Materials Representative

At Ghirardelli Associates we take pride in the accomplishments of our Associates and the environment that we foster. As a Great Place to Work, we strive to provide continuous growth and opportunities for our employees with the best benefits package and competitive wages we can offer. We’re not just an employer, we are family! We are proud to shape the communities we live in, while creating a positive environment for our associates to foster creativity and growth.

Associate Perks:

Work & Life

  • Competitive PTO
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Generous Education Allowance
  • Bonus Programs
  • Company Vehicle (depending on assignment)

Health Benefits

  • Medical Insurance – United Healthcare and Kaiser
  • Dental Insurance – MetLife
  • Vision Plan – VSP
  • Flexible Spending Plan (FSA)
  • Health Spending Account (HSA)
  • Wellness Rewards Program

Financial Benefits

  • Life Insurance
  • Profit Sharing
  • 401(k) Plan (employer matching program)

Ghirardelli Associates is currently looking to hire a Materials Representative This position will be based out of our Los Angeles office. This is an opportunity to work with an experienced team of professionals!


The Materials Representative is a key member of the materials engineering and source inspection program. The ideal candidates will be responsible for coordinating and reviewing documents associated with various construction projects. The Materials Representative shall be responsible for all matters related to Quality Management Assessment (QMA) of local agency construction projects that are in the State right-of-way. Must be able to understand contracts that are complex in nature and perform a wide range of activities and assignments daily, including but not limited to;; coordinating with various project personnel, conduct project audits, track project resources, provide technical materials support, assist with plan/specification interpretation, conduct agency and client outreach, and various tasks as needed.


  • Work with METS customers as the single point of contact. METS customers are Resident Engineers (RE), Structure Representatives (SR), District Materials Engineers (DME), Design, Contractors, Suppliers and Vendors. Conduct various materials-related meetings and help support effective materials management for the project.
  • Oversee verification and acceptance of work product pursuant to QMA activities in accordance with the guidelines set forth by Caltrans.
  • Make objective and reasonable materials engineering decisions related to ensuring materials and products used in local agency construction projects comply with contract requirements including performing project engineering reviews to identify material-related issues that may affect project quality.
  • Assist Caltrans in anticipating and resolving any issues associated with material source inspection and QMA activities. Meets with appropriate Caltrans project personnel to identify materials related issues and recommends solutions consistent with project documents and METS’ Quality System Manuals.
  • Provide guidance to METS’ customers regarding materials inspection requirements.
  • Maintain standards and consistency while minimizing the impact on work schedule and cost.
  • Visit job sites, fabrication and manufacturing shops as needed to ensure adequate QMA measures are employed to ensure compliance with the project requirements.
  • Conduct outreach to METS customers, which includes giving technical presentations and providing training on construction specifications.
  • Perform audits of materials management records for various projects and local agencies. Travel to project offices for face-to-face meetings.
  • Track project resources and work with appropriate State staff to manage resource requests as needed. Work with Project Management staff to obtain information for upcoming projects.
  • Work with local agencies to ensure project quality plans are reviewed and approved before start of construction.
  • Hold regular meetings with Oversight staff from regional offices to brief on project issues and provide cross-training.
  • Review and provide comments on office guidance and manuals as requested by METS.
  • Participate in technical committees as assigned by METS.
  • Manage and track metrics on project and program efforts.
  • Delegate workload to office staff as needed.
  • Report on project and program progress to METS senior management on the following:
  • Internal Outreach
  • External Outreach
  • Other efforts as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the construction/engineering industry, public works, or large industrial construction projects with a focus on Materials Engineering and Source Inspection.
  • Experience with METS/Caltrans preferred.
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) who is registered in the State of California.
  • Familiarity with project reporting and creation of monthly project metrics.
  • Ability to use and interpret contract documents, drawings, schedule, and quality control plans.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Understanding of document management systems.
  • Basic knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations governing public works construction contracting.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.


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

While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to sit for up to 6 to 8 hours per day while working at a computer, during meeting or while driving. Walking up to 2 hours per day while performing field visits. Ability to see well enough to function in a typical office environment and read standard text on paper and electronic screen of a computer or handheld device. The associate frequently is required to use hands. Repetitive reaching, repetitive hand use. Physical agility to perform tasks requiring a full range of body movements including lifting, pushing, pulling, bending, stretching, twisting, reaching, balancing, squatting, climbing, crawling, kneeling, or assuming crouched positions, repetitive arm, hand, finger, wrist, leg or foot motion. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Frequently use safety equipment such as a hard hat and safety vest; work in areas not well ventilated such as utility vaults; work outdoors or work on uneven ground or floor spaces; work at elevations above ground level and on marine vessels/structures. Must be able to work in all weather conditions and can work any day of the week both night and day. Available for after hour emergency response.

Ghirardelli Associates is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Classification: Engineer III

$145,000.00-$180,000.00/per year

*The wage range listed above is for this specific job posting and hire.

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