Project Manager

Milwaukee or Chicago
Corporate Hospitality Residential

We seek a leader, who as a Project Manager, is capable and experienced in the process of executing complex architectural projects. You are directly responsible to the client and to the firm for the successful execution of projects; including, meeting project goals, the quality of our work performed, client service, utilization of staff, marketing, reputation of the team and the firm, contract management and project profitability. Ideally, you have a strong track record of accomplishment, sitting in the "first chair," leading projects. However, we are also open to considering someone stepping up from the "second chair."

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Effectively direct and manage diverse design teams to complete projects in a timely manner while maintaining profitability and exceeding client satisfaction goals
  • Responsible for building strong relationships with staff, other Kahler Slater enterprise teams, and within the community as a representative of the firm and the Business Environments (BE) team
  • Develop and prepare project work plans, project fees and budgets
  • Oversee the quality of the design and documents; use group and individual interactions to provide constructive and timely mentoring through critiques; apply lessons learned to future projects
  • Create project team environments that are enjoyable and yield an effective, balanced allocation of staff

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • BA or BS (minimum) or Masters degree (preferred) in architecture
  • Architectural license is required
  • 10+ years of experience on projects, with increasing responsibilities
  • Experience in the design of commercial environments
  • Working knowledge of building construction and project delivery systems (minimally); understanding of project financing, building systems and real estate financing as it influences project process (preferred)
  • Excellence in all communications (oral, written graphic), with attention to the details
  • Proven project and financial management skills, or the aptitude and inclination to develop them
  • Excellent coaching and mentoring skills; comfortable providing performance feedback to team members
  • Ability to plan and think strategically, as well as oversee and/or complete the tactical implementation of those strategic plans
  • Working knowledge of Revit, AutoCAD and other project delivery software; with at least one year experience using Revit on a daily basis (preferred)
  • Ability to prioritize time in order to build and maintain strong and lasting relationships with clients, community and staff, without losing appropriate work/life balance
  • Evidence of successful team-orientation and collaboration behaviors
  • Able to work effectively under pressure on multiple concurrent projects within restrictive time deadlines while maintaining focus, positive attitude and a sense of humor
  • Committed to continuous learning

Working Relationships and Scope

  • Reports to BE Team Leaders
  • Works closely with other project leaders and firm leaders to successfully deliver projects
  • Regularly represents the firm while interacting with clients, consultants, contractors and public authorities
  • Serves as a mentor to less-experienced staff on the team
  • With the assistance of the Client Services Team, obtains feedback from clients regarding the quality of the team's services

Working Conditions

Work is performed in a professional, creative, open office environment, with business casual attire. Hours of work will generally be during regular business hours and will average 2,300 hours per year. Great flexibility in your schedule is both required of you and returned to you due to our many project deadlines. A variety of travel is likely – mostly local and regional – as it relates to servicing clients and your professional development.

To Apply

Thank you for your interest in this position! If you would like to be considered, please send an email / cover note to and attach your resume and a sample portfolio. The email subject line should be titled "Project Manager - BE".