Specifications Writer

SmithGroupJJR SmithGroupJJR Employer:
Los Angeles, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Feb 28 '18Posted on:

SmithGroupJJR is an international idea-oriented design firm that is committed to creating inspiring places that enrich the human spirit. We believe that extraordinary projects are created when the design process is based on the principles of exploration, experimentation, innovation, sustainability, research, and collaboration. Our expertise in providing thoughtful and innovative solutions keeps SmithGroupJJR at the forefront of architectural, engineering and planning firms around the world. According to the 2017 Building Design + Construction magazine “Giants” ranking, SmithGroupJJR is the 7th largest architecture/engineering firm in the U.S.

The Los Angeles office is looking for a Specifications Writer to join our team. This person could be located in either the Los Angeles or San Diego office locations. We offer local, national and international projects of all sizes including opportunities to work with our other offices. We are seeking a talented individual who is committed to design excellence, who thrives in an environment of collaboration and who demonstrates a high degree of entrepreneurial spirit.

Working with us, you will:  

  • Work with project teams to write technical specifications for their projects and support other team’s specification writers as necessary to ensure the quality of the specifications on all SmithGroupJJR projects.

  • Resource and Mentor to the office regarding design QA/QC and development of construction documents.

  • Exhibit an understanding of architectural products and services as well as emerging technologies for architectural services delivery and procurement approaches.

  • Maintain excellent industry/competitor product and process knowledge by reviewing and understanding our markets and competitive activity.

  • Collaborate with specifications leadership in the development and administrative management of the SmithGroupJJR Master Specifications Library.   

  • Adapt to changes in the marketplace and project delivery.

An ideal candidate has:  


  • Significant experience in writing specifications for projects of a size and scope appropriate to our key practice areas (Healthcare, Workplace, Science & Technology, Higher Education/Cultural, and Government projects)

  • Experience with BIM, e-SPECS, and other emerging technologies, particularly those technologies and software focusing on integrated practice

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • CSI-CCS certification

  • Bachelor’s degree and license in Architecture or related field


SmithGroupJJR offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package, including 401(k) and continuing educational reimbursement. We also offer three weeks of paid time off within the first year of employment, with the option of purchasing additional time off, and pay for 8 federal holidays. We also offer an alternative work schedule that provides employees with an additional 15 days off per year (usually Fridays) to help with work/life balance.  

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

SmithGroupJJR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or arrest/conviction records.

Instructions for applying – please read carefully.

  • Go to and go to the Careers / Los Angeles.

  • On the Specifications Writer posting, please click the Apply here link. Fill in the required information, and submit your cover letter, resume, and project list as attachments. Please include salary requirements in your cover letter.

Back to Job List...

  • ×Search in: