Assistant Project Manager - Construction
Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. - Fort Wayne, IN

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FUNCTION

Internal Career Ladder P3

Manage retail construction activities to ensure high quality construction, timely completion, and adherence to budget.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (Note: Other duties may be assigned)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ensure Vera Bradley new store construction, expansions and remodels are completed on schedule and within budget

In collaboration with Retail Construction Manager, create new store construction budgets and present budgets and project s for review to team

Responsible for monitoring all phases of construction including but not limited to: due diligence and construction drawing review, shop drawing review, preconstruction meeting attendance, job site inspections and supervision of contractors, and complete project turnover to operations team

Perform new store site inspections to inspect construction progress, quality of work and compliance with lease and construction requirements, warranty work compliance, one year walk throughs, and remodel repair inspections

Communicate status of construction deliverables to Retail Construction Manager

Manage day to day construction project relationships with landlords, general contractors, vendors, suppliers, architects, and consultants

Responsible for on-site decision making regarding finish, trim and last minute construction decisions relative to interior of the store

Ensure project information, including schedule, is communicated to external and internal teams. Manage dependencies when deadlines are not met.

Collaborate with Retail Construction Manager and the store design team to plan, prioritize and coordinate design and construction schedulesÂ

Manage all phases of close out activities and make sure all are completed once the stores open including punch list and all close out paper work to secure construction allowances

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in construction management or equivalent experience

3-5 years retail construction management experience
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Understanding of architectural drawings and blueprints, material/product durability, etc.

Effective negotiating skills

Strong PC skills utilizing Microsoft Office software including Microsoft project scheduling

Detail oriented with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

Good judgment, self-motivated with ability to work with little direction

Excellent organization and follow through skills

Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Ability to build and maintain good rapport with internal and external customers and handle situations with confidence, tact and resourcefulness

Flexible, adaptable with the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines in a fast paced office environment

Strong team player

ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those an individual must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Office environment. Utilizing an office desk – sitting, reading, listening, or speaking with the ability to move intermittently throughout the day

Construction site environment – walking, standing, bending, reaching, stooping

Frequent overnight travel (75% of time)Â

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