The Director, Construction will be responsible for the identification of potential redevelopment opportunities and for the successful oversight of those projects undertaken by SRP, with a particular focus on the design & construction phases. This position is based in Chicago, IL.
Manage the day to day activities of a redevelopment/construction project including all scheduling, budget updates, contracting, quality control, design modifications, permitting, and coordination with leasing and tenant coordination.
Collaborate with heads of management and leasing to create proformas for internal review for potential redevelopment opportunities, with a particular focus on the overall direct costs associated with the project.
Prepare, obtain approval of, and monitor construction budgets inclusive of related soft costs; oversee and identify budget revisions.
Develop and manage the project schedule and provide detailed regular updates to the project team to ensure project remains on track.
Coordinate and negotiate responsibilities and activities with major tenants and/or department stores.
Assist developers with negotiating LLW letters above shell for proforma spaces.
Prepare requests for proposals; obtain and review proposals and provide recommendations for approval.
Approves change orders or negotiate changes with contractors.
Review draw requests and approve invoices for payment.
Interact with municipal authorities on all permitting and zoning issues.
Coordinate efforts with local mall teams to ensure project proceeds smoothly with keeping the distraction to the mall to a minimum.
Coordinate subcontractor when project scopes allow, eliminating the need for a general contractor.
Identify potential redevelopment opportunities within the existing portfolio.
Other duties as assigned by management.
A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Engineering, Architecture or related field.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Minimum of 10 years of Development and/or Construction experience working for a Development-related company or general contractor.
Experience in the mixed-use, or mall development field is essential.
Ability to read detailed architectural and engineering plans.
Experience in site work is a plus.
Experience with LEED certified projects is a plus.
Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Demonstrated success in project management.
Demonstrated understanding of the risk management components of this role and proven ability to mitigate risks for the organization.
Proven ability to harness technology to oversee the project.
Strong financial acumen and ability to articulate financial implications of decisions as well as collaborate with Finance on the impact of those decisions.
Professional and Personal Characteristics:
Solid project management skills and ability to lead cross-functional teams.
Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Skilled in conducting meetings.
Results-oriented and high energy.
Quickly able to establish credibility and gain respect of the organization.
Highest level of personal integrity to inspire confidence, respect, and trust.
Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
Comfortable interacting at all levels of the organization and in representing the organization within the industry.
Demonstrated negotiation skills.
Passionate and committed to their own personal and professional development as well as that of their colleagues.
Creative and innovative approach to solving problems and resolving issues.
Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
Ability to travel to sites as needed.
Willing and interested in becoming involved in industry trade organizations to engage in networking that will benefit the organization.
Starwood Retail provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or sexual orientation.
About Starwood Retail Partners
Starwood Retail Partners ("SRP") is a retail real estate platform focused primarily on regional malls and lifestyle centers. SRP will acquire, redevelop, manage and reposition retail real estate assets in order to enhance property cash flow and create long-term value for its capital partners. Formed by Starwood Capital Group in 2012, the global private real estate investment firm, and its affiliates, SRP seeks to capitalize on opportunities in the ever-changing retail landscape through a unique combination of talent, experience and execution capabilities. SRP brings to each of its investments hands on experience in management, leasing and redevelopment. SRP’s goal is to acquire, manage, reposition and re-develop market dominant shopping centers into enduring one-stop shopping destinations of the future.