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Director of Engineering - Sonesta ES Suites Chicago Downtown
IL, United States
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Job Description Summary

The  Engineering Director (ED) is the onsite leader of building, equipment and grounds condition of the hotel. This position will lead and/or perform maintenance and repairs, and preventative maintenance, to all areas of the hotel. The ED  is responsible for maintaining a clean and organized maintenance shop and for the security of the hotel inventory and assets such as tools, supplies, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The ED’s  focus on guest and associate satisfaction, expense control and product quality and will lead to their contribution to the overall goals of the hotel.

Job Description

Principle duties and responsibilities (Essential Functions) include: 

  • Operational/Functional:
  • Manage day-to-day operations of the engineering areas and staff to ensure the quality and standards are meeting the expectations of the customers and employees.
  • Implement and supervise the preventative maintenance of Mechanical/Electrical areas, Public areas and Guest Rooms per established standards and schedules.
  • Confer with vendors to obtain product and service information such as price, availability and delivery schedule.
  • Process purchase requests for items needed by the Engineering department.
  • Manage projects as needed. Manage contractors while onsite, supervise work as needed and make sure work was properly performed and the job site is left clean.
  • Ensure the building exterior is clean and well maintained.
  • Communicate with department leaders about maintenance needs and work orders and ensure work orders are completed in a timely manner.
  • Ensure pool is serviced, including making sure chemicals are properly adjusted and filters are cleaned.
  • Perform maintenance and repairs on malfunctioning systems and equipment.
  • Order, receive supplies and maintain inventory of supplies and operating equipment.
  • Review guest satisfaction survey results with employees and respond to all guests’ questions and complaints in a courteous and timely manner.
  • Ensure all Sonesta safety and sanitation standards are adhered to. Respond to guest complaints and ensure proper follow-up is completed.
  • Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming.
  • Perform any other job-related duties as assigned.
  • Strategy and Planning:
  • Ensure compliance with all service contracts. Ensure compliance with all statutory regulations.
    • Work with the General Manager to develop the Capital budget.
    • Develop and implement an Energy Saving plan.
    • Prepare weekly work schedules in accordance with staffing guidelines and labor forecast. Adjust schedules throughout the week to meet business demands.
    • Analyze guest satisfaction data to develop and implement plans to achieve established goals related to guest satisfaction scores.
  • Financial Management:
  • Manage the department’s operating budget and develop the annual capital budget.
  • Achieve budgeted revenues, control labor costs and expenses.
  • Manage staffing levels to ensure that guest service, operational needs and financial objectives are met.
  • Actively participate and advise in the budget, forecasting processes, and the development of the capital expenditure goals.
  • Managing your Team:
  • Interview, hire, train, and promote the Engineering staff. Provide constructive and consistent feedback and recommend disciplinary action when appropriate.
  • Coach and train the Engineering department leadership team and hold them accountable for their performance. Ensure they do the same for their respective teams.
  • Ensure employees receive proper training applicable to their position and career aspirations in accordance with company policy and/or local laws.
  • Conduct pre-shift meetings with staff and review all information pertinent to the day’s business.
  • Monitor, measure, and recognize performance of employees. Assist in the annual performance evaluations.
  • Ensure employees are treated fairly and equitably. Handle employee issues in a professional and timely manner.
  • Leading with Passion:
  • Utilize and collaborate with resources across different departments and corporate office.
  • Motive employees to perform to their highest standard and establish a trusting environment to enrich the culture.
  • Focus on the mission and well-being of the departments, hotel and company.
  • Lead by example and operate with integrity and respect.
  • Inspire your team to embrace and demonstrate Sonesta’s core values and the guest service standards.

Qualifications and Skills

A candidate for this position must possess the following applicable knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to demonstrate and provide applicable examples to support his/her competency.

  • Must be able to recognize potential safety hazards and security problems in the hotel and act upon each accordingly. 
  • Must be skilled in HVAC, electrical, carpentry, drywalling, painting, plumbing, roofing, and landscaping. 
  • Must be Knowledgeable of local, state and federal regulations and safety standards.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of hotel and hospitality industry.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Additional Job Description

Work Environment

Work is performed both inside and outside. Outside work can be performed in rain and warm temperatures. Work is also performed in both guest contact and non-guest contact areas.

Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate except in mechanical areas and when using certain equipment. Work involves using various tools, including tools that may be considered dangerous. Protective equipment and clothing will be required. Proper safety precautions specified by the tool manufacturer and/or OSHA must be followed.

Work may involve high voltage equipment and electric panels. Proper safety equipment includes but is not limited to the use of gloves that must be worn, at times for an extended period. All applicable OSHA and national and local electrical codes must be adhered to.

Physical Demands

  • The employee is frequently required to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs., and to move objects up to 100 lbs.
  • The person in this role may be exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly.
  • The person in this role may be carrying, lifting or pulling items weighing up to 50lbs and pushing and / or pulling approximately 200lbs.
  • The person in this role will be frequently standing up, bending, climbing, kneeling and moving about the hotel.

Expected Hours of Work

  • Must be flexible to work variable days of the week to include weekends and holidays.
  • Must be flexible to work variable shifts (days, nights, overnights).
  • Ten to twelve hour shifts sometimes required.

Education and Experience

  • At least ten years of related experience required.

Preferred Education and Experience
  • Previous experience in a hotel property or service industry preferable.
  • General knowledge of qualified trade such as HVAC, electrician or plumber, carpentry is desirable.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent required; Master’s degree in Engineering or equivalent preferred


Sonesta recognizes that benefits play a vital role in helping ensure the health and financial security of employees and their families. We offer a variety of benefits to our employees including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Health Savings Account with Company Match
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Days
  • Sonesta Hotel Discounts
  • Educational Assistance
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Company Paid Short Term and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Various Employee Perks and Discounts

Upon submitting your application, please ensure you complete a full application in addition to attaching a resume. Incomplete applications received will not be considered. 


Aleron companies (Broadleaf Results and TalentRISE) are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.

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