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Project Manager - Architectural Design

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Helffrich International

$85,000.00 - $105,000.00

Columbus, OH

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Job Description

Job Title

: Project Manager/Education Leader


The value of this position is the candidate’s ability to “wear multiple hats” by having varied skills and experience. This position requires experience and ability regarding maintenance and business development of pre-qualified customers (not cold calling). Provide project team management and technical leadership, assuming primary responsibility for project contracts, goals, scope, budget and schedule on all assigned projects. Act as primary liaison with clients and coordination with outside consultants through all phases of project.

Leads the company’s Educational practice. Responsible for business development for the firm, especially in the higher education market. Ultimately responsible to the Practice Group Leader for accomplishing the goals established in the Marketing Plan. Lead the thought leadership efforts for the market and participating in industry organizations, such as SCUP. Deliver presentations to Owners and/or User Groups. Perform a variety of tasks including: Master planning, programming, assessments and participating in the design team.

Education, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations

Professional degree (Bachelor of Architecture or equivalent) from an accredited school of architecture is a minimum requirement

Seven years’ experience

BIM (Revit) and Microsoft Office Proficiency is a must

Architectural Registration required


Experience/ Skills and Abilities

Minimum of 8 years' office experience with project management emphasis

Experience and knowledge in project financial areas to include fee/profit determination, budget projections, tracking, and owner financing

Experience and ability in working successfully within a project team environment, including effective communications, motivating, coaching and conflict resolution

Ability to deliver superior customer service

Computer literacy Microsoft Office Proficiency is a must and BIM (Revit) preferred

Demonstrated technical competency in all phases of architectural services

Ability to delegate significant responsibility to team members

Ability to negotiation

Strong presentation skills for in-house staff, clients, consultants, contractors, and regulatory agencies

Ability to effectively handle the demands of several projects, including deadlines and financial pressures

In-depth understanding of construction methods and materials and their costs

In-depth understanding of architectural practice including office standards, AIA documents and other standards of the construction industry

Strong personal organization and time management skills

Strong capacity for innovation and creativity in dealing with project management strategies

Thorough knowledge of building codes, zoning codes, environmental regulations, ADA requirements, and other pertinent laws and review processes

Working knowledge of architectural design/planning issues with design sensitivity in making project management decisions

Good judgment and decision-making abilities


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality

Quantity - Meets utilization standards; Completes work in timely manner; Strives to increase productivity

Communication Skills - Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and white papers .

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

- Other duties may be assigned. Develop project scope, budgets and schedules, and develop strategies with project team members to insure all project goals are achieved

With assistance from the project team, develop detailed work plan, project flow chart, PM checklist and other automated management tools

Conduct regular internal team meetings to review project status, outstanding issues and plans of action.

Encourage open communication and active participation in project issues by all team members

Pro-actively lead clients through all project phases with effective communications, aggressive project planning/scheduling, concise recommendations and strong direction of the decision-making process

Effectively lead the project team, promoting mutual respect, while challenging and motivating team members.

Ensure all team members have clear goals and understand specific expectations on all projects.

Delegate responsibility to the most effective level possible

Develop and manage project budgets and manpower while achieving established profit goals

Actively support established design goals and concepts on all projects

Actively participate in project marketing to include presentations, proposal preparation, and selection of project consultants.

Responsible for manpower analysis, fee determination, fee negotiations (Owner and consultants) and contract execution

Manage all contractual issues in coordination with the Project Principal, to include scope changes, billing and collections.

Strongly promote the highest quality of services to all project team members including Owner, consultants and contractor(s)

Effectively communicate project issues and decisions through telephone conversations, meetings, memos, transmittals, letters and reports.

Clearly document issues as appropriate for future reference or use

Actively communicate project status with Project Principal and Projects Division Director

Actively review and utilize company, AIA and other standards, forms, and procedures that define the company process

1984-2012. 28 Years of Excellence!

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Company Profile
Helffrich International, established in 1984, is a 'modified retained' search firm that specializes in sourcing management, sales, marketing and senior level technical professionals for domestic and international positions. The company works primarily for clients in the advanced materials, energy, medical equipment, mining, and manufacturing industries. Helffrich International is a preferred member of Top Echelon, one of the premier networks of independent search firms in the world. This affiliation provides immediate access to a large, current data base of candidates who meet specific discipline, industry and geographic requirements. It also furnishes information on salaries, incentive programs, benefits, relocation and other forms of compensation used to attract and retain top talent. Helffrich International does not hesitate to partner with search firms around the world when appropriate. The Principals, Michael D. Helffrich and Alan B. Helffrich Jr. have more than 50 years of combined experience in executive search. Further, they have domestic and international experience as Sales, Branch, Regional and General Manager, Vice President and President of various multinational industrial and financial companies in the United States, Latin America and Europe. Both Principals are Certified Personnel Consultants. Both have served as Officers of local, state and international business and personnel associations. Both speak several languages and have a global business perspective. This background assures clients a pragmatic, in depth understanding of business operations and the factors affecting senior staffing decisions. Our strength is identifying, qualifying and recruiting professionals who are not on the market. Further, compared to traditional retained search, our modified retained modus operandi assures better performance at less cost. We have never failed a modified retained search assignment.

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