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Position Summary:

This position reports to the SVP of Store Planning & Construction.  This individual is accountable for analyzing potential retail construction projects, performing cost estimates, and making professional recommendations pertaining to the scope of work. This individual manages the construction accounting activities for 50+/- capital projects annually. Acting as a project manager, this individual will also manage the Master Planning Schedule and act as the schedule gatekeeper.

The Store Planning and Construction department is responsible for assessing potential projects, planning and designing the interior and exterior of buildings, managing the construction and fixture and implementation process, facilitating owner purchased fixture and material programs, and managing construction accounting functions for new stores, remodels projects, and rollout programs.

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Responsibilities & Essential Functions

  • Budgeting / Estimating
    • Introduce software and /or develop programs for construction estimating and budgeting.
    • Build and maintain a database of historical project cost data. 
    • Perform due diligence and prepare budget recommendations for future projects. 
    • Provide analysis and recommendations for a scope of work based on knowledge of retail strategies and construction costs.
  • Job Cost Accounting
    • Introduce software and /or develop programs to manage the construction accounting function for approved projects. (Currently using Timberline)
    • Prepare the “post-bid” cost collection and budget comparisons. (Assist with the bid process)
    • Manage the construction cost-accounting process for all active projects. This included; setting up budgets, contracts, purchase orders, invoices and payments, change orders, etc.
    • Work closely with other departments including Finance, Tax and Legal to provide necessary construction cost forecasting, cost reports, etc.
    • Work closely with other departments who support the construction projects including Visual Merchandising, Loss Prevention, Energy Management and IT.
  • Master Schedules
    • Understand planning and construction schedule durations, the relationship between activities and the complexity associated with multiple projects.
    • Introduce software and /or develop programs for the Store Planning & Construction master scheduling process.
    • Manage the Master Schedule (working with the Planning & Construction teams). Professionally communicate relevant information across multiple channels of the Belk organization.
    • Build and maintain a database of historical project schedule data. 
  • On Boarding / Training
    • Acclimate themselves to the Belk portfolio of stores.
    • Acclimate themselves with the typical Belk prototype store planning criteria.
    • Acclimate themselves to the typical Belk construction process and procedures.
    • Acclimate themselves to the Belk organization. Focus on the Store Planning partners such as the support team (LP, EM, RE, IT, …), the merchant team and the Division teams.
    • Function as part of the Store Planning leadership team.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute or equal.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of project management software programs, and job-cost accounting software programs.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a leader in a complex organization with multi-hundred retail locations.
  • Extensive knowledge of construction cost estimating data and programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of architecture, engineering, and construction management; schedules and workflow; contract terms and negotiations; and applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Excellent project management, financial analysis, and strategic planning skills required, as well as effective communication, organization, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experienced with developing and leading a sustainability program including both energy saving initiatives as well as recycling, conservation and customer facing initiatives.
  • Experience with LEED certified construction practices.
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