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Warby Parker // boutique-quality eyewear retailer
Product, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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Want to become a new-store-opening beast? Love airline miles & weaving your way through some of the nations coolest neighborhoods & lifestyle centers? This active, people-oriented, project-driven role is for you! The Project Manager for Retail Store Construction will support the Director of New Stores & Facilities by leading projects from design development through to bidding, permitting, construction management, & turnover of the space to the retail operations team. Experienced & sophisticated in site & vendor management, the person in this role is a node for all departments within the company with respect to new store development. The Project Manager is accountable for the timeline, budget, quality control, & successful build-out of our flagship retail stores across the country.

P.S. Working remotely is an option!

What youll do:

  • 75% of your time & energy will be focused on retail store construction projects, including flagship stores, streetfront & neighborhood locations, & short-term concept shops
  • The other 25% or so will go towards light renovations (e.g.. existing store design modifications & rollouts across multiple stores or regions.)
  • Manage project build-outs from design development through turnover, closely collaborating with store designers & managers, internal departments, external agencies, landlords, & architectural partners to ensure that we optimize each store for seamless operations while achieving desired designs within budgets (were talking form & function!)
  • Review architectural plans, shop drawings, lighting proposals, & other documentation related to design development & construction processes
  • Perform site due diligence review & advise the Warby Parker real estate team on base building conditions, layouts, dimensions, & engineering requirements
  • Develop a bottoms-up budget & timeline for executive-level approval & manage both throughout the project
  • Prepare bid packages for General Contractors, manage RFIs & shop drawings approvals, review & approve materials quotes, & level & negotiate GC bids
  • Facilitate weekly project meetings with GCs, designers, OFI vendors, & landlords as needed

Who you are:

  • Equipped with 5+ years of experience in retail construction project management
  • Multiple projects at once managing project budgets & diverse teams
  • Experience in the luxury retail store development industry
  • Armed with strong budgeting & computer skill sets (spreadsheets make your heart beat)
  • An expertly organized person with uncharted attention to detail (almostalmost!to a fault)
  • An excellent communicator with negotiation skills that could resolve geopolitical conflicts
  • A natural leader experienced in vendor management & the facilitation of large teams of internal & external vendors
  • An expert in reviewing & interpreting architectural drawings & construction site management
  • A frequent flyer prepared to travel 25% to 50% of the time for store openings & build-outs
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, & Powerpoint

Extra credit:

  • A bachelors degree related to project management
  • 4+ years of U.S. military project management experience
  • Design project management experience
  • Working knowledge of project management software such as MS Project

Some benefits & perks of working at Warby Parker:

  • Health, vision, & dental insurance
  • Cell phone reimbursement
  • Flexible My Time vacation policy
  • Parental leave policy 
  • Retirement savings plan (401k)
  • Free eyewear (discounts for friends & family!)
  • Health & wellness stipend
  • Quarterly team outings


About Us:

Warby Parker was founded with a mission: to inspire & impact the world with vision, purpose, & style.

We accomplish this by reimagining everything that a company & industry can be. Weve proven that a business can scale, be profitable, & do good in the worldwithout charging a premium for it. And weve learned that it takes creativity, empathy & innovation to consistently surpass customer expectations. 

Since the day we launched in 2010, weve pioneered ideas, designed products, & developed technologies that help people see. We offer everything our customers need for happier eyes at a price that leaves them with money in their pockets, from designer-quality glasses & contacts to eye exams & vision tests. 

Ultimately, we believe in vision for all, which is why for every pair of glasses or sunglasses we sell, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need through our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Over eight million pairs of glasses have been distributed in over 50 countries; that means eight million people now have the glasses they need to learn, work, & achieve better economic outcomes. 

At Warby Parker, you can look forward to company outings & events, volunteering & learning opportunities, & just great company filled with curious, kind folks. Dreaming up & sharing ideas arent responsibilities reserved for certain teams or leaders; the challenge (a really fun one) of innovation is on all of our shoulders. Teammates can also connect around common interests, backgrounds, & identities, no matter their home base, through our various employee resource groups. (Were happy to say that the Human Rights Campaign has named us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ employees!) That sense of community & belonging keeps us excited to walk through the door every day, wherever that door may be. 

We're driven to continue building a workplace, based on inclusive behaviors & equitable systems, where all employees can bring their authentic selves, feel engaged, & share their perspectives as a valued member of Team Warby. Transparency is what were all about, & our annual Impact Report & Racial Equity Strategy lay out how were sticking to these values. 

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