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Senior Project Manager, Construction

Warby Parker

Warby Parker

Software Engineering, Operations
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2024

Warby Parker is on the lookout for a Senior Project Manager of Store Construction to join our Construction and Procurement team. The person in this role will act as a mentor and manager, and support every facet of building a new store or renovating an existing location—from design development with Store Design, through store turnover to Operations, and warranty with Facilities. If you love airline miles and weaving your way through some of the nation’s coolest neighborhoods and shopping centers, then this active, fast-paced job may be just for you. Our ideal person is a self-starter with initiative who’s experienced in all things related to store development and vendor management (think: timeline management, budget, and quality control) and will be a key collaborator across the company for our store development projects. Sound like your cup of tea (or yerba mate or coffee)? Then read on!

What you’ll do:

  • Manage new and remodel store construction projects in collaboration with internal stakeholders and external vendors to ensure that each store is built within budget and optimized for a seamless turnover to the Operations team
  • Support the Director of Construction in implementing department initiatives and processes while mentoring and managing a pair of construction project managers
  • Review architectural plans, lease exhibits, shop drawings, vendor proposals, and other documentation related to design development and construction processes
  • Review feasibility reports and LOIs as well as advise the Warby Parker Store Design and Construction leadership team on base building conditions, layouts, dimensions, and engineering requirements
  • Prepare bid packages for GCs, manage RFIs and shop drawings approvals, review and approve materials quotes, and level and negotiate GC bids
  • Facilitate weekly project meetings with GCs, designers, architects, OFI vendors, and landlords as needed
  • Perform thorough progress walk-throughs for each project, create detailed punchlists, and confirm resolution
  • Execute and manage the warranty and project closeout processes, involving all documentation and coordination for GCs, OFI vendors, and Warby Parker Operations, Facilities and Finance teams

Who you are:

  • Backed by 7+ years of project management experience within the luxury or specialty retail store development industry
  • Unflappable in managing multiple construction projects (including flagship locations) and budgets simultaneously
  • An excellent communicator with negotiation and relationship building skills that could resolve geopolitical conflicts
  • Armed with strong analytical, scheduling, and computer skill sets
  • An expertly organized person with uncharted attention to detail (almost—almost!—to a fault)
  • A natural leader experienced in vendor management and the facilitation of large and diverse teams of internal and external partners
  • An expert in reviewing and interpreting architectural drawings and construction site management
  • A frequent flier prepared to travel +50% of the time for store progress and turnover site visits
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Google Workspace
  • Not on the Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)

Extra credit:

  • Prior experience in a supervisory capacity managing direct reports
  • A bachelor’s degree related to project management
  • A background in budget development for executive-level approval
  • Working knowledge of project management software such as PlanGrid, Lucernex and MS Project

Some benefits of working at Warby Parker for full-time employees:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Flexible vacation policy
  • Paid Holidays
  • Retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Parental leave (non-birthing parents included)
  • Short-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Bereavement Support
  • Optical Education Reimbursement
  • Free eyewear
  • And more (just ask!)

Warby Parker, in good faith, believes that the posted salary range is accurate for this role in New York at the time of posting. Warby Parker may pay more or less than the posted range based on factors such as relevant experience and skills, qualifications and location, among others. This range may be modified in the future. In addition to base salary, this role is also eligible to receive a cash bonus and an equity bonus as part of the total compensation package. Details and eligibility will be discussed during the application process.

New York Pay Range
$109,375$125,000 USD

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About Us:

Warby Parker was founded with a mission: to inspire and impact the world with vision, purpose, and style.

We're constantly asking ourselves how we can do more and make a greater impact, and that starts by reimagining everything that a company and industry can be. We want to demonstrate that a business can scale while doing good in the world, without charging a premium for it. And we’ve learned that it takes creativity, empathy, and innovation to achieve that goal.

Since the day we launched in 2010, we’ve pioneered ideas, designed products, and developed technologies that help people see. We offer everything you need for happier eyes at a price that leaves you with money in your pocket, from designer-quality glasses and contacts to eye exams and vision tests, and you can meet us online, at our stores, or even in your home. Wherever and whenever you need it, we’re there to make exceptional vision care simple and accessible. (Delightful, too.)

Ultimately, we believe in vision for all, which is why for every pair of glasses or sunglasses we sell, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need through our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program.