Smart Lab Director - San Francisco

US-CA-San Francisco
Regular Full-Time


Are you a proven performer who enjoys working as part of a team that is focused on delivering superior results? Are you a creative and innovative collaborator who “thinks outside the box” and thrives on finding new ways to address challenges? If this sounds like you, you may qualify for a rewarding and exciting career at Suffolk Construction, one of the most innovative construction management firms in the industry that has consistently been named one of the “best places to work” in the country!

We are looking for a highly-qualified individual who is passionate about emerging technologies, entrepreneurial, and has experience driving change in an organization to join Suffolk’s Innovation Team and run our newly created San Francisco Smart Lab. This role will work closely with partners and stakeholders within Suffolk’s West Coast Region, and also with members of the Innovation Team in all offices to ensure coordination and sharing across projects.

Suffolk’s Innovation Team consists of dedicated resources focusing on high potential areas of transformative change. A central team within our Innovation Lab focuses on research and development, while a series of regional Smart Labs connect innovative efforts throughout the organization. Together, they drive the end-to-end innovation agenda within Suffolk, from idea generation, research and development, pilot and testing, and finally scaling across the organization. Our goal is to drive a better way of building through constant innovation, experimenting with breakthrough solutions and services inspired by global trends and emerging technologies.

Based in our San Francisco office, the Smart Lab Director will work collaboratively within the robust SF innovation ecosystem to explore new ways of creating value for Suffolk and our clients. The role will help enhance the value of our planning and control process by leveraging virtual design and construction, enhanced visualization, solutions development, data integration and research into other potentially disruptive technologies. In addition, they will showcase our Build Smart capabilities and drive the conversation around innovation within the region.



Leads Suffolk’s SF-based Smart Lab providing technology leadership combined with business acumen


Acts as the Lab strategist & evangelist and drive the in-region innovation culture:

  • Hosts Lab walk-throughs to owners, clients, employees, to demonstrate the business value created by technology and solutions represented in the Lab
  • With central guidance, leads in-region engagement efforts on innovation, e.g., planning and hosting innovation events, monitoring innovation idea generation channels, etc.
  • Builds relationships with regional stakeholders, including both those in regional office as well as on project sites. Travels frequently out to project sites to drive innovation into projects
  • Become the regional expert on innovation initiatives across Suffolk
  • Scans external regional landscape for construction innovation

 Leads innovation efforts within the SF region:

  • Engages in the research and development of solutions which have the potential to change how the construction industry operates
  • Facilitates the idea generation and piloting process in partnership with business owners; monitors and project manages portfolio of innovation pilots in region, measuring their effectiveness and applicability to broader business
  • Partners with Operations Support to ensure transition from successful pilots of new initiatives to deployment

 Oversees the management of the day-to-day Lab operations:

  • Ensure the technology in the Lab is operational
  • Responsible for the digital content used in the Lab and communicating its applicability to creating business value
  • Oversees the implementation of advances in our technology and solutions as they are developed


  • Bachelor's degree plus a minimum of 7 years of proven progressive experience using technology to drive change within an organization
  • Strong technical skills required with expertise in systems development tools and collaboration tools preferred
  • Experience in a construction or a construction-related field
  • Strong ability to effectively interact with all levels of the organization. Must possess strong analytical, strategic, project management, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Passion for understanding how technology can be used for competitive advantage; preference for candidates who demonstrate awareness of the latest tools and trends in software development and data science
  • Ability to successfully manage in a test and learn, rapid iteration environment in support of piloting solutions
  • Ability to manage unstructured information and communicate/translate it to others in a more structure way
  • Ability to think past current constraints and influence others to gain buy-in and alignment
  • Ability to be a cultural change leader who can drive results through direct and indirect influence
  • Energetic, enthusiastic self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills and an eye for detail
  • Experience with other Innovation Lab environments a plus
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Must possess Suffolk’s Core Values: Passion, Integrity, Hard Work and Professionalism

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time; talk or hear; perform fine motor, hand and finger skills in the use of a keyboard, telephone, or writing. The employee is frequently required to stands; walk; and reach with arms and/or hands. Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. The employee will spend their time in an office environment with a quiet to moderate noise level. Job site walking.

EEO Statement

Suffolk Construction and Liberty Construction are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity, national origin, citizenship, genetic information, disability, protected veteran, gender identity, age or any other status protected by law.


This applies to recruiting, hiring, transfers, promotions, terminations, compensation, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment, and also states that retaliation against any employee who files a complaint regarding possible violations of this policy will not be tolerated.


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