1+ months

Assistant Project Manager

Bakersfield, California
  • Payrate
    $55,000 To $70,000 Yearly
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
Working in cooperation with others throughout the company, the Assistant Project Manager is accountable for successfully coordinating integrated components of projects. The Assistant Project Manager works closely with the Project Manager and other QK staff (e.g., team leaders, technical experts, accounting department, marketing staff), to assure that all aspects of the project are completed on schedule and within budget. Success is measured by achieving results, based on defined standards, in the following areas:
  • Client satisfaction: the quality of clients’ experience from pre-proposal through project completion
  • On-time product delivery, including meeting or exceeding agreed-upon project schedules
  • QK’s project staff satisfaction; the quality and timeliness of information, communication and feedback related to the client and project
  • The quality of all work products
  • Work with senior staff to develop comprehensive project plans to be shared with clients as well as other staff members
  • Plan and monitor resources in Deltek for various projects within multiple disciplines and for multiple project managers, ensure resource availability and allocation throughout the life of the project
  • Assist project manager in formulating project proposals by researching past projects, evaluating proposal request details, and coordinating intel from various internal resources as needed to formulate a comprehensive and competitive proposal
  • Coordinate project scope, schedule and budget, including monitoring progress versus achievement of clients’ expectations, escalate to management as needed
  • Maintain continuous communication on project status with clients and all internal and external stakeholders
  • Attend meetings with clients to take detailed ordering briefs and clarify specific requirements of each project
  • Develop spreadsheets, diagrams and process maps to document client and stakeholder needs, project progress, timelines and quality milestones
  • Collect data to provide status reporting regarding project milestones, deliverable, dependencies, risks and issues
  • Documents quality control milestones and informs key stakeholders when proper documentation is not submitted
  • Participate in quality issue resolution, document for learning measures
  • Assist in collecting documents needed in disputes, negotiations, arbitration or litigation, as needed
  • Monitor, track and assist in controlling outcomes to resolve issues, conflicts, dependencies and critical path deliverables
  • Work with project managers to determine the frequency and content of status reports from the project and program team. Analyze results of status reports, assist in troubleshooting problem areas. Deliver appropriate and effective management and executive level communication, especially as issues arise
  • Anticipate client, business, and community issues and communicate suggestions to influence managerial and team attention to them
  • Monitor project performance and advise project manager of ways to correct performance gaps.
  • Build organizational relationships; understand the roles and interrelationships of all partners; foster teamwork within and across departments; and cultivate a strong, diverse network or relationships inside and outside the firm
  • Attend client meetings, take notes, make presentations and represent the project manager and QK as necessary
  • Billable production: varies, typically  35-45% 
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Proficient with Deltek and Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to work well with others (as a team member) and alone
  • Ability to handle pressures related to internal and external project and proposal delivery schedule
  • Proven ability to gather and interpret information, and develop and present (orally and in writing) sound business conclusions
  • Team based approach to decision making and problem solving
  • Visual acuity and ability to communicate well, in writing and verbally, with other staff, clients, and agencies to accomplish team goals.
  • Ability to sit or stand for long periods and walk on uneven surfaces to conduct site visits
  • A current driver’s license and good driving record may be required if employee will be making field visits and/or meeting with clients outside the company’s office


  • Associate’s degree or equivalent work experience in project management, engineering, land surveying, planning, etc.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in a dual role of support and leadership
  • Previous experience in engineering, construction management, planning, or land surveying preferred
The Assistant Project Manager provides both support and leadership to project manager and project teams. This person will have to develop relationships with staff in various disciplines in order to achieve the end goal of delivering a quality product. The Assistant Project Manager reports to an assigned Group Leader or Branch Manager. Assistant PMs are expected work with all disciplines throughout the entire company and develop strong working relationships with Group and/or Technical Leaders throughout the company in order to meet our “One Company” vision. Those holding this position are also expected to provide mentorship to junior staff and insight to the Senior Management Team and Branch Managers.

QK understands that solutions for today’s challenges require innovation created by sharing diverse perspectives openly and safely, which is why we celebrate and cultivate diversity and our inclusive environment.

QK is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination of any kind. QK provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, etc. All employment decisions are based on qualification, merit, and business needs. QK encourages all qualified applicants to apply.

Applicants must be fully authorized to work in the U.S. and physically be in the U.S.

Please no calls, emails, or additional contact for inquiry. Our HR team will be in contact with you if we need additional information or wish to schedule an interview with you.

Please note that QK does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, QK will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, QK explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of QK.

Salary Details

Paid health benefits, paid sick and vacation, 20% 401k match



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-10-17 Expires: 2022-12-02

QK has a diverse staff of nearly 100 employees throughout California – our headquarters in Visalia, as well as locations in Bakersfield, Porterville, Clovis, Hanford, and Merced. If you are preparing to complete a complex project in California you face a sea of regulations, funding questions, and planning requirements. But you don’t have to do it alone. We’ve been there and done that. We are your expert guides to getting your project done. Our Team No one is better at helping clients through the confusing regulations, funding problems, and planning requirements that are part of completing a project in California. Our employees are the bedrock of the QK brand. Their talent, integrity, and commitment to quality has defined QK’s culture for over four decades and will carry our values into the future. We are proud to provide our employees with hands-on training, workshops, networking events, tuition reimbursement, sponsored memberships for professional associations, and assistance with obtaining professional licenses. Are you interested in joining the QK team? Email us at recruiter@qkinc.com to learn more about our career opportunities, benefits, and corporate culture.

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