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Senior Development Manager - Life Science

San Francisco, CA or Boston, MA

A life science real estate development company backed by institutional and global development experience combined with first-hand biotech knowledge is looking for two Senior Development Managers to run its world-class development projects. The team leverages cross-sector collaboration to deliver environments that foster innovation and scientific breakthroughs and create innovative spaces to foster life-changing technologies.
The Senior Development Manager will have the unique opportunity to manage large ground-up lab focused campuses and projects in one of two national life science clusters, working on the front lines of building a new business with significant long term growth potential. In addition to leading and facilitating numerous facets of the design and construction process on this initial development, the company is growing a pipeline of high-quality life science focused development opportunities. Future projects are expected to include ground-up new builds, major redevelopments, along with turnkey fit-outs / renovations of existing structures for clients. The nature of the company and position allow for tremendous avenues of growth.


  • Complete projects in accordance with company approved budgets and schedules; deliver the project on time, on budget and within pre-established quality parameters

  • Manage the coordination of architectural and engineering disciplines as well as the functions of estimating, budgeting, contracting, scheduling, bidding, negotiating, purchasing, value engineering

  • Substantially interface with architects, engineers, contractors, municipal officials, financial institutions and all other necessary for the implementation of design and construction

  • Support and direct the bidding and purchasing of major components

  • Provide input to the origination of development, construction, and design concepts during pre-development stages for future assigned projects

  • Provide input into the process of selection of all design consultants and other professionals

  • Support the preparation and provide oversight and reporting on consultant, design and construction contracts to ensure the obligations of the contracts are satisfied

  • Monitor project construction activities relating to scheduling, quality, costs, design and construction methodology as well as assist in the selection and recommendation of trades and purchase of major building materials/ components

  • Record and monitor control reporting for cost estimates, budgets, schedule, contractor draws, change orders, quality control, value engineering, progress reports and variance analyses


  • 10+ years of experience managing design and construction of commercial real estate, with experience on at least one life science (R&D laboratory) project

  • Undergraduate and / or Graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Architecture or Construction Management is preferred

  • Experience working on ground up and tenant improvement life science projects is a plus

  • Strong mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) skills required

  • Strong leadership and management skills, the ability to influence and engage peers

  • Attention to detail, organizational skills, and ability to manage large groups of people

  • Capacity to communicate with institutional corporations

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