Project Manager

Google R+D for the Built Environment Google R+D for the Built Environment Employer:
Mountain View, CA, USLocation:
Wed, Nov 28 '18Posted on:

Who we are/ What we do:

Google R+D is the Ideas Workshop for the Built Environment. We are architects, engineers, researchers, designers, inventors, dreamers and builders who are obsessed with meaningfully shaping our environment. We are a community of optimistic, passionate, action-oriented solution-seekers who love to say “yes” and then create the path to deliver on that answer. From the scale of the Desk to the scale of the District, we generate ideas and prototypes that deliver immediate tangible value, and project a resilient, resource efficient, technologically-enriched and beautiful future.

What You Do:

As a Project Manager, you are a non-traditional project leader responsible for several of our Workplace and Interiors  initiatives each quarter, hitting established cost and schedule targets and producing value-driven outcomes. You have broad general knowledge base across all aspects of design and construction especially with a focus on interiors and workplace, and though perhaps not an expert across all subject areas, you can assemble and manage a team of experts who can solve almost any problem related to the built environment - at both the desk and building scale.  You are also a collaborative leader, leading a team and facilitating the relationships necessary to generate the most exciting new solutions. You have the ability to maintain a high level view as well as the ability to get into the details as needed on initiatives to help teams prioritize goals so that they can work most effectively, through weekly meetings and daily communication. You are an adept natural communicator, optimistic and positive, and can make hard work feel like a vocation. You identify with the success of the team, and dive in to do whatever it takes to create the best work. You thrive in an optimistic team environment where we deeply respect each other and try to leave each other feeling inspired and energized.


  • Takes ownership of the initiatives assigned, establishes teams both internal and consultant-based, and plans out quarterly work with schedules, and key milestones, budgets, goals and priorities, and tracking mechanisms

  • Leads a team of internal designers, researchers, and creators to successfully execute the lab’s initiatives and overall goals

  • Checks in regularly with lab leadership; facilitates meetings and workshops and other processes necessary for a high quality work product

  • Identifies good consultant partners and executes all contracts necessary to build out the right consultant team to successfully complete initiatives

  • Develops analytical frameworks and reports that expedite the decision-making ability of design and fabrication teams

  • Has an open and flexible attitude toward developing alternate solutions and methods to enhance or supplant industry norms, and has enough knowledge to understand the impacts of the norms that are broken.

  • Embodies the ethos and expands the ambitions of the R+D Lab


  • Senior Licensed Architect or Project Manager with a degree in Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management

  • Expertise in budget preparation, financial analysis, construction and project management

  • Excellent planning skills, including careful attention to detail, information organization and timeline tracking; ability to utilize data to tell a story

  • Tools for understand potential exposures/roadblocks and strategies to overcome them

  • Ability to take many components constituting an initiative and prioritize these to achieve the lab’s goals

  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across many teams and at all organizational levels

  • Solution-Seeking and action-oriented

  • Demonstrated positive and effective leadership

  • Organized, meticulous manager, yet also a creative problem solver

  • Working knowledge of building and planning codes, with the ability to foresee regulatory or bureaucratic obstacles to execution

  • Effective strategic negotiation skills, and ability to influence and collaborate at all organizational levels, and with partner and vendor teams

  • Relentless curiosity and a passion for the built environment

  • An obsession with user-centered discovery and design process

This position is full time at the Google R+D lab on Google premises, with full-time employment through XL construction.

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