Chief Engineer

San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
San Diego, CA

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Join Our Team at San Diego Marriott Mission Valley: Where Excellence Meets Hospitality!

At the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, we take pride in creating a workplace that not only values exceptional service but also fosters a vibrant and inclusive community. We believe in attracting the best talent and providing them with an environment that encourages growth, collaboration, and personal well-being.

Why Work With Us?

Competitive Benefits Package: Enjoy the peace of mind with our comprehensive benefits, including a generous 401k match, health, dental, and vision coverage at competitive costs. We prioritize your overall well-being, ensuring you have the support you need.

Delicious Perks: As part of our commitment to your satisfaction, we offer a complimentary hot meal during your shift. Savor the flavors of our culinary expertise while you contribute to our guests' memorable experiences.

Convenient Amenities: Forget the stress of finding parking - our team members enjoy free parking on-site. Additionally, take advantage of discounted room rates at all Marriott hotels internationally, allowing you to explore new destinations and create lasting memories.

Investing in Your Future: Join us at San Diego Marriott Mission Valley, where we prioritize promoting from within and offer continuous professional growth opportunities. Your success is our success, and together, let's build a legacy of excellence.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond our service to guests; it encompasses our dedication to creating a positive and rewarding work environment for our team. We believe in recognizing and celebrating the unique talents and contributions each team member brings.

Job Summary

The Chief Engineer directs all aspects of engineering operations including emergency programs, energy management, asset protection, preventive maintenance and repairs to equipment, structures, and grounds. Directs the Engineering staff, accounting/budgeting, asset protection, inventory control and human resources. The Chief Engineer directs all operations in alignment with the direction of the General Manager, Company, brand standards and local, state, and national regulations. Responsible for quality service, meeting/exceeding financial goals, short- and long-term planning and day-to-day operations. Recommends the Engineering budget, business plan, capital expenditures and manages within approved plans and objectives.

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.

  • 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 General Manager, 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 General Manager.
  • 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 General Manager of any potential liability and propose proper course of action to prevent the hotel from incurring any such liability. Make recommendations to the General Manager 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 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 guests 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 brands interviewing tools to ensure hiring decisions are based on the candidates 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 hotels 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


  • Five 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 three 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.
  • Must be able to work in hot, cold, and wet conditions and be able to stoop, kneel, crawl, and climb on all types of surfaces.
  • Hearing and visual ability to observe and detect signs of emergency situations.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders at a rapid pace, up to 30 feet in the air.
  • Grasping, lifting, and holding tools and having good finger dexterity is required.
  • Perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, kneeling, and walking significant distances between and within buildings on the property.
  • Lifting and