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Design Manager

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Our fortune 500 client is looking for an experienced Design Manager to provide design quality assurance and design management services on new build and conversion projects-- including managed, franchised and company-owned hotels, to ensure brand compliance and operational acceptability.

Specific Expected Contributions:
• Supervise, direct, motivate, and train assigned staff and outside consultants as necessary.
• Track and maintain project data and milestones utilizing a database tool.
• Represent department to both external and internal clients and foster positive and mutually beneficial relationships.
• Provide technical reviews of drawings and other submittals from owners or franchisees for franchised or managed projects to ensure conformance with brand design standards, including:
o franchise approval (pre-development committee site plan review)
o preliminary design approval
o construction document approval
o FF&E specifications, materials, and finishes
• Provide conceptual design studies, sketch plans, and criteria/facilities programs for projects as required.
• Apply design talent to problem solving design exercises to achieve cost efficient results that align with the brand standards and the brand strategy.
• Participate in applying lessons learned from prior projects to current/future projects.
• Communicate and coordinate with internal disciplines to ensure the integration of relevant input in project reviews.
• Coordinate review/approval (with participation from appropriate disciplines) of variances from brand standards requested by owners due to specific project circumstances.
• Provide information, interpretation, and guidance to outside owners and their consultants, as well as internal design and construction staff, for adapting brand standards to specific projects.
• Lead conversion scope site visits and prepare Property Improvement Plans (PIPs).
• Maintain and update project review templates and quality control checklists.
• Prepare recommendations for design changes to address customer satisfaction data, operational concerns, brand initiatives, and development strategies.
• Assist Product Development team in the maintenance and development of brand prototype documentation. Assist in value engineering proposals and subsequent design guide revisions.
• Maintain clear communication with all department management levels and advise/consult on sensitive owner or project issues.
• Assist with quantity take-off’s and bills of materials for all FF&E items to support the procurement process
• Manage time allocation on projects in accordance with specific project budgets, deadlines, and/or direction established by Senior Management.
• Reports to Senior Managers / Directors for policy guidance, methods, and systems support matters. Supports Senior Managers / Directors in monitoring, reviewing, and expediting drawing submittals.
• Potential Travel: US / Canada – Up to 30% travel is anticipated for this position

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