Lead Carpenter

Lead Carpenter Job Description

  • Customer satisfaction 
  • Job site supervision, protection, and cleanliness
  • Carpentry labor 
  • Supervision of sub contractors 
  • Scheduling of inspections 
  • Maintenance of job site paperwork 
  • Following the chain of command of the company 



The lead carpenter is completely responsible for the successful completion of their assigned project.  This includes bring the project in on time, on budget, and maintaining a high level of quality. 


  • Project manager 
  • Estimator 
  • Salesperson 
  • Controller 
  • CEO 


  • The lead carpenter is the main authority on the specific projects assigned to them. 
  • The lead carpenter will have the project manager make all change orders and credit memos for their projects. 
  • The lead carpenter will be responsible for all material ordering, purchasing and pick up on their projects. 
  • The lead carpenter will be responsible for all company employees on their projects.
  • The lead carpenter will be responsible for the overseeing of all sub-contractors on their projects.
  • The lead carpenter will be responsible for all needed inspections on their projects. 
  • The lead carpenter will be responsible for a safe and clean project site. 



Directly supervises 1-4 employees in the Production. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Five or more years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  


Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. 


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw/interpret bar graphs. 


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of BuilderTrend Internet software and BuilderTrend Spreadsheet software. 



The physical demands described here 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. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for at least 8 hours; walk; sit; use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk and hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  The employee must be able to climb and work comfortably off of a 16 foot ladder.  The employee must be able to work in a non-level environment for 8 hours.  The employee must be able to work comfortable at least 10 feet above ground level. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 employee is regularly exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions and vibration.  The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. 



You are the on site manager for our construction project.  Your performance is extremely important to the success of our company.  You are our representative to both the client and the community at large.  We get most of our work because of our reputation and you are a very important part of that reputation.  Both the quality of your work and the appearance of your job site reflect strongly on you and our company. Performed daily.  

You are responsible for knowing and understanding all job paperwork, plans, specifications and change orders.  Any questions you have or discrepancies you discover should be checked with the project manager.  You are responsible for maintaining all job records as required by the office.  These records are very important for our work and must be maintained by the lead carpenter.  All weekly job paperwork, yours and your crews will need to be turned in no later than 8:00 am Monday morning. You are responsible for you and your crew’s appropriate job clock technique, in, out, break, lunch, travel, etc. Performed daily.  

You are responsible for performing all carpentry labor on the job and requesting help as needed.  When other carpenters or helpers are on your job, you are responsible for assigning them work, expediting their performance and generally supervising them, including expediting their paperwork (time cards, job site journals, etc.)  You are responsible for giving them the appropriate time at the end of the day to complete their paperwork and for you to check it for accuracy. Performed daily.  

You will coordinate and supervise all sub contractors, in consultation with the project manager, work out their layout problems, ensure their proper performance, as well as ensure that they get timely inspections on their work.  It is your responsibility to be sure that all sub contractors adhere to all of our company policies concerning safety, cleanliness, alcohol use, and customer satisfaction.  All subcontractors must have a representative from their company present at all their inspections; we are not responsible for meeting their inspectors. Performed daily.  

You are responsible for accurately checking all materials delivered to your job for quantity and measurements, as well as damage.  Delivery truck drivers are to wait for your inspection, as your signature approves the condition and count of the order.  Any discrepancy is to be noted on the delivery ticket.  It is imperative that you check such things as door swing, window sizes, cabinet sizes and types, lumber type and grade, etc., before you sign the delivery ticket.  Remember it’s your job site. (The project manager will be responsible for ordering doors, windows, cabinets, and other “specialty “items)but it is your responsibility for updating the project schedule for when the said items need to arrive. Performed when needed.  

You must maintain a clean work site.  This is important for many reasons, among them safety and efficiency.  A sloppy site reflects badly on your work and our company.  Dust protection of the client’s property is one of your most important jobs.  Be sure to control any mud on your site.  All job sites are to be broom cleaned daily and debris is to be properly stored and hauled away promptly.  You must have the client’s permission before smoking on the site.  It is also your responsibility to monitor smoking by sub contractors on your site. This includes all chewing tobacco. Dumpsters are to be closed and locked daily as well as the area around them clean. Performed daily.  

