NBC Universal Sr. Director, Facility Design - Universal Creative in Orlando, Florida
Job Number 34575BR
Job Title Sr. Director, Facility Design - Universal Creative
Business Segment Universal Studios
Sub-Business Universal Orlando
Posting Category Theme Parks – Technical
About Us Universal Creative is the planning and development division of Universal Parks and Resorts™, which is one of the many businesses within NBCUniversal™. We are ideally situated in Orlando, Florida, which has become widely known as the theme park and resort capital of the world. We are responsible for the design, development, and delivery of all resort and theme park concepts for all of Universal vacation destinations worldwide – Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in 2020 in Beijing, China. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world.
Career Level Experienced
Country United States
What sets Universal Creative apart?
We rarely wear suits. We think pop culture is fascinating and newsworthy. We are aware that possibilities are not limited by today’s realities. We know that everyone has good ideas (and the occasional bad one as well). We know that the world is large and varied, and that we touch all of it. We know that most high school guidance counselors don’t know our jobs exist. We know that if this were easy, everyone would be doing it. We know that there is an eclectic assortment of talented people from various professional backgrounds at the heart of Universal Creative. In addition, we embrace the power of cultural diversity and inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. We are a diverse group, but united by a common goal: to dream and deliver the best possible out-of-home entertainment for people from every walk of life. In order to make that happen, Universal Creative relies on collaboration, hard work, synchronicity, a bit of luck, and a bunch of talented, experienced people who do not let ego and turf stand in the way of brilliance. We depend on a team of people who understand the task, the business implications, and refuse to be defeated by the challenge to fuse fantasy with physics. Universal Creative embraces “The Universal Way” by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time.
This will be an Expat role based in Beijing, China.
SUMMARY: Responsible for directing and managing the Architectural and Engineering design and construction administration effort for all attractions designed and conceptualized within Universal Creative, including resources, finances, and schedule of that scope. Responsible for directing and managing any major attraction development teams with their implementation and reporting to executive management.
Responsible for the hiring and team member selection required to implement various Universal Creative projects. Responsible for their performance, successful completion of projects, development and growth. Manages the other facility design managers on the team to ensure all of the facilities are being designed to meet all of the project requirements (aesthetics, technical, budget, schedule and competencies).
Responsible for the direction of facility and architectural design, including all supporting infrastructure and area development for an entire theme park and/or other resort developments (hotel, nightlife entertainment districts, etc.) from Blue Sky Development through completion of Construction.
Oversees the collaboration with the Creative Studio, Ride Show Engineering, Operations Team and A&E consultants to ensure creative and technical delivery, complete coordination, operational functionality, quality assurance and cost effectiveness.
Leads facility design variations of existing attractions required for integration into projects as assigned.
Leads the Architecture and Engineering team, including A&E consultant, during the design and construction phases of the project.
Leads the design strategy to achieve quality deliverables within the schedule and on the budget.
Reviews and approves requirements for outside design resources, including: preparing requests for proposals, negotiating contracts, and managing the design process. Forecasts resource requirements for each phase of the contract, and develop a corresponding budget. Reviews and approves Architecture and Engineering team expenditures. Delivers weekly progress reports on the status of the project and other outside Architecture and Engineering design efforts.
Reviews and approves the Architecture and Engineering schedule for facility design.
Monitors construction in the field including identifying and resolving discrepancies between construction and drawings and/or design intent.
SCOPE: Directs and oversees the Architectural and Engineering design and construction administration effort for attractions, resorts and themed environments within Universal Creative. Also oversees the resources, finances, and schedule of that scope.
Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
Familiarity of international (expatriate assignments) is highly desirable.
Bachelor’s degree is required from a four year college or university in Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field.
Master’s degree in is preferred in Engineering or Architecture.
10-15 years’ required turn-key projects experience, specifically within the entertainment/theme park industry.
Supervisory and contract/vendor management experience required.
15-20 years’ required relevant design and construction/project management experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Licensed Architect preferred.
Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.
We regret, due to the volume of responses, only applicants of interest will be contacted. Universal is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Universal Orlando via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written Statement of Work in place for this position from Universal Orlando HR/Recruitment will be deemed the sole property of Universal Orlando. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Universal Orlando as a result of the referral or through other means.
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