Senior Construction Project Manager

ABOUT THE ROLE

The position is part of the Data 4 Technical Department.

The Design & Development Project Manager reports to the Head of Design & Construction for Central and Northern Europe.

RESPONSIBILITIES

He/she will be responsible for the management of Design & Construction project of D4 in Germany, Frankfurt.

He/she is responsible for the execution of the project assigned to her/him in order to ensure the follow-up of the « Quality, Cost, Deadline from and end to end perspective: from Building Permit to Hand Over to the Operations team.

The projects to be managed are:

  • Power Supply Projects
  • Global Campus works including Underground networks, utilities….
  • Datacenters
  • Offices building if any
  • Datahalls, Offices Fit Out works post delivery

The senior project manager will be supported by:

  • A team of external consultants: architects, Project Management company, Health & Safety coordinators, Commissioning agent….
  • The D4 engineering team which will support him/her in terms of Design Validation, Tendering Phase, Commissioning and Hand Over

Main Activities in terms of Design & Construction Management

Administrative Phase

  • Manage all the administrative procedures associated with the project (permits, classified installations) in relation to the
  • in relation with the project manager, the architect, the specialized design offices and the local authorities, from the phase of constitution of the files until the obtaining of the permits.

Design phase

  • Ensuring exchanges with hyperscalers and key accounts to ensure the definition of needs.
  • Accompany the entire design phase to ensure that the targeted Data Center meets Data4’s needs.
  • Lead the engineering teams for the design phases.
  • Act as the interface between the Operations and Design teams throughout the project.

Construction & Commissioning Phase

  • Actively participate in the procurement process for the construction phase.
  • Monitor the construction phase on a daily basis to ensure that the work complies with the contracts.
  • Ensure daily compliance with safety regulations in the work areas
  • Manage service providers with a direct contractual link with the project owner (EDF, control office, safety coordinator, CSI, design office, architect, property owner, project manager, etc.).
  • Ensure exchanges and reporting with the construction and commissioning teams of the end client (hyperscaler and major accounts) throughout the projects.
  • Ensure the interface between the Operations and Construction teams throughout the project.
  • Ensure exchanges with hyperscaler and key account customers for the definition and validation of the commissioning plan and process.
  • Manage the commissioning operations in relation with the commissioning agent, the commissioning team of the final customer (hyperscaler and major accounts) and the project management.
  • Gradually put the future site’s operating team in a position to take over the site as soon as it is made available (training on technical packages, documentation, drafting of simplified procedures, etc.).

Steering

  • Conduct all meetings necessary for the management of the project, including
  • Technical follow-up with the project manager and the companies
  • Reporting in English to the final client (hyperscaler and key accounts)
  • Documenting the project; in particular, ensuring the proper handover of documentation (completeness and quality) from service providers to ensure the proper subsequent use of the works carried out.
  • Generate the reporting required for this type of operation.
  • Ensure the budgetary follow-up of the project in collaboration with the project management and the finance department of Data4.

Other missions:

  • He/she is a technical reference for Data4’s hyperscaler customers and other majors: he/she will manage all reporting and direct communication to the final customers (he/she will be supported by external consultants..)
  • He/she will also manage the relationship with all local authorities. He/She will be supported by external consultants such as the architect but also by the Country Director
  • He/she monitors all technologies and architectures of Data Centers at the international level in order to guide the technical solutions that are implemented. In that framework, he/she will be work very closely with the Innovation Manager.
  • He/she may also participate in the technical evaluation of future sites that the group may wish to acquire.
  • He/she will be responsible to implement the sustainability policy of D4 and especially:
  • Obtain the Bream certifications for the DC under design & build
  • Implement D4 Environmental Road Map (waste management program, carbon reduction…)
  • Finally, He/She will be responsible to implement on site the Health & Safety policy defined by the H&S Department. He/She will support the local representative of the H&S department
  • Assist the Sales/Pre Sales teams in complex pre-sales processes involving technical and design issues.
  • Participate, if necessary, in customer audits for the design of Data Centers.

MAIN INTERFACES

  • Technical team of experts from Data4 France
  • Pre – sales and sales
  • Project manager
  • Project Management Assistant
  • Companies
  • Local authorities (Town Hall, …)
  • Architects
  • Specialized design offices
  • Hyperscalers & large accounts

REQUIREMENTS

Education and experience

Graduate (Engineer or equivalent) in the field of electrical/climate engineering or generalist.

At least 15 years of experience in the field of construction project management.

Technical skills

The candidate must possess the following skills:

  • German native speaker
  • Bilingual level in English
  • Experience working in English-speaking environments
  • Excellent knowledge of the market and of the Data Center players.
  • Mastery of all HVAC / CFo / CFa / Safety / Security / BMS / Structural / Finishing work of the Data Center.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and with other people
  • Very high sensitivity to service continuity and security aspects
  • Experience in project management in occupied sites
  • Proven track record in project management
  • Proven skills and taste for managing cross-functional teams and working together to lead projects
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Autocad.

Soft skills

  • Highly responsive and adaptable
  • Sense of customer service
  • Sense of confidentiality, integrity and ethics
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to « popularize » the technique and the benefits for non-experts thanks to a discourse adapted to the interlocutor and his needs and constraints
  • Ability to analyze and summarize
  • Great organizational skills
  • Ability to report
  • Entrepreneurial profile, capable of strong intellectual mobility and multitasking within a small structure
  • Ability to work methodically and independently
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Rigor and method
  • Team spirit
  • Sense of commitment for their teams