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Architectural & MEP Design Project Manager

Project/Program Management
19001996 Requisition #



The "Design Project Manager" is part of the overall client’s Data Center Design Execution team.

This requires someone that is very diplomatic, yet is also somewhat of a hard driver / people & process pusher.


The role of a Design Project Manager is to oversee the development of individual data center design packages including the permit packages, specifications, technical evaluations and construction drawings on time and on budget. 


The Design Project Manager is also responsible for identifying technical challenges and working with client’s internal Engineering and Data Center teams to drive solutions, develop mitigation strategies, and develop cost and schedule for such.


The Design Project Manager is responsible for taking the program level Plan of Record and localizing the design.


He / she should enable the client’s internal engineering community and exterior consultants and provide the following:  


  • Design execution is responsible for taking the global Plan of Record (“PoR”) developed by the SAI team, Localizing the PoR into a site specific building design for SH, FSA, ODC and Central plant (MEP), developing an execution strategy with client, and turning over to Data Center Services (“DCS”) for construction. 
  • Consult on configuration and site footprint output.
  • Ensure that the design team is meeting all local codes and local requirements.
  • Work Volume: Responsible for 1- 2 very large, full, site specific projects from Basis of Design (“BoD”) to 100% design.
  • Work with client’s Project Controls Group (cost & schedule control) to take the model cost and schedule and localize based on early design.
  • Drive & track technical decisions made by program & project DCRE subject matter experts
  • Drive design meetings, provide continual input to optimize design, minimize unnecessary work, ensure meetings are efficiently managed.
  • Assist in developing Design Delivery Schedule along with DCS Project Manager, DCRE and consultants.
  • Develop comprehensive scope-of-work and contract document deliverables list for each related discipline and gain buy-in from internal stakeholders
  • Negotiate scope-of-work, deliverables and price with consulting firms.
  • Facilitate many workshops, design meeting, and plan reviews
  • Planning workshops with internal stakeholders
  • Facilitate kickoff and planning workshops with external partners
  • Facilitate design reviews in partnership with external partners
  • Facilitate large scale workshops as necessary
  • Issue and administer contracts
  • Track deliverables as well as cost, schedule, progress and scope
  • Coordinate design teams from matrixes internal stakeholders and the procurement of external partners
  • Change management for project scope and design contracts
  • Facilitate technical decisions in-line with project needs
  • Coordinate design activities with procurement and construction
  • Provide clear and transparent communication with all internal stakeholder and external project partners
  • Ensure the issuance of engineering information to the right party, at the right time, in the right format.


Provides formal supervision to individual employees within single functional or operational area. Approves subordinate's recommendations for staff recruitment, selection, promotion, advancement, corrective action and termination. Effectively recommends same for direct reports to next level management for review and approval. Plans and monitors appropriate staffing levels and utilization of labor, including overtime. Prepares and delivers performance appraisal for staff. Mentors and coaches team members to further develop competencies. Leads by example and models behaviors that are consistent with the company's values.

Manages 3rd party project delivery resources/team (typically larger more experienced team). Responsible for identifying training needs, tracking performance, coaching, and motivating team members.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (BA/BS/BEng/BArch) from College or University in a technical area of study. Minimum (6) six years of related architectural, mechanical, engineering and plumbing experience and/or training.

Prior experience in a supervisory position (direct report responsibilities) required if specific duties include direct report responsibilities.


PMP (US and/or Canada) and LEED AP preferred.


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret the most complex business documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive issues. Ability to write reports, manuals, speeches and articles using distinctive style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to employees, clients, top management and/or public groups. Ability to motivate and negotiate effectively with key employees, top management, and client groups to take desired action.


Requires in-depth knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate complex figures. Ability to forecast and prepare budgets. Conducts financial/business analysis including the preparation of reports.


Ability to solve advanced problems and deal with a variety of options in complex situations. Requires expert level analytical and quantitative skills with proven experience in developing strategic solutions for a growing matrix-based multi-industry sales environment. Draws upon the analysis of others and makes recommendations that have a direct impact on the company.


Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge in MS Project, leases, contracts, and construction practices.


Decisions made with in-depth understanding and interpretation of procedures, company policies and business practices to achieve general results. Responsible for setting department deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause long-term impact to co-workers, supervisor, department and/or line of business.

US Company Profile

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