Project Administrator - Mandarin Speaking

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Tue, Feb 27 '18Posted on:

SOM, one of the most influential design firms in the world, is seeking innovative, creative, independent, and critical thinkers who aspire to the highest standards of excellence. Join our collaborative design practice as a mandarin speaking Project Administrator for the opportunity to build a strong and thriving career.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to SOM’s vision by enabling clear communication among team members, consultants and clients.  Promote professional relationships internally and externally.
  • Serve as a point of contact for clients, external consultants and vendors.
  • Prepare, review and translate project memos, correspondence, technical documents, contracts and schedules for professional services; communicate daily with team.
  • Schedule client meetings and assist with set up, including GoTo Meetings and videoconference’s.  Record meeting minutes and document action items.
  • In conjunction with Project Manager and Project Architect, prepare appropriate billings and pursue payment compliance.
  • Maintain and update project records to ensure organized and recoverable data (in various mediums including hard copy project files, network drives etc.) as needed.
  • Identify, organize and implement administrative projects independently in accordance with deadlines.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple schedules, both individual and project specific.
  • Initiate and coordinate team travel arrangements.
  • Perform various support duties for the studio, including calendar management and overtime needs.
  • Dedicate the necessary time beyond routine hours (as required, including last minute needs) to assist in meeting business commitments.

Desired skills and expertise:

  • Ability to read, write and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese and English is required.
  • A highly professional, creative and committed individual with proven technical and organizational skills.
  • A proven work ethic and the ability to anticipate needs, service clients, initiate decisions and coordinate the activities of others.
  • 3+ years professional work experience in an office environment working with and as part of a team, preferably in a professional services organization.
  • Prior financial, accounting or bookkeeping experience.
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.
  • Strong proofreading and attention to detail skills.
  • Exceptional written and communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree desirable.
  • Prior experience working with an architecture, engineering or construction firm highly desirable.
  • Autocad, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator skills highly desirable.

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline:

For more about SOM:

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed.  Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.


Please apply at under the SF- Project Administrator-Mandarin Speaking requisition.

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