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Senior Development Manager in Dallas, TX at JLL

at JLL (Jones Lang LaSalle)

Posted: 6/29/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: J3Q2JL6G76PFT934F48

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We are currently seeking a Senior Retail Project Development Manager to join our Dallas Project Development Services Division. We are looking for individuals with retail development experience specifically for pre-construction and site development activities. Services typically include site identification and due diligence, entitlement support, pre-site development and ground up build outs for big box retail projects. We are looking for a solid background in Project Development Management with experience in at least one of the following areas: Project Management, Architecture and Construction. 

The candidate will ideally have a background in developing ground ups that are on self-contained sites, i.e. Gas Station/C-Store, Auto Parts, Pharma or Discount Retail.   The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge on all areas of development including DOT, Stormwater, planning, etc.  Experience with ground up self-development is an important requirement for this position.  Other qualifications include:

  • A strong background in utility coordination and permitting is a plus. 
  • Entitlement experience specifically with Platting and rezoning is an important part of the position.
  • Experience speaking on behalf of Client or making presentations at public hearings. 
  • With regards to the role itself, the job description we came up with for my role would probably be similar.  Client has been big on using my role as a sort of “Utility man” for the teams Possess an ability to shift between projects and priorities at a moment’s notice, flexibility is key. 
  • Ownership of projects, an ability to take accountability for the challenges and problems that every project encounters.


  • Understanding and experience with Retail Development
  • Well Organized with ability to develop and process workflows.
  • Well versed in dealing with local jurisdictions and municipalities.
  • Ability to engage, coordinate and manage all the consultants needed during site due diligence and development.
  • Ideally this person can cross over into a Construction Project Management role if and when needed. 
  • Client Interface & Project Team Relationship Management
  • Development Manager will focus on:
  • Site Due Diligence and Site Development
  • GTECH and Environmental issues.
  • Entitlement, Zoning and Variance matters
  • Facilitating and Expediting Permitting
  • All Matters Pre-Construction Related
  • Dispute Resolution/Problem Solving
  • Interface and correspondence with City Officials


  • Candidates must have:
  • Retail Development experience (entitlement, zoning, access easements, jurisdictional permitting).
  • Experience working with 3rd Party Developers and Landlords on Build-To-Suit Transactions. 
  • Experience representing and driving Client/Tenant timeline throughout the development process. 
  • Managing and leading external parties (3rd party developer, landlord, city officials, planning and building departments, etc.) through the development approval process.  
  • Comfortable driving development process on behalf of Client (as Agent for the Client).
  • Managing ambiguity and the challenges that arise during the pre-development and development phase. 
  • Comfortable communicating with C suite.  Ability to adjust communication cadence and style to align with Client Leadership team (written and verbal).


  • Professional Degree in Architecture/Civil Engineering.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in related areas


  • Planning and Organizing – Establish course of action to accomplish goals, evaluates results, develops schedules, and can orchestrate multiple activities at once by effectively utilizing resources
  • Client Focus – Dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of external and internal clients, acts with client in mind, establishes and maintains effective relationships, and gains their trust and respect
  • Technically Savvy: Proficient in Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Project, Word
  • Experience with Budget & Milestone/Schedule Development, Management and Tracking
  • Ability to Read & Understand Construction Drawings & Specifications
  • Business Acumen – Respected for professional and savvy business sense
  • Ability to interact with multiple stakeholders and pro-actively anticipate their needs
  • Dealing with Ambiguity – Can effectively cope with change, can shift gears comfortably, can decide and act without having the total picture, can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty
  • Interpersonal Savvy – Relates well to others at all levels and uses diplomacy and tact
  • Self-Starter – Able to start and complete projects independently
  • Time Management – Use time effectively and efficiently, can attend to a broader range of activities, gets more done in less time than others
  • Written/Oral communications – Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely, get messages across that have the desired effect
  • Hard worker & Team Player – No Task too small. Getting the job done and exceeding client expectations is the key to integrating successfully into our team


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