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Suffolk Construction Chief People Officer in Boston, Massachusetts

About Suffolk

Suffolk is a national enterprise that builds, innovates and invests. Suffolk is an end-to-end business that provides value throughout the entire project lifecycle by leveraging its core construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment (Suffolk Technologies) and innovation research/development.

Suffolk – America’s Contractor – is a national company with more than $5.0 billion in annual revenue, 2,600 employees, and main offices in Boston (headquarters), New York City, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Suffolk manages some of the most complex, sophisticated projects in the country, serving clients in every major industry sector, including healthcare, life sciences, education, gaming, transportation/aviation, government, mission critical and commercial. Suffolk is privately held and is led by founder, chairman and CEO John Fish. Suffolk is ranked #8 on ENR’s list of “Top CM-at-Risk Contractors.” For more information, visit and follow Suffolk on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

The Role

Suffolk’s Chief People Officer (CPO) is a strategic leadership role responsible for overseeing all aspects of human resources and people management within the organization. The CPO at Suffolk plays a crucial role in developing and executing the company's people strategy to attract, retain, and develop top talent while fostering a culture of innovation, collaboration, and employee engagement. This role reports directly to the Chief Growth Officer and collaborates closely with the full executive leadership team to align people strategies with business objectives.

Suffolk’s people leader will be responsible for six key areas:

  • Talent Acquisition and Workforce Planning: Both Recruiting and Project Staffing

  • Learning and Development

  • HR Business Partner Program

  • Employee Experience, Culture, and Wellbeing

  • HR Information Systems

  • Compensation and Benefits

  • (And will partner with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team, which sits elsewhere in the Suffolk organization)

This role is responsible for managing a team of about 50 HR and talent professionals.

Specific activities will include:

  • Collaborate with the executive team to align people strategies with the overall business objectives and growth plans of the company.

  • Develop and drive Suffolk’s long-term people strategy, ensuring it supports Suffolk’s mission, vision, and core values.

  • Develop effective talent acquisition strategies to attract skilled professionals in the construction industry, as well as retention strategies to reduce turnover and foster a high-performing workforce.

  • Continue to strengthen our workplace culture of learning and performance.

  • Lead a high performing People and Culture team, empowering them to build high-performing teams and drive exceptional results.

  • Oversee the implementation of structured performance appraisal processes, including regular check-ins, and annual performance evaluations.

  • Develop strategies for recognizing and rewarding exceptional performance, contributing to a positive and motivating work environment.

  • Collaborate with the VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to establish meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and key performance indicators, tracking progress and sharing insights with the executive team to drive continuous improvement.

  • Monitor employee satisfaction and implement strategies to address concerns and improve workplace wellbeing.

  • Oversee all HR operations, benefits administration, and HRIS management.

  • Ensure compliance with labor laws, regulations, and industry standards, and adapt policies and procedures accordingly.

  • Provide leadership during times of organizational change, guiding employees through transitions and maintaining a positive culture.

  • Guide HR reporting and analytics that will drive business decisions including monitoring and reporting of appropriate metrics and key performance indicators

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Proven experience in a senior HR leadership role. Experience in the construction or engineering industry is a nice to have but not a must-have.

  • Demonstrated experience in talent acquisition, performance management, and employee development.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to influence and collaborate at all levels of the organization.

  • Strategic thinking and the ability to translate business goals into effective people strategies.

  • Change management expertise and the ability to lead through organizational transformations.

The Chief People Officer will play a pivotal role in shaping Suffolk’s culture, fostering employee growth, and supporting the organization's strategic objectives. They will contribute to the continued success and growth of Suffolk by ensuring that the company attracts, develops, and retains exceptional talent while maintaining a positive and engaging work environment.

We appreciate your interest in assisting with our recruitment efforts. However, at this time, we are not accepting submissions from staffing agencies or recruiting firms for this position. Please refrain from contacting our organization regarding this opening. All resumes submitted by staffing agencies or recruiting firms to any employee of Suffolk Construction via email, the Internet, or in any other form without a valid written agreement in place will be deemed the sole property of Suffolk Construction. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Suffolk Construction as a result of the referral or through other means.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; talk or hear; perform fine motor, hand and finger skills in the use of a keyboard, telephone, or writing. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; and reach with arms and/or hands. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will spend their time in an office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level. Job site walking.

Suffolk provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, disability, protected veteran, gender identity, age or any other status protected by law. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment. Suffolk will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination toward, or harassment of, applicants or employees by anyone at Suffolk, or anyone working on behalf of Suffolk.

ID: 2023-7274

Street: 65 Allerton Street