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Lead Carpenter


Position Summary

The Lead Carpenter is responsible for delivering completed remodeling projects on time, on budget, and with a delighted client.

This is done by (1) executing carpentry activities at the highest skill level, and (2) on-site project management, including scheduling, tracking the project budget, and ensuring that company policies and procedures are upheld. 

This individual:

  • exhibits exceptional proficiency in carpentry.
  • has a comprehensive understanding of residential remodeling and construction techniques, tools, and materials.
  • is capable of managing on-site project activities, including scheduling, budget tracking, supervising laborers and trade partners, and ensuring adherence to company policies and procedures.
  • has strong organizational and management skills.
  • possesses a strong inner drive to succeed and the ability to self-motivate, even in challenging situations.
  • is a people person who genuinely cares about and enjoys engaging with clients, team members, and trade partners.
  • is committed to productivity, quality, and professional conduct at all times.
  • is an excellent communicator who warmly and professionally interacts with people in all communication formats (face-to-face, on the phone, virtually, and through digital means).
  • is committed to fostering a positive, supportive, and family-friendly work environment, in line with the McLennan company culture.

Work Hours & Location

This is a full-time position averaging approximately 40-45 hours/week. Work hours are primarily between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Work is to be performed both at our office/warehouse, located at 780 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA, and on location at job sites (typically within 30 minutes of our Lancaster office).

"I believe as a company we are the true definition of a team. We always seem to work together for the best possible end result for the customer and for us personally."

Matt Wagner
Lead Carpenter

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Why McLennan?

Founded in 2003, McLennan Contracting is an award-winning Design-Build remodeling company dedicated to building a positive, family-friendly culture that prioritizes continual learning and professional development. 

At McLennan, we believe in empowering our team members to grow at work and at home. We value a team approach to problem-solving and company development, and we believe in rewarding each individual's contribution to our success

Our team members are our most important asset, which is why we are committed to supporting one another’s total well-being: physical, mental, financial, and social.

We want our team members to be thriving, productive, healthy, and balanced at work and at home, so we do our best to ensure each person is in the position best suited to their personality and “working genius.”

Key Responsibilities

Project Construction & Management

  • Perform carpentry at the highest level as required.
  • Ensure jobsite safety, protection, and maintenance of company tools, and enforce all jobsite rules.
  • Read and interpret paperwork, including all plans and specifications, purchase orders, subcontractor work orders, and cost updates.
  • Understand the scope of the work and discuss all requests for additional work with the Production Manager and Sales Staff.
  • Order materials and coordinate trade partners with the Production Manager.
  • Responsible for ensuring end-of-day procedures are handled (clean-up, weather protection and security). Notify clients in advance of service interruption.
  • Supervise laborers, carpenters, and trade partners, including participating in performance reviews. Make work assignments, monitor quality, and motivate crew.
  • Expedite timely completion of the work to maintain schedule and budget goals.
  • Request help as needed, anticipating the need for additional carpenters so they can be scheduled in a timely fashion.
  • Responsible for reporting problems with schedules and keeping the Production Manager informed of job status.

Team Collaboration & Administration

  • Participate in pre-construction conference, jobsite inspections, local building department inspections, and final inspections.
  • Act as a customer liaison and primary contact throughout the project.
  • Maintain an operational inventory of necessary tools, equipment, and vehicles to perform specific activities assigned by the Production Manager.
  • Train and mentor developing carpenters.

Customer Service

  • Ensure company and customer satisfaction through professional appearance, expert workmanship, and polite, timely communication.
  • Ensure the image of the company is supported by the appearance and activities of the installation teams and job sites.


Technical Skills

  • Diverse knowledge of custom residential remodeling and construction, including practices, procedures, techniques, tools and equipment, materials, specifications, and quality control. Skills include the following:
  • Constructs, maintains, alters, and repairs building components and structures made of wood and other building materials.
  • Saws, fits, and erects exterior and interior trim
  • Installs locks and other building hardware
  • Assembles and works from scaffolds
  • Operates various types of electrical hand tools such as routers, jigsaws, nail guns, etc.
  • Ability to work from blueprints, sketches, and verbal instructions to obtain dimensions and finished specifications for projects.
  • Skilled in organization and management, with a strong understanding of production and efficiency.
  • Must own generally acceptable hand tools and cordless drill. Heavy-duty tools will be provided by McLennan Contracting.
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Personal Characteristics

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including excellent written and oral communication.
  • Ability to perform physically demanding work on a consistent basis, including lifting 100 pounds.
  • Positive attitude and the ability to act professionally at all times, regardless of circumstances.
  • A person of integrity, committed to dealing honestly with customers, subcontractors, team members.
  • Self-motivated and independent, with a work ethic that strives for productivity without compromising quality.

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Minimum 6 years construction experience (remodeling experience preferred)
  • Must have a good working knowledge of related building trades, such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
  • Knowledge of state and local building codes, safety regulations, and practices pertinent to the construction industry.
  • Fully competent using a smartphone for digital communication and accessing apps.

Not Required (But Nice to Have)

  • Experience with project management software such as Buildertrend, CoConstruct, or Jobtread.
  • Experience creating estimates for change orders and small projects.
  • Competency with Apple products and operating systems (iPhone, iPad, Macbook)

Compensation & Benefits

  • Industry-leading wages based on skill and experience
  • Bonuses based on team performance and profitability
  • Retirement account with matching company contributions
  • Health benefits
  • Paid holidays, vacation, and personal time
  • All local work (within 30 minutes of our Lancaster office)
  • Variety in job size and scope, from upscale remodels to small alterations
  • Opportunity for growth and advancement in company
  • Family-supportive company culture

We're Dog-Friendly!

Our office is dog-friendly and frequently enjoys visits from our canine “mascots.”

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Excited to join our team?

To apply, please complete the form below. We will review your application and be in touch with the next step!