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Gillian Executive Search, Inc. - recruiters in real estate development, construction and architecture

The Development Project Manager reports to the Sr. Development Manager, and is responsible for leading and managing the planning, design, construction, and completion of various projects such as warehouses, distribution facilities, food plants, maintenance depots, and corporate offices.  This role demands an experienced professional with excellent leadership and communication skills, and a strong real estate development, project management, and construction background.

 This team works closely with other corporate development teams, with in Real Estate, Warehouse, Operations, etc. This role demands an experienced professional with excellent leadership and communication skills, and a strong real estate development, project management background.

*This position is full-time, in-office only
General Responsibilities
  • Leadership: Collaborate with a team of Project Managers, Project Coordinators, and administrative Associates to manage multiple projects that widely vary in scope. Must demonstrate servant leadership within the Support Facilities department, the entire organization, and with third-party vendors. 
  • Strategic Planning: Collaborate with senior management to align construction and facilities development initiatives with the company’s overall business strategy and objectives. Review project proposals for the development of non-restaurant facilities, which includes determining timeframe, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing projects, contractor requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of each project.
  • Design & Planning: Manage the entire Real Estate Development process, including Entitlements, Design and Permitting, Construction, and Transition/Turnover. Collaborate with development teams, and operations as needed.
  • Project Management: Work on multiple construction projects (ground-up and TI’s) concurrently, in varying geographies, all of which may be in various stages of the development process, including turnover and transition to the end user(s). Prepare and manage procurement logs.
  • Budget & Resource Management: Develop project budgets, allocate resources effectively, and ensure projects are completed within allocated budgets.
  • Timeline Management: Track and be responsible for project schedules; monitor progress and implement adjustments as needed to ensure projects are completed on time.
  • Vendor & Contract Management: Source and manage external vendors, contractors, and subcontractors, including engineers, architects, civil engineers, geotechnical, environmental, survey, relative to due diligence, entitlements, and permit procurement; prepare, analyze, negotiate, and execute contracts and bid proposals; prepare RFP’s (Request for Proposals), RFQ’s (Request for Qualifications); manage relationships to ensure high-quality workmanship and adherence to project specifications; manage owner change orders and submittals.
  • Communication: Maintain clear and open communication with internal stakeholders, senior management, and project teams to provide regular updates on progress and address any concerns. Attend monthly on-site owner’s meetings.
  • Reporting: Prepare comprehensive project reports, including status updates, financial summaries, and risk assessments, for presentation to senior leadership. 
  • Quality Control:  Implement quality control processes to ensure that construction work meets the highest quality, safety, and compliance standards.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities to enhance teamwork and project management processes, streamline workflows, and improve efficiency. 
Work Schedule + Benefits
  • Full-time, Exempt
  • Pay Range is $131,500-$160,000

    The above represents the expected pay range for this job requisition. Ultimately, in determining your pay, we will consider your experience and other job-related factors.
  • Performance bonus 10-12%
  • Office Hours in Irvine, CA: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Requires significant field work and travel; will need to report 50%-60% to Irvine, CA office with 40%-50% at the West Covina, CA office.  
  • Travel time: 60-80% of the work time will be spent in the field and on construction sites; will require occasional overnight travel to all seven states where the client operates, as well as Tennessee 
  • Excellent Benefits, to include Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, FSA’s, 401(k)/Profit Sharing Plan, Adoption Assistance, Education Reimbursement, Supplemental Health Plans and Pet Insurance
  • 8+ years’ experience in design and familiarity with working drawings and construction (required)
  • 8+ years’ experience in all areas of Real Estate Development with an emphasis on due diligence and acquisition, pre-construction, land development, infrastructure (wet and dry utilities), warehousing, and Type I, Type II, Type III, and Type V construction (required)
  • Experience in the entitlement and permitting process, including a working understanding of the governmental entitlement process and Universal Building Codes (required)
  • Experience in Project Turnover and/or Transition to internal shareholders or end users.
  • Hands-on construction experience (required) 
  • High School diploma or GED required; Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or a combination of experience and education (preferred) 
  • Intermediate knowledge of MS Office and advanced proficiency in construction software (i.e. Procore)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment, while exhibiting a positive and professional attitude  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills 
  • Able to work on multiple projects simultaneously, be a self-starter, and able to work both autonomously and in a team-oriented atmosphere
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality while exercising discretion and good judgment 
  • Will possess a strong work ethic, excellent organization and communication skills, and the ability to observe safety guidelines   
  • Willingness and ability to travel, including overnight, 60-80% of the time
  • Must possess valid Driver’s license 


Contact: Kipp Gillian | Gillian Executive Search | 866-600-0437 x 1

    • Job type: Permanent
    • Location: Irvine, CA
    • Date posted:
    • Salary:$131000 - $160000