SOM, one of the most influential design firms in the world, is seeking innovative, creative, independent, and critical thinkers who aspire to the highest standards of excellence. We are currently seeking a Mandarin speaking Project Manager to join our San Francisco office. The ideal candidate will have a strong architectural background and proven success managing all facets of a project. Fluency in both Mandarin Chinese and English is highly recommended.
Reconciles the goals and priorities of SOM with those of our clients while fostering opportunities for design and technical excellence.
Manages project services required; maintains internal cost control procedures, monitors and documents project process.
Contributes to SOM’s leadership by enabling clear communications among team leaders, consultants and clients while promoting professional relationships internally and externally.
Promotes Project Management as a discipline within and outside of SOM.
Develops and maintains a Project Plan for each project.
Conduct important client communications and videoconferencing occasionally after hours to coincide with regular business hours in China.
Convey valuable design information from the client to the design team.
Prepares services agreement in conjunction with Project Partner.
Serves as primary contact with client, external consultants and vendors.
Receives and distributes project communication regarding delivery of services to all team leaders.
Documents all phases of service.
Chairs weekly project coordination meetings on all active projects.
Schedules and chairs all client meetings. Records the minutes of these meetings and documents action items.
Monitors services vis-à-vis the contract requirements and identifies changes in project scope, schedule or service that result in supplemental or additional services and bring such changes to the immediate attention of the client and Project Partner.
Prepares, in conjunction with Project Accountant, appropriate billings and pursues payment compliant with services agreement.
Maintains and updates project data in a timely fashion to insure accurate reporting of earnings and accurate billings.
Reviews timecards on a weekly basis for conformance with the Project Plan. Supervises one or more employees.
Participates in marketing and business development.
Actively pursues opportunities for professional development.
Desired skills and experience:
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering or related field or equivalent experience.
Ability to read, write and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese and English.
5 or more years of progressively responsible project management experience.
Previous experience working for an American firm doing business with companies in the People's Republic of China strongly preferred.
Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of architectural design, drafting, detailing, building materials, building codes, construction techniques and costs.
Proven knowledge of general architecture practice including programming, site planning, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering.
Strong analytical, oral and written communication skills with the ability to build quick rapport with all levels of employees, clients, consultants and vendors.
Proven ability in problem identification, problem solving and conflict resolution.
Ability and willingness to travel internationally on a regular basis.
Strong multi-tasking skills.
SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.
At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline: www.som.com/employment_opportunities_and_policy
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP’s commitment to design excellence—coupled with our sophistication in building technology—has resulted in some of the most important contributions to the built environment of this century. As an interdisciplinary practice, we have award-winning studios in architecture, structural engineering, urban design and master planning, interior design, and graphic design.
Ou...r landmark projects include Sears Tower and John Hancock Tower in Chicago, Lever House in New York, and the Bank of America Headquarters Tower in San Francisco. Recent work in San Francisco includes the iconic San Francisco Airport International Terminal, the Transbay Terminal Area Master Plan, St. Regis Hotel and Residences, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Our unique presence in the Far East, especially China, includes recent award winning projects such as the Pearl River Tower, Poly Guangzhou, The New Beijing Poly Plaza, Nanjing Jinao Tower, and Jinling Hotel Tower.
In keeping with our legacy as pioneers of design and building technology, we are increasingly incorporating building information modeling (BIM) systems and sustainability solutions into our design process. Our firm was also awarded a patent for a device developed by our structural engineering practice that mitigates seismic damage in buildings.
Our far-reaching portfolio includes higher education buildings, health care facilities, civic buildings, residential developments, corporate offices, financial institutions, commercial and retail facilities, religious buildings, airports, and recreational and sports facilities.
SOM is an international practice, with offices in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.