US Bank Stadium, One World Trade Center, the Louvre – you could have managed those in your sleep. You coined the phrase, “The buck stops here.” Your clients love you so much they take you on vacation. You thrive on detail, you crush deadlines, and you’re such a great multi-tasker that you’re reading this while tuning up your motorcycle.
You want to lead, and reap the profits of your efforts, and work with some of the most creative, fun and progressive people in our industry, and eat chocolate-covered potato chips. Guess what? We have the job for you.
JLG Architects is seeking a Senior Project Architect/Manager. Not just any Senior Project Architect/Manager, mind you.
A JLG Senior Project Architect/Manager:
- Is the backbone, the brain and the heart of a JLG’s most complex, large-scale projects. A JLG Senior Project Manager coordinates the entire project team, leads internal and external meetings, is the day-to-day contact for the client and keeps the budget and schedule online.
- Has an advanced understanding of materials and methods. Engineering? Check. Construction? Check. Codes, materials, latest building trends? Check, check, check.
- Delivers. Speaking of checks, a JLG Senior Project Manager is responsible for the execution of the JLG Project Checklist, our tried-and-true standards and processes guidelines.
- Leads. A JLG Senior Project Architect/Manager makes independent decisions and empowers his or her teammates while also managing difficult conversations (contract enforcement, contingency, etc).
A few more attributes of a future JLG-er:
- You are deeply experienced. You must be a registered architect and provide a minimum of two professional recommendations that speak to your ability to lead large-scale, complex projects.
- You must understand technology. You need to be proficient in both Revit and AutoCad, and proficient in building technology.
- You know what it means to be a self-motivated leader. JLG can trust you to serve as the main point of client contact from beginning to end, and then some. Your can-do outlook and willingness to do what it takes garners the respect and confidence of your peers and project team. You own budgets and schedules.
- You are engaged. You are an enthusiastic community steward and volunteer.
On a 20-below January day in 1989, Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen opened the doors to JLG Architects with little more than a stack of bumwad and a burning desire to truly make a difference through great design (and probably a space heater, because brr).
Thirty years later, we are one of the country’s 50 Most Admired Companies (MSN Money), 50 Best Places to Work (Inc. Magazine), and Architecture Giants (Building Design+Construction). That two-person firm may have grown to 120 professionals in 13 offices, but our driving force remains the same.
Every day at JLG is a new day for creating, inspiring and solving challenges. Everyone – from our Intern Designers to our Construction Administrator to our Marketing staff – is the heart and brains of the process, and we work closely together because we are inspired by one another. We live and work with passion; we never stop at “good enough” when it comes to our own expertise and aptitude, and are innovative and resilient in seeking out new ways to actively participate in the experience of being a JLGer.
In fact, our JLGers are so important that we became a 100% Employee-Owned ESOP in 2014 because the best place to grow your career is at a business of your own design. So, if you are someone with fire in your belly and fun up your sleeve, you’re someone we want to meet.
Beyond a love for award-winning architecture and chocolate-covered potato chips (not required), here is what makes a JLGer:
DESIGN. We are passionate, resourceful problem-solvers who inspire and innovate through creative solutions that elevate our clients and communities.
RELATIONSHIPS. We go beyond the standard definition of a team player; we hold ourselves accountable for nurturing collaborative, supportive, respectful relationships through clear and honest communication and adaptive decision making.
COMMUNITY. Above all else, we know that it is our responsibility to constantly find new ways to actively engage in and uplift all of our communities - from our professional network to our local neighborhood to our family of JLGers.
STEWARDSHIP. Time, money, materials – everything is finite. We humbly take full responsibility for our clients’, firm’s, and Earth’s resources to make smart decisions and calculated risks for today and tomorrow.
INTEGRITY. We are authentic, consistent, and transparent in our actions, words, and beliefs; we are courageous to do right by our clients, our communities, and ourselves.
But wait, there’s more - here are a few other reasons why it’s good to be a JLGer:
- Agile workforce program
- Summer and flexible hours
- JLGfit program
- Company-wide events and in-house social gatherings
- 100%-paid Medical Insurance
- Dental, Vision and Supplemental Insurance; Health Savings Account; Life, Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance
- Paid vacation time; paid personal/sick time; paid holidays; paid volunteer time; paid military service
- Flexible Spending Accounts (Health/Daycare FLEX)
- Formal peer mentoring program; Company-sponsored training and continuing education
- Paid Architectural Registration Exams
- Endless growth opportunities
- For new graduates, a 3-year development program that cuts the time to licensure in half
- Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
- 401(k) retirement plan with employer match contribution
- Licensure bonus program
- Discretionary bonuses
Manages the most complex large scale projects work to assure that the owner’s project goals are met, the documents are developed in accordance with internal and construction cost budgets and schedules, and the firm’s quality control objectives are achieved per the JLG Project Checklist and standards.
