Senior Project Manager

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Los Angeles, CA, USLocation:
Wed, May 11 '22Posted on:

WHY Los Angeles seeks Senior Project Manager

Based in Los Angeles and New York, WHY was founded by Kulapat Yantrasast in 2004 and has established itself in the international design vanguard for widely-acclaimed projects that serve the arts, communities, and the environment. The 40+ person practice is structured as five workshops focusing on Ideas, Buildings, Landscape Museums and Objects—allowing us to approach projects from multiple angles to develop holistic, experience-driven solutions that are also provocative and unique. We continue to build these “ecologies of disciplines”, to and expand our network of diverse thinkers, both within and beyond the studio.  We believe everyone has the potential to bring a unique perspective, multiplying the possibilities of a collaborative work environment.

We are looking for an Senior Project Manager who is passionate about design and has the skills to manage complex, high-design, multi stakeholder institutional projects.   

In this role, you will:

  • Lead the internal and external project team from SD- through completion of the project.
  • Be responsible for delivering the contract and maintaining project compliance.
  • Have the soft skills to ensure quality service to the client while representing the best interests of the firm.
  • Negotiate contracts and changes as required.
  • Ensure QC processes are implemented. Apply best practice to deliver the work.
  • Report on progress and financial performance of the contract on regular basis to leadership.
  • Manage the team, allocate resources as needed, and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Support Directors as a supervisor to all team members. Mentor staff and provide necessary team training.
  • Manage the project budget, schedule and deliverables.
  • Coordinate and lead all meetings, whether internal or external. Direct team members/ design leads as appropriate to deliver presentations.  
  • Work with leaders to continuously improve design process and collaboration within the multidisciplinary studio.
  • Have opportunity for growth in the organization, including management training, while mentoring and supporting junior staff.
  • Support Directors in new pursuits.  

 Required Skills and Credentials.

  • a B. Arch degree
  • Minimum ten years’ experience including at least 5 years demonstrated experience in Project Management of a $40 mil + project.
  • Minimum one exhibition design project experience, start to finish.
  • Strong listening skills with superior, professional communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Highly organized
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD & Revit, Adobe Suite, and Microsoft Suite 
  • Basic knowledge of Rhino and conversions to Revit.
  • Ability to prioritize and schedule workflow in a deadline driven environment 
  • Ability to manage up; ability to work collaboratively with complex teams.
  • Strategic thinking skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills with situational understanding.
  • Ability to work well with different perspectives. Has experience working in a design-intensive, collaborative environment.

Additional Skills/Credentials that will be considered a plus

  • Registered Architect in CA
  • PMP
  • Working knowledge of Enscape, Lumion

Position Type, Compensation & Benefits:

  • This is a full time, exempt position that is salaried with benefits.
  • Compensation: Depends highly on experience, but we offer base salaries at or above market rates.
  • Benefits: We offer Health, 401k, and a Flexible PTO policy for all Full-Time Exempt employees. We want you to stay healthy and feel encouraged to take time off as you need and see fit, while ensuring that it's not disruptive to the work.
  • Other: We have projects around the world and collaborate with interesting people in the cultural space to create them. We are also a small boutique practice. We think the combination of the two makes for an exciting opportunity for anyone interested making a difference.  
  • How to apply:  Email required applicant documents to:  (subject heading: position_your name). Required applicant documents include a cover letter, resume and list of references. Combined size of all attachments shall be no larger than 2MB. 

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and be physically located in Los Angeles. WHY is a participant in the E-verify program. WHY is an equal opportunity employer that will consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.



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