Senior Buildings Openings Project Manager – West Coast

at Sonder
Location Seattle, Washington
Date Posted June 22, 2022
Category Construction
Job Type Not Specified

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.

Considering Sonder's global expansion plans, there will be opportunities for extraordinary personal and professional growth for the right candidate.

The Building Openings Project Manager's mandate is to manage a building launch's budget and to own the end to end process of setting up new Sonder properties (apartments and/or hotels) from property condition assessment, managing construction / renovations, facilitating design, directing all property installation work, overseeing the furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) fitout, and staging photoshoots until each property is ready to host guests. We're growing quickly and need someone who deeply knows operations, project management, and fast-paced environments to manage projects of increasing complexity as we scale.

AT SONDER YOU WILL:

Project manage the opening of Sonder properties

  • Gather and report critical data along all phases of the building openings process including construction / renovation milestones and critical building opening dates
  • Manage and complete intake of all project-related documentation that impacts our ability to open and operate each property
  • Oversee due diligence, construction/renovation, punch lists, and FF&E fitout to ensure these steps are on track and within budget
  • Manage internal and external stakeholders and ensure they are informed consulted and on track

  • Partner with internal stakeholders (city operations, real estate development, interior design, legal, product/engineering, guest experience) to ensure on-time, on-brand, and on-budget project delivery
  • Manage external stakeholders including developers, general contractors, architects and code consultants to advocate for Sonder's interests at all phases of the construction / renovation process from due diligence to closeout, including site inspections
  • Issue and review RFPs for project-specific work (logistics providers, network installers, lock vendors, 3PLs, photographers) and negotiate and support vendor agreements / contracts
  • Open new Sonder properties on time, on budget, and on brand

  • Continuously improve the efficiency and cost of the building openings process, while maintaining the high levels of guest satisfaction and operational excellence
  • Ensure each Sonder property is opened to brand standards while managing the budget associated with each project to reduce cash burn
  • Be a leader that thinks like an owner, hires and develops the best, and has high adversity quotient

  • Hire, manage, and develop a world-class building opening team
  • A disciplined worker who can DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to get the job done
  • WHAT WE LOOK FOR:

  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience, including experience hiring and managing a team
  • A consummate project manager with exceptional organizational skills, and a proven track record of prioritizing tasks in order to meet tight deadlines
  • Experience in real estate development including design / planning, project cost estimating, and construction project management / administration. Architecture and/or interior design experience a plus. Hospitality and/or residential real estate development experience a plus.
  • A proven ability to handle ambiguity in the absence of defined systems and processes and with minimal supervision
  • A willingness and enthusiasm to get your hands dirty when needed
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to identify and convey critical information to stakeholders quickly and precisely
  • A team player who cultivates a positive culture, coaches the team, and can manage change
  • Proficiency with Google Suite; experience with project management applications(ProCore, MS Project and HoloBuilder) a plus
  • Past experience with early/mid-stage startups, procurement, logistics or supply chain a plus
  • Ability to travel 50% as projects require
  • This role requires regular access to a reliable smartphone and a reliable vehicle to use for work, a valid driver's license, and a clean driving record with proof of insurance.
  • This position is contingent upon your ability to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (currently one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) to pass the pre-employment requirement. Individuals with medical issues or religious beliefs or practices that prevent them from getting the vaccine may request an exemption from the vaccine requirement.

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

  • Competitive compensation

  • Generous stock plan

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance (where applicable)

  • Flexible vacation

  • 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!

  • Workplace flexibility for remote positions

  • 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.

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