Assistant Chief Engineer

Crowne Plaza Springfield - Convention CTR

3000 South Dirksen Parkway

Springfield, IL 62703

Crowne Plaza Springfield - Convention CTR
Springfield, IL

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Job Summary

Assists and acts in the absence of the Chief Engineer to oversee the functionality and safety of the facility, including the physical buildings, mechanical equipment, electrical system/s, heating and cooling systems, life safety systems and grounds in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations. Directs general construction and the installation, maintenance and repair of all electrical, mechanical and architectural systems throughout the facility to ensure operational efficiency and safety. Assigns, verifies and documents the completion of all routine maintenance and repairs in the property maintenance management system. Communicates with city/county/state officials to ensure the proper maintenance of permits and licenses, to coordinate required inspections and to ensure full compliance with codes, regulations and safety standards to protect the well-being of all guests and team members. Assists in the execution of capital projects and property rehabilitations. Interviews, trains, supervises, counsels, schedules and evaluates staff.

Essential Job Functions

This description is a summary of primary responsibilities and qualifications. The job description is not intended to include all duties or qualifications that may be required now or in the future. The Hotel operates 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so operational demands require variations in shift days, starting times, and hours worked in a week.

Business Results

Applies broad business knowledge and balances both a short- and long-term perspective to generate strategies while leading the organization to achieve them.

  • In conjunction with the Chief Engineer, direct all facets of Engineering. Keep abreast of brand standards and the competition's products and strengths to continually improve revenues and profit margins while maintaining quality.
  • Use business/management knowledge, applications in the industry, and experiences to provide leadership, both internally and externally, to assist the General Manager in positioning the hotel as a market leader.
  • Be a coach with a positive attitude daily. Implement, manage, and comply with Company policies, practices, and programs.
  • Ensure compliance with brand standards and local, state, and national regulations.
  • Ensure optimal levels of quality service and hospitality are provided to guests.
  • Walk the property daily to identify issues and to speak with and listen to associates.
  • Ensure preventative maintenance programs are in place to protect assets and maintenance related problems are promptly and properly addressed.
  • Inspect and evaluate the condition of the Engineering areas, equipment, and inventories.
  • Investigate, analyze, and report on all incidents and accidents.
  • In conjunction with the Chief Engineer, coordinate activities and liaise with local and federal law enforcement agencies, fire companies and insurance agencies to resolve problems and ensure a safe environment for guests and associates.
  • Generates costs comparison and solicits bid/proposals as needed.
  • Submit recommendations for changes and improvements to the Chief Engineer.
  • Work collaboratively with the Corporate Office to ensure Company assets are accurately tracked.
  • Direct all emergency programs including equipment maintenance and inspections, staff training, practice drills, accurate recordkeeping and compliance with all policies, procedures, codes, and regulations.
  • Direct and promote an accident prevention program to minimize liabilities and related expenses. Ensure appropriate sanitary, safety, security and emergency procedures are in place, followed and comply with policies, standards, and regulations. Ensure the staff is proficient in sanitary, safety, security, and emergency procedures.
  • Notify the Chief Engineer of any potential liability and propose proper course of action to prevent the hotel from incurring any such liability. Make recommendations to the Chief Engineer on additional safeguards as appropriate. Practice safe work habits.
  • Ensure associates are properly trained in the use and maintenance of Company assets.
  • Communicates with hotel department heads to become aware of maintenance needs and ensures timely response to internal requests.
  • Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing to provide clear direction to staff. Assigns and instructs all direct reports in details of work. Observes performance and encourages improvement. Monitors hotel traffic and makes staffing adjustments accordingly. Supervises and reviews costs and inventory.
  • Conducts disciplinary action as required for those directly supervising.
  • Conduct 90 day and annual performance evaluations for the engineering staff.

    Guest Satisfaction

  • Ensures a high level of customer satisfaction and builds long terms mutually beneficial customer relationships to support future revenue growth.
  • Coordinates and communicates verbally and in writing with customer (internal and external). Follows up with customer.
  • Makes presence always known to customer.
  • Displays leadership in guest hospitality and ensures consistent, high-level service throughout all phases of hotel events.
  • Sets a positive example for guest relations.
  • Interacts with guests to obtain feedback on product quality and service levels. Effectively responds to and handles guest problems and complaints.
  • Reviews Guest Service Results with leaders. Participates in the development and implementation of corrective action plans.
  • Emphasizes guest satisfaction during all departmental meetings and focuses on continuous improvement.


    Applies broad business knowledge and balances both a short- and long-term perspective to generate strategies while leading the organization to achieve them.

  • Demonstrates commitment to Driftwood Hospitality operating principles and philosophies.
  • Holds self and others accountable for achieving results.
  • Addresses conflict in a timely manner.
  • Contributes to team results.
  • Deals with change effectively.
  • Makes decisions, including employees/team and commits to a course of action with available information.

