Chief Engineer

Abu Dhabi

Full job details

aloft Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
Job Type
Engineering, Chief Engineer
Job Level
Chief Engineer

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in 100 countries and 181,400 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, and Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry's leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands.


Aloft Abu Dhabi - the first hotel to open in our EAME Division (Europe, Africa and the Middle East), introduces style at a steal to a modern Middle Eastern metropolis.
Boasting 408 spacious loft-like rooms, cutting-edge technology and a vibrant, energizing social atmosphere, Aloft Abu Dhabi is ideally positioned in the ultra-modern Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), a micro-city of restaurants, a marina and only 20 minutes away from a bustling downtown featuring cosmopolitan culture, lush public parks and a scenic promenade.



Job Description

Maintain the entire Hotel facility, including the physical building structure, all plant and FF&E, and related equipment in accordance with energy conservation and preventative maintenance programs. Ensure that all legal requirements are complied with, and that budgetary goals are met. The position is also responsible for the safety and security of guests and talents of the Hotel, especially in relation to Fire & Life Safety, Evacuation and Security issues. Ensure full compliance with, and implementation of, UAE Fire & Life Safety Legislation, plus Corporate and Hotel policies and procedures.

This is a key position within the head of departments committee and as such should take a senior manager’s overview of the Hotel’s operation to ensure hotel achieves its guest and talents satisfaction and profitability targets.

•Conduct regular walk-abouts, visually assessing the safe and efficient maintenance and operation of the physical structure(s) of the hotel and spa; all mechanical, electrical, HVAC systems and any other related equipment.
•Verify completion of all routine maintenance on public spaces, meeting rooms, outlets, back of the house spaces, and external areas. Verify completion of all repairs, replacement, and renovation works throughout the hotel.
•Assist in the training and development, supervision, and disciplining of all staff in the Engineering Department, such as duty engineers, plumber, painter, joiner and apprentice(s).
•Adhere to all corporate purchasing policies and controls; all Health & Safety policies; and all other Company policies as required. Follow prescribed safety procedures for personnel, contractors and equipment at all times.
•Maintain an effective Energy Management and Preventive Maintenance program, and conduct special training for other operating departments on the safe and efficient use of equipment and energy in the hotel.
•Inform the Deputy General Manager on a regular basis regarding the specific and overall condition of the building structure(s), related systems, and equipment offering prudent, cost effective proposals for maintaining these systems. Access and input information via the computer and generate required reports.

In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position requires the performance of a combination of the following supportive functions within the hotel:

•Manage the day-to-day activities of the Engineering team.
•Prepare annual R&M Budget, Utilities Budget and Capital Budget, and monitor to ensure costs are kept within budgeted limits.
•Prepare all Capital Project Releases and co-ordinate all related work.
•Prepare technical data, bidding, project work, alterations for the property, having knowledge of building regulations and codes.
•Prepare, update and implement the Training matrix within the department.
•Prepare, update and implement Standard Operating Procedures within the department.
•Prepare department manpower schedules in accordance with the business demands of the hotel. Oversee daily and weekly rosters.
•Design, maintain and ensure the planned preventative maintenance program for the building, plant and equipment is fully operational to maintain a high level of GEI and Starvoice, comfort and safety.
•Ensure work schedules are prioritized in accordance with guest needs.
•Ensure supervision and control of line staff and contractors are effective to ensure optimum performance, efficient and safe working procedures, meeting all legislative standards.
•Responsible for reviewing, revising, updating and implementing Security and Safety procedures.
•Conduct regular Fire Safety inspections within the buildings, liaising with the Fire Department as necessary; ensuring fire doors / corridors are effective and safe.
•Supervise and maintain the Key systems within the hotel in conjunction with the Information Systems Manager, maintaining and issuing keys; implementing authority levels; and ensuring all electronic lock systems are fully functional.
•Implement and actively supervise the hotel’s energy management program.
•Oversee water treatment programs.

Training & Development:
•Recruit, Train and Develop all engineers as per the Training Matrix on an ongoing basis, and measure their performance 6 monthly. Identify training needs from the PMP.
•Review, update, implement and train all talents on Fire Safety, Health & Safety, Security procedures, etc. at Induction and regular training sessions throughout the year.
•Train Team Leaders on risk Assessment techniques and implementation.
•Assist and advise Team Leaders on associate training within their departments.
•Motivate team and seek continuous improvement of policies and service practices.


The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

•Must be able to speak, read, write and understand English.
•Requires good communication skills, both verbal and written.
•Must have thorough knowledge of all types of mechanical equipment such as chillers, boilers, water treatment, and refrigeration equipment.
•Must have thorough knowledge of plumbing and electrical systems, power, water and gas supplies.
•Must have experience in office procedures, ordering materials, record keeping systems, applicable building laws, building construction, blueprint reading, etc.
•Must possess good computer skills, with knowledge of accounting programs and budgetary analysis.
•Working knowledge of occupational safety and health, wage and hour issues, and labor relations.

Physical Demands
•A large percentage of the job is at the desk working on computer systems, general paper issues, preparing schedules / drawings, budgetary aspects, etc.
•The candidate must be flexible in his/her approach whereby he/she will need to act accordingly to the demands of the business.
•The candidate may be subject to various hazards: includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electricity, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals. Appropriate safety techniques and equipment to be used at all times.
•Requires manual dexterity to use and operate all necessary equipment, including computer keyboards.



Professional qualification in Engineering

Five to seven years of managerial experience in an international hotel, hospital, or building.

All employees must maintain a neat, clean and well-groomed appearance per Starwood standards.


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