Sr. Manager, Preconstruction

Job Description

Sr. Manager, Preconstruction
The Howard Hughes name is synonymous with entrepreneurial vision, tenacity and a pioneering spirit—values still embodied by The Howard Hughes Corporation today. While Hughes’ passion for aviation and the silver screen are legendary, it was his investment in real estate that forms the bedrock of the company.  At the core of our DNA we believe we can Make Life Extraordinary.  We strive to embody these same qualities for every individual that our company touches, from stakeholders to partners, from consumer to shareholder.
We believe in “Thinking Big” at The Howard Hughes Corporation.   We demand excellence and an unrelenting dedication to success.  Our mission is to be the pre-eminent developer and operator of master planned communities and mixed-use properties in the United States.  We create timeless places and memorable experiences that inspire people while driving sustainable, long-term growth and value. We create environments where people want to live, work, shop, dine and play from coast to coast.
The Sr. Manager, Preconstruction helps manage all aspects of design and construction projects including estimating and bidding processes, scheduling, coordinating work with architects, engineers, inspectors, and writing contracts and purchase orders.  As an owner/operator, good team management from the beginning of the design process through construction is essential to enable a faster and more cost-effective project delivery process, higher quality buildings, and increased control while providing predictability to the owner.   The Sr. Preconstruction Manager will provide technical input; analysis and estimating/cost evaluation to support and assist in in overseeing design and contracting.
  • Communicate effectively with all team members, internal and external, to facilitate attainment of project objectives and project requirements to align with HHC standards.
  • Review project plans, requirements and specifications on complex mixed-use and high-rise projects to evaluate the design options and work with design team to provide the most efficient systems for long term owner valuation.
  • Prepare conceptual estimates.
  • Complete through constructability review of project documents.
  • Review project documents for conflicts / questions and identification of scope items with cost implications.
  • Prepare accurate quantity takeoffs and pricing in the Schematic and Design Development phases as needed.
  • Through analysis and review of Contractor estimates.
  • Manage effective value engineering exercises to reduce cost without sacrificing program / quality or increase quality / program without increasing cost
  • Assist our Strategic Procurement Group with development of bid documents and analysis of bids for "owner furnished contractor installed materials” and equipment.
  • Review drawings for BIM for compliance with contract requirements, project needs and ensure documents proper coordination among all trades.
  • Maintain good relationship with suppliers and contractors to obtain current industry pricing.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining databases of “lessons learned”, desirable and non-desirable products, labor and material costs, consultants and contractors.
  • Stay current with technological advances in equipment.
  • Setup, maintain and utilize construction management software, e-Builder to maintain cost controls, project documents, RFI’s, submittals, schedules and contracts.
  • Review billings and expedite internal payment procedures.
  • Estimate, prepare and negotiate Change Orders.
  • Review Change Orders for accuracy.
  • Assist with preparing Request for Proposals, solicit and evaluate proposals.
  • Maintain the historical cost database.
  • Research regional cost escalation factors.
  • Review design documents and identify scope items with cost implications.
  • Assist with the creation of preliminary schedules.
  • Complete other responsibilities as assigned
  • Bachelors or Master’s degree Engineering, Construction Management, or equivalent project related experience. Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience.
  • Preconstruction Project management, estimating and extensive experience on projects valued from $50-250M.
  • Thorough knowledge and utilization of Revit, Navisworks, Earthworks, Onscreen, and all MS Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to learn 3D estimating software(Dprofiler).
  • Detail oriented with excellent technical knowledge.
  • Strong leadership, organizational, communication and relationship management skills.
  • Strong planning and programming skills.
  • Ability to multitask, coordinate and manage multiple projects and teams simultaneously.
  • Set project milestones and manage internal resources to meet required deadlines.
  • Foster a culture of excellence, innovative thinking and positive attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team environment. Builds effective relationships with HHC team members, design team, specialty contractors, utilities, city/county planning and building departments, inspectors, suppliers, and user groups that reflect and support company core values.
  • Thorough understanding of contractual issues and ability to negotiate agreements.
  • Excellent ability to read and understand technical specifications and drawings.
  • Ability to professionally communicate when under pressure of multiple demands.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and put in the time needed to get the job done.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to focus attention to detail and recognize discrepancies.
  • Working knowledge of construction costs and estimating principles including quantity takeoffs, pricing, purchasing and buyout.
  • Strong mathematical and, computer skills/knowledge.
  • Willing to travel.
  • Ability to accommodate varied work hour requirements and locations as necessary.