• Forward Planning Manager

    Job ID
    2018-4421
    Category
    Project Management
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
  • Overview

    The Forward Planning Manager is responsible for establishing schedules and coordinating the timely planning/opening of new communities from the onset of due diligence through a community’s public grand opening in order to achieve published performance measures.  As a Division team member, the Forward Planning Manager is also responsible for providing a premier customer experience by ensuring an organized community roll out process, superior communication, and an exceptional value proposition.  #CB

    Responsibilities

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

     

    • Implement the “Community Opening Checklist/Schedule” to identify critical path items from due diligence through the opening of sales to ensure the on-time start and opening of a new community or phase.
    • Act as a liaison among all Division department heads, including Construction, Purchasing, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Land Acquisition and Development in order to coordinate and direct the successful opening of a new or repositioned community or phase
    • Conduct weekly meetings to track and update the progress of each item in the checklist/schedule and coordinate the timely completion of such items with Division department heads and consultants
    • Coordinate all activities necessary to successfully implement the grand opening of new community selling initiatives.
    • Demonstrate patience, enthusiasm, and superior communication in all interactions with both internal and external customers. Work with team members to achieve a timely and appropriate resolution of all open deliverables.

     

    Additional Duties and Responsibilities – During Due Diligence

     

    • Analyze the proposed community to optimize sales by assessing the surrounding area and competition and provide input to Division associates and consultants on product, pricing, model and signage locations, amenities, entrance features, off-site constraints, marketing visibility and other conditions. 
    • Work in tandem with Land Team to project viable community opening dates for lot deliveries, construction starts and Grand Openings
    • If requested, aid Land Team in initial Competitive Market Analyses for proposed communities by helping gather information and documentation on identified builder competition and current market data.

     

    Additional Duties and Responsibilities – After Due Diligence

     

    • Work with Purchasing, Sales and Division President to review and/or update existing architectural plans and/or amenity and open space plans to comply with CCR or municipal requirements
    • Provide input on and implement the design created for the overall community appearance and features to reflect the vision for the community, such as signage, community details and specifications, colors, community name/street names, logo, common area features and landscaping, amenities, etc.
    • Ensure timely creation of and review sales collateral relating to home brochures and community maps to ensure accuracy.
    • Conduct community roll out meetings with division associates in an effort to provide premier communication and expectations on details of the new community/new phase opening.
    • Coordinate activities to open the community/phase, such as product lot fit, build order, procurement of and installation of signs/flags, securing approvals/permits for offsite signage, sales and construction trailers/Welcome Home Centers and ensuring ADA compliance with same.
    • Work with display/graphic vendors on design and installation of Welcome Home Centers and provide documentation to construction for build out.

     

    Qualifications

    Education and Experience Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in Business or related field from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience required
    • Ability to understand municipal permitting processes and HOA requirements
    • Must be able to assess and interpret both land development and construction plans
    • Project management experience is preferred
    • Knowledge of architecture and home designs
    • Strong interpersonal skills 
    • Computer literacy, including word-processing, spreadsheet analysis and project scheduling
    • Valid Driver’s License and auto insurance
    • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both verbally and in writing
    • Extremely organized with the ability to think strategically

     

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