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Capital Projects Manager

Recompose is seeking a Capital Projects Manager to facilitate our growth and expansion.

OVERVIEW

Recompose is an ecological death care company offering the service of natural organic reduction (NOR), where human bodies are converted into soil (aka “human composting”.) The Recompose model offers an authentic, experience for families and a natural return to the earth for the dead. Our first location – “the Greenhouse” – opened in December 2020 in Kent, WA. Recompose is transforming the funeral industry and creating deep ecological change. We are looking to hire people who are passionate about creating a radical new death care paradigm and helping to heal the environment through this work.

Recompose is seeking a Capital Projects Manager to facilitate our growth and expansion. This person will work with the CEO to develop new Recompose locations. The Capital Projects Manager will support the planning and start-up of all new facilities. Responsibilities include site evaluation and feasibility analysis, facility layout, permit research, budgeting, coordination between brokerage, design, and construction teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Develop opportunities for expansion:

  • Bring a high level of organization to the expansion process.
  • Develop criteria for new location selection.
  • Define Owner’s Project Requirements for each new potential location.
  • Work with Recompose’s team to understand needs for body storage and preparation, gathering spaces, and public-facing areas.
  • Work with brokerage team to identify potential sites for new facilities.
  • Evaluate potential sites based on:
    • OPR
    • permitting requirements
    • basic scaled layout
    • cost of build out
    • accessibility
  • Develop an understanding of the cultural and historical context of areas where we might expand and prioritize communication with diverse communities.

Develop new locations:

  • Support COO and brokerage firm in contract negotiations for new leases.
  • Perform permit research, coordinate permit application process (clean air agencies, wastewater agencies, Departments of Ecology, etc), and understand the specific regulations for each location.
  • Work with design team to develop preconstruction schedules and preliminary estimates.
  • Coordinate the selection of construction management firms and support in contract negotiation.
  • Work with CEO to determine required startup capital and overall development budget for each new location.

Manage build-out and start-up of new locations:

  • Act as the Recompose point-of-contact for design team, construction team, and systems/equipment manufacturers.
  • Coordinate and facilitate project team meetings. Take detailed notes and distribute minutes.
  • Work with NOR team to identify opportunities for process improvement and production line optimization and coordinate with contractors to implement efficient systems and processes.
  • Coordinate systems layout and work with the project team to ensure best fit of equipment and process controls.
  • Produce scaled drawings of production line layouts.
  • Work with contractors to manage process equipment layout and installation.
  • Coordinate the commissioning of all systems and work with staff and contractors to troubleshoot.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3+ years of previous experience in project management, construction management, engineering, architecture, or real estate development.
  • Experience in process engineering, production engineering, and/or manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in scheduling, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Facility with design software (ex: CAD, Sketchup, Bluebeam), and ability to use for facility layouts for feasibility stage design.
  • Experience in setting and measuring goals, metrics, and strategies.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to see the overall picture and assess various project and company goals (sustainability, budgetary, pleasant work environments, etc.)
  • Outstanding ability to deal with problems, handle difficult interpersonal situations and find creative solutions.
  • Strategic thinking, ability to act upon organizational mission, vision, and values.
  • Empathy and interpersonal sensitivity; great listening skills.
  • Resilience: ability to manage own emotions, demonstrate self-control under pressure or adversity, and practice self-care.
  • Flexibility: ability to multi-task, adapt to new situations and to change focus unexpectedly.
  • Commitment to working at a progressive company that explicitly works to be anti-racist, by advocating and ​protecting the rights of people of color and religious minorities, and feminist, by protecting the rights of women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Recompose is based in Seattle, Washington, but this position can be performed remotely. This position will travel 5-15% of the time (mostly on the west coast to start), with the amount of travel dependent upon the stage of the project.

Flexibility will be key especially in the first few years of operations. For the first few years, as we grow to capacity and hire staff, it’s likely that some exempt positions including this one will require some long weeks (~50 hours). Likewise, as we develop the overall schedule, a lot of flexibility will be required.

In the long run (1-3 years,) it’s Recompose’s explicit goal to create an atmosphere where staff work 40-hour weeks and the live/work balance is celebrated.

Salary Range: $75,000-95,000

To apply, please complete this online application.

Land Acknowledgement

Recompose acknowledges we make our lives and livelihoods on the lands of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Duwamish People. We honor with gratitude the Duwamish People past and present, the land itself, and the Duwamish Tribe.

Colonization is an active, persistent process. Indigenous communities continue to be resilient in protecting their ecological and cultural lifeways and deathways despite ongoing oppression. Recompose respects, shares, and supports this commitment to climate healing and environmental justice. Join Recompose in contributing to Real Rent Duwamish.