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Project Director (Architecture, Design & Construction) - Central Europe

Posted September 9, 2022

Hilton - Area Office - Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany
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About Hilton

Hilton is one of the largest and fastest growing hospitality companies in the world, with more than 6000 properties with more than 1,000,000 rooms in 118 countries and territories. In the 100 years since our founding, we have defined the hospitality industry and established a portfolio of 18 world-class brands, with the emergence of the Tempo brand and including our flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand, which is the most recognized hotel brand in the world. We have more than 100 million members in our award–winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors.

Position Statement:

The Project Director will be the principal point of contact and be focused on ensuring a smooth and trouble-free delivery of the highest quality property. The Project Director will be committed to increasing efficiencies, improving communications, and assembling reliable information for our owners, industry partners and Hilton.

To act as the focal point for both Hilton departments and Owners/Developers during the design, construction, opening and post opening stages of the pipeline developments to ensure all brand standard requirements are understood, met, and incorporated into the scheme and to liaise with all Hilton departments (Brand, Operations, IT, Marketing, F&B, Spa, Safety Risk Management, and the like).

The role will be based in Frankfurt, Germany and will be responsible for projects in Central Europe and therefore this role requires extensive travel in this region.

Position Summary: 

•    Management of design and construction process on pipeline developments within Central Europe, including new developments, conversions, and renovations of existing hotels. •    Manage and comply with the project management process as detailed in the AD&C development pathway from pre-signature phase through to the completion of the post opening phase.  •    Preparing internal Hilton reports on a monthly basis. •    Undertake full and comprehensive review of architectural, engineering, and fit-out documents and proposals at all stages of the design and construction process: Preliminary, 50% and 100% stages. Preparing associated reports and correspondence. •    Work effectively with developers, owners, and project design consultants to optimize design, construction and opening of projects. •    Liaise and assist the in-house development and brand teams in the securing of new projects, throughout the region, by the reviewing of plans, specifications, and scheme proposals for technical compliance with Hilton design and construction standards, brand standards and all relevant national and international codes, prior to contract. •    Make technical design and construction recommendations to the development team in order to ensure that potential projects are in accordance with both technical and brand standards. •    Following the agreement of either Lease, Franchise or Management Contracts, provide project leadership on behalf of Hilton and act as main liaison and focus point between the in-house specialists, the owner, and their design teams, to ensure the free flow of information and design input from Hilton throughout the design development and construction periods. •    Raising all areas of non-compliance with Franchisee and Owner (where applicable) and ensuring that appropriate measures are taken to rectify any such non-compliance. •    Carry out regular site inspections of the project works in progress, to ensure full compliance with Hilton design and construction and operational standards, as well as ensuring compliance with acceptable standards of finishes and quality of workmanship throughout the duration of the works. •    Supervise outside consultants as required during the course of any project works to Hilton Brands. •    Provide regular written reports on the progress, in respect of contractual and physical progress, as required in oral, written, or digital presentational formats •    Oversee and assist in the snagging inspections and production of snagging lists and the post-handover defects correction period inspections, to ensure the owner team’s full compliance with their contractual obligations through to the final completion of the project. •    Inspect the works, collate, and prepare all necessary project handover information and certification required by the Hilton project management procedures.  •    Participate in the decision-making process regarding the opening of the hotel by advising whether or not all physical related activities are complete and owner obligations discharged. •    Occasionally, undertake property inspections of other hotels for the purposes of acquisition or conversion into a Hilton Brand along with the preparation detailed PIP reports on the current status of the hotels and the extent of works required in order to bring the property up to the required standards for re-Branding into one of the Hilton Brands. This will be by reference to both the appropriate Technical and Brand Standards and will include the development of standard PIP report templates, data collection tools and the like. •    On agreement of the PIP, provide project leadership on behalf of Hilton and act as main liaison and focus point between the in-house specialists, the outside Developer’s, and their design teams, to ensure the free flow of information and design input from Hilton, throughout the design development and construction periods. •    Monitor the execution and completion of the PIP until satisfactory completion of the works.  •    Travel to hotel locations and conduct all necessary meetings with Owners and Hilton representatives. •    Preparation of all general correspondence and communications relevant to the PIP works. •    Inspect the works and certify their completion in accordance with the PIP and participate in the decision-making process regarding the opening of the hotel by advising whether or not all AD&C/project related activities are complete and owner obligations discharged. •    Provide regular technical assistance, as and when required, on other ad-hoc Project works as required. •    Working closely with other Project Directors to continuously improve working knowledge of the Design and Construction Standards for all Hilton Brands as well as general products, equipment, finishes, etc. •    Review Design and Construction Standards periodically and when requested. •    Working effectively with Global Design across all projects to create suitable design concepts.

Requirements

What are we looking for?

Applicants must have fluent German and English language skills with a proven background in delivering projects within the hotel / hospitality sector. This role will also support other key markets across Europe and either French or Spanish language skills would also be highly advantageous.

Keys skills / experience will include:

•    Must be able to read and understand drawings and Design and Construction Standards and all other criteria established by Hilton to determine the physical requirements of all Brands. •    Must be able to read, understand and report on architectural and engineering construction documents, specifications, construction submittals, bulletins, change orders, etc. in order to ensure that the design and construction of projects are in compliance with established standards. •    Excellent general knowledge of design and construction materials and methods and specific knowledge pertaining to the design and construction of full service and focused service hotels. •    Knowledge of the hotel operating contracts and models is desirable. One of the challenging aspects of this position is the need to communicate openly and honestly with Hilton’s partners, maintain a good working relationship with them, but be able to deal for problems when confronted with a design and construction issue which does not meet Hilton requirements.  •    Excellent communication skills:  presentations, written and public speaking. •    Ability to work independently and lead a project team and make effective and timely decisions on behalf of Hilton project stakeholders. •    Ability to direct collaboration among cross-functional teams including external resources. •    Ability to analyse departmental financial data in order to make strategic and tactical decisions. •    Leads by example to resolve conflicts, introduce change, and ensure collaboration among others  •    Demonstrates the highest standards of ethical behaviour and absolute discretion with sensitive information •    Ability to take initiative to identify, prioritise and implement actions required to achieve functional goals •    Strong problem-solving skills including ability to address any issue in collaboration with others, identify and prevent potential problems and develop problem solving skills in others.  •    Ability to provide development and mentoring to others. •    Budget development and management skills. •    Ability to work independently and manage the work of others. •    Ability to deliver performance feedback to subordinates to improve overall performance. •    Capable of conversing with both technical and non-technical parties. •    Experience in dealing with developers, Owners, and other corporate clients.

Required Qualifications •    University degree in engineering, architecture, building or quantity surveying or construction-related discipline or experience in lieu. •    Recognised professional qualification in construction related discipline. •    Significant work experience in property, engineering design and/or construction related roles including management experience and  working within a Client organisation. •    Significant experience working in hotel development and construction related experience ideally within an international hotel group. •    Experience working in multi-cultural or international settings. •    An understanding of local building codes, European and International (NFPA) Fire Life Safety codes. •    Proficiency with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, construction project programming software. •    The role requires fluent German & English language skill and extensive travel (approximately 50%) within the Central European Region. 

Preferred Qualifications •    In-depth knowledge of construction projects and track record of successful project delivery. •    Supervisory experience would be advantageous. •    Proficiency with Autocad software. •    Be able to show previous project management experience and be capable of both the leading and monitoring of outside consultants. •    Other European languages would also be beneficial but not essential.

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Hilton - Area Office - Frankfurt

Lyoner Strasse 20 D-60528 Frankfurt am Main
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