendent
  • Ability to self-check designs and details prior to implementation
  • Excellent numerical skills
  • Communication and coordination skills
  • Ability to review materials against the specification and oversee material testing and reporting as required
  • Capable of supervising construction in common construction materials to specification, such as:
    • Mixing and pouring of concrete
    • Welding of steel members
    • Earth construction
    • Timber construction
    • Stone masonry and brick masonry construction
  • Skilled in operating construction equipment and tools
  • 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


  • Minimum education level: Bachelors in Civil Engineering (A0), or similar
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience, in construction and/or site management
  • Minimum three (3) years experience working in Rwanda and/or East Africa
  • Passionate about community empowerment and gender-equality in construction
  • Registered with a relevant professional board or body E.g: CEng, PE, IAR, CIOB, RIA, ICE, or others
  • Willing and able to be located full time in Rwanda
  • Fluent in English and Kinyarwanda

Application deadline: April 1, 2019

Anticipated start date: May-June, 2019