SOM - Assistant Project Manager - Mandarin Speaking

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Fri, Nov 8 '19Posted on:

Interested candidates must apply via https://som.wd5.myworkdayjobs....

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 an Assistant Project Manager for the opportunity to build a strong and thriving career.  You will be a key member of multiple architectural design teams focused primarily on planning, directing and coordinating assigned projects to deliver high quality professional services.   Fluency in both Mandarin Chinese and English is highly recommended.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Contribute to SOM’s vision by enabling clear communication among team members, consultants and clients in English and Mandarin Chinese.  Promote professional relationships internally and externally.
  • Serve as a point of contact for clients, external consultants and vendors.
  • Prepare and review project memos, correspondence, contracts and schedules for professional services; communicate daily with team.
  • Conduct important client communications and videoconferencing occasionally after hours to coincide with regular business hours in other international markets.  Record minutes of these meetings and document action items.
  • Work with internal SOM staff to implement, update and manage in Vision software, project staffing and resource planning.
  • In conjunction with Project Director, Project Manager and Project Architect and Project Accountant prepare appropriate billings and pursue payment compliance.
  • Maintain and update project data (in various mediums including hard copy project files, network drives etc.) in a timely manner to insure accurate reporting of earnings and accurate billings.
  • Supports and participates in marketing and business development efforts.
  • Manage and coordinate multiple schedules, both individual and project specific.



  • A professional degree in Architecture.
  • 3 – 4 years relevant experience.
  • Ability to read, write and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese and English
  • A highly professional, creative and committed individual with proven collaboration, technical and organizational skills.
  • A proven work ethic and the ability to anticipate project, client and team needs, service oriented, initiate decisions and coordinate the activities of others.
  • Previous experience working for an American firm doing business with companies in the People's Republic of China strongly preferred
  • Interest in, and ability to, handle financial management issues as it relates to project team members, consultant team members and project performance.
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel.
  • Strong proofreading skills in English and Mandarin
  • MS Project and Illustrator skills highly desirable.

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and 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:

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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.



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