You are responsible for the protection of the client’s property.  Do not use anything, including tools, equipment, or cleaning supplies that belong to the client.  Be sure that you lock and secure the job site before you leave for the day.  You must secure all ladders and equipment on site.  All materials are to be stored in a safe place.  The clients telephone may be used only with their permission and then only for business or emergency calls, long distance calls are to be avoided at all costs unless completely necessary You must never disturb a client with loud radios or foul language. If using a lock box on your site, only you and the appropriate parties are allowed access to the combination. Performed daily.  

Job safety for both the client and our workers is your responsibility Be sure that job conditions encourage safety.  Monitor both company and individual equipment for proper safety features, safe electrical cords etc., and informs the project manager of any unsafe conditions.  Proper safety equipment (harnesses, safety glasses, ear protection) must be used per OSHA requirements. Performed daily.  

We always want to accommodate our client and there wishes, but if they want any extra work or make changes, please refer them to the project manager or to the salesperson.  Don’t agree to anything without getting approval and don’t ever do work without a signed change order from the client. Any change order work will only take place after the said change order is signed and a check has been received, unless the office or project manager approves otherwise. Performed when needed.  

The project manager will develop the project schedules.  The lead carpenter will review the schedules and maintain all project schedules weekly to ensure your job is on schedule or ahead of schedule, monitor your progress against the schedule and notify the project manager as soon as possible of any delays, conditions or subcontractor no-shows that will affect the schedule.  You will also coordinate with all sub-contractors, per the project schedule, and if for any reason you are not able to get hold of them, you will let the office or project manager know.  Coordination of all of the elements that make up a typical job requires adherence to a tight schedule.  You are our link to the job site and we need to know whether you need any help or extra labor. Performed when needed.

Remember our work day is any 8½ hour period from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm., with one unpaid half hour for lunch, one paid 10 minute break in the morning and one paid 10 minute break in the afternoon. Any deviations from this schedule must be approved by the Lead or Project Manager.  You are to notify, the office and your project manager when you are leaving the site for personal issues; you are not to leave your project early or unattended without prior notification and approval.  We do not work overtime, unless necessary, and all overtime MUST be approved before hand by the office or project manager.  

If you are ill and have to call in sick please do so immediately to the office at 425-224-2004 and at least one of the following at 425-736-7049 (Russell), 425-530-6818 (Ward) or 425-931-4663 (SaDora).  We prefer you speak with someone and not just leave a message.  You are also required to notify your homeowner when you will not be on site.  If one of your crew is sick, they are responsible for contacting you, the office & project manager. You are required to follow up with the office and project manager to let us know that they aren’t on the jobsite.  Also if you have been off the site for a while and are going back you need to notify the homeowner the day prior instead of just showing up un-announced.  Performed daily.  

You are required to have your own hand tools (skill saw, sawzall, screw gun, drills, etc).  We do have some larger tools in the shop (compressors, tile saws etc) but if you feel more comfortable with your own, use them.  Classic Remodeling NW Inc does not pay for the service charges on your personal tools.  If any personal tool is damaged or broken we will not be held responsible for the repairs. Performed daily.  

You must pay attention and follow through.  Just because you notify the office, a sub, or the client of a question or problem, don’t assume someone else is taking care of the situation.  It is your job and your responsibility to resolve and complete the loose ends on your job site. The perfect lead carpenter is; Aggressive, Organized & Considerate. Performed daily. 



To perform the job successfully, and individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 


Analytical – Uses intuition and experience to design work flows and procedures.  

Continuous Learning – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; seek feedback to improve performance; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.  

Job Knowledge – Competent in required job skills and knowledge; exhibits ability to learn and apply new skills; keep abreast of current developments; requires minimal supervision; displays understanding of how job relates to others; uses resources effectively.   

