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Building Design Specialist

Multiple Parsippany, NJ Posted 2 years, 3 months ago
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GAF (877) 423-7663    Website

This position is to support GAF’s efforts within the commercial / low-slope roofing community through engagement with architects and specifiers to provide significant technical advice and guidance in their design and specification processes.

The Building Design Specialist will leverage their professional experience as an Architect and Specifier to provide education and technical guidance about roof system design and performance, best practice, and product specifications to create new business opportunities, generate leads, and develop customer relationships within the design community.

As part of the Building and Roofing Science Team, this position will collaborate with the sales team to support their efforts and become engaged early in the design process to drive specification share, while receiving guidance and support from Building and Roofing Science Architects.

The overarching objectives of this team includes:

Connect: Promote technical literacy within the design community.

Lead: Provide concierge service to architects and specifiers and influence specs.

Evolve: Build trust and become the “go to” resource.

Innovate: Support our sales team via upstream customer engagement.


Provide technical assistance on large projects as identified by Low Slope Sales and National Accounts, coordinating with the various parts of the organization including Field Services, technical services, manufacturing facilities, and product managers.

Work closely with the regional sales teams (GAF & Siplast) to identify influential architects and specifiers, and bring them into the project teams to track project to sale.

Develop and maintain relationships with targeted architects and specifiers within the region to build brand awareness (GAF & Siplast) and increase the specification presence.

Assist with technical analysis and decision making for roof systems and project requirements. Waterproofing and pavement coatings are also part of our offerings.

Assist with project specifications and detail review and/or development. The goal is to become the Basis of Design and influence high performance roof systems to meet project needs.

Provide complete project packages including systems letter, specs, details, tapered design, etc. Assist with review of wind calculations, substitution requests, and shop drawings.

Participate in Office Hours to assist project teams with complex project related design challenges and connect them with the local sales team.

Provide technical learning opportunities to targeted architects and specifiers to promote technical literacy and become their “go to” resource.

Develop and provide training for the local sales team on building science related topics so they can be conversant with their customers.

Prepare project and prospecting activity reports for monthly meetings.

Participate and take leadership roles in local industry associations including but not limited to ASTM, BEC, CSI, IIBEC/RCI, NRCA and AABA.


Level Based Competencies are to be designated based on job level and content.

Technical knowledge/skills (intermediate):

Credentialed as a Registered Architect, Professional Engineer, LEED AP, IIBEC RRC, or similar registration

Knowledge of roof systems and their interaction with the building enclosure

Working knowledge of building science

Proficiency in reviewing construction drawings for architectural details and specifications

Subject matter specialist in AIA MasterSpec Format and CSI Three-Part Specs

General knowledge/skills (intermediate):

Excellent communication and presentation skills - verbal, written, and interpersonal.

Ability to write concisely and clearly about technical topics in an organized manner.

Ability to sketch details to communicate design considerations.

Good customer relationship skills. This position works closely and collaboratively with the commercial team as well as external customers like designers, developers, general contractor, and roof contractors.

Ability to maintain one's own schedule and tasks independently with a friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic attitude.


Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or related degree

Minimum five years of experience in the design or building enclosure industry

Experience with sales is preferred but not required


No of direct reports: n/a

No of indirect reports: n/a

Budget Responsibility: n/a

Travel Requirements: 30%; regular travel within the region

We are taking a responsible approach to creating environments that allow us to do what we do best – Protect what matters most.

As part of our commitment to health and safety, COVID-19 vaccines are required for all candidates and employees in this position. Proof of vaccination is required. Should you require accommodation for medical or religious needs, GAF will engage in an interactive process with you to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be provided in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

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To reply to this listing, contact Gina Pettorossi by clicking "Request More Information" and filling out the form below.

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