In one hundred words or less…
Intermediate project managers at Mancini get to operate on a spectacular level: base building projects that are altering the skyline of the city, long-term on-call relationships with some of the biggest companies in the world, and interiors build-outs hundreds of thousands of square feet and up in size. Assignments this complex need to be managed by people well-versed in a wide variety of project types—and possessing a certain kind of temperament that provides calm oversight of a project team potentially consisting of hundreds. We want to know if you’re one of this rare breed of architectural rock star.
Does this sound like you?
Intermediate project managers have a double apex of responsibility. They serve as the glue that holds their teams together, tracking workloads, coordinating consultants, and cultivating a constant chain of communications with the client. They make sure budgets and schedules are kept on track, project documents are kept to our firm’s high standards of quality, and teams are adequately staffed. And they do all this for the biggest and most demanding projects at Mancini.
The goods, if you got them
A project manager is expected to have learned many lessons from serving in the role of project architect and/or an interior designer—chief among them, an understanding about what makes a project successful. A project manager synthesizes the knowledge gained from these viewpoints into a perspective that sees the project from all sides. It’s this perspective that allows the project manager the authority to oversee the entire operation of the project, day by day. We also expect this experience has encouraged a cultivation of people skills: how to communicate with not just your own team, but outside consultants, construction managers, and last but not least, the client.
A day in the life
A project manager’s responsibilities vary throughout the day and on each project. They vary by phase of the project, too, but generally they include things like:
- Provides overall project coordination on a day-to-day basis and serves as the primary liaison between the client and the principal-in-charge
- Lead project teams, organizing and managing their efforts and assignments for efficiency
- Maintains project budgets, work plans, schedules and staffing requirements
- Conducts and documents project meetings
- Reviews contract documents for clarity, scope, completeness, and budget impact
- Prepares fee proposals for new work
Sometimes being at Mancini is something like being expected to play basketball one day and cello in a string quartet the next–but in a good way! While we want our project managers to play to their strengths, we also want them to expand beyond their comfort zones and gain expertise in project types they may not be accustomed to. A selection of projects a senior project manager might be involved in include:
- Chaminade High School’s new STEM Facility, a ground-up building that includes everything a high school may need from science labs to collaboration spaces to roof terraces for events
- Peloton Headquarters, an interior fit-out that supports this tech company’s expansion with work areas for a variety of needs from engineers to product teams to sales teams
- 888 Broadway Building Renovation, a complex modernization of the existing ABC Carpet & Home Headquarters into a Class A office building, including the addition of a new rooftop penthouse
- 43TEN Building Repositioning, the transformation of this existing warehouse site into a “Silicon Alley” office building in Long Island City
Relevant experience and mindset
We value people who are:
- Multifaceted like a Diamond: Sure, the people we’re looking for have studied architecture and/or design, and have had about three to five years of experience in the industry. But many of our most prized designers aren’t just about that. Some have also studied political science or philosophy, worked in finance, or made a killing playing video games. This interdisciplinary spirit allows our designers to see a project from a multiplicity of angles and contribute in all sorts of unexpectedly valuable ways.
- Self-driven: If a problem comes up, their pride won’t get in the way of admitting they need help, but they’ll research a problem thoroughly to see if they can solve it themselves.
- Flexible: They understand every problem has a unique context and a unique solution. They know that while experience is important, relying on approaches that worked in the past won’t always solve the problems of the future.
- Supernaturally Organized: Their work proceeds in a logical, thoroughly documented way; even if their work was half-way finished, another architect would be able to look at it and immediately understand.
- In the Digital Thick of It: Knowing AutoCAD, Revit, and Adobe Creative Cloud is mandatory. Knowing Rhino and/or SketchUp would be great. And knowing Lumion would be fantastic. All that said, for Mancini—a technology company at its core—we look for people who are exploring technologies we have yet to tap.
Think we’d get along?
Send a copy of your resume and a portfolio of some of your most interesting work to our Talent team at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Intermediate Project Manager (New York)”. We’ll get back to you with next steps which, for us, is an informal meet and greet over coffee (or tea, to each their own!) so we can get to know you.