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DNA of a VP of Construction: The career path to the top

Posted by James Hawley, Hays EVP, on Tuesday, Jul 12, 2016

Hays Blog: 3 steps from the field to the boardroomThe construction industry is one of the strongest in the country and has countless opportunities and options for you to reach senior levels.

What can does it take to reach the top of the industry?

The entrepreneurial nature of the construction profession rewards hard work and proactive problem solving, with opportunities for every skill set.

There are many ways to reach senior management and the C-suite, but every career path has similarities.

1. Build a broad foundation
Those aiming for an executive position will be expected to display technical expertise and knowledge, and while they may not need to be experts in every function, they must display a business understanding of how various functions interact and impact the company.

2. Become a project management expert
Beyond the technical this is very much a relationship-driven industry, both internally managing projects and teams, and externally competing for bids, working with contractors, and making hiring decisions.

3. Be a business leader
A construction professional’s network and reputation are both crucial for success and those assessing their career options should ensure they are investing the time and effort necessary into building relationships and their personal brand.

Get the details of each step: request the guide today.

Ready to make your next career move? See the jobs below, or search latest opportunities.

Job Title Location Job ID
Project Manager - Civil Chicago 1010699
Senior Commercial Estimator Houston 1010708
Project Manager New York 1010007
Senior Project Manager Austin 1010585
Tilt Wall Construction Superintendent Dallas 1010158
Mechanical Estimator Hawaii 1010444


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