Project Delivery, Architectural Design Manager


  • Full Time

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About the role:

We're looking for an Architectural Design Manager to join our Cruise Real Estate & Workplace Team focused on maintaining design standards and preparing initial site and space plan designs across our  project portfolio. This role works closely with our Business Units, Real Estate and Transaction Management team, Facilities & Workplace Operations and 3rd party project management partners, general contractors, architects and engineers. The role will be an equal balance of strategic and tactical as we lay the groundwork to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology in emerging markets. This role will report to the Director of Project Delivery.  The Architectural Design Manager will manage pre-design efforts for a variety of asset types with a primary focus on fleet sites and service centers to support the growing fleet, R&D, and commercialization. In this role you will partner closely with Real Estate and the Entitlement Project Delivery Manager, on site development, due diligence, and zoning related jurisdictional approvals. You will prepare conceptual site plans and test-fits for sites and facilities that are being evaluated for use.  A secondary function for this role will be to further develop and maintain archetype standards for all project types.  The Architectural Design Manager is expected to thrive in an extremely fast paced environment with a high degree of ambiguity.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Closely collaborate with Cruise real estate, commercial operations, legal, government affairs, external communications, finance, and engineering groups to identify and plan project sites for use in acquisition.
  • Perform due diligence and pre-construction activities for real estate transactions.
  • Partner with Entitlement Project Delivery Manager throughout the entitlements and jurisdictional engagement process.
  • In partnership with consultants, conduct studies and prepare initial designs that contribute to establishing initial CapEx costs and schedules for sites. Provide clear, concise and data driven recommendations to aid Real Estate and Operations teams selection of site(s).
  • Coordinate with the Transaction Manager during the site search, acquisition, and due diligence stages to establish the highest and best use for site(s).
  • Complete work with a bias toward action and continuous improvement. Always searching for opportunities to template processes and establish best practices.
  • Document and maintain design guidelines and specifications.
  • Manage feedback process and updates to design standards documentation from internal user groups.
  • Establish and develop positive relationships with consultants, representing Cruise in a professional manner.

What you must have:

  • Minimum Bachelors in Architecture required or equivalent years of experience
  • 8+ years experience designing industrial site plans and performing test-fits.
  • Robust knowledge of site entitlements, due diligence, preconstruction in industrial asset types.
  • Experience managing multiple projects of varied scope and complexity
  • Ability to read and create architectural drawings, concepts & designs
  • Experience with architectural design software including but not limited to AutoCad, SketchUp, Bluebeam, Adobe Creative Apps, etc.
  • Experience in a variety of delivery methods (i.e. design build, build to suits, TIs)
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to provide clear recommendations and solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and experience creating business cases for funding approvals.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time!

Bonus Points!

  • Master’s degree preferred
  • Professional certifications:  PMP
  • Professional Registration: Registered Architect, Licensed Civil Engineer, etc.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex – a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price & Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) – a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

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