Director Architecture & Construction in Westwood Corporate Headquarters at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Date Posted: 9/25/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

Position Can Be Based in Orlando FL or Hilton Head SC

Position Summary

As a member of the professional staff, contributes a high level of specialized and technical knowledge and skill in a discipline (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Resources, Operations Planning & Support, Sales & Marketing) area to support department and/or function objectives. Generally works with considerable independence, developing operating plans and related operational processes for own department in alignment with broader business objectives. Responsible for selection, supervision and development of staff in accordance with company policies and procedures.

Specific Job Summary

The Director, Architecture & Construction (A&C) will be a full-time in Region resource managing and leading project(s) through all typical stages (e.g. planning, preconstruction, delivery, turnover, and occupancy), responsible for brand compliance, quality, budget and on time delivery. Project types can include new resort development, villa refurbishments, sales center delivery and renovations, and both developer-owned and COA-owned Capital Assets (Real Estate Fixed Assets) of resort properties. The Director A&C acts as single-point accountability for delivering a portfolio of projects on schedule, within budget, in compliance with brand standards and for developing and managing an overall project execution plan with a focus on problem avoidance, the delivery of cost-effective predictable results, and the marshalling of appropriate resources required to enable the achievement of MVW's business goals and objectives.

Role and Responsibilities

Preconstruction and Project Delivery:

  • Understands business goals of key stakeholders and develops partnering relationships that enable mutual success. Applies knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to resort development management activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholders' needs and expectations.
  • Leads, manages, and coordinates delivery of various project types ensuring compliance with standards, procedures, and policies.
  • Single point of authority and responsibility for on schedule, within budget, and brand standard compliant delivery of projects. Has single point of accountability and oversight of multiple resort projects.


Generic Expected Contributions

  • Develops operating plans and workable business processes for own department in alignment with function strategy.
  • Manages larger business processes and/or projects, setting priorities and measurable objectives, monitoring and reporting on the process, progress and results. Typically influences work of cross-functional or extended teams.
  • Responds to, solves and makes decisions on business requests that have broader department impact and/or moderate risk. Presents alternative solutions to business issues by leveraging the broader organization.
  • Works to enhance the organization's capabilities through effective staffing and development of others by:
    • anticipating staffing requirements by comparing business needs with strengths and weaknesses of existing staff.
    • coaching own team to collaborate with others.
    • using appropriate MVW interviewing tools to hire the best people available from inside or outside.
    • establishing goals and delegating tasks appropriately.
    • providing timely coaching and feedback
    • making and rewarding distinctions in performance.
    • engaging in progressive disciplinary processes, when appropriate.
  • Assists more senior associates in achieving business results by:
    • acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization.
    • assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals.
    • achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility.
    • taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward.
    • developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information.
    • balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization.
    • working with others to identify and remove barriers to success.
  • Readily critiques own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance and acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate.

