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Job Description

K. Hovnanian is celebrating 60 years of quality and leadership in the home building and community development industry.  Do you want to play a large role in those every day decisions that help build dream homes?  It’s the homes where people will raise their child, form their most important memories, plot the course for their future, spend quality time with their grandchildren or enjoy quiet times reflecting on a life full of accomplishments.  Over 300,000 families have put their dreams in our hands, and you can as well.

Design Manager will manage the schematic design and design development process including the development and communication of design standards, new designs, Design to Production Turnover (DTPT), coordination of designs with outside consultants (structural, mechanical, roof truss designers) at the early design phase, cabinet shop drawing designs, new design prototype process as well as CAD standards.  Manage a team of designers to produce design drawings that comply with K. Hovnanian standards and procedures, are accurate and are delivered in a timely manner to the Production Studios.  

Responsibilities & Education

•  Coordinate with Production Studio and Divisions to validate architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing designs to ensure the standard methods of arrangement graphically represent building plans per K. Hovnanian standards
•  Oversee the development of design drawings that are created in sketches, AutoCAD and Sketchup to produce concept drawings and models that meet all criteria established above
•  Operate design related software (AutoCAD, Sketchup, Bluebeam and Adobe Suite) to assist the studios in developing concept drawings
•  Assign/oversee Design Team and Virtual Modeling Team work
•  Maintain accurate budgets for billable projects/work with the Accounting Department
•  Schedule and prioritize Design work based on milestones established by Production Team/Divisions
•  Present DTPT documents to Production Studios/Divisions/Set Up Team to ensure there is a wholistic understanding of each project by all relevant parties
•  Review Construction Documents throughout Production phase to confirm that design intent is met
•  Direct and coordinate activities of Design Associates with APM
•  Review and provide recommended solutions to architectural and engineering problems
•  Communicate technical data with the Design and Production Studios
•  Communicate project timelines to Production Studio and Divisions daily
•  Direct activities of Design Studio and Virtual Modeling Studio direct reports, daily

Minimum of a four‐year degree in Architecture/Construction including knowledge of CAD‐related software, preferably in residential design, or an equivalent amount of related education and experience, at least 3 years of experience in the production home building business and the equivalent of at least 1 year in project management skills/training.

K. Hovnanian Companies, LLC, a subsidiary of Hovnanian Enterprises, Inc., a well-respected publicly traded company, is committed to providing an environment and programs that help our associates flourish.  You can look forward to professional support and extensive benefits—including medical/dental/vision coverage, discounts on mortgages and home appliances, and a 401(k) plan.

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