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Senior Project Manager

Company: CBRE
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Senior Project Manager

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Service line

GWS Segment

Role type


Areas of Interest

Construction, Project Management


Philadelphia - Pennsylvania - United States of America

This is an exciting and rewarding position with our Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) team. Our Project Management positions are designed for growth and lead to a multitude of career pathways at CBRE.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for developing project scope, schedule, and budget, managing design and construction, and serving as the project lead. Experience working with medical imaging, vivarium, clean rooms, cGMP, pharmaceutical, and biotech R&D facilities is highly desired.

Much of the work is in regulated areas such as medical imaging, laboratories, environmentally-controlled areas, and production areas thus the candidate should be familiar with pharmaceutical good manufacturing practices (GMP) including commissioning processes.

What you'll do

  • Experience in all facets of project management (resources, budget, schedule, procurement, quality & risk assessment) for projects including planning, design, construction, occupancy, and closeout.
  • Experience interpreting and applying knowledge on sophisticated documents affecting real estate / construction projects, including but not limited to: agreements/contracts, leases, work letters, project charters, architectural and engineering design, construction documentation, and construction administration / management practices.
  • Interfaces directly with clients to define project requirements, prepare scope of work, project delivery resource requirements, oversee cost estimate & budget preparation, review cash flow, work plan schedule & milestones, quality control, and risk identification.
  • Experience with Collaborative, Integrated, and Lean Project Delivery methods is a plus.
  • Identify project delivery resources from pre-qualified lists, or through individual project qualification process; conducts standard to complex request for proposals; completes bid analysis; leads evaluation interviews, recommends resources to clients. Lead project delivery resources/team (typically larger more experienced team) providing project mentorship and direction to achieve project goals
  • Implement communication plan for meetings and written reports/meeting minutes to keep client and project resources advised and aligned. Facilitate project meetings. Implement project documentation governance aligned with company and client requirements. Ensure project data integrity and documentation is accurate, timely and coordinated.
  • Track progress of each project against goals, objectives, approved budgets, approved timelines. Reports status and variances. Creates action plans to meet objectives, budget and schedule.
  • Implement change management routines to assess change requests, make recommendations, secure client approvals, and issue change orders. Assesses change requests to determine impacts to scope, budget, schedule, quality and risk.
  • Demonstrates ability to identify complex project risks, lead constructability reviews, develop risk mitigation and contingency plans, and implement action plans to reduce or eliminate project risks.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of projects & project management within the context of business results (business case, larger economic implications, business risk, etc.).

    What you'll need

    • Bachelor's degree (BA/BS/BEng/BArch) from College or University in a technical area of study. Prior experience in the Pharma or health care industry preferred but not vital as a condition for consideration.
    • 8+ years of progressive experience in design, engineering, or construction management, with 5+ years' experience focused on life science, healthcare or lab facilities which may include biology, cell/gene therapy, chemistry, pharmaceutical, cGMP process manufacturing, agricultural / food science, vivarium, bio-containment, academic research, public health and/or clinical labs.
    • Acts as Subject Matter Expert on design and construction strategies for A/S/M/E/P/P building systems on life science projects and with ability to lead project teams through the decision-making process which result in high value, safe, adaptable, sustainable, flexible, and robust science facilities.
    • Significant experience leading the programming, design, and construction phases on life science projects including laboratory research facilities. Experience with cGMP facilities is a plus.
    • Provide Subject Matter leadership on design and construction strategies for architectural and engineering systems on life science projects with an ability to lead project teams through the decision-making process to deliver high value, safe, responsive, sustainable, flexible, and robust facilities.
    • Knowledge of building codes, standards and building structures for life science facilities.
    • Participate in the growth of CBRE's Life Sciences Practice Area through industry, marketing, and business development activities. Current participation with community, industry and professional life science organizations is a plus. Relationships with decision-makers at end-user science organizations is a plus.
    • Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex business documents and respond effectively to critical issues. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on various 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.
    • Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge in MS Project, leases, contracts, and construction practices.
    • Ability to forecast and prepare budgets, conduct analysis and prepare or review financial report.
      Why CBRE?

      At CBRE, we believe we possess an encouraging environment where integrity, service, and excellence crafts our approach to every opportunity.

      We are guided by the needs of the cities we inhabit, the communities we build and the world we live in.
      • FORTUNE Most Admired Company #1 in real estate for third consecutive year; Ten years in a row on the list!
      • Forbes Named one of the best large employers in America and one of the World's Best Employers!

        CBRE is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have a long-standing commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, veteran status, political belief, or any other basis protected by applicable law. We also provide reasonable accommodations, as needed, throughout the job application process. If you have a disability that inhibits your ability to apply for a position through our online application process, you may contact us via email at or via telephone at +1 866 225 3099 (U.S.) and +1 866 388 4346 (Canada).

        NOTE: Some, but not all, of our positions may have an additional requirement to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing. If you have questions about the requirement(s) for this position, please inform your Recruiter.

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