Design Team Lead | La Crosse, WI or Rochester, MN

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Design Team Lead | La Crosse, WI or Rochester, MN

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Accountability Expectations:

  • Lead and manage all design and entitlement aspects of your assigned projects. Be 100% responsible and accountable for the projects you lead.
  • Allow latitude for the design team to carry out their responsibilities relatively independently while personally remaining knowledgeable and accountable for the overall project(s).
  • Be a problem solver. Provide recommendations and options to help solve problems.
  • Ensure stewardship of and accountability for overall operational and fiscal integrity of the project.

Leadership Expectations:

  • Develop and maintain a visible and positive leadership role with customers, consultants and within the company.
  • Lead and motivate each respective project team to work together to exceed customer expectations.
  • Think beyond day-to-day design realities and nurture the customer relationship for future growth.
  • Interact and collaborate with other company disciplines to establish best practice processes.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the internal team, and external consultants, in the promotion and elevation of the company’s brand and reputation.
  • Take an active role in the Lead Generation Program and the Human Resource Referral Program.
  • Generate proposal information, and participate in customer presentations, on an as-requested basis.
  • Collaborate with the project team to develop a project-specific strategy that will provide the company with the best opportunity for a successful contract award.
  • Lead and manage the generation of varying levels of design information generated by internal design staff and external design consultants, including the following:
    • Master Planning and Code Evaluation
    • Schematic/Conceptual Design Documents
    • Preliminary Design Documents
    • Design Development Documents
    • Construction Documents.
    • As-Builts
  • Lead and manage Due Diligence Consultants, as follows:
    • Develop project-specific Request-for-Proposal (RFP) information for due diligence consultants – wetland delineation, geotechnical surveys, Phase 1 surveys, hazardous material surveys, environmental surveys, etc.
    • Solicit project-specific proposals from due diligence consultants, with the goal of obtaining multiple proposals from qualified consultants.
    • Receive, qualify (scope, price, schedule, etc.) and share due diligence proposals with the Owner, making recommendation(s) to the Owner regarding consultant selection(s).
    • Coordinate the completion of due diligence consultant activities on behalf of the Owner, keeping the Owner apprised of due diligence activities.
  • Lead and manage Owner design agreements, and associated design budgets, as follows:
    • Generate a project budget for each project, broken down by design discipline, suitable for Accounting.
    • Generate and execute project-specific design agreements between the Owner and company.
    • Generate and submit design pay applications on a monthly basis, and collaborate with Accounting to ensure timely funding of pay applications.
  • Lead and manage Design and Engineering Consultants, as follows:
    • Develop project-specific Request-for-Proposal (RFP) information for design and engineering consultants – planning/zoning, civil, structural, architectural, interior design, refrigeration, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, fire protection, low voltage, etc.
    • Solicit project-specific proposals from licensed and insured design and engineering consultants, with an emphasis on soliciting design consultants that have experience/expertise in each respective project type.
    • Receive, qualify (scope, price, schedule, etc.) and make a recommendation to the internal project team regarding design consultant selection.
    • Generate and execute project-specific consultant agreements within a time frame that meets project-specific budget and schedule requirements – do not allow any consultant to begin design work without an executed consultant agreement in place.
    • Code and submit project-specific design consultant invoices to Accounting.
    • Generate, execute and stay current with all Owner and Consultant Change Orders – do not proceed with additional Work without an executed Owner Change Order.
    • Estimate required design change orders for assigned projects, and make all necessary adjustments to project design budgets and forecasting.
    • Monitor design budget financials, including bi-monthly forecasting with Accounting, and take proactive measures to correct deficiencies and improve project results via early intervention – communicate any identified deficiencies to your supervisor immediately.
  • Lead and manage the entitlement schedule and process:
    • Collaborate with external design consultants and agency contacts to develop a comprehensive list of plan review approvals and project approvals required for each project – identify the process and duration for each required approval.
    • Collaborate with design consultants to identify design durations and phasing for each design discipline.
    • Develop a comprehensive preconstruction schedule identifying the design and entitlement schedule for each project – utilize this information to collaborate with the internal team to generate a detailed, overall project schedule.
    • Coordinate with design consultants to ensure timely generation, submittal and monitoring of applicable agency plan review approvals and permit approvals.
    • Attend agency meetings as required to obtain agency plan approvals and permit approvals.
  • Lead and manage general design coordination:
    • Facilitate programming with customers to determine functional and spatial requirements of new structures and/or renovations, and prepare information regarding design, specifications, materials, color and equipment.
    • Facilitate weekly design phase coordination meetings during the design phase, including preparation and distribution of meeting agendas and meeting minutes.
    • Collaborate with the project team regarding design assemblies & details that can impact constructability, means & methods, cost of materials & assemblies, lead times for materials and equipment, and project schedule.
    • Ensure the timely completion of design quality control reviews for all projects.
    • Collaborate with the project team regarding Value Engineering efforts required to achieve project budget goals.
    • Collaborate with the project team regarding the timely review, response and return of project-specific RFI’s and submittals.
  • Verify the level of customer satisfaction of the operations group as judged by the company’s customers.

Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Minimum four-year Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
  • 8 to 15 years of experience preferred.
  • Licensed, with NCARB capabilities preferred.
  • Design-build experience is preferred.
  • Development and pre-development experience is preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and effective verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Recruiter Contact Info

Brooke Sanchez
Director of Talent – Executive Search


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