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Sr. Design Manager

Company: Essex Property Trust
Location: Santa Ana
Posted on: November 15, 2022

Job Description:

CityIrvineStateCaliforniaJob LocationIrvine Regional Office (Derian)Our associates are offered competitive salaries, experience career growth, and are eligible for benefit packages that include medical, dental, vision, 401k employer match, excellence rewards, wellness programs and much more. With our Sunday property operations office closures and over 15 PTO days, work/life balance is a priority! Additionally most positions are eligible for a housing discount of 20% or more if you live onsite.Essex provides great communities in which to live, work and invest. We are a purpose-driven company, and we pride ourselves on promoting an internal culture of growth and opportunity by engaging, enabling and empowering our teams. We are a team of nearly 1,800 employees who come together every day to provide exceptional experiences for our residents.Essex Property Trust, Inc. is a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that acquires, develops, redevelops and manages multifamily properties in selected West Coast communities. We are seeking a talented individual to take on a Senior Design Manager role. This individual will help lead and oversee the Design Team and various project they are responsible for, and coordinate with the Redevelopment and Capital Project Managers and Operations. Additionally, they will also be responsible for reporting status and communicating with supervisors and the Reinvestment Group. PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • This person will be responsible for leading and managing design projects related to our existing portfolio of multifamily properties such as and not limited to; exterior paint projects, interior hallway paint, flooring, interior and exterior amenity spaces including FF&E design/coordination, and leasing office renovations.
  • Work with teams of interior designers and architects on all aspects of the design process - from development and space programming, to concept design, furniture and finish selections, and project presentations
  • Collaborate and manage project consultants and team members, including Essex Design Managers and Coordinators
  • Drive creative thinking & problem-solving solutions to design challenges
  • Lead and motivate others and share knowledge of Industry and provide mentorship to the team
  • Create project schedules and deliverable milestones and delegate work/hours among Design Team to meet project schedules and deadlines
  • Oversee timeline of projects from start to completion. The role will assist with renovation efforts on multiple properties by communicating with Project Managers, scheduling with the property/operations team, reporting status and communicating with the Design Team.
  • Seek out and evaluate property revenue generating opportunities. This includes, identifying revenue generating opportunity, walking sites with contractors, Project Managers and providing data/proposals to the Underwriting Team.
  • Participate in the budget preparation and approval process for the Revenue Generating and Major Renovation Projects. The role is to work with the Design and Underwriting Teams on gathering necessary supporting proposals for the budgets.
  • Provide daily and weekly status of work and maintain high level of communication to all parties involved - via phone, text, facetime, email.
  • Act as liaison with the Operations Team for renovation activity and data.
  • Assist with creating and updating Design Menus.
  • Work with the Marketing Team to coordinate photography of projects once completed and organize all before and after photos for all Design Projects
  • Utilize all necessary technology application, including MS Excel, Word, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint, and Yardi.
  • This person must be a team player who can communicate and work effectively throughout all levels of the company's organizational chart.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the supervisor. QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Bachelor's Degree or Design coursework required.
    • 5 - 10 years real estate industry experience preferred, particularly in a design related role
    • Ability to differentiate colors throughout the color spectrum
    • Must have sound and professional written and oral communication skills
    • Must have strong analytical skills, including the use of Excel and Yardi
    • Must have solid organizational skills and be able to coordinate many tasks through others to maximize production
    • Must demonstrate a working knowledge of basic real estate investment principles and effectively make informed "investment" related decisions with respect to capital improvement budgeting
    • Basic computer skills, including working knowledge of Outlook, Word and intermediate Excel and Yardi preferred
    • Valid Driver's License and ability to travel to multiple sites including up and down the West Coast by airplane with the ability to rent cars and stay overnight
    • Other Considerations - Essex Property Trust, Inc. manages properties in two Western States from San Diego to Seattle. Travel to these locations will be necessary.
    • This is a Full-time position and has the option of working remotely and the expectation of working in a nearby Corporate office two days per week, or as in person meetings require. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
      • Will use some repetitive motion of hands/wrists while using computer
      • Will require some light to medium lifting (on project installs)
      • Walking in the outdoor weather elements and in landscaped areas
      • Walking construction sites where there is dust and other construction related elements

Keywords: Essex Property Trust, Santa Ana , Sr. Design Manager, Executive , Santa Ana, California

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