Project Manager – Operations

Position Summary

Company Description:  

Crate Modular, Inc. is a high-growth manufacturing company producing factory-built housing and other structures utilizing re-purposed shipping containers. We’ve set new standards in our industry with our modern, energy efficient, and sustainable structures made from 85% reclaimed materials. 

We are growing our high-performing team and looking for new talent that strive for excellence, have a desire to make an impact, and have proven track records in real estate development, manufacturing, construction, or startup environments. 


The Project Manager is responsible for managing projects upon the execution of the agreement between client and CM through project close out.  

  • Coordinate, schedule and monitor the design progress through state approval. This activity relates to CM hired designers as well as both internal and external design teams used in the design/ assist approach currently being developed and polished.   
  • Define project scope and objectives, involving all stakeholders to ensure feasibility. This includes but is not limited to developing responsibility matrixes for each project to clearly define the scope provided by CM and work required by the general contractor. 
  • Work with the engineering and purchasing departments throughout the material development and purchasing phase to ensure materials are meeting schedule goals. 
  • Ensure both internal and external shop drawings are complete, accurate and are submitted in a timely fashion so as not to hold up the release of materials for production. 
  • Assist and schedule the engineering staff to develop shop drawings and bill of material lists. 
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget 
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation by working with the financing, engineering, development, & purchasing.  
  • Manage changes to the project scope, schedule, and costs using appropriate process and document management software.  
  • Work with both purchasing and estimating to develop accurate change order requests for client submittal. 
  • Meet with design and manufacturing team in the form of a Project kickoff meeting to clarify specific requirements of each project and ensure it is ready for production. Communicate red-lines and changes to engineering 
  • Maintain State inspector business relationship to ensure designs follow appropriate codes. Reports are delivered when needed, inspections are logged, and communicate internally of any inspector request.  
  • Manage DSA plan approvals when necessary and schedule inspectors as necessary and required material inspections and reports throughout the manufacturing process 
  • Manage CSC Plate database, and ensure insignias are adhered and paperwork filed 
  • Manage sub-contractor relationships including bids, approvals, and scheduling 
  • Manage and maintain client relationships throughout the process.   
  • Schedule weekly meeting among stakeholders both internally and externally 
  • Manage and maintain progress updates and photos 
  • Manage Factory visits 
  • Schedule Final walk and sign-off 
  • Use Procore to maintain contract documents, Change orders, plans, photos and other  
  • Use RFI and Submittal process to answer questions for design and manufacturing   
  • Manage change orders relating to upgrades, or conflicts in the plans 
  • Manage handoff from production to general contractor, ensuring materials furnished by CM and installed by GC are complete and shipped when requested. 
  • Conduct site visits and assist general contractors with assembly questions.  
  • Adhere to and enforce safety best practices, policies, and procedures 

Key Skills and Attributes:  

  • Modular Building construction experience preferred but not necessary 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, to a variety of audiences. 
  • Ability to do basic math and measure square footage and calculate weight. 
  • Good decision making 
  • Strong Leadership skills 
  • Good negotiation skills 
  • Empathetic  

Qualifications & Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, business or related field. 
  • General knowledge of construction and/or manufacturing operations. 
  • Experience with and understanding of lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and 5S.  

Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, pick, pinch, grasp, feel, and perform repetitive motion. 
  • Medium work. Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.  
  • Visual activity to perform and activity such as: operating machines where the seeing job is at or within arm’s reach; performs mechanical or skilled trades tasks of a non-repetitive nature, such as carpenter, technicians, service people, plumbers, painters, mechanics, etc. 
  • Subject to environmental conditions such as heat, cold, noise, vibration, hazards, and atmospheric conditions. 
  • Function in narrow aisles or passageways.  

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