PreConstruction Executive
Job Details
Reed Construction - Chicago, IL
Full Time
4 Year Degree
Up to 25%
PreConstruction Executive, Cannabis


Reed Construction is constantly looking to grow and diversify its portfolio of projects. As new project opportunities present themselves, Reed is looking for a Pre-Construction Executive to help our team bring these project opportunities from concept to reality. Reed has been fortunate enough to complete multiple projects in the new and exciting cannabis industry. Due the growth of Reed’s cannabis operation, Reed is looking to add a talented team member with an in-depth background in pre-construction and the cannabis industry.


The ideal candidate has extremely strong conceptual budgeting, design and engineering experience. Reed is involved in all types of projects across the cannabis industry, everything from cultivation facilities, extraction facilities and retail dispensaries. Our new Pre-Construction Executive must be familiar with everything, from seed-to-sell. This individual must be comfortable leveraging industry and trade partner relationships, converting them into project opportunities, as well as, competitive bids.



The Pre-Construction Executive will primarily be responsible for:

  • Leverage relationships into project opportunities with a key focus in the cannabis market
  • Conceptual budget, design and engineering
  • Understand project scopes at a high-level by visiting project sites to review existing conditions
  • Manage project financials, risk management, and client relationships
  • Collaborate with operations teams to provide pre-construction estimating and budgeting
  • Understand multifaceted designs and able to provide solutions to complex problems
  • Work with operations teams to provide high-level scheduling for clients
  • Provide operations team with value engineering assistance
  • Work collaboratively with project teams after project is awarded  to ensure a seamless transition
  • Conduct and regularly attend business development events to form new relationships
  • Consistently attend and participate in business meetings, industry events and conferences to promote and enhance the markets we serve
  • Develops bid scopes and manages trade partners to ensure compliance with bid scope
  • In-depth understanding of large equipment lead times
  • Prepare estimates at different levels of project completion including conceptual and schematic phases
  • Assist with certain post bid buyout strategies including: working with operations to ensure the scope is understood with our trade partners and a strong trade partner relationship exists throughout the duration of the project
  • Work cross-functionally and collaboratively with Operations, Sales and Marketing to ensure techniques are aligned to support business goals 
  • Confer with other professionals in the industry to identify trends and opportunities
  • Create a network of construction professionals
  • Plan for a strong pipeline of work



  • Prior experience in the cannabis market is required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Engineering, or related field required
  • Equivalent level of experience may substitute a degree in some cases
  • Minimum 10+ years’ experience in a Project Management or Pre-Construction role at a General Contractor
  • Relationships and contacts in the cannabis industry are preferred
  • Proven ability to obtain clients and review contracts in the construction industry
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Able to foresee and circumvent risk appropriately
  • Ability to collaboratively lead teams during pre-construction; able to delegate tasks and follow up
  • Excellent analytical ability and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Good presentation skills; ability to persuade others; good negotiation skills
  • Organized, efficient, and responsive to the needs of internal and external clients


This is a full-time, salaried position. The work is typically performed in an office environment with occasional event attendance requirements. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Travel Percentage: 0-25%


Reed Construction is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

Why Join Reed?

Reed Construction has been a proud part of Chicago’s infrastructure for over 125 years. We have grown immensely in the last decade are continuing to invest in our business and our employees. We build our teams strategically and make sure that commitment to our employees is paramount. Join us and benefit in:

  • Highly Competitive Healthcare Coverage, Paid Time Off and 401k with Company Match
  • Dental, Vision and Life Insurance Options
  • Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits
  • Pet Insurance
  • Weekend Jumpstart!
  • Verizon Wireless Employer Discount Program
  • Fully Stocked Bar
  • Entrepreneurial Work Environment & Opportunity for Career Advancement
  • Ergonomic Desks
  • Business Development Training
  • Charitable Time Off
  • Office Events (i.e. Potlucks, Cubs Rooftop, Happy Hours)
  • Gym Membership Discounts