Development Manager Job Vacancy in (Los Angeles, CA)

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Vacancy : Development Manager
Company Location : Los Angeles, CA

Job Description

Sonder is revolutionizing hospitality through innovative, tech-powered service and inspiring, thoughtfully designed accommodations combined into one seamlessly managed experience. Officially launched in 2014 and headquartered in San Francisco, Sonder is making a world of better stays open to all with a variety of accommodation options — from rooms to suites and apartments — found in more than 30 cities spanning eight countries and three continents. Sonder’s innovative app empowers guests by making self-service features and 24/7 on-the-ground support just a tap away. From simple self check-in to boutique bathroom amenities, we bring the best of a hotel without any of the formality.

Sonder engages with real estate developers on a wide variety of project types including new construction, renovations, and conversions primarily focused on multi-family and hospitality. As a Development Project Manager you will project manage multi-family and hotel developments from construction/renovation and FF&E fit-out to first guests. We are looking for candidates with experience in all phases of AR/C process including due diligence, design, planning, entitlements, permitting, pre-construction, construction, staging, and closeout. Experience with FF&E fit-out in hospitality or retail is ideal. In this role, you will be working cross-functionally with internal (interior design, guest experience, real estate, etc.) and external stakeholders (architects, general contractors, FF&E vendors, etc.) to bring our physical spaces to life and ensure our projects are developed on-time, on-budget, and to brand standards. This individual should thrive in a fast-paced and constantly shifting environment. There is a tremendous opportunity for growth in this role as Sonder’s footprint and ambitions continue to scale.
AT SONDER YOU WILL:

Oversee the construction/renovation and outfitting of hundreds of hotel and apartment units in the US with our vendor partners and work closely with HQ to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery of each project
Manage external stakeholders including developers, general contractors, architects of record, and code consultants to advocate for Sonder’s interests at all phases of the development process from due diligence to closeout.
Expertly negotiate and support vendor contracts (FF&E suppliers, installers, and logistics companies) while building and maintaining relationships with vendor partners
Assist in creating, deploying and leveraging Sonder’s Standards and Specifications while working internally with relevant stakeholders including city teams, real estate, interior design, guest experience, tech, and legal.
Collaborate on generating project schedules and consistently follow up on the adherence. Manage updates and develop solutions to issues while effectively communicating consequences.
Own timelines and budgets to launch units faster and reduce cash burn
Tirelessly problem solve issues while consistently working to improve processes to minimize and prevent exceptions in order to scale rapidly

WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in architecture, construction or a related field preferred.
Experience in all phases of development from design/planning to construction project management/administration
Passionate about all phases of real estate development, project cost estimating, construction and project management with a focus on critical details. Previous work in the hospitality field preferred but not required
Significant experience negotiating with and managing external vendors and contractors on time, cost, and quality
The ability to independently plan and complete projects with minimal supervision
A willingness and enthusiasm to get your hands dirty when needed – be it in making a bed or assembling a sofa
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to identify and convey critical information to stakeholders quickly and precisely
Flexibility to transition from the polish of a negotiating table to the nitty gritty of a construction site.
Expert with Google Suite; experience with project management application ProCore a plus.
Travel up to 75% of the time / as required to meet with vendors / supervise projects.

We also have great benefits to make your life easier so you can focus on what you’re best at:

Competitive compensation

Generous stock option plan

Medical, dental and vision insurance

Exempt team members have paid time off. Non-exempt team members accrue paid time off.

Annual free credits and discounts to stay in Sonders

A company with a huge vision, a dynamic work environment, and a team of smart, ambitious and fun to work-with colleagues!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status or other protected classes.

Qualified individuals must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If a reasonable accommodation is needed, please email leaves@sonder.com with your name, role you applied for, and accommodation request. Sonder is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. Resumes sent to this email will not be reviewed.

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