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VP Design & Development

Company: ExecuNet
Location: Washington
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Join our team as Vice President, Design and Development and become one of the authors of our story. This is a new leadership role for Auberge that will play a critical role in our growth. As part of the Auberge family, you will report directly to the Chief Development Officer with primary responsibility for managing the design and development process for new projects and renovations and have a high degree of autonomy and responsibility in those projects. This role is an integral component of a small, focused Design and Development team and the overall design of the hotel is a shared responsibility among this group. Working seamlessly as an effective team will be critical. Design at Auberge is where every hotel is a unique luxurious expression of its place - and an eye for unique design is crucial. We are looking for a true leader in the design and creative space.

Core Responsibilities
Manage both the design direction and the design process for individual projects from concept/vision to implementation
Manage owner relations, outsourced designers, other creative/project disciplines
Partner with internal stakeholders in marketing, operations, and project teams
Focus equally on vision, execution and value for our development partners and hotel owners
Utilize visionary thinking as well as a deep appreciation for process details to implement a one-of-kind design at each property
Manage the detailed reviews of layout/planning, design narrative, direction in FF&E, OS&E.
Manage detailed review of MEP and acoustic performance
Inspire, lead, and include multiple stakeholders including owners, project teams, partners, and internal teams in the creation of the project
Influence the design and outcomes of all aspects of the hotel - public spaces, rooms, food and beverage, landscaping, and heart of the house.
Coordinate in a management company capacity with designers, consultants and trades throughout the design and construction process
Translate business needs into detailed project plans, monitor progress against schedules and budgets; maintain high-performance standards
Assign clear accountability and monitor implementation to ensure success
Collaborate with operations department heads to ensure functions in design operate well
Align with sales and marketing so strategies are aligned with the overall hotel plan
Remain attuned and connected to the designers, manufacturers, trends, and tastemakers that will help keep Auberge relevant as we create new projects
This role is responsible for the highest level of design outcomes, guiding projects to completion with accuracy and creativity while monitoring project performance, project costs and managing both internal and external stakeholders.
Essential Skills, Knowledge, Abilities
Ability to inspire and -demonstrate innovative thinking and techniques
Strong communication and collaboration skills
Ability to communicate the 'What, How and Why' of the project to the team members at all levels of the organization and during regular owner reviews
Detail-oriented and highly organized
Ability to proactively develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external key stakeholder groups to build on owners' vision in creating great Auberge hotels
Strong influencing skills, with the ability to influence without direct management authority
Ability to create an atmosphere in which timely information flows smoothly both upward and downward through the organization
Ability to support, initiate, and manage change, taking steps to remove barriers or to accelerate pace as needed
Ability to bring alignment behind a concept, keep it on track and lead it through to successful execution.
Strong design/spatial and style skills to develop and review design work
As a part of a fast-growing company, an entrepreneurial and can-do attitude is a necessary basis for success.
Demonstrate a working understanding of: Project schedules, design, budgets, and construction process and sequence
MEP systems and acoustical design
Interior architecture and detailing for preparation of construction documents
Furniture installation plans and specifications for bid purposes or direct purchase
Construction Administration experience: RFI's, submittal review, field observation
Contracting for services
Redline and review -plans, specifications, and bid packages

Required Qualifications
Luxury and lifestyle experience
Experience leading design projects in entrepreneurial, brand-led businesses
Background in managing multiple projects ranging from small- to large-sized projects
Proven interaction and collaboration with hospitality panels, author of blogs, and travel content thought leaders
Prior experience building partnerships and strategic alliances
Proven experience managing project deliverables, staff, and consultants
Experience leading and motivating a strong, dynamic team
Bachelor's degree in Design/Architecture or related field
8+ years' experience in hotel architecture and/or design
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Project), GSuite, Adobe/Bluebeam
Strong leadership skills - to effectively manage all stakeholders, collaborate across groups with opposing views, and align the vision with ability to execute.
Through curiosity and research, has developed a connection or interaction with tastemakers and thought makers.
Background in influencing with certitude, directing with dignity, and creating with inspiration is critical to the success of this role.
Travel Requirements
Frequent travel to new sites, existing hotels, and home office
Travel includes U.S. and international (passport required, ability to rent and drive car in remote locations)

Keywords: ExecuNet, Washington DC , VP Design & Development, Executive , Washington, DC

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