Specific Expected Contributions

Preconstruction and Project Delivery:
  • Acts as single point accountability for delivering a portfolio of project(s) on schedule, within budget, in compliance with brand standards and for developing and managing an overall project execution plan with a focus on problem avoidance, the delivery of cost-effective predictable results, and the marshalling of appropriate resources required to enable the achievement of MVW's business goals and objectives.
  • Assures compliance with Regional and Core "Standard Operating Procedures" (SOP), , and MVCI Brand Standards and Design Guidelines.
  • Participates in development of project programs with MVW Senior Management, Design Studio and functional personnel, design professionals, Operations and Sales and Marketing (S&M), as needed.
  • Responsible for delivery of all Projects under various project deal/transaction structures and agreements e.g. Turnkey, Self-Developed, Joint-Venture, etc.
  • Recruits and selects qualified Project Management staff/resources as required to meet all project needs.
  • Partners with VP of Cost Management and Project Managers to establish project budgets. Implements and follows up on the Regional SOP to control project costs within budget.
Develops and manages integrated "milestone" project schedules. Provides guidance to Project Managers to establish project deliverables with consultants, contractors, and A&C functional and support personnel to ensure that these deliverables/milestones are achieved. Integrates project unit inventory / delivery requirements with project construction schedules and CAPEX funding. Responsible for assuring compliance with Project Timeline operating guidelines.
  • Provides relevant development, design and construction liaison between Project Team, S&M and Operations.
  • Prepares and presents reports and briefings as required to the VP A&C, Development Management, MVW's Executive Committee, and the COA Board of Directors.
  • Facilitates timely communication of project status, potential problems, recommended corrective actions, and opportunities to strengthen compatible business relationships. Ensures timely completion and updating of Project Timelines, Trends/Expedition Reports, Development Status Reports, and summaries of Risks & Opportunities. Acts as a liaison with Site S&M and Operations Team(s) to strengthen business relationships between all disciplines.
  • Works closely with Project Managers to coordinate all planning, permitting, and external regulatory activity and submittals required for project permitting and execution.
  • Develops contracting strategies (design and construction) for each project that properly balances schedule, cost, and risk avoidance. Oversees all contracting efforts.
  • Executes architectural, engineering, construction and other professional consultant contracts developed and managed by Project Managers in compliance with MVW's "Approval Matrix", and MVW's SOP, which includes relevant and appropriate process and approval operating guidelines and limits.
  • Provides guidance to Project Managers to ensure construction contract documents are complete, coordinated, permit compliant, and compliant with Brand Standards and Design Guidelines.
  • Oversees Project Managers compliance activities as it relates to Building, Fire Code and other entitlement and permitting officials to provide code complaint and permit compliant design documentation.
  • Visits project sites periodically during construction to provide leadership, guidance, approvals and support.
  • Acts as a liaison between Project Managers and Law Department and external consultants for timely and accurate flow of information required for Registration and contract approval documents.
  • Shares best practices and lessons learned with other Project Teams to promote continuous improvement.
  • Oversees Project Managers who assure construction quality, compliance, schedule and budget, and coordinates turnover of buildings, documents, manuals, training materials, etc. to Operations.
  • Recommends changes for project improvement efforts consistent with CGC or COA approved scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Manages and provides leadership to direct reports and peers in accordance with MVW associate relations standards and traditions with a focus on increasingly levels of Associate Engagement and leading by example as it relates to treating all associates with respect and dignity.
  • Manages and provides leadership by ensuring compliance with MVW standards that focus on meeting and exceeding customer needs and increasing Guest and Customer Engagement in accordance with MVW's customer relations standards and traditions.



Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess knowledge and experience and demonstrate strong leadership and relationship skills.

Generally a professional position requiring significant knowledge and experience in one or more disciplines and/or business operations and associate management. College degree and/or relevant experience generally required.

Specific Candidate Profile

Physical Job Requirements:

  • Travel >50%
  • Frequent domestic travel will be required.
  • Ability to access and traverse proposed construction sites.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Professional degree in a technical field (Construction Management, Engineering or Architecture) from an accredited university. Professional registration is desirable; however, there is no requirement for professional sealing or stamping of design documents.
  • Five (5) years experience as Owners Representative in Construction Management, or Project Management. A minimum of eight (8) years experience in the Design or Construction industry with specific documented experience in project planning and design and/or construction management.
  • Strong leadership, financial management, and communication skills providing the ability to work in a dynamic, multi-functional matrix management environment, as a "Team Player". Pro-active, assertive, motivated and collaborative, with a high sense of responsibility and discipline.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with Condominium Owners' Associations (COA) and Boards of Directors (BOD).
  • Experience in leading, managing, and coordinating design, construction, and other professionals.
  • Experience in qualifying, contract negotiation, recommendation, and administration of Professional and Contractor Agreements.
  • Proven ability to understand the business goals of stakeholders and implement a partnering relationship that will enable mutual success and trust.
  • Experience in legislative/ jurisdictional approval processes.
  • Proven ability to comprehend, and critique design and contract documents.
  • Lead and coordinate resources to achieve complete technically acceptable design and contract documents within Design Guides, Construction Operations Manual, project scope, schedule, and cost.

Preferred Skills:

  • Computer literacy on Microsoft Office products, Project Management software applications like Microsoft Project and PMWeb.
  • Related and relevant Regional/International work experience.
Marriott Vacations Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.

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