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Fairmont Century Plaza, Los Angeles, United States



Director of Engineering


Luxury & Lifestyle

Company Description

At Fairmont, our passion is to connect our guests to the very best of our destinations. From the beaches of Hawaii to the deserts of the United Arab Emirates to the heart of London, our hotels offer guests extraordinary places, created by combining unique architecture, expressive decor and artistry, and magnificent features. Add engaging service, and the result is an unforgettable guest experience.

Job Description

Director of Engineering

Fairmont Century Plaza is looking for a dynamic leader who is highly organized and capable of providing leadership, guidance and direction in achieving the hotel’s vision and mission. Reporting to the Hotel Manager, the Director of Engineering will be responsible for implementing Accor engineering and work standards and overseeing the engineering department operation.

What you will be doing:

  • Oversee the engineering department with attention to details and follow-up to ensure satisfactory completion of tasks and projects
  • Maintain all equipment and systems in correct operational status including but not limited to Accor MEP standards, Fire & Life Safety standards, Risk Management, environmental standards, expenditures and project management.
  • Ensure proper completion of the Preventive Maintenance Program for guest rooms, public areas, and safety systems while working closely with the Rooms Division, Food & Beverage Department, Security, purchasing and other operational departments.
  • Maintain all mechanical rooms inclusive of Boiler Plant, chilled water circulation, air handling units, fan coils, VAVs, motors, pumps …etc.
  • Prepare and control of the monthly and annual engineering department budget
  • Experience in yearly engineering-budget preparations and monthly forecasting of the department’s expenses
  • Forecast and manage the hotel energy and water usage and all the associated costs
  • Prepare CAPEX expenditures for the engineering department and assist all other departments in preparing their CAPEX needs
  • Identify issues and provide solutions, inclusive of outsourcing and managing 3rd party companies 
  • Identify, budget for and manage projects related to renovations and or replacements within the hotel 
  • Run landscaping both summer and winter operations
  • Pool operations knowledge inclusive of water treatment
  • Understand water treatment for closed systems and maintains all the related logs for testing of chemicals balance and legionella control.
  • Work closely with the purchasing department to source the best products for the least cost
  • Monitoring the Hotel's Energy consumption on daily and monthly basis.
  • Ensuring prompt and/or immediate response to maintenance requests from our guests, employees, and management of the Hotel.
  • Recruiting, scheduling, payroll, performance appraisals and reviews, training and development of all engineering colleagues
  • Coordinate and complete all audits related to engineering and risk management
  • Responsible for departmental health and safety, training programs, statutory compliance
  • Manage the hotel emergency response team in coordination with Security and hotel management
  • Coordination and management of outside contractors.
  • Ensure hotel compliance with all City and State regulations and ordinances 
  • Actively participate in the Hotel's Energy Management, Occupational Health & Safety, and Environmental programs.
  • Lead and support a diverse team in the operations and maintenance of the hotel including:  general maintenance, HVAC, kitchen repairs, carpentry, electrical, plumbing and grounds
  • Set up and attend monthly departmental meetings for the engineering employees
  • Manage at hotel level ACCORs Energy/Sustainability Programs
  • Be available on an ‘on-call’ basis during off hours for emergency situations
  • Attend to all requests from the General Manager and Director of Operations

What is in it for you:

  • Discounted hotel rooms and food & beverage rates to employees at our sister properties around the globe.
  • We provide learning programs through our Academies to promote growth and development so that you can perform at your full potential
  • Opportunity to develop your talent and grow within your property and across the world!
  • Ability to make a difference through our Corporate Social Responsibility activities, like Planet 21 and WATCH
  • Salary: $160,000-$190,000


Your experience and skills include:

  • Bachelors’ degree in the engineering field with a minimum of 5+ years’ experience in a similar position in a hotel, OR a technical degree with 8+ years in a similar position with project management experience in the hospitality industry
  • Team player and a proven team builder.
  • Professional Engineer Designation an asset
  • Knowledgeable in all municipal codes, City codes, State regulations, OSHA regulations as well as the Fire Department requirements and building testing.
  • Proven negotiation skills with 3rd parties and contractors 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly organized with the ability to be flexible, and to work well under pressure.
  • Must be computer literate and familiar with computerized maintenance systems
  • Must lead by example by displaying a high standard of performance with the ability to communicate these expectations to the team to achieve above expectation results.
  • Hours of work and days off will vary according to business demands.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced, upscale, luxury hotel that caters to leisure, meetings & conference environments.

Additional Information

Your team and working environment:

What was true in 1966 remains true to this day: The Century Plaza Hotel is part of a visionary development intent on doing what others could only imagine. Previously deemed the “Western White House,” (as the only venue outside the White House to host state dinners), Century Plaza’s place in history remains unshakeable. A modernized take on luxury and elevated guest experience from product to people enlivens the real wow factor.

This experience begins with a new kind of workplace, one where the energy is contagious, the stories are invigorating, and the challenges present inspiring opportunities to make your mark. We provide an environment of trust, respect, and integrity.  A home away from home.  Where diversity and inclusion are celebrated. Privacy and personal information are protected. Through Accor’s Employee Value Proposition, we ensure fair treatment and a workplace free from discrimination & harassment.

Visa Requirements:  Must provide proof of eligibility to be employed in the United States of America.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
We are an inclusive company and our ambition is to attract, recruit and promote diverse talent. We commit to a future where diverse identities are celebrated, and equitable and inclusive practices are woven into the fabric of everything we do as an organization.

Fairmont Century Plaza is an Equal Opportunity Employer EEO M/F/V/D

Why work for Accor?
We are far more than a worldwide leader. We welcome you as you are and you can find a job and brand that matches your personality. We support you to grow and learn every day, making sure that work brings purpose to your life, so that during your journey with us, you can continue to explore Accor’s limitless possibilities.
By joining Accor, every chapter of your story is yours to write and together we can imagine tomorrow's hospitality. Discover the life that awaits you at Accor, visit  https://careers.accor.com/

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