VP of Operations - Construction
Southern California

The Vice President of Operations – Construction is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Essentia construction projects in West Coast markets. This position plays a vital role in identifying and executing turnkey projects for various customers, including overseeing internal construction personnel as well as subcontractors. The ideal candidate has experience managing aerial and underground projects on the West Coast, has a nuanced understanding of topics ranging from permitting to pricing, and has a vast network of vendor contacts to leverage. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with engineering experience, as well as those who have experience scaling operations for high-growth companies.


  • Identify and execute multiple telecom projects, with a focus on West Coast markets, from the preconstruction phase through project closeout.      
  • Provide best-in-class coaching, leadership, and direction to high-performing Design, Estimating, and Operations teams (both in house and subcontracted). 
  • Leverage a vast network of subcontractors and other partners.
  • Build and maintain a culture of continued excellence through individual and team growth.
  • Maintain KPIs, metrics, and other tools to measure departmental performance. 
  • Effectively lead customer meetings. 
  • Exercise independent initiative in researching and analyzing current and emerging industry trends shaping construction and operations.
  • Work seamlessly with other Senior Leadership and cross-functional teams, using team building and a collaborative approach to drive internal process improvement and external growth activities.
  • Complete P&L responsibility for West Coast operations.

  • Bachelor's Degree with construction management, operations management, or technology education. Equivalent experience or training may substitute for the education requirement. Master's Degree preferred.
  • Engineering experience, including supervising turnkey infrastructure deployments, is a plus.
  • 10 years or more previous experience with underground and aerial construction.
  • Working experience and vendor relationships in West Coast markets, including Southern California. Ideal candidate should be able to tap into a network of vendors, as well as demonstrate expertise of prevailing rates and permitting.
  • Preference for a strategic leader who is forward thinking and will understand the applicability of cutting-edge construction technologies.
  • Must have the ability to forecast underground and aerial telecom construction start and completion dates as well as identify issues that will impact the schedule. 
  • Required experience leading high-functioning field operation teams.
  • Familiarity with work and safety programs.
  • Familiarity with telecom equipment, design, and construction techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Strong leadership skills, consensus building capability, influencing skills and credibility with other functional areas; demonstrated ability to lead change.
  • Ability to effectively solve complicated issues.
  • Experience with scaling in-house and subcontracted teams.
  • Accustomed to managing a larger regional or national footprint.
  • Strong experience with P&L, estimating, bid, and proposal.