Commercial Development

Development Project Engineer

Phoenix, AZ  •  Full Time

Job Description

The successful candidate will be located in the Southwest Region (Phoenix, Arizona) and assist with retail development opportunities throughout the southwest as designated by the company or specific clients. The Development Project Engineer's primary role will be to assist the Vice President of the Southwest Region in the sourcing, researching, underwriting and development of retail development opportunities in the region. The 

Project Engineer

 will contribute to the company’s success by initially providing support for newly sourced retail development projects, initial site due diligence, site planning, property entitlements, permitting, and promoting the company’s growth in the region. In time, the goal for the 

Project Engineer

 position will be to transition into a role within the company that allows the

Project Engineer

 to fully manage larger projects. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Communicate all updates, issues and risks affecting the projects to the Vice President of the Southwest Region.

  • Communicate project status to project team members and stakeholders accurately and on time.

  • Assist, initiate and/or direct the entitlement process associated with assigned projects.

  • Assist in the management of the due diligence process in order to ensure that all development risks are identified and managed appropriately.

  • Work efficiently in a team of professional partners and consultants to ensure effective project delivery.

  • Support development efforts by working closely with other departments within the company to advance assigned projects.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum 2 - 4 years of experience in Commercial Real Estate with a strong preference in retail development.
  • Four-year college degree in Business/ Real Estate or equivalent experience.
  • Local and regional market knowledge and contacts preferred.
  • Prospecting, deal making, and negotiating experience.
  • Experience with financial analysis, underwriting, and transaction management.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. 
  • The desire to work in an environment built around a culture of collaboration, integrity, and accountability with a strong sense of urgency. 
  • Must have a high degree of self-motivation.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Employees may perform other duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands; and verbal communication. The employee frequently uses a computer keyboard and monitor. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee is regularly required to be mobile and the employee occasionally travels both short and long distances via a variety of conveyances. The employee occasionally performs work on-site at construction work sites, office locations, and/or off-site venues. Performing this job will sometimes require the employee to walk work sites that do not have infrastructure, this includes walking on uneven surfaces, through mud, through ruts, etc. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly works in an office or remote setting. The noise in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may occasionally work at construction work sites where the employee is exposed to moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, fumes or airborne particles, outside weather conditions, and the risk of electrical shock. The noise in the construction work environment is usually moderate to loud. The employee is required to work in compliance with company safety policies, procedures, and applicable laws.

At Thompson Thrift, we work to fulfill our mission daily 'to positively impact our team members and the communities we serve.' As a successful, 30+ year development and construction company, we are looking for team members who are inspired by our mission and share our core values of leadership, excellence and service. Our property management teams work in a fun, fast-paced work environment and have tremendous room for professional growth. Full time position with benefit package including health insurance, vision, dental, short and long-term disability, 401K and paid time off.

Are you ready to join our team?

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