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Project Director

Sublime Systems

Sublime Systems

Software Engineering
Somerville, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2024
Sublime Systems is a technology company commercializing affordable, ultra-low-carbon cement. Sublime's breakthrough replaces the industry's legacy fossil fuel-fired kilns with an electrochemical system that operates at ambient temperature, eliminating the use of fossil fuel and the need for limestone, resulting in low-carbon, low-embodied energy cement. This technology has the potential to drive gigaton-scale CO2 reductions in an industry responsible for 8 percent of global emissions. Sublime is backed by mission-aligned investors, including The Engine, Prime Impact Fund, Energy Impact Partners, and Lowercarbon Capital. We are building a diverse and collaborative team of folks who are "amped about cement" (pun intended), who share our values (excellence, creativity, and teamwork), and our motivation to create a better world.
Sublime is seeking an experienced Project Director to manage the development of our first commercial plant in Holyoke, MA. The Project Director will report to the VP of Engineering and will be responsible for building out a capital project execution team at Sublime that compliments the existing technical team with project management functions such as schedule/budget/scope management and project controls. We’re looking for a dynamic individual who is capable of simultaneously building out a project execution team while still rolling up their sleeves and building out project management tools from scratch leveraging part time resources. This is an exciting opportunity to shape how capital projects are executed at Sublime System by building out a team and best practices/processes from scratch. The ideal candidate is passionate about scope, schedule, and budget management with a knack for strong project controls.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Stand up a project organization at Sublime with focus on: Project Management, Project controls (Scope/schedule/budget), Project Engineering, Procurement, Contract Management, Document Control, Change Control, Construction Management
  • Develop, maintain, and report on a stakeholder level project reporting with monthly updates on: Financial – including Actuals, ETC, and EAC vs Budget, Schedule & Critical Path, Risks & Opportunities
  • Establish and maintain positive relationship with all major project stakeholders (EPC, GC, city officials, permitting entities, etc)
  • Negotiate key engineering, procurement, and construction agreements in conjunction with outside council
  • Partner with finance team to maintain a strong pulse on project spend forecast and tracking of invoice approval/payment

Requirements Include:

  • BS in Engineering discipline (preferably chemical or mechanical engineering) with at least 20 years experience.
  • PMP Certification
  • Fully cycle experience (engineering / construction / commissioning / handoff) with at leat 3 complex greenfield/brownfield EPC capital projects of at least $100M
  • Strong budgeting skills with experience managing financial aspects of construction
  • Experience with and an opinion on the advantages/disadvantages of different project execution models (Fixed price, EPCM, EPCM with target price, etc).
  • Experience negotiating a variety of different contract structures (Fixed price, EPCM, EPCM with target price, etc).
  • Demonstrated experience managing tight budgets on schedule critical jobs with ruthless focus on: Critical path management, Change order control, Contract management
  • Permitting experience, MADEP and NEPA a plus
  • First of a Kind (FOAK) project experience a plus
Sublime Systems is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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