    Building Relationships

    Eliminates insular thinking by fostering a positive climate for work relationships and teams committed to achieving organizational goals and initiatives. In addition to performance of the essential functions, this position may be required to perform a combination of the following supportive functions, with the percentage of time performing each function to be solely determined by the supervisor based upon the requirements of the hotel.

  • Conducts one on one meeting with Direct Reports to ensure their ongoing development.
  • Maintains open channels of communications for all levels (line employees through General Manager) and monitors employee relations.
  • Aids in establishing a positive relationship between Hotel Corporation and property owners.
  • Ensures all required licenses, permits, contracts, insurance, inspections, are in proper order, with the assistance of Chief Engineer, GM and Controller.
  • Ensures the prompt and proper submission of all corporate, divisional, and governmental reports required.
  • Surveys and performs property inspections daily by visually identifying areas of the Hotel for needed improvements such as guest’s rooms, public areas, and restaurants.
  • Due to the nature of the business the individual may be required to do other duties and special projects as assigned by the supervisor.

    Generating Talent

    Proactively identifies and develops talent within the organization.

  • Hires the best people from both internal and external candidates. Hires for talent, diversity, and balance of skills. Utilizes the brand’s interviewing tools to ensure hiring decisions are based on the candidate’s job-related talent, skills, and competencies. Maintains succession planning.
  • Uses all available on the job training tools for employees; implements and manages training initiatives and conducts training when appropriate; ensures self and direct reports have completed appropriate training classes.
  • Manages employee progressive discipline procedures for areas of responsibility. Ensures each hotel’s policies are administered fairly and consistently. Ensures disciplinary procedures and documentation are completed according to Employee Handbook.
  • Ensures regular on-going communication is happening in all areas of responsibility to create awareness of business objectives and communicate expectations, recognize performance, and produce desired business results. Establishes and maintains open, collaborative relationships with employees and ensures employees do the same within the team.
  • Actively solicits feedback, utilizes an “open door” policy and reviews employee satisfaction results to identify and address employee problems and concerns. Ensures employees are treated fairly and equitably. Constantly strives to improve employee retention. Brings issues to the attention of the Controller as necessary.
  • Celebrates successes and publicly recognizes the contributions of team members; ensures recognition is taking place across areas of responsibility. Maintains an on-going employee recognition program.

    Organizational Learner

    Actively pursues learning and self-development to enhance personal, professional, and business growth; shares learning; demonstrates depth of knowledge in technical or specialized area.

  • Enlivens the hotel culture within the hotel.
  • Supports Public Relations’ initiatives.
  • Maintain a consistent professional and positive attitude when communicating with guests and associates.
  • Maintain effective two-way communications that crosses departmental lines.
  • Approach all encounters and actions with guests and associates in a friendly, service-oriented manner.
  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings with the Engineering staff to provide organizational information and educate associates on changes and activities.
  • Communicate Engineering activities and plans with peers and superiors to obtain appropriate consultation, guidance, and approval.

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • 3 or more years of related experience in building management/engineering.
  • This position requires a substantial and successful track record in profitable Engineering management while maintaining integrity and professional bearing.
  • Familiarity with the hospitality industry practices preferred.
  • Minimum of two years of managerial skills as position involves frequent decisions, meeting of deadline, negotiations of contracts of vendors, analytical ability and the planning, organization development and coordination of large-scale work projects.

    Knowledge and Skills

  • The ability to schedule, manage and delegate work effectively and efficiently.
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Ability to read and communicate verbally and in writing
  • Computer literate in MS Word, Excel.
  • Complex mathematical skills and considerable skills in the use of Excel Spreadsheets and/or calculator to prepare complex mathematical calculations without error, i.e., budgets.

    Physical Demands

  • Ability to stand, walk and/or sit and continuously perform essential job functions for duration of shift.
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    Crowne Plaza Springfield - Convention CTR

    288 Room Hotel

    Take a break along the historic route 66

    Great Hotel & Convention Center on Famous Route 66!

    TheCrowne Plaza Springfield – Convention Center is conveniently located on I-55 & I-72, better known as Historic Route 66.  Near the University of Illinois Springfield, our hotel is perfect for those coming in to visit the school or catch a game at one of the nearby sports complexes.

    With a short drive to Downtown Springfield, history buffs will enjoy a visit to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  Other nearby attractions include Knight’s Action Park and the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

    Our accommodations also offer Free Wi-Fi, parking, and always open business center.  Maintain your workout routine at our 24-hour fitness center, go for a swim in our 14th floor indoor pool, or relax in our hot tub and dry sauna.  Each room is equipped with a mini-refrigerator, Keurig, and 43” TV.