Special Hazards Senior Project Manager


Responsibility connects us, empowers us, binds us to our community, and challenges us to do what is right. Clean water, safe roads, efficient energy, resilient power sources, and buildings that enhance their surroundings – these are significant responsibilities we take to heart.

At CHA, we believe in responsibly improving the world we live in, and we ask our team to aspire to that ideal every day. At the foundation of our responsibility is our commitment to inclusion and diversity and choosing to treat everyone with dignity and equality. We also take accountability for making decisions that promote sustainability in our business and our designs. We are on a mission to reduce our environmental footprint and bring greener solutions to our clients. We believe it is our responsibility and work to do that each and every day.

American Fire, a CHA Company, is a highly specialized provider of fire protection engineering, installation, service, inspection, and commissioning services throughout the world. American Fire manages complex industrial, commercial and design/build fire protection projects, including sprinkler systems, fire pumps, ground storage tanks, underground piping, and special hazards systems. To view some of our projects, please visit our American Fire website:

American Fire is currently seeking a Special Hazards Senior Project Manager to join our Fire Protection Team based in the Southeast. Ideal locations for this position include Birmingham, AL; Cullman, AL; Nashville, TN; and Charlotte, NC.


Responsible for preparing Special Hazard Fire Protection proposals including development of scope, schedule, and budget.

Monitors and reports work status, progress, and performance for leading projects. Accountable for project and task budgeting and reporting; project economics including project reports; percent complete; invoicing, collections, and project closeout

Technical credibility; understands industry trends and products; understands technical tools and methods

Accountable for building, growing, and maintaining client relationships

Ability to work autonomously manages projects and proactively escalates issues to management.

Manages larger or more complicated project portfolios.

Have the ability to bid projects and negotiate pricing as well as follow procurement rules with guidance from managers.

Conducts regular project progress meetings with client manager and provides progress reports to manger

Responsible for all project financials including revenue, multiplier, gross margin, budget, forecast, cash flow, subcontractor billings/payments, and manages project to maintain positive cash flow throughout its life cycle.

Provides high level of service and responsiveness to the client and co-workers

Assists other team members

Responsible for developing a comprehensive project schedule, communicating updates to the client, management and project team; manages project to completion through project scheduling, expediting of required submissions and the management of the document submittals/approvals; exercises judgment and discretion and implements project controls while maintaining project quality.

Responsible for coordination of contracts with client, subcontractors, invoices, purchase orders, critical daily correspondence, and all other project related documents; maintains a set of contract documents that contains all the current contract changes and clarifications.

Independently examines both contract drawings and shop drawings for errors.

Develops project plan and Quality Management Plan as required.

Prepares for and attends monthly Project Review Meetings with Operations.


Associate degree preferred or equivalent field experience

Minimum NICET Special Hazards Systems Level III certification required

NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level II or better preferred

7+ years of Fire Protection experience required; 5+ years of project management experience required.

Design and Project Management experience in Special Hazards Fire Protection systems including clean agent, high & low expansion foam and CO2 as well as electrical releasing systems associated with these.

Field installation, functional testing, and commissioning including room integrity testing preferred

Experience preparing proposals, project plans, change orders and project closeout documents for projects required.

Experience understanding and interpreting client contract requirements.

Ability to track and oversee multiple projects required up to and including $7,500,000.00.

Experience utilizing problem-solving skills, exercising discretion, and making independent judgments required.

Experience managing project accounting processes to include project budgeting and forecasts required.

An articulate and persuasive communicator, both one-on-one and in front of large groups required.

Must have good written communication skills.

Good interpersonal and leadership skills required.

Strong ability to work in a team environment required.

Experience and knowledge of interfacing both Fire Alarm and Special Hazards systems. Notifier fire alarm and Viking clean agent experience is preferred.

Manufacturer training and certifications preferred

Ability to travel as needed.

Valid driver’s license.

Demonstrated experience in managing client relationships.

Experience in Microsoft Office suite required proficient in overall computer skills.


At CHA, we are helping to build a world where thought leadership, social responsibility, and diversity thrive, and we are committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining a highly talented and diverse team of individuals to help us do it. Our aspiration to responsibly improve the world we live in – combined with hiring practices, training opportunities, and engagement with our communities – reflect a company culture that is progressive and forward leaning.

We as an organization celebrate the values of inclusion and equality, and advocate for the full participation of all people in an environment free of discrimination. To support these values, we invite all qualified applicants to be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Type
Full Time
13 days ago

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