JOB TITLE: FIELD SUPERINTENDENT
REPORTS TO: DIVISION MANAGER
This job description outlines representative job duties associated with the position, but is not intended to be a complete or exclusive description of all possible assignments and tasks the individual employee may encounter in the course of work. To meet the needs of the workplace, an employee may be required to perform other duties as assigned.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: Responsible for planning, scheduling and directing all field personnel in performance of installation, testing and repair of fire sprinkler systems. Monitors job costs, manpower needs, required overtime and other expenses to assure profitability levels. Works closely with sales and design personnel regarding project specifications, manpower needs and change orders. Communicates with fabrication shop and purchasing manager to ensure material fabrication and delivery schedules are maintained. Supervises and oversees work in progress; attends project meetings and visits job sites (or delegates to senior foreman or field supervisor as appropriate.) Effectively represents the company in meetings with general contractor, owner, property manager, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) and regulatory agencies. Insures compliance with NFPA standards.
Is responsible for selection, hiring, training, discipline and termination decisions of field employees. Seeks assistance from Human Resources Director, Safety Director or Division Manager as appropriate. Documents employee actions with assistance of Office Manager. May supervise warehouse personnel, Purchasing Manager or other ancillary staff. May utilize and direct the work of sub-contractors as needed. May be responsible for division vehicle maintenance, tools and equipment purchase and repairs; equipment rental, uniforms and other field supplies.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
Extensive knowledge of pipefitting, plumbing regulations and fire protection codes with strong prior supervisory field experience as a foreman or supervisor. Must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with NFPA, BOCA, Fire Marshals and other regulatory standards and state and local codes. Ability to read and interpret blueprints, architects’ drawings and fire detection and suppression drawings.
Ability to plan and schedule multiple projects, adapt manpower assignments in response to changing conditions, and coordinate work of various departments to meet contract schedules. Requires skilled analysis of manpower expenses and cost overruns to maintain profitability of contract.
Demonstrated sense of responsibility to achieve personal and team work goals. Must exhibit leadership skills, including ability to communicate, address personnel issues and make fair decisions related to project demands, customer service and employee assignments.
MAJOR JOB FUNCTIONS
I. SUPERVISION OF PERSONNEL
A. Recruits, trains and supervises all field employees, including helpers, apprentices, sprinkler fitters and foremen, and field supervisors. May also supervise warehouse personnel and purchasing manager.
B. Monitors work schedules, on the job safety, and approves documentation for payroll and work-related incidents or injuries.
C. Addresses and documents employee performance issues or attendance problems. Provides coaching and counseling to improve on the job performance.
D. Evaluates, disciplines (and terminates if necessary.)
E. Identifies individuals with aptitude and potential; encourages apprenticeship training when appropriate; offers fitters opportunities to develop skills as foremen when qualified.
II. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
A. Works cooperatively with other departments, including Design, Sales, Purchasing and Fabrication to coordinate pre-construction, installation and close out phases of the contract.
B. Establishes and maintains communications with Owners, their representatives, and other contractors pertaining to work schedules, progress reports, change orders and any critical factors related to site work.
C. Visits site as necessary to check on progress of work, and fulfillment of contractual commitments.
D. Communicates as necessary with Owners, their representatives, Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and building inspectors where required, to represent the client’s interests and to resolve issues of non-compliance or discrepancy.
E. In all cases, works closely with clients to insure that all circumstances involving disagreement as to scope, method of handling on site conditions, or other client dissatisfaction, is handled tactfully, and with patience and integrity.
III. RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY
A. Ensures that all department personnel follow all site-specific and company safety standards.
B. Ensures that ALL accidents and injuries are reported as they occur, and follows up on lost time injuries.
C. Ensures that all personnel take responsibility that tools and equipment are at hand, accounted for, and that they meet safety requirements.
D. Ensures that all field personnel with company vehicles follow all company driving regulations and truck maintenance protocol.
E. Coordinates safety training program with Safety Director. Provides in-service training and certification for job-specific requirements, utilizing Safety Director or vendor supplied instruction.
F. Is knowledgeable of current OSHA standards. Completes OSHA supervisor training as available.
G. Reviews and reinforces standard operating procedures with personnel. Addresses workplace behavior that raises risk of job-site liability or property damage.
Requires mobility to visit variety of job sites to monitor work in progress. Must be capable of using ladders, lifts and scaffolding where necessary, as well as access to confined spaces, attics, basements and cooler installations. Requires visual acuity to read documents, meters and drawings as needed.
Individual also performs administrative tasks in office environment utilizing standard office equipment. Position requires visual acuity for PC and document records, requires good speaking voice for phone interaction and auditory acuity for telephone use as well as digital dexterity for PC use.
Requires ability to record and document project meetings, personnel actions and reports to customers, AHJs or regulatory agencies.
Must possess valid drivers license for use of company vehicle.
Work performed in variety of office, commercial and industrial sites, which may include hard-hat areas. Tasks may include lifting and moving equipment and the use of power and hand tools. May require site inspections 6 feet or more above ground level using ladders and lifts. On job sites, must remain alert to job-site hazards and safety requirements.