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Development Manager

San Diego, CA

A leading national real estate firm is looking for a sophisticated, hands-on Development Manager to join their team and be part of a learning culture that values teamwork and collaboration and recognizes excellence. The firm is seeking a team player with a strong work ethic that brings exceptional interpersonal skills, a proven work ethic and follow through to the group. The Development Manager is responsible for managing day-to-day aspects of creative office projects and campuses for leading tech and media companies.


  • Assist in evaluating the property and its development potential and identify areas of risk in the due diligence and conceptual design phase

  • Assist with market evaluation and analysis of demographics, market demand, and competition

  • Coordinate with the project Investment Team to perform due diligence, assist in the assessing the financial feasibility of projects and prepare draft budgets

  • Manage as required the ordering and reviewing of third-party reports to ensure they comply with financial partner requirements

  • Collaborate with the financial team on the assembly of financing packages for development deals

  • Prepare project detailed development budgets

  • Prepare RFPs for the consultants (architects, engineers, etc.) and help assemble and manage the A & E team

  • Ensure that documents are complete, accurate and on time in support of compliance with legal requirements and company policies

  • Prepare consultant agreements as required for signature

  • Assist with the project positioning, branding, and product development including floor plans, specifications, and amenities

  • Manage aspects of the land use entitlement process with applicable government authorities

  • Coordinate project schedules, specifications, and reporting requirements for lenders and partners

  • Ensure that project is on time, on or under budget, and built to highest standard of quality

  • Coordinate and review monthly draw packages with development, project management and accounting

  • Coordinate with project manager and architect during the document completion and VE process

  • Prepare reports, schedules, presentations, and budget updates as required

  • Coordinate with the Leasing team to establish marketing strategy. Collaborate with internal leasing and brokers to execute an effective lease-up strategy.

  • Represent company in a professional manner at all times

  • Conform to company apparel standards and set a positive example for all Associates

  • Perform all other duties as directed and assist the overall team effort in any way possible


  • Thorough knowledge of the real estate development process

  • Remarkable proficiency in financial analysis

  • Entrepreneurial aptitude combined with a strong work ethic and the desire to learn

  • Ability to read and understand complex legal contracts and financial documents

  • Ability to think critically and creatively, and execute sound judgment

  • Excellent communication and team leadership skills

  • Skill in both verbal and written communication

  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of employees while inspiring respect and credibility

  • Ability to perform multiple tasks in a complex operating environment

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to follow directions accurately

  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft 365 and Adobe or Bluebeam

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate, Business, Finance or related field required. Master’s Degree in Real Estate, Business, Finance or related field preferred.

  • Minimum five years’ experience in real estate, development or construction management


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