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Corporate Director of Engineering

Posted September 30, 2021

Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM)
Philadelphia, PA
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Opportunity: Corporate Director of Engineering

Develop and maintain a best-in-class corporate engineering function by leading the regional engineering program and capital expenditure process across a large portfolio of managed branded and independent hotel properties throughout the United States. In addition, provide direct support to property general managers and chief engineers in a designated region.  

Essential Job Functions

  • Recruit, interview, select, train, schedule, coach, and support associates, ensuring they perform in accordance with program requirements and consistent with HHM core values. 
  • Report and communicate all departmental initiatives and performance to executive level corporate stakeholders and multiple ownership groups.
  • Attend and/or conduct regular meetings with Regional Engineering team to ensure continued program evolution and level of excellence.
  • Work intimately with the corporate risk management team to ensure all insurance requirements are met and maximize company underwriting and insurance pricing advantage.
  • Ensure proactive approach to controlling risk cost as compared to competitors.
  • Create a phased three year plan to advance the sustainability guidelines and practices related to HHM’s Earth View program as well as maximizing hotel asset energy efficiency.
  • Develop and maintain hotel brand relationships and negotiate project requirements in an effort to meet brand standards and owner’s expectations related to budget and expectations.
  • Create program to promote safety, ensure property level compliance with OSHA standards and reduced claims related cost.
  • Oversee the annual planning of capital expenditure budgets across 150+ properties.
  • Aid in Due Diligence activities as required by acquisitions and development teams.
  • Direct project management responsibility for critical, high profile projects as requested by executive management.
  • Oversee selection of major mechanical specifications including any required third party consultants.
  • Negotiate with contractors and vendors to achieve best value for labor and materials associated with the property improvement/development plan and in accordance with franchise requirements.
  • Review, analyze, and interpret construction drawings and specifications as necessary.
  • As needed, assist field personnel with coordination relative to state, county and township requirements for permits/inspections and to attend related meetings.

Regional Director

  • Assist Regional Director of Operations and Hotel General Managers with the annual property level staffing and budgeting to ensure proper maintenance of hotel assets.
  • Educate and train property level Engineers on current safety issues to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and safety regulations.
  • Monitor the execution and achievement of the hotel’s preventative maintenance program goals.
  • Provide guidelines and assistance on reduction in energy usage through training and focusing on best practice directives.
  • Assist in setting procedures to ensure the security of inventory and assets such as tools, basic supplies, TV’s, and standard FF&E within hotels.
  • Promote and enforce organized paperwork management by property engineering staff. Ensure all PM logs are kept current.
  • Lead the management of special capital projects such as major mechanical replacements.
  • Assist properties in securing and reviewing competitive bids for capital projects through Hersha preferred vendors and local vendors.
  • Assist staff in properly cataloging all property mechanical equipment with location, origination date, make, model and known repairs.
  • Inform senior leadership of recommendations for asset preservation of major mechanical repair/replacement during budget process. Assist in the annual review/creation of 5 year CapEx plan.
  • Follow sustainability guidelines and practices related to HHM’s EarthView program.
  • Practice safe work habits, wear protective safety equipment and follow MSDS and OSHA standards.
  • Perform other duties as requested by management.

Position Requirements

  • 10+years of progressive experience in multi-property facility management, development and construction in the hospitality industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a similar practice preferred and/or significant relevant experience.
  • Superior analytical skills and extensive experience with analysis/utilization of reports, P&L's and balance sheets to develop budgets and supportable projections.
  • Extensive project management experience.
  • Any of the following certifications are highly desirable: Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and/or Certified Construction Manager (CCM) certified by the Construction Manager Certification Institute (CMCI).

Work Environment and Context

  • Frequent travel required.
  • Required to sit for extended periods, lift up to 30 pounds, walk, bend, reach, use hands and fingers, see, talk and hear.

What We Believe

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About Us

HHM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other group protected by law.

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Hersha Hospitality Management (HHM)

510 Walnut Street 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 238-1046

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About the company

HHM, also known as Hersha Hospitality Management, is an industry-leading hotel management, investment and development firm. HHM provides turn-key management, asset management or receivership solutions for 106 hotels in 19 states, including more than 20 full service hotels and 24 independents.

Join the Legacy of Happiness

It is no coincidence that Hersha means “happy” in ancient Sanskrit. HHM’s rapid growth, focus on associate development and its commitment to serve guests, our associates and the local communities we work in, can make any hospitality career seeker happy.

The Legacy of HHM Happiness

The legacy of happiness symbolizes how HHM was built, namely on a strong foundation of core values: honesty, communication, community, personal growth and achievement. These values combined with a passion to serve others and a respect for every associate’s unique and valuable contributions is what makes us so successful. If you share our values and passion, HHM may be the place for you.


As HHM continues to stretch its properties across the country, we know our success is achieved through the collective and individual contributions of all associates. They are the heart and soul of our business and our ultimate goal is to maintain a culture of happiness in which our values are embedded and career development is encouraged. 


Personal success is individually defined by each associate. HHM supports an individual’s desire to stretch professionally. We provide opportunities across various hotel brands, locations and job functions. As we grow, you grow.

At HHM, we are proud to employ some of the best in the industry.