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POST DATE 9/6/2016
END DATE 11/5/2016

Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. Newark, NJ

Newark, NJ
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Account Director

Job Description Summary

The Account Director will manage a team that handles new construction and major renovation of owned and leased field and corporate facilities on a national/international basis for a specific client account. The Account Director will be responsible for construction and relocation budgeting, scheduling, and project oversight. This individual will supervise the team to manage moves and relocations of new and existing furniture and contents. In addition, the Account Director will manage the team in the coordination of furniture orders, including the delivery and installation; MIS and Telecom for network installations and reconfigurations to support the relocation.

The Account Director also assists and supports the team to perform additional tasks as part of major projects; design development, site feasibility analysis, maintenance of asset management information, inventorying product and providing information; maintaining knowledge and opportunities for reallocation of furniture and equipment at other sites and makes value judgments on best reuse of product. In addition, this individual may assist in disposal of surplus furniture.

Job Description


* Establishes policy and standards for planning, programming, and related design and construction management administration to ensure all assigned projects are programmed and executed in accordance with established budgets, schedules, procedures and client specifications.

* Establishes procedures to develop periodic budget/cost analysis for each open project.

* Establishes management and control procedures and process to assure all assigned projects comply with established standards for contract compliance, quality control, use of appropriate management means and methods, adherence to budget limitations, and completion according to approved schedules.

* Ensures compliance by subordinates with all internal reporting procedures pursuant to established policies as they relate to budget, procurement, contract administration, and other project related requirements.

* Oversees review processes for plans and specifications to ensure compliance with established client program and budget constraints.

* Reviews and approves project budget amendments within authorized accounts for changes in funding for specific line items.

* Performs senior level oversight of all competitive and negotiated selection procedures for professional and construction services.

* Supervises and assigns duties of all staff assigned to the design and construction management staff assigned to the account; directs their work and evaluates their performance; selects and hires new staff as needed; and provides opportunities for training and development of staff as required.

* Reviews the documentation provided by the Account Managers for management board resolutions related to construction, architectural/engineering, and/or consultant contracts.


* Must have a bachelors degree, architectural or engineering degree. Masters level education is preferred.

* Must have at least fifteen (15) years of successful experience in facilities design and construction management/project management field. Significant experience in project construction contract administration is required with at least 2 years of experience in Corporate Services or Corporate Real Estate.

* Must have excellent client control skills with the ability to direct and evaluate a team of account program managers, project managers, administrative staff and field inspectors.

* Possess the ability to develop positive working relationships with using agencies, local government officials, and members of the business community.

* Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the above average analytical skills, with the ability to read, interpret, and develop statistical reports and calculations as required.

* Have a basic knowledge of generally accepted accounting and budgeting practices, and be able to read and interpret construction plans and specifications.

* Must be familiar and proficient with personal computers and PC based software such as WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3, Microsoft Office, and/or Microsoft Project. Knowledge of Primavera and Expedition is a plus, but not required.

* Possess a working knowledge of Engineering, Design and Construction guidelines, regulations and requirements as pertains to design and construction projects is desirable.

* Knowledge and experience with environmental testing, remediation and/or energy conservation is highly desirable.

* Construction Management -knowledge of construction terms, estimating, skilled in reading and understanding construction documents

* Project Management - experienced in managing complex projects that include coordination of simultaneous, diverse, multiple activities.

* Design - understand architectural and space planning principles - able to review schematic design to facilitate best utilization of space layout and appearance

* Furniture - experienced and knowledgeable in systems furniture, preferably Herman Miller, Ethospace and Steelcase.

* Telecommunications/Network Cabling - understand the basic principles of connectivity to support modern technology as it relates to cabling and equipment installation

* Project Budgeting - experience in square foot and unit costs for interior tenant finish construction. Ability to review bids from contractors and work to gain most value for FFIC from construction dollars expended.

* Project Scheduling - experienced with Microsoft Project or the ability to master the program to produce realistic schedules that incorporate all essential elements of the project.

* Security Systems - Conceptual knowledge of CCTV, Card Access, Alarms, and other systems and how they integrate into the overall facility use plan.

Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.