Forward Planning Manager in King of Prussia, PA at Lennar Homes

Date Posted: 9/27/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Overview

The Manager of Forward Planning is responsible for establishing schedules and coordinating the timely design, planning and opening of new communities, the repositioning of existing communities, and the grand opening of a new phase, in order to meet or exceed the timeframes represented in CIC approved 'Greenfolders' or the most recently issued 'P' update. #CB 



Responsibilities

Primary Duties: 

  • Create and implement a 'Community Opening Checklist/Schedule' to identify critical path items from CIC approval through the opening of sales to ensure the on-time start and opening of a new or repositioned community or phase (see sample checklist/schedule attached)
  • Act as a liaison among all Division department heads, including Purchasing, Accounting, Sales, Land Acquisition/Approvals and Land 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 implement the checklist/schedule

During Due Diligence: 

  • Understand the community, surrounding area, competition and provide guidance to Lennar Associates and consultants on how and when to focus regarding the checklist/schedule
  • Identify and present potential risks for new communities, including challenges to implement the checklist/schedule, and all other areas of concern such as lot grading, dirt generation, model and signage locations, off-site constraints, visibility and other existing conditions
  • Identify product (if in-house) or propose new product (if not available) by studying competition and market, and reviewing site development plans to ensure proposed product fit
  • Evaluate architectural covenants and zoning requirements and identify costs during due diligence
  • Understand onsite and offsite conditions and their impact on proposed product and marketing/sales and community/phase opening

After CIC Approval: 

  • Present, negotiate, and secure architectural approval from all relevant parties, including HOA and municipal officials while adhering to required CCR and zoning regulations
  • Engage third party architects (with Division President approval) and work with architects, Sales and Purchasing Departments to create, when necessary, new or update existing architectural plans and/or amenity and open space plans
  • Advise Sales and Purchasing Departments on required site and architectural features
  • Design (or engage consultants to design) overall community appearance and features, such as   entrance/street monuments, signage, community details and specifications, colors, logo, name of community, common area features and landscaping, clubhouses, amenities, etc. Prepare a complete community specifications book containing all colors, patterns, details, and signs and review same with all Division department heads
  • Review sales collateral and CCRs (including all disclosures) relating to home brochures and community maps to ensure accuracy and reduce risk of misrepresentation
  • Submit for approval of all required HOA items (plans, signage, flags, etc.) and evaluate and approve architectural revision requests based on HOA covenants and precedents
  • Develop and implement schedule to ensure enough homes are under construction as early in the process as possible; evaluate opportunities to jump start welcome home centers, sales, model homes and production homes and the costs to do same (e.g., install haul road to build welcome home centers or models before roads are paved)
  • Coordinate all activities to open the community/phase, such as ordering signs, securing easements/approvals for entrance features and offsite signs, submitting plans for trailers/Welcome Home Centers, obtaining all permits for same, order flags, develop grand opening program, organize website and digital media, and all other collateral and relevant materials


Qualifications

  • Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in Business or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in planning or design
  • Must be able to assess and interpret vertical construction plans
  • Ability to understand zoning and HOA requirements
  • Project management and critical path experience
  • Knowledge of architecture and home designs
  • Computer literacy, including word-processing, spreadsheet analysis, project scheduling and data management software
  • Valid Driver's License and auto insurance
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely 

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