Jim Erickson

Contract Administrator

FABCON employee for 1 year

Jim Erickson likes the fast pace at FABCON but he knows enough to set realistic expectations every day.

“You might come to work with maybe 3-4 things you want to accomplish that day and if you can get to them in the midst of responding from other projects in play, you’re having a good day,” laughs Erickson.

Like many of his colleagues, he’s gotten use to the pace of having various projects in the works and having to react to or anticipate the needs all around him.

Previously, Erickson was a Judicial Law Clerk. He puts his legal skills to work every day as a Contract Administrator.

We asked Jim a few questions about his job and what he likes about FABCON. Here’s what he told us:

My daily duties:“The majority of my time consists of drafting, reviewing, editing or finalizing Subcontract Agreements we receive from the General Contractors or Owners. We’re trying to make sure each contract is fully comprehended internally, within our range of risk management and putting FABCON on a level playing field. In relation to the Terms and Conditions of Subcontract, we strive for fairness and consistency. In relation to our Scope of Work, we have to be comfortable with being able to perform to the FABCON Standards. It is a true team approach, having everyone’s role specifically defined.” Best part of working at FABCON:

“It all starts or stops with our people. My colleagues are highly competent in their respective fields they’re extremely loyal. The longevity here is impressive and that was foreign to me until now.”

What I appreciate most about FABCON:

“I appreciate the openness of leadership. I can go to my boss with problems and solutions and he’ll listen. At first you are encouraged to come with ideas to resolve the issue and later it evolves into an expectation. The best ideas here typically carry the day. There’s not this mentality where we do it one way because that’s how we’ve always done it. We constantly strive to learn from those around us, so we can all improve.”

Why I would encourage others to work at FABCON

“You’re given a solid amount of responsibility but autonomy within that to do the job to the best of your ability. There’s accountability, to be sure, but individuality is not stunted. If you like that – I don’t see any negatives to working here. We’re not just creating walls, we’re supporting families and communities. There is so much happening and our innovation is what both challenges us internally and separates us from our competition.”

In addition to his duties, Erickson is now on the Wellness Committee. They encourages others be active to lower individual health care costs and improve their overall quality of life.

“It’s great to be in an environment where they foster that,” says Erickson.

In his spare time Erickson loves to golf, travel, read, stay involved with his high school alma mater as member of the Alumni Board and spend time with his family, including his sisters, mom, 6 nephews and a niece, all of whom keep him busy.

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