Pursuit & Design Manager

Located in Calgary, AB


The Pederson Group has been retained by Wright Construction to conduct a search for a Pursuit & Design Manager!

With projects ranging from retail commercial construction, to industrial construction, and institutional construction, Wright has been a leader in the construction industry for over a century! Wright and its predecessor companies were involved in monumental structures in Saskatoon, such as the Delta Bessborough Hotel, United Church on Third Avenue, and several original U of S Buildings starting in 1910. The company has been awarded "Butler Builder of the Year” and “Top Volume Builder” in Canada many times over the last 10 years.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Office, the Pursuit and Design Manager will be responsible for pursuits as well as management of Wright’s scopes, schedule, and budget of multiple ongoing projects of varying complexity. The focus is on building successful teams for proposal development and delivery, planning for execution and bridging the communications between customer and project execution to create an environment for successful project delivery.



  • Manage all phases of feasibility and design of potential projects within Canada.
  • Overseeing the proposal development process and coordinating the design consultants, engineering consultants, and estimating staff.
  • Has a thorough understanding of the competitors in the market; developing and implementing effective strategies in winning project pursuits.
  • Participate in the estimating/budgeting process for competitive proposals while considering project-specific challenges and risks.
  • Maintain a level of ownership of each project to ensure the day to day operations of the project are transitioned effectively to Project Managers from Pre-Construction.
  • Identify new market trends including architectural design, geographic, economic, etc.
  • Provide leadership and business judgment on all financial and profitability aspects of new projects. Establish profit margins with the Chief Estimator and Partners at the beginning of the project and mentor the team (Project Managers) on how to increase profit levels.
  • Facilitate field site visits to conduct due diligence related to constructability, design, utility servicing, and cost. Provide site reports and preliminary sketches as needed.
  • Review site related project documents to assess construction viability.
  • Lead the development and production of qualifications, request for proposals, and presentation efforts.
  • Demonstrate interest and understanding of Company priorities with a reasonable level of business judgment.
  • Maintain relationships with contracting agencies and executive management to anticipate project needs with sufficient lead-time to avoid delay of production.
  • Work closely with business development to pursue potential client/project opportunities.
  • Pursue, build, and maintain strong relationships in the industry to enable effective communication/ties to the local market.
  • All other duties as assigned


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree an asset, preferably in a relevant field such as Construction Management, Engineering, or Architecture.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in a Project, Pursuit, or Design Manager capacity.
  • Experience working on large multi-million dollar projects. Preference given to those exceeding 100 million dollars.
  • Knowledge of construction procedures, trade practices, building codes, project scheduling, project cost control, and safety procedures. Experienced in estimating, defining scopes of work and pricing labor and material during the negotiation / bid process.
  • Thorough understanding of construction administration processes, including contracts, budgets, construction documents, change orders, schedules, RFIs, submittals, and material procurement.
  • Proficient in utilizing technology to assist in database management, proposal creation, and other business development processes.
  • Ability to develop project estimates, budgets and manage resources.
  • Ability to understand client requirements and to produce highly professional proposals and presentations.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with a positive attitude. Ability to drive goals and results while maintaining quality and attention to critical details.
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution. Knowledge of contracting, negotiating, and change management.
  • Ability to travel, across Canada, as necessary.
  • Skilled in reading, understanding and redlining design drawings with an understanding of cost implications of construction design options and the ability to make cost- efficiency recommendations.
  • Aptitude in communicating and building relationships with property owners, local jurisdictions, utility companies and other stakeholders throughout the project cycle.
  • Ability to identify the critical path tasks in a project timeline and accelerate project completion.


What The Company Offers You:

  • Be part of a leading construction company while investing in your career.
  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Industry leading employer paid pension program.
  • Pension matching program.
  • Company paid benefit program.
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • Commitment to learning  — courses, resources and tools provided to all employees.
  • Professional and career development opportunities.

Apply Now

Interested in this opportunity? Apply now by submitting your application above. 

To learn more about the opportunity, contact Justis Pederson at +1 204-926-8860 EXT. 8860 or [email protected]

We are looking forward to hearing from you!