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Pre-Construction Director

Posted January 18, 2023

Bethesda, MD
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About This Job

With a career at HMSHost, you really benefit! We offer:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, flex or sick)
  • Holiday pay
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free parking and onsite fitness center
  • Wellbeing Support Program
  • Training and exciting career growth opportunities
  • Referral program – refer a friend and earn a bonus


The purpose of the Pre-Construction Director is to manage the design development and approval processes throughout the project delivery phase of new restaurant construction.

Essential Functions

  • Leads all restaurant design activities with our aviation clients, brand partners and internal team members.
  • Directs site survey coordination, design development through the 60% construction document phase, schedule development/milestone tracking, and financial oversight.
  • Facilitates design kickoff meetings with external and internal partners to ensure design team is aligned on the committed development schedule, final scope of work, approved budget, and pertinent landlord and brand requirements.
  • Oversees interior designers, food service designers, and architects from schematic design phase through 60% construction document completion. Review/redline all design documents to ensure completeness and accuracy prior to construction document commencement.
  • Manages all required aviation, brand partner, and internal plan approval processes.
  • Outlines project budget parameters to design consultants at project kickoff and communicates/resolves discrepancies during design process to ensure budget alignment.
  • Partners with Estimating and Procurement to ensure budgetary alignment throughout design development.
  • Develops and maintains project development schedules including required design milestone reporting to internal and external partners.
  • Oversees all design consultant selection, proposal requests, contract execution, and invoice processing. Sources, qualifies, and trains regional and local designers and architects as needed.
  • Initiates funding requests for design and project funding.

Reporting relationship and other important information

  • This is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act and requires significant discretion and judgment to execute the role responsibilities.
  • The position reports to the Sr. Director, Design & Construction
  • Requires ability to travel 40% of the time for meetings and to visit branch locations.

Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Work Environment

  • Requires construction management acumen typically gained through a Bachelor’s degree in architecture, engineering or construction management and five years design/build management/construction experience in the food service industry
  • Requires demonstrated working knowledge of design, estimating, architect/general contractor oversight, scheduling, project budgeting, and cost control. Requires knowledge of CAD, estimating, and graphic software (Adobe Acrobat & Bluebeam).
  • Requires advanced project management skills to manage multiple projects and tasks effectively.
  • Requires strong computer skills including MS Excel and MS Project. PeopleSoft skills are a plus.
  • Requires strong oral & written communication and relationship management skills.

Disclaimer All job requirements are subject to change to reflect the evolving position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis.

HMSHost is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

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6905 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817

(240) 694-4100

Corporate Office

HMSHost Leading the Industry

HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the leader in travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard for Customer Service and Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. ACI-NA, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, recognized HMSHost with the 2020 Inclusion Champion Award, for leadership and achievement in the ongoing inclusion of business and workforce diversity, outreach, and advocacy. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, and Eat Well. Travel Further.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.