Use of Technology – Demonstrates required skills; adapts to new technologies; troubleshoots technological problems; uses technology to increase productivity; keeps technical skills up to date.  

Design – Generates creative solutions; translates concepts and information into images; uses feedback to modify designs; applies design principles; demonstrates attention to detail.  

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolve problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.  

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to customer needs; solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.  

Communications – Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.   

Cooperation – Establishes and maintains effective relations; exhibits tact and consideration; offers assistance and support to co-workers; works cooperatively in group situations; works actively to resolve conflicts.  

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.  

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.  

Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.   

Change Management – Helps develop workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.  

Performance Coaching – Defines responsibilities and expectations; sets goals and objectives; gives performance feedback; motivates for increased results; recognizes contributions; encourages training and development.  

Team Leadership – Fosters team cooperation; defines team roles and responsibilities; supports group problem solving; ensures progress toward goals; acknowledges team accomplishments.  

Delegation – Delegates work assignments; matches the responsibility to the person; gives authority to work independently; sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; provides recognition for results.  

Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; give appropriate recognition to others.  

Managing People – Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; takes responsibility for subordinates’ activities; makes self-available to staff; provides regular performance feedback; develops subordinates’ skills and encourages growth; solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); fosters quality focus in others; improves processes, products and services; continually works to improve supervisory skills.  

Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.   

Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.  

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to profitability; demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals.  

Conflict Resolution – Encourages open communications; confronts difficult situations; maintains objectively; keeps emotions under control; uses negotiation skills to resolve conflicts.  

Impact & Influence – Pursues and wins support for ideas; displays ability to influence key decision-makers; achieves win-win outcomes; uses authority appropriately to accomplish goals; addresses divergent opinions.  

Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.  

Diversity – Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment.  

Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.   

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; supports affirmative and respects diversity.  

Strategic Thinking – Adapts strategy to changing conditions.  

Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.  

Consultative Selling – Builds rapport and establishes trust.   

Achievement Focus – Sets and achieves challenging goals; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; measures self against standard of excellence; recognizes and acts on opportunities; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.   

Personal Appearance – Dresses appropriately for position; keeps self well groomed.   

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meeting and appointments on time.  

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.   

Initiative – Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seek increased responsibilities; takes independent actions and calculated risks; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; asks for and offers help when needed.   

Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness; generates suggestions for improving work; develops innovative approaches and ideas; presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.  

Judgement – Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgement; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.   

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans.   

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.   

Quantity – Meets productivity standards; completes work in a timely manner; strives to increase productivity; works quickly.  

Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; determines appropriate action beyond guidelines; reports potentially unsafe conditions; uses equipment and materials properly. 



  1. That you will bring all of your projects in on time and on budget 95+ percent of the time, without compromising your quality, or customer satisfaction. This will be based upon the actual vs estimate for each specific project. 
  2. That you will keep a safe project site, and have zero project related injuries because of unsafe work conditions. This will be based on worker injuries as well as spot inspections done by the project manager and the company owners. 
  3. That you will keep your punch list items at the final walk thru to a minimum, (max. of 5) per project. Please remember this comes directly from our bottom line. 
  4. That all project paperwork will be done properly and turned in on time as based upon the office managers specific requirements and recommendations. 
  5. 95% of your assigned projects will have an extremely happy client at the end of the project as measured by the home owner survey. 



  1. All employees will have a 90 day review after the first 90 days of employment to determine if they are compatible with the company standards and employees. 
  2. All lead carpenters will be evaluated for their specific performance for the items mentioned above every April, July, October and January. 
  3. Evaluations done in April, July and October are for performance/goal setting and the evaluations done in January are for performance/goal setting as well as yearly raises (if applicable). 



  • All lead carpenters will be given a standard industry wage for the first 90 days of their employment. 
  • After the 90 day review by the company owners, the wage may increase based upon the abilities shown to the project manager and company owners. 



  • Please see the employee bonus program for all employees. Ask your project manager for details.