AD&C provides design, project and technical guidance to external partners in the form of owners, franchisees, management companies and their nominated representatives (Business Partners) as well as liaising and advising internally with all departments but in particular with Development, Legal, Operations, Brand and Marketing (Internal Associates).
The AD&C objective is to ensure the design and construction of new build, conversion and refurbishment of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (WHR) properties is within the framework of the appropriate WHR brand standards for both managed and franchised hotels.
The successful applicant will be responsible for reviewing architectural site plans or site assessments for potential franchised or managed new construction and conversion projects resulting in the completion of a Property Report for each proposed hotel opening or refurbishment.
They will work closely with Internal Associates in the process of new hotels joining the WHR systems and will continually report progress internally via Salesforce.
Where appropriate they will develop, deliver and document services in accordance with the AD&C Technical Service Agreement (TSA).
These services may include, but not be limited to, design reviews, meetings and site visits, mock-up room inspections and the sign-off of completed hotels or refurbishment projects.
In performing their duties the incumbent will be expected to develop strong relationships with Business Partners, external suppliers and consultants whilst protecting WHR’s brands and products.
The role will involve approximately 60% travel throughout the region.
Applicants will be construction professionals who are comfortable making decisions; communicating with internal and external clients at all levels of seniority;
sketching plans and ideas, travelling and working remotely and working within and promoting the brand Design Guidelines and standards
Manage across multiple brands and countries in conjunction with many Business Partners and Internal Associates.
Take initiative to avoid problems and anticipate the needs of team members. When problems occur, take positive steps to solve them.
Bring relevant issues to the immediate attention of the Director, AD&C for resolution.
Participate in site visits and market surveys to develop better understanding of site and market demands and evaluate design implications for all brands.
Manage the process for applying lessons learnt from prior projects to current and future projects.
Make effective decisions on behalf of the company to ensure the continuation of projects on time and within budget to maximise performance and efficiency.
Scope and Financial Responsibility
Manage multiple hotel projects in various stages of planning or construction.
Manage and accurately forecast the anticipated opening dates in Salesforce.
Add value and revenue to the business via functioning TSA agreements.
Manage time allocation on projects in accordance with specific project budget or allocations as established with the Director, AD&C.
Manage consultant’s proposals, contracts and invoicing, as required.
Manage own travel budget.
Key Competencies, Skills and Abilities
Make decisions or solve problems by using logic to identify key facts, explore alternatives, and proposes creative quality solutions.
Communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely, verbally, in drawings and in writing.
Conceptual design and freehand sketching ability.
The ability to read and understand information presented in drawings and architectural sketches or diagrams.
Evaluate information against a set of standards and criteria.
Read, interpret and apply laws and regulations, policies and procedures with respect for differences in culture and legislation in different territories.
Reporting and project management skills of the highest quality.
The ability to anticipate, course-correct and avoid potential problems or obstacles.
Excellent oral & written communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
Good understanding of architectural design, particularly in the hotel industry.
Good technical and project management skills.
Computer skills : including experience of architectural software such as AutoCAD, word processing, spreadsheet, database, project planning and scheduling to a professional level of competence.
Reports to the Director, AD&C.
Liaises significantly with Internal Associates.
Provides consultative advice to Business Partners.
Represent the business within the architectural, construction and design community and with suppliers and external consultants.