Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Specifications Writer (Architecture)
At SOM, we are a collective committed to shaping a better future for our clients, communities and planet. We aspire to create the most sustainable, impactful work through creative, interdisciplinary teams with all the resources and diversity of a global ﬁrm. We value those who are passionate about excellence,
innovation, integrity, inclusivity, and collaboration. Together we can achieve great things.
Success at SOM Means
Ideas: We believe in a meritocracy of ideas. We look to everyone to actively contribute to the discourse in the ﬁrm.
Knowledge: We believe that expertise is the result of lifelong learning. We are not expected to know everything, but rather to passionately pursue answers, develop new skills and deepen our knowledge.
Product: We strive for excellence in the concept, quality, and delivery of our work.
Individual: We value individuals who bring the highest standards of professionalism and personal integrity in the way they work. Each person can develop and contribute their wealth of attributes, skills and knowledge to support the overall health of the ﬁrm.
Team: We value the power of interdisciplinary integration. A positive team culture in which everyone collaborates openly towards common goals is essential.
Firm: We have a history of making transformative contributions to the profession and our communities. We are constantly innovating and attempting to bring new approaches, solutions and processes to our work.
Responsible for the development and preparation of written documents for architectural projects in all phases of the project through construction including, but not limited to the following:
Bidding and Negotiation Documents
General Requirements Speciﬁcations
Early Phase Documents (Preliminary Project Descriptions and Outline Speciﬁcations)
Contributes to the maintenance and development of content of SOM Oﬃce Masters speciﬁcations database.
Contributes to oﬃce initiatives for training and education related to speciﬁcations.
Functions as technical resource for material and product evaluations and selections for the architectural studios.
Contributes to ﬁrm-wide efforts for knowledge sharing on best practices, technical research and content for speciﬁcation via regularly-scheduled conference calls or meetings with other speciﬁcation writers of the ﬁrm.
Implements speciﬁcations Quality Management System for assigned projects.
Confers with clients, consultants, and others during various stages of project development for general conditions and speciﬁcations.
Advises team in selection and assessment of construction systems and determines the technical requirements for the project.
Reviews drawings and speciﬁcation deliverables for accuracy and compliance with the project's technical requirements.
Follows the HPD process and oversees tracking and submission of appropriate data for project milestones.
When applicable, manages the design team's construction phase services scope regarding speciﬁcations including, but not limited to the following:
Review of substitution requests, RFIs, construction submittals
Reviews and prepares addenda and modiﬁcations to written documents.
Attends construction meetings, testing mockups, etc.
Participates in local and ﬁrm-wide Technical Design Committees and makes meaningful contributions to the advancement of activities led by these groups.
Participates in external industry associations as leading contributor and ﬁrm representative; stays current with product developments, new materials, code changes, and current industry trends.
Actively leads a project team.
Directly supervises, trains, and mentors team members.
Engages in talent strategy to ﬁnd specialists, leaders, and future professionals for the ﬁrm through resume review and interviews.
Demonstrates leadership in the implementation of sustainable strategies in all project assignments and the associated development of staff knowledge.
Creates and drives new ways of working through contributing to the development of services, standards, procedures based in an understanding of the business principles that protect SOM from ﬁnancial and legal risk.
Professional degree in Architecture.
Licensed in state of practice; LEED accreditation preferred.
Minimum 8 years of professional experience or equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities, with an emphasis on the preparation of construction speciﬁcations and material and product research on large scale projects.
General understanding of sustainable strategies and principles including familiarity with LEED or other green building rating systems.
Demonstrated ability to successfully lead project teams and manage project schedule, budget and program.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Proﬁciency in Microsoft Oﬃce, Google Workspace and Adobe Suite.
Familiarity with Revit and demonstrates practical understanding of the application of digital tools for speciﬁcations and BIM coordination.
Proﬁciency in building construction techniques, building codes, construction systems, products, materials, and methods of writing speciﬁcations for large scale projects.
SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and other work/life plans.
At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline: www.som.com/employment_opportunities_and_policy
For more about SOM: www.som.com
Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed. Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.