Director of Construction

Role Summary

We might host Fortune 500 companies’ most important meetings and events, but we don’t believe in “business to business transactions”. Rather, we see business as a combination of human to human interactions. We see extraordinary potential in ordinary people, and we fully support your development. Working at Convene means building, learning, collaborating, growing, and celebrating every day. We want you to be relentless, to work on and build things you can be proud of.

We’re hiring a Director of Construction to join Convene’s Product team. A qualified candidate will be the senior team member responsible for overseeing the execution and implementation of our projects.  As the Director of Construction, you will be responsible for planning, developing, and executing technical documentation, as well as work in collaboration with Project Managers. We’re looking for someone passionate and innovative with experience in corporate or hospitality interiors. If you thrive in an environment of collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation, this could be the job for you.

Manages and coordinates large and/or complex real estate projects through all phases of estimating, permitting, and construction in conjunction with Convene’s Design and Real Estate teams. Provides leadership for regional site project management function by managing, coordinating, and developing Convene staff and/or third party project managers. Operates with significant independence and minimal supervision as the principal project representative between property owners, contractors, and consultants during execution phases. Will meet regularly with senior team members in Real Estate, Design,Operations, and Finance, as well as other top executives. Must work cooperatively with Operations and local field representatives, other Convene service providers such as IT, MEP/FP, AV, Security, Furniture, Lighting, and Project management.

Requirements

  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction, Architecture or related field. An advanced degree in Business/Management/Finance/Construction Management or a related field is strongly preferred
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience in the direct management of large, complex real estate projects with responsibility for site analysis, permitting and approvals, budget control, estimating, design and construction coordination, and project scheduling
  • Professional registration and other advanced training is preferred
  • Experience in corporate or hospitality interiors preferred
  • Ability to direct and coordinate work of internal staff, consultants, and contractors
  • Experience in all phases and aspects of a project
  • Familiarity with building codes, specifications, building, and engineering systems
  • Understanding of project management process
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of CAD/CAFM systems is desirable
  • Excellent customer service and analytical skills are necessary as is a personality that pays attention to details
  • Must exhibit initiative and a strong desire to achieve results
  • Must be computer literate in the use of typical construction industry software packages (e.g. scheduling, cost/cash flow control, etc.), as well as a willingness to adopt and shape new platforms and tools
  • Proficiency in real estate financial analysis is preferred
  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage complexity
  • Collaborative and professional work ethic

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Evangelize Convene Culture and Core Values – GRIT
  • Ensures assigned projects are completed within budgets and schedules while meeting client needs, business objectives and design guidelines
  • Manages program of projects and Project Managers to ensure successful completion and coordination of all efforts
  • In cooperation with Design, Real Estate, and Operations teams develop program and annual budget for regional capital project program
  • Prepares detailed construction cost estimates and documentation for project funding authorization, feeding into Convene’s project proforma’s
  • Explanation of project scope and the associated costs as required is part of this process
  • Monitors progress, provides financial control and ensures quality of project
  • Responsible for overseeing & managing the project team including architects, engineers, workplace consultants, construction managers and administrative support
  • Develop schedules and budgets for assigned projects
  • Identify and evaluates alternative solutions to best meet program goals
  • Works cooperatively with the appropriate Design team members, consultants and other Convene project team members to clarify specific needs and requirements and keeps team up-to-date on project status throughout process
  • Manages efforts of other corporate support functions such as Legal, Insurance and Loss Prevention, IT/AV, Security, and Hospitality
  • Ensures all projects are completed within budgets and schedules while meeting client needs, business objectives and design guidelines
  • Participate in or oversee the pre-qualification and bid evaluation process for consultants, contractors, and other outside vendors and selects vendors
  • Interacts with governmental branches and regulatory agencies as required to ensure that projects comply with all applicable legal requirements and regulations
  • Hires, manages and develops staff in alignment with Convene Core values

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