Director of Retail Construction

Name : Kim Bennett
Industry Type : Related Professions
City & State : Placentia,CA
Job Title Director of Retail Construction
Relocation Preferences : West
Objective :
Resume :  

Adaptable and detail-oriented professional with strong qualifications developed over 25 years of experience within the retail construction industry. Accomplished operational experience in real estate, store design and construction, along with management of maintenance operations. Possess in-depth experience in policies and procedures, as well as with material and supply management within the corporate retail infrastructures. Proven broad knowledge in practices and principles of succession planning, strategic planning, and budget development; with capacity to work effectively on multiple projects in parallel. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook), Lotus Smart Suite, Photoshop, and WordPerfect.

Strong decision-making skills, combined with expertise in categorizing, prioritizing, and planning projects effectively; exceptional organizational and time management skills with dedicated attention to detail
Equipped with proven exceptional project management, organizational abilities, and supervisory skills to assure success in budgeting, performance planning, and program development
Possess solid ability to establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with all contacts within line of work


Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. Anaheim, CA

Displayed unsurpassed leadership in overseeing outside architect on schedule of drawings according to RCD and company opening schedule. Established design criteria for store plans and fixtures with outside architect. Identified storefront design with architect based on Landlords requirements and actual dimensions; resolved discrepancies storefront design issues with Landlords Tenant Coordinator. Evaluated, redlined, and performed takeoffs on construction documents. Initiated cost and time saving policies with architect, contractors, and outside vendors to ensure best practices and costs. Primarily held accountable for monitoring tenant allowance collection; collected and submitted required documentation to Landlord for collection and contacted Landlords for payment. Conducted sourcing, bidding, negotiating, assessing, and assuring quality of fixtures nationwide.

Key Accomplishments:
Provided direct supervision of more than 1,000 new stores launches, relocations, and expansions to open on or before RCD and within capital budget. Determined schedule and achieved company goals for store openings, closings, remodels, or relocations in collaboration with Corporate Departments
Orchestrated multiple concepts store design and modifications with outside architect. Provided rapid resolution to all site condition issues in coordination with Real Estate, Landlord, and owners architect
Coordinated designs and manufacturing of new fixture concepts with outside vendors including prototypes and rollouts
Developed annual $100M Capital Budget for new store growth and in store capital projects; partnered with multiple departments to coordinate and implement requested capital projects, as well as to monitor cost of each project; significantly developed and monitored $23M expense budget
Established and led a team of contractors, vendors, and architect in reviewing, determining, and implementing cost-saving techniques on a bi-annual basis
Proactively engaged in resourcing potential vendors for OSI; bid and negotiated two-year contracts for new store construction and fixture rollouts as well as architectural services, overhead grilles, flooring, HVAC, lighting, small store equipment, and signage. Implemented repetitive review of inventory levels of vendors to maintain constant supply for visual implementations
Collected Tenant Allowance annually within 15% of total aggregate; balance collected within 1st quarter
Established and sustained Excel purchase order log with automatic accrual set; accumulated costs for all store construction, capital projects, tenant allowance, and construction maintenance projects to ensure fluid cash flow on monthly and quarterly basis
Instrumental in developing and monitoring the Construction Department to successfully meet company goals and objectives; identified and resolved issues and conflicts within the team to sustain positive working environment
Established and maintained long-term relationships with multiple Landlords, architects, contractors, mall management, and vendors to initiate, expand, or relocate stores on or before the rent commencement date
Worked closely with Real Estate department and outside attorney to evaluate site conditions and calculate costs associated with Exhibit C; dynamically established cost guidelines for the Exhibit C


Rendered administrative support to the Director of Construction, Vice President of Real Estate and Construction, and the Vice President of Stores. Accurately ordered all OSI for each store location and documented receipt for payment processing. Established cost sheets for all location and monitored against accounting costs. Received and scheduled all service calls relating to stores and processed Purchase Orders and invoices through the accounting process. Held accountable for all store information, including state board, utilities, and set up. Assembled all documentation for Tenant Allowance as required by Lease and submitted to Landlords as per Lease Agreement; followed through on all allowance collections.

Key Accomplishments:
Primarily served as the main contact for all store repair and maintenance issues; coupled with operations to verify completion and quality of job that ensure best practices were used for stores
Initiated contractor site control binder with store schedule, contact information, cut sheets, purchase orders, delivery dates, MSDS sheets, fixture drawings, schematics, along with end of job requirements for submission of final draw and punch list
Successfully processed Proformas and revisions for Real Estate as requested; researched tenant information from malls; coordinated all packages for the Real Estate Team for presentation to the committee

Clothestime, Inc. Anaheim, CA

Held accountable for handling all service calls from stores directed to vendors; processing purchase orders and invoices; and accurately recording all maintenance calls and ending costs on a monthly basis for accounting.
Comprehensively reviewed and analyzed all invoices with accounts payable, including invoice cost and process for proper account codes, as well as evaluated costs against accountings store cost and adjusted any discrepancies
Strategically gathered bid documents to coordinate with architectural drawings delivered to general contractors to bid; compiled all bids for review by the Director of Construction; proactively processed construction contracts for signature upon award; as well as administered draws for general contractor based on specific contract


Caf Owner The Posh Peasant, San Clemente, CA (2007-2010)


Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA

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