I own a small restoration company in the Southeast, and we’re growing. The time has come for me to hand over actually running the projects to an actual project manager, so I can work on my business rather than in it so much day-to-day. I must say I’m hesitant to hand over the reins of projects to someone else, but do know it’s a critical next step for our company.
Would you be willing to share with me some of the qualities you’ve seen in the best project managers you’ve hired over the years? Also, what kind of criteria should I be looking for as far as experience and background?
Congratulations on making it to this level and being brave enough to move to the next step! Before I answer your question, I have a couple questions for you!
For the sake of this response, I’m going to assume you do mitigation only, and subcontract out the reconstruction portion. I’m also going to assume you are doing about $1.5 million in revenue per year.
Based on this information, I would suggest you look for someone with some mitigation experience, or strong reconstruction experience. I would also suggest finding someone who is currently handling at least $1 million in work, preferably $1.5 million, but has the capacity to handle much more.
Some critical characteristics of a restoration project manager include:
Of course, working with a recruiter can really help weed out the good candidates from the not-so-good. Our recruiters screen hundreds of candidates for various restoration positions every year, and can identify a gem from a dud pretty quickly, saving you time and energy!