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Project Manager - Standards



We are seeking a highly organized and technically proficient person to join our Retail Studio on our Standards team in our Alameda Office as a Project Manager/Architect. This role focuses on guiding project teams through an entire architecture project, inclusive of the development and adherence to project scope, budget, schedule and work plan.


MBH Architects is a top-tier firm with a small firm feel. We have offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Denver, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. Our staff of over 250 employees work on projects ranging from high-density housing developments to sustainability-focused tech campuses to memorable spaces for retail brands. The Retail Studio has worked on several exciting brands like Tesla, Target, BestBuy, Vinfast, and many more!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Thoroughly understand the client’s objectives + vision.

  • Develop the trust of the client and pursue new opportunities.

  • Delegate work assignments based on project scope and team member’s skill set and availability.

  • Manage the production of client deliverables on time and budget.

  • Manage the scope and expectation alignments with the client.

  • Manage revenue projections and staffing projections.

  • Assist with billing and collections for assigned projects.

  • Oversight of, and adherence to, professional standards and technical procedures.

  • Provide weekly status update to Studio Director.

  • Contract documentation.

  • Leads design support and development of retail store fixtures, addressing technical issues and drafting working models and intent drawings.

  • Provide high level of coordination throughout the project lifecycle with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Review build partner shop drawings to identify and document any deviations from the client’s creative vision, product specifications, and installation standards.

  • Work with the client directly, complete requests on ad hoc basis - presentations, comparisons, overlays, matrices, models, trackers etc.

  • Assist with creating models, mockups and design validation samples from sketches, models, and drawings.

  • Maintain samples, specification sheets, design guide content and internal procedures documentation.

  • Oversee Designers and Job Captains and coordinate workloads.

  • Train and Mentor junior staff.

  • Research and development efforts and generation of reports relating to materials and manufacturing techniques, coordinating with a variety of vendors and industries

  • Research and development efforts on the advancement of retail environments and merchandising experiences.

  • Understand project success criteria and assist in delivering projects that meet client expectations

  • Communicate project information internally and externally in a fast paced environment

  • Utilize knowledge of design and manufacturing to foresee issues such as constructability, materials, budget, timeline, etc.

  • Facilitate meetings with build partners and client - provide agendas and meeting recaps


  • Minimum of 10-year design engineering experience in metal and wood product manufacturing; experience with retail clients is a plus.

  • Experience with prototyping, product testing, and client-facing / vendor-facing work.

  • Familiarity with Revit, Rhino, Inventor, AutoCAD, Solid Works, Cinema 4D or similar platforms required as well as knowledge of millwork, fixtures, furniture, cabinetry or related industries.

  • Degree in architecture, industrial or engineering design, graphic/creative arts, or related fields preferred.

  • Familiarity with project management software (Quip, Bluebeam, Wrike, OmniPlan, Jira).


  • Medical insurance - MBH pays the full monthly premium for employees.

  • Dental and Vision coverage.

  • 401k Profit Sharing.

  • Flexible spending accounts.

  • Life, AD&D, and Disability Insurance.


$115,000 - $140,000

If you take your work seriously, but love to laugh at yourself and with others and never settle for anything less than stellar work, MBH Architects is for you.

MBH is an equal opportunity employer who values diversity in the workplace.

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