Position Description

Construction Project Manager - Austin, Texas
Perot Location AUSTIN - Austin Office (405526)
Job Code 284
# of openings 1
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Company Overview

Hillwood was founded in 1988 by Ross Perot, Jr. with the vision to be an industry leader in the development of industrial projects and master-planned communities.  Today, Hillwood is consistently ranked as one of the top real estate investment firms in the world and has a strong track record of successfully developing and acquiring real estate assets throughout North America and Europe.  

Position Overview

Hillwood is currently seeking a Development Manager to join the Hillwood Communities team with a focus on current and future development activity in the Austin market. The position will initially concentrate on executing the development activity for Hillwood’s Wolf Ranch master-planned community located in Georgetown, Texas immediately north of Austin. 

Wolf Ranch is a 1,120-acre project that at build out will have approximately 2,600 single family lots, 50 acres of commercial tracts and an extensive amenity program including extensive landscape, hardscape and trail improvements.  To date the project team has delivered 386 single family lots, a first in class amenity center and regional infrastructure improvements that serve 635 multi-family units.  Currently Hillwood has approximately 650 single family residential lots in the development pipeline.  Hillwood will commence construction activity on its next phase in December 2018.  The long-term vision of this position is overseeing multiple projects as Hillwood Communities expands its presence in the Austin market. 

This position will be responsible for all horizontal plan approvals, infrastructure construction activity as well as landscape and amenity construction projects.  More specifically, the position will oversee third-party consultants, prepare and maintain budgets and project schedules, bidding and awarding construction contracts, managing general contractor and subcontractor activity, and overseeing all acceptance requirements with local municipalities.  In addition, the position will interface with homebuilder construction teams within Wolf Ranch as needed.  Our ideal candidate will have a strong construction background and understanding of the production homebuilding industry, possess strong communication skills and the desire to be find solutions to challenges that arise. Furthermore, the position will need a strong understanding of the development requirements and environmental regulations that pertain to construction activity in Williamson County region.

Areas of Responsibility


  • Interface with land planners, civil engineers, landscape architects, city/ county officials and other governmental entities and homebuilding client team members.
  • Manage Design Phase (Planner, Civil, Environmental, Geotech, Architect, Structural, Landscape)
  • Negotiate and manage contracts with consultants including engineering, environmental consultants, landscape architects and land planners.
  • Coordinate and manage all Phase I Environmental Surveys, geotechnical studies and other site related documentation requirements.
  • Understand and manage entitlement process and assist in amendments, if needed
  • Orchestrate and complete off-site issues, if needed
  • Oversee preliminary design through final plat acceptance
  • Conduct design review meetings with all design consultants
  • Manage the design process overseeing all land planners, engineers, and landscape architects
  • Refine schedule/organize fast track method with city/design team
  • Analyze, recommend and coordinate value engineering opportunities
  • Refine development budgets, schedules, and market assumptions for the financial model
  • Review and approve monthly invoices from consultants and vendors
  • Coordinate with Hillwood team for overall project strategy
  • Manage Development Schedule and Budget

Project Financing:

  • Oversee development related project budgets
  • Provide assistance on loan closing checklists as needed
  • Work with the team to create bank budget and cash flow assumptions
  • Supervise the assembly of development due diligence information for Appraiser and Lender
  • Re-certify surveys, geotech, environmental, etc. to bank as required
  • Track and complete post-closing issues as required
  • Assist Accounting to complete monthly bank draws as necessary


  • Work with City to expedite permitting
  • Finalize pricing/ bids into schedule of values as basis for contract amount
  • Review and finalize construction contract
  • Attend weekly job meetings and monitor job progress
  • Maintain critical relationships with city personnel through construction process
  • Negotiate utility connections, relocations, and costs as needed
  • Review and approve sub-contractor buy-out recommendations
  • Review and process monthly contractor pay-applications
  • Update the Development Cost Summary on a monthly basis
  • Review monthly cost reports
  • Prepare Substantial Completion packages for homebuilder clients
  • Conduct post-construction lesson learned discussion


  • Bachelor’s Degree required; specifically, in Construction Management, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Development or related field.
  • 7-10 years of project development, management or construction experience.
  • Firm knowledge of construction, development and project management.
  • Organization and detailed oriented with the ability to prioritize and manage differing needs of the specific projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with the project team, contractors, and governmental officials.
  • Excellent communication and time management capabilities.
  • Municipal Utility District knowledge and experience is a plus.
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