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Ghafari Occupancy Space Planner in Dearborn, Michigan


The Occupancy Planning Team is responsible for all space, lab and garage planning within the Commercial Portfolio. This position's duties would include working in a fast paced environment consistent with handling multiple demands and priorities supporting the Planning Team, Project Management Team and Master Planning.

The Planner will be responsible for a variety of duties including:

Move Management:

  • Manage move approvals and move coordination

  • Follow-up and relocate non-tenants (Deep Dives)

  • Perform and/or assist with Utilization Studies

  • Floor Coordinator meetings

  • Support all Daily Churn activities from routing to close-out including issue resolution

  • Support all Group Move activities from forecasting to close-out including issue resolution

  • Group Move Implementation (Physical Move Supervision)

  • Building occupancy data knowledge including skill teams and capacities

  • Quarterly Building Audits

Space & Occupancy Planning:

  • Coordinate and execute space planning and occupancy efforts for Product Development in Dearborn

  • Ensure space assignments and plans are consistent with Organizational Drivers

  • Prepare AutoCAD drawings and space concept design plans

  • Maintain space plans, seating and stacking charts/plans

  • Conduct building audits to verify employee locations, furniture layouts and configurations are correctly noted on floor plans. Extensive field investigation to support:

  • Utilization Studies & Audits

  • Verify and correct furniture layout

  • Verify Employee Names and location

  • Room Types and Capacities

  • Employee seat assignments

  • Room Type verifications

  • Design, develop and obtain costs for customer driven space solutions. Including, but not limited to the following:

  • Room Conversions

  • Lab Build outs

  • Office / Conference room conversions

  • Storage Room Build outs

  • Furniture reconfigurations

  • Identify customer project goals, size, and space requirements.

  • Support master planning initiatives.

  • Create preliminary space plan and scope of work based on customer project intent.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor Degree in Architecture, Master Planning, Engineering, or related field required

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a space planning/facility management/change management position requested

  • Some experience in systems furniture preferred

  • High level of Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word

  • Proficiency with AutoCAD for some space planning design purposes

  • Extensive attention to detail to ensure audit compliance.

  • Ability to manage projects requiring global team input, including solicitation for information and required follow-ups.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and negotiation skills. Works well with others at all levels. Extensive Management interface.

  • Ability to manage time and workload effectively which includes planning, organizing, and prioritizing multiple tasks with conflicting deadlines.


Ghafari is a global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm driven to understand and meet the distinct needs of every client. For nearly forty years, we have taken a personal approach to highly technical projects in complex markets. By blending insight with technological innovation, we help clients elevate their efficiency, sustainability, and impact.

Our full-service, in-house team works together to meet the unique demands of each project. Working side by side, market experts and discipline leaders exchange insights to uncover new opportunities for efficiency. This rigorous collaboration allows us to bridge smart design with precise functionality.

Ghafari was founded on the promise of technological innovation. Today, we are recognized as a pioneer in adopting and standardizing the latest advancements in our field. We aim to remain at the forefront of our industry and create ever-smarter spaces that help clients navigate new demands within their field.

Join our team and work on forward-thinking projects around the world.

Ghafari Associates, LLC is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities in the employment application process. If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to use our online system to apply for a position at Ghafari Associates, LLC, you may apply for positions in the following ways:

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It is Ghafari Associates, LLC’s policy not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a person’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, weight, height, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a qualified individual with a disability or a protected veteran, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance.

Job ID 2019-1380

Job Location US-MI-Dearborn

Category Architecture