Preconstruction Director

Clayco - Saint Louis, MO

The Preconstruction Director will be responsible for overseeing and supporting management with customer focused coordination and preparation of projects within the Preconstruction Department. The Director of Preconstruction will lead participation in competitive bid efforts for both CM and Design Build project delivery formats including estimates beginning at the earliest stages of conceptual design through completed construction documents. Must lead project teams composed of both Clayco personnel and external partners by providing design management, value-based project scoping, risk assessment, and competitive reliable pricing.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work with Business Unit Leaders (Institutional, Industrial, Residential/Hospitality, Commercial) and Project Executives to identify projects to pursue
  • Lead the team to prepare accurate proposals
  • Prepare conceptual estimates
  • Develop scope of work for each trade
  • Review scopes with subcontractors
  • Oversee subcontractor selection process
  • Prepare final estimates for owner presentation
  • Present to clients and owners
  • Review construction schedules
  • Review construction documents for value engineering
  • Prepare and price the value engineering items
  • Train and mentor junior estimating staff
  • Maintain master subcontractor/vendor lists by trade
  • Assist project managers in negotiation of contracts, change orders, etc.
  • Maintain and develop historical data for unit pricing
  • Develop general conditions for review with project management


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, Engineering, Architecture or related
  • 10+ years of estimating commercial construction projects ($50+ million)
  • Capability to lead project pursuits in multiple market sectors including Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare, Institutional, and Residential
  • Demonstrated knowledge of building construction, materials, systems, market conditions, and trade practices
  • Knowledge of estimating and quantity takeoff software
  • Experience leading Preconstruction meetings
  • Previous supervisory experience managing and mentoring junior staff

About Us:

Clayco is a full-service, turnkey real estate development, master planning, architecture, engineering and construction firm that safely delivers clients across North America the highest quality solutions on time, on budget, and above and beyond expectations. With $4.9 billion in revenue for 2021, Clayco specializes in the "art and science of building," providing fast track, efficient solutions for industrial, commercial, institutional and residential related building projects.

Why Clayco?

Best Places to Work - Crain's Chicago Business, St. Louis Business Journal, ENR - Top Midwest Contractors (#1), Top Design Build Contractors (#4), Top 400 Contractors (#24)


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