NBC Universal Master Planner in Orlando, Florida

Master Planner

Job ID: 506007

Universal Creative – Design/Studio


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 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.

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.

JOB SUMMARY : Responsible for developing creative and innovative master plans from Blue Sky through Schematic for projects implemented by Universal Creative. Under the direction of the Sr. Master Planner, formulates master plans for the development and construction of new resorts, themed destinations, attractions, and renovations across all Universal Parks and Resorts. Manages and reviews Master Planning design from outside firms as needed. Develop graphic and narrative reports on project sites and land planning. Develop drawings, sketches, master plans, models and creative design and planning solutions during the Blue Sky, Concept Development, Schematic Design. Review of subsequent phases of work by other teams. Responsible for producing feasible and constructible projects to meet project program, creative intent, schedule and budget requirements.


  • Develop park, facility and attraction master plans in AutoCAD and other tools to support the creative project development. Develop graphic and narrative reports on project sites and land planning.

  • Provide electronic 3-D modeling services in Sketch Up or other formats that accurately and clearly depict the master plan and area development design intent.

  • Ability to assemble documentation into a presentation format utilizing Adobe Photoshop, Power Point and/or other digital formats.

  • Responsible for providing aesthetic design, color boards, sketching and drafting needed to convey the design intent to outside Master Planning firms.

  • After handover to project teams, reviews and provides direction to project teams during subsequent phases of design process.

  • Directs and reviews Master Planning and Area Development design contracted through outside firms as needed.

  • Participate in the development of master planning and creative concept development.

SCOPE: Non-routine; general policies applied to frequently changing situations. Influences decisions of moderate nature requiring high degree of tact, diplomacy, and maturity. Works with domestic and international Parks project, operations and tech services teams.

QUALIFICATIONS: Strong design portfolio. Knowledge of design management, work planning, budgeting, scheduling, and working with a variety of vendors. Knowledge of theme park technologies including ride, A/V, robotics, engineering, and various show systems. Knowledge of theme park related architectural, project management, organizational, and production/construction practices. Demonstrates ability to lead creative and technical. Makes independent choices free from immediate supervision. Possesses solid aesthetic sensibilities and storytelling skills to support the creative process and to facilitate positive and productive communication between all disciplines.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree required from a four year college or university in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, Architecture or equivalent. Master’s Degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE: 5 – 7 years: Experience in Master Planning and Execution Required. Experience in Theme Park, Hotel and Entertainment Venues Preferred; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Hand and computer drawing, and drafting skills required. Experience with AUTOCADD, Sketch Up, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and PowerPoint required.

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Licensed Architect, Landscape Architect or Certified Urban Planner preferred

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Highly creative with a keen sense of design. Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Oversee diverse design disciplines and manage internal resources. Possess the ability to negotiate contracts for design services required to execute scopes of work. Interpersonal skills required to relate and provide value-added services to multiple operating groups including Food service, Merchandising, Operations and Maintenance.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

Universal is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Universal Parks & Resorts 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 Parks & Resorts HR/Recruitment will be deemed the sole property of Universal Parks & Resorts. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Universal Parks & Resorts as a result of the referral or through other means.


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