Construction Manager at Bridge International Academies

Bridge International Academies is the world’s largest and fastest-growing chain of primary and pre-primary schools with more than 400 academies and 100,000 pupils in Kenya and Uganda. We democratize the right to succeed by giving families living in poverty access to the high-quality education that will allow their children to live a very different life. We leverage experts, data, and technology in order to standardize and scale every aspect of quality education delivery, from how and where academies are built to how teachers are selected and trained, and how lessons are delivered and monitored for improvement. We are vertically integrated, tech-enabled, and on our way to profitability. Bridge expects to continue rapid expansion in East Africa, and has just launched operations in Nigeria in September 2015, with India to follow in 2016.Job Title: Construction Manager[Development/Construction]Our Development group (real estate, legal, physical planning, construction) owns the life cycle of academy expansion, from identifying potential land deals in our communities through to constructing academies, sometimes several dozen at a time. The construction team is a key area of the business and is responsible for the construction, modification or repair of school buildings prior to the opening of all academies. Above all else, we’re looking for ambition, organization, drive, intellect, problem solving, and respect for others. You will report to the Director of Development.About the role We have and are continuing to develop one of the most cost-effective approaches to constructing school buildings in the world.  We currently construct school classrooms for less than US$ 1,500 per classroom fully loaded (including all labour and site management, furniture, transport, and the amortized cost of the latrines, School Manager’s office, and fence). These results are achieved by using experienced site managers, who are supported by a central management team and a highly specified process and specifications. Because of the speed of our scaling, we construct many schools simultaneously.  For example, the company will build or remodel 5 - 10 new schools.  That means we have to manage multiple simultaneous construction sites.   Within a couple of years the number of simultaneous construction sites will increase to well over 50. We are looking for a full time Construction Manager who to provide critical leadership to manage these simultaneous construction projects being led by construction foremen and day labourers.   We are looking for someone who is good with the details and not afraid of spending long hours in the field (in the slums) to make sure the job is accomplished. What You Will DoImprove upon and develop new manuals, specifications, tracking tools, & training program to allow local construction managers to successfully replicate school designRefine and implement a sophisticated budgeting and payment tracking system to ensure that schools are being built under budget and on time.Refine and put in place audit systems to ensure that construction is being done correctly and financial controls are in place to ensure transparencyIdentifying, training and managing site foremen who are the actual implementers at each siteManaging central construction team to help implement the design, process, and auditing.Constantly working to reduce cost and improve quality of school construction

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