Hilton Director of Design MEA in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Position Summary:

This position is responsible to provide design guidance and submittal approval for all Hilton new hotel developments and existing hotels (CapEx and owners CapEx) renovation projects within the Middle East. The role works closely with Brand leadership to establish design direction and key Brand identity elements specific to the Middle East. Clearly communicates to outside design professionals to establish Brand design requirements. Acts as the primary point of contact of Hilton Global Design Services for Middle East and reports back on a regular basis to the Sr. Dir of Interior Design consistency in the respective Hilton Brands.

What will it be like to work for Hilton?

With thousands of hotels in over 100 countries and territories, Hilton offers countless opportunities to delight. From an open door to a welcoming smile and an exceptional experience, we offer the millions of travellers who stay with us every year a welcome they will never forget. If you appreciate the impact global travel can have on the world you may be just the person we are looking for to work as a Hilton Team Member. Because it’s with Hilton where we never forget the reason we're here: to delight our guests, Team Members, and owners alike.

What will I be doing?

•Management of design for all projects within the Middle East, including new developments, conversions and renovations of existing hotels.

•Manages Project Consultant Panel database pertaining to all design consultants in the region and partnerships with key design firms.

•Review and approve Project Consultant Panel recommendations.

•Overview or preparation of design Briefs and guidelines.

•Review standardised designs for Focused Service Brands and F&B concepts.

•Contribute to region specific requirements to global Brand standards for all Hilton Brands.

•Participate at projects Design Review Workshops/Meetings.

•Work with Owner / Developer design team and Project Directors. Design direct and guide consultants on each project to achieve HWW Brands standards and requirements.

•Prepares and delivers reports and presentations to Owner/Developers, HWW management and Architecture & Construction.

•Reviews designs at all stages of the projects for conformity to specific Brand standards, Design & Construction guidelines and Brand Management direction, for new projects, conversions and rehabilitations of existing hotels within HWW portfolio.

•Participate actively in value engineering stages of design for each project and ensure that Brand standards and quality are not compromised in the process.

•Work effectively with other HWW Global Design groups to create a common design management approach and methodology.

•Work with pre-opening team and Project Directors on new hotel openings.

•Assist A&C team in the review of conversion opportunities to HWW Brands.

•Participate with design scope and input for all P.I.P.’s (Property Improvement Plans).

•Works with Operations (in Managed hotels) to provide timely design reviews and approvals.

•Prepare presentations of selected projects for submittal to DRC (Design Review Committee).

•Create project specific design narratives, presentations and guidance for use internally and to external parties, consultants and owners

•Participate in post-opening Design reviews with Operation and A&C.

•Stays knowledgeable about the Hotel Design industry and works to introduce new products and materials to the company as well as guiding design groups to their availability and potential project application.

What are we looking for?

•Ability to work with and gain respect and trust of Owner/Developers architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors and Hilton departments including Senior Executive, Development, Operations, Brand Management, Global Design and Technical Services.

•Flexibility and sensitivity in method of dealing with various people, personalities, cultures.

•Willing and able to take responsibility and work for multiple projects at one time.

•Ability to endure extensive travel, required on supporting projects under development, or hotels undergoing renovation, within Europe.

•Strong design background and proficiency with AutoCAD, along with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Photoshop and Indesign

•Ability to see, develop and take responsibility of multi discipline design/planning solutions.

•Able to work independently and possess good communication skills both written and verbal.

•Strong knowledge of FF E, furniture detailing, construction methods and materials.

What benefits will I receive?

Your benefits will include a competitive starting salary and holiday entitlement. As an employee you will become a member of the Go Hilton Team Member Travel Program, which provides reduced hotel room rates for you, your family & friends! We look forward to explaining in detail the range of excellent benefits that you would expect from a global hotel organisation like Hilton.

Required Qualifications:

•Registered qualified architect or Degree educated Interior designer with strong planning skills and understanding of hotel spaces, facilities and interior design. Or equivalent qualification.

•Fluent English

•Extensive experience in hospitality design

•Either currently working for, or have worked for major international hotel company in similar capacity, OR major design or management role in architects or interior designers office on hotel and large mixed-use developments.

Job: Architecture, Design and Construction

Title: Director of Design MEA

Location: null

Requisition ID: MEA011CS