Development Manager - Construction
St. Louis, MO 
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Job Title

Development Manager - Construction

Job Description Summary

Responsible for developing, executing, and directing the overall strategic objectives involved in the development and acquisition of land to include feasibility analysis, establishing scope and developmental schedules, and leadership for all activities related to the client's real estate development projects from inception and architectural design through municipal approvals and zoning throughout the region.

Job Description

Job Description


  • Create tailored development schedules for a land lease / acquisition based on zoning status, conditional use permits, platting and required third party approvals to pursue speed to construction start for a given project
  • Manage and lead a team of architects, civil, structural, electrical engineers & more to confirm the economic and zoning viability of a land site
  • Lead and present at local staff, design review boards, planning commission and city council meetings to represent the clients and pursue zoning and site plan approval
  • Manage the launch and receipt of all given surveys to qualify a land site ranging from Title Reports, ALTA Survey, Geotechnical reports, Environmental reports, Sign Surveys and more depending upon the site
  • Play critical leadership, coordination, and communication role with all stakeholders including the client, architects, civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers, sign vendors and more
  • Manage program and project efforts for new store developments, store relocation, and multi-state program roll-outs
  • Assist during the initial leasing / purchase agreement feasibility phase by: reviewing all surveys and providing cost and zoning analysis back to Real Estate for review and consideration
  • Pursue all approvals from County, City, State & more to prepare a land site for Lease Commencement or Closing and communicate with the client and all stakeholders each step of the way
  • Meet established development timelines by: reviewing master project schedules for assigned projects, ensuring Architects & Civil Engineers are provided with accurate and timely information, verifying material procurement and delivery are synchronized with schedules, regularly monitoring progress of all projects, visiting sites, and requesting modified completion target dates when necessary
  • Provide value engineering ideas and opportunity for savings regularly through project evaluation
  • Complete all required documentation/paperwork and provide timely and accurate project status reporting while traveling


  • Bachelor's degree; Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or related discipline, 5+ years of development management in the commercial construction industry or equivalent as an Owner's Representative, or any similar combination of education and experience
  • Experience in pre-construction and land development efforts ranging from site planning, grading plan reviews and utility design and review
  • Expertise in Feasibility / Due Diligence, Site Planning, Permitting, Site Analysis, civil design and construction, Entitlements, Land Use, Land Planning, Utility Providers and Construction
  • Proven experience in working with local municipalities and organizations to pursue site plan / zoning approvals for a given concept
  • Experience in managing restaurant, banking and/or pad site projects preferred
  • Certification in PMP, PE, AIA, LEED, or CMAA preferred
  • Proficient in preparing and tracking detailed project budgets and schedules
  • Proven experience leading and managing numerous facets of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Solid understanding of construction industry, terminology, codes, documentation, and design disciplines
  • Ability to read, understand, and apply construction standards and plan sets
  • Proficient with project management software (e.g. Microsoft Project, NIKU)
  • Ability to conduct weekly project meetings either onsite or via conference calls with clients, contractors, vendors, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated customer/vendor relationship building experience
  • Excellent organizational, presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to travel 25-50%


"Cushman & Wakefield is always looking for great talent to join our team. We are currently building our talent pipeline for future business wins. Please view and apply if you are interested in learning more about this potential opportunity and any others we expect to have open shortly."

Cushman & Wakefield provides equal employment opportunity. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.
Cushman & Wakefield is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative? Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
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