Position Location: Minneapolis, MN
- Current architectural registration/licensure required
- A minimum of two professional recommendations
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Proven ability to function in all phases of project development from predesign through construction phase for the most complex projects of the largest magnitude and/or of multiple projects simultaneously.
- Advanced understanding of building materials and construction methods
- Thorough knowledge of JLG production standards, tools and processes
- Advanced knowledge of building codes
- Ability to make independent decisions and empower team mates to learn decision-making skills
- Highly-developed analytical and problem-solving skills
- Demonstrated client relations/management ability
- Demonstrated project management leadership experience, including financial, team leadership, and schedule
- Strong verbal, written and graphical communication skills and an ability to gain client confidence and aid in any community presentations or outreach associated with the project.
- Ability to manage difficult conversations for complex large scale projects i.e. holding discussions on contract enforcement, contingency, design team errors, etc - which require taking responsibility armed with solutions.
- Revit aptitude
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: include the following (other duties may be assigned)
- Serve as main point of client contact
- Secure design phase reviews and written approvals
- Maintain client's schedule and budget parameters
- Manage client expectations throughout the project, including construction phase
- Approve invoices and oversee AR collections
- Provide weekly or bi-weekly Project Status Report to the PIC and client for active projects (Inactive projects shall have a monthly update)
- Oversee the client relationship and work produced to be the trusted adviser for the client, managing expectations, and executing appropriate actions to identify potential project and/or relationship risks and respond appropriately
- Honor existing relationships and expand client base by making client sponsorship and satisfaction a priority for what we do and who we are at all levels
- Participate in outside interest that benefit the firm, exhibit community stewardship, and a high level of self-motivation
- Participate in proposal writing, especially drafting work plans
- Coordinate with PIC and Staffing Coordinator to populate project team
- Propose consultants, fees, and schedule for approval by PIC and execute consultant contract(s)
- Implement project communications plan, including roles and responsibilities for client, project team and consultants
- Communicate contracted scope of work and execute contract terms to project team
- Meet project profit goals through internal schedule and budget management
- Provide the information to set-up and maintain the PM workbook to PM Accountant, or Project Operations Manager, including the Fee, Staff Budget, and Schedule
- Assess project progress and provide Report Percent Complete
- Invoicing review and approve consultants' and other expenses
- Assist PIC to negotiate, execute and monitor all Owner/Architect and Architect/Consultant Agreements
- Clearly communicate firm expectations and objectives for each project
- Hold clients and consultants accountable for meeting the terms of their contracts and ensure that established procedures are being followed
- Plan and review team assignments and work plan with PIC and project team.
- Schedule and administer team meetings, including technical specialists and consultants.
- Work with PIC to determine role/responsibility of all project team members, especially in terms of client communication.
- Confidently display a sufficient knowledge of engineering disciplines and construction practices to coordinate with consultants and contractors.
- Serve as a firm ambassador through being trustworthy and exhibiting personal behavior that reflects positively on the firm
- Provide motivation to employees and consultants through mentorship and coaching to participate in the development of staff, and provide the best possible working environment
- Participate in project and employee review process, providing accurate and meaningful feedback
- Engage in team member development, opportunities and advancement
- Have a clear understanding of the contracted scope of work and align the Project Checklist accordingly. Develop the project work plan to align and hold project teams accountable.
- Execute the project work plan using the JLG Project Checklist.
- Assume direct responsibility for quality control of the project; review and approve the technical content and method of presentation of all project deliverables, following established JLG standards and processes.
- Submit project checklist to PIC on a periodic basis for review and approval.
- Coordinate all of the technical efforts of the team members.
- Display a competent knowledge of building materials, specifications and construction techniques.
- Understand the requirements of and clearly communicate with governmental agencies and building authorities having jurisdiction.
- Hone knowledge of professional ethics applying to the practice of Architecture.
- Possess a passion for architecture and a demonstrated passion for the practice, with a constant desire to grow in the business and the profession, to be a thought leader and advancement JLG through knowledge transfer and mentorship
- Safeguard the JLG brand by providing general oversight of the work produced with respect to: Design, Quality, Budget, and Energy-efficient design
- Respectfully recommend and defend good design practices and solutions on all projects.
- Manage the JLG Project Checklist.
- Oversee the design and technical execution of the project.
- Report directly to the PIC any matters that jeopardize the success of project which cannot be resolved at intermediate levels of responsibility, including staff performance.
- Participate in project and employee review process by providing accurate and meaningful feedback especially as it relates to the JLG organizational structure.
- High expectations of one's self, one's team and one's firm
- Desire to help and advance others
- Sense of ownership and responsibility
- Willingness to do what it takes
- "Can-do" outlook
- Organizational skills
- Communication skills
- Technical skills
- Design aptitude
- Schedule and budget control
- Communication - project team, PIC, consultants, and clients, and other stakeholders
- Client Relations
- Financial performance / accountability
- Garners respect and confidence of peers and project team
- Client sponsorship: obtain repeat business from existing clients
- Identify staff with aptitude and ability to further develop and mentor staff
"We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law."