Store Planning Project Manager - Americas

  • Company: Fendi North America
  • Location: United States
  • Business group: Fashion & Leather Goods
  • Contract type: Permanent Job
  • Function: Design & Creation
  • Experience required: Minimum 5 years
  • Reference No.: FEND00726
  • Date of publication: 2018.06.10


Job Title:  Store Planning Project Manager - Americas (US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil)

Location:  NY

Main Objective

Manage Store Planning activities related to the development of luxury boutiques. The Project Manager is in charge of technical/time/cost/quality control. His/Her duties: supervise and manage the entire process of the project, from due-diligence to layout definition, from organization to final delivery, respecting Fendi concept guidelines as well as local requirements, acting as point of reference for all professional representatives involved, internal and external to the company. 

Job Responsibilities

The Project Manager works closely with corporate and regional teams (Product, Retail, Wholesale, Finance, Legal, Visual Merchandising, IT, Loss Prevention) to ensure the correct development of all aspects of the project which include also the direct control and responsibility of other aspects: Procurement, Admin, Logistic. The PM is also responsible for hiring and managing external consultants as architects and engineers, contractors and direct vendors. As well, to handle costs, scheduling and quality of projects throughout the entire process of planning and construction. The position, comprehensive of all described duties, reports directly to Store Planning Regional Director role. 

Duties among others:

  • Supervise and coordinate all architectural and construction activities involved with the renovation or creation of a new boutique
  • Prepare feasibility studies, to evaluate locations and estimate budgets and timings
  • Collaborate with Finance Dept. to finalize budgets
  • Collaborate with Legal Dept. to finalize contracts
  • Collect start-up information from corporate and local parties (Retail Managers, Partners, etc.) necessary to develop the design in accordance with company commercial requirements
  • Establish contact with Landlords architectural team, to get location drawings, guidelines and all other necessary technical start-up information
  • Coordinate with headquarter designers to prepare location lay-out to match planned retail sales and organize internal review with all corporate and local teams involved
  • Prepare Capex and Cost Report and update it regularly along the project development
  • Organize bidding and award of all consultants and supervise their activities and outcomes
  • Organize general contractors and millwork contractors bidding, evaluate tender documents and offers and coordinate works assignment
  • Manage all Direct Vendors orders
  • Review consultants and contractors drawings to ensure consistence with projects and concept, from preliminary submission up to construction and shop-drawings
  • Visit construction sites and prepare reports, from setting-out to punch list completion and opening, to ensure quality of building construction and millwork installation, identifying outstanding issues and ensuring appropriate follow-up
  • Collect as-built drawings and keep record of store opening information, finalize financial accounts closures


Required Skills, Knowledge and Attributes:


  • Education: degree in Architecture or related Engineering fields (University degree or similar)
  • Work experience: Project Manager: 7+ years of relevant retail experience inside a comparable luxury international company or similar complexity
  • Computer skills: Autocad 2D/3D, Photoshop, all Office programs
  • Problem solving
  • Detail oriented. Proactive and highly organized
  • Multitasking, able to quickly shift from design creativity to admin/management
  • Decision-making. Able to work independently, but also collaboratively with cross functional teams
  • Self-motivated, able to work under pressure and tight dead-lines
  • Languages: English perfectly written and spoken. Preferably an addition language

Additional Requirements/Information

  • The position requires approximately 30% of travel time

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