Vanir Construction Management, Inc.

Senior Design Manager

Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
Job ID
Architecture / Design

About Vanir

Vanir Construction Management, Inc. has been exceeding client expectations for 35 years. Our progressive growth and quality of service has led Vanir to become consistently ranked among the top construction management firms in the nation by Engineering News-Record. As we continue growing into new areas and markets, our focus is to maintain a team of creative, ambitious, and visionary individuals. 

Job Description

Vanir is seeking an experienced Senior Design Manager to join the team in Los Angeles, California. The Senior Design Manager is the on-site point of contact responsible for delivery of our services including design review, constructability, value engineering, independent estimating, project controls, master schedule, client meetings, oversight of architect, and issue resolution. This position will support construction and design of a regional airport facility. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage a Team of team of architects, engineers, and other professionals (City Staff and Consultants) to guide the design, permitting, and construction-procurement of various airport capital improvement projects
  • Coordinate with internal & external stakeholders to align the project design documents with the project objectives and stakeholder expectations
  • Develop and present design-alternatives and comparative analysis to address requests and/or concerns from project leadership and/or project stakeholders throughout the design process
  • Review design submittals for completeness, accuracy, and conformance to the applicable project requirements, and provide critical & constrictive feedback to the design team. This may include reviewing & commenting on conformance to applicable codes & regulations, industry standards, and unique owner performance requirements.
  • Solicit feedback from internal and external project stakeholders, and guide design teams through competing interests and projects constraints to ensure the best possible design-outcomes with respect to quality, cost, schedule, sustainability, resiliency, innovation, use-experience, constructability, operational flexibility, maintainability, etc.
  • Manage design efforts throughout all stages of a project (Project Definition, Concept Design, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration) to ensure that projects remain on schedule and on budget.
  • Facilitate smooth transitions as projects advance from planning through design, procurement, construction, and activation.
  • Manage design efforts across multiple projects to ensure a cohesive architectural statement throughout the campus, including urban design, massing, landscape design, interior design, materials, image, design expression and visual compatibility with the surrounding environment.
  • May be required to work additional or various shifts as needed
  • May assume other duties as requried 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Architecture, or equivalent required
  • Professionally Licensed Architect and/or Engineer
  • 10+ years of experience in managing the design of large, complex projects
  • 10+ years of experience in design and/or operations of airports and/or transportation facilities
  • Knowledge of local building codes & permitting requirements from LADBS, LAFD, LADOT, etc.
  • Knowledge of current aviation industry regulations and standards, including codes & publications from FAA, CBP, TSA, IATA, ACI, ACRP, AAAE, etc.
  • Knowledge of airport infrastructure, including MEP, IT, FLS, BHS, etc.
  • Experience with the public sector, fostering teamwork and collaboration, and coordinating stakeholder interests.
  • Thoroughly familiar with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Design Software (AutoDesk, Sketchup, etc.)
  • Effective, team-oriented communication and leadership style
  • Willing to take ownership for success/failure of area of responsibility
  • Self-starter, comfortable with taking initiative
  • Demonstrated abilities in managing a multi-disciplined team
  • Demonstrated abilities in developing cooperative working relationships among organizations with competing interests
  • Excellent written and oral skills including ability to communicate complex issues to a non-technical audience
  • Demonstrated ability to manage others cooperatively and to help develop/improve their skills.
  • Ability to take on additional tasks as the project requires

How to Apply

If you're interested in working for Vanir Construction Management, Inc., please visit our website to learn more and to apply online at


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