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Specifications Manager

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date Posted: 10-09-2018
Specifications Manager – Grand Rapids, Michigan

DISHER is currently partnering with our customer in their search for a top-notch Specifications Manager. Our partner is an established A&E firm; this is a full time, direct hire role with our customer that will work closely with architects, engineers, clients and contractors.

What it is like to work here:
We’re unique.  Sure, every firm says that, but we know what makes us unique.  We constantly develop well-rounded professionals who become the best at what they do. We strive to create an office culture that reflects the rapidly shifting world we live in.  We believe we’re located in a great city in one of the best parts of the world.
At our core we deeply value talent development and opportunities for growth.  We have always supported an office culture that encourages new employees to become the best professionals in our core markets. Whether you come join us in Holland, Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan or Indianapolis, Indiana, your opportunities are as limitless as your imagination. Come be a part of designing the future.
What you will get to do:
  • Engage with cross-discipline project teams to support the full cycle design process
  • Collaborate between this role, the project manager and the full project team as a crucial member for project success
  • Be a promoter of vision and forward-thinking innovation
  • Provide expertise, knowledge and support for the project managers writing the specifications with material and system constructability analysis
  • Act as a strategic partner to the design process by promoting well-coordinated construction documents
  • Manage the specification knowledge and process across multiple-disciplines and across all GMB offices
  • Support the development of specifications along with drawings as an organized process to ensure coordinated sets of construction documents
  • Review drawings and other documents for compliance with project requirements, institutional guidelines, GMB standards, technical conditions, acceptable standards, and existing laws, rules, regulations and codes
  • Participate in QA/QC reviews and checks on project documents
  • Coordinate specifications with Building Information Modeling (BIM) strategies and specification writing software
  • Assist project architects & engineers with shop drawing and product substitution review
What would make you successful:
  • 5+ years’ work experience in the Architectural, Engineering or Construction industry as a specification writer
  • Prior experience in the production of Outline Specifications, Design Development and Construction Document Specifications
  • Knowledgeable in product research, updating of office master specification, updating of technical library and communication with product representatives
  • Familiarity with construction laws, applicable codes, standards, ordinances, bonds, and insurances in the construction industry
  • Solid understanding of construction detailing and the bidding process 
  • General knowledge of construction practices along with sustainability and LEED requirements
  • Ability to work both autonomously and within a team environment
  • Accuracy and strong attention to detail, as well as strong verbal and written communication
  • Prior experience with mentoring and coaching
  • CSI Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) preferred
  • Must be currently legally authorized to work in the United States of America for any employer without restrictions or expirations.
The Legal Stuff: This is a direct, full time, permanent position in our Grand Rapids office.  Salary will be commensurate with experience, including an excellent benefit package. Must have current and continuing right to work in the United States without sponsorship. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin interested, please apply and attach resume at the following link:   http://disherdesign.catsone.com/careers

About DISHER: 
DISHER is a nationally-recognized product development and business consulting firm with offices in Zeeland and Ann Arbor, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana. Our team is highly technical and diversified, serving in a variety of markets including automotive, office furniture, alternative energy, and medical. Our capabilities span from napkin sketch through launch, providing numerous opportunities for us to partner with clients in product and process development. DISHER also assists clients with business solutions and Talent identification and attraction. Check out more about what we do at http://www.DISHER.com/about-us/

Key words:  Specification Writer, Specifications, Architecture, Engineering, Construction, CSI, Certified Construction Specifier.
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