Manager, Project Management


Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Motivated to grow with a stable organization? SPX Cooling Technologies is a leading global manufacturer of sustainable evaporative cooling systems, servicing commercial HVAC and industrial markets for nearly a century. Hospitals, data centers, oil and gas refineries, power plants and process cooling facilities worldwide rely on SPX Cooling’s Marley, Recold and SGS brands. Beginning as the Marley Company nearly 100 years ago, it was the first cooling tower manufacturer to pioneer cooling solutions for large industrial applications. Since then, we have evolved to provide innovative solutions for iconic buildings and essential infrastructure.


New hires to SPX Cooling enjoy benefits that begin on the first day of work, including professional development opportunities such as mentorship and tuition assistance, a competitive compensation and bonus plan, flexible health plan, 401(k) match, and opportunities for career advancement.


SPX Cooling and its brands are active in more than 80 countries and is rapidly growing organically and through acquisitions, as part of SPX Corporation (SPXC).

With its people-centric culture, SPX prides itself on attracting top talent to the industry. Apply to work for an excellent team and help us keep the world cool!


Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cooling towers, evaporative fluid coolers, evaporative condensers and air cooled heat exchangers providing full-service cooling solutions and support to customers in the power generation, petrochemical, industrial, refrigeration, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) markets for more than 100 years. SPX Cooling Technologies and its Marley and Recold product brands are part of SPX Corporation.


This managerial position provides strategic direction, leadership and accountability for all project management efforts among the Project Managers in the area in which they directly manage. The incumbent will delegate work among his/her team and will leverage expert knowledge bases covering business case development, project management, competitive intelligence, advanced business acumen, process alignment and influencing skills while driving behaviors toward the attainment of successful project completion. This position’s primary purpose is to manage all aspects of the project management processes from order intake to project close out, including some support responsibilities during the quoting and award phases.  This entails ensuring that all project phases are completed in a timely and cost-effective manner, meet the required quality standard, and serving as the teams main point of contact for escalation issues.   

The incumbent will be assigned selected strategic projects or activities at the discretion of management. For each assigned project, key responsibilities include: customer relations, time scheduling and cost forecasting, reviewing and reporting progress, managing consortium partners, if any, and major subcontracts, managing change order process and claims management, project cash flow, and resolving all project related issues. 

When assigned, the Project Manager (PM) is expected to “own” each assigned project and protect its gross margin by closely monitoring material and labor costs and taking action to correct and report variances of these costs.  This role is responsible for resolving project problems in a timely manner, and maintaining project quality and adherence to schedule and budget.  The PM closes out each project after ensuring the completion of all required work and documents, all submittals required to the customer, and the final payment. 



  • Lead the Project Management team to effectively implement project management processes and initiatives
  • Serve as the escalation point for the team(s) they support and certain customers and strategic projects as appropriate
  • Set realistic, challenging and clear goals for oneself and team
  • Secure competence to match present and future needs through training, coaching and recruiting;  identify, recruit, reward, and retain high performers; actively drive performance including celebrating and rewarding successes and addressing under performance in a timely manner
  • Assign projects defined by team members’ level of expertise


When projects are assigned, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • PM shall be engaged in the Proposal Phase
  • Set up and lead the SPX cross-functional Project Team. Identify the project targets and address tasks to the Project Team members, monitor the activities
  • First line of communication with customers and consortium partners
  • Regular communication with major sub suppliers, field construction, and SPX internal departments to address issues related to past, current, and future topics. Set up meetings schedules and communication rules. (For example, this could include working with related groups, such as EH&S, on issues and resolution.)  
  • Contract management with interaction between all parties involved
  • Financial responsibility to maintain target margin of project, forecast revenues with full visibility and costs associated with projects, incl. POC and progress, develop payment schedules (cash flow plan)
  • Project time schedule management between engineering, construction, and supply chain resources
  • Responsible for maintaining accuracy of Project Status Report and provide regular updates to management
  • Document control and responsibility for the DCL Document Control List
  • Change order and claims management
  • Project risk management
  • Insurance management
  • Travel to customer or internal meetings (offices, job sites, workshops)
  • Responsible for managing projects in all countries in which SPX does business
  • Review project contracts, track deliveries, and time and material order processing
  • Material costing and as-sold margin verification
  • Identify and support continuous Operational Excellence (OpEx) improvement initiatives
  • Initiate and drive successful the Lessons Learned process to inform other projects and/or the proposal managers of new projects
  • Act as agent of Company per corporate guidelines


Performance Metrics:

  • Customer satisfaction (internal & external)
  • Delivery of target project margin
  • On-time delivery of milestones
  • Accuracy of cost and revenue forecasting
  • Meet required quality standard
  • Alignment to the strategic goals of the corporation and project management philosophy and function within the Segment



  • Bachelor’s degree in construction management, business or engineering
  • MBA preferred
  • Experience in the power plant or similar industry
  • Min. of 7+ years of project or construction management experience and 5+ years of directly managing project management teams
  • When projects are assigned, they will be based on size, scope and complexity
  • Experience in accounting, engineering, construction management, and/or supply chain preferred


Certification/Other Skills:

  • Certification according to the US PMI standard preferred
  • Product knowledge
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Project
  • Experience with SAP or other ERP
  • Project scheduling experience
  • Ability to travel up to 50 percent of the time
  • Decision making competence for the projects
  • Social/negotiation/trouble shooting/communication/technical and commercial skills
  • Leading team(s) of senior project managers in his/her area of responsibility
  • Ethical conduct


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds
  • Bending/stooping
  • Keyboarding/typing
  • Ability to read effectively from a computer screen and/or paper copy
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work and perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel to job sites to meet with construction crews and customers on-site
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally


Thank you for your interest in our company.



SPX Corporation is a diversified, global supplier of infrastructure equipment with scalable growth platforms in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), detection and measurement, and engineered solutions. With operations in 17 countries and approximately $1.4 billion in annual revenue, we offer a wide array of highly engineered products with strong brands.


At SPX Corporation, what’s in it for our employees transcends market-competitive compensation and benefits.  Our Total Rewards program also includes opportunities for employees’ personal development, career growth, and recognition. These programs focus on alignment and assessment of organizational, team, and individual efforts toward achieving business results. Our development and career growth programs empower our employees to enhance their skills, develop new competencies, and pursue career goals. SPX Corporation’s benefits package provides choices designed to help employees manage their well-being. Our compensation programs are performance-based to recognize and reward employees who work hard, display the values and leadership practices we embrace, and deliver exceptional results.


  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Results

At SPX, our values are at the heart of everything we do. We use our values every day to help us make the right decisions. We embrace a common purpose and strive for improvement. We respect and value each other as individuals and recognize that only by working together, as a team, can we reach our full potential. We take responsibility for our actions, build strong relationships with each other and our customers, and always act ethically. Our values inspire us to achieve the high standards of quality, safety, and performance that our customers expect and deserve.


Our work environment is established on a work-life philosophy supported by policies, programs, and practices that help employees achieve success within and outside the workplace. We believe in creating an inclusive work environment where employees strive to realize their fullest potential.  We are an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer committed to making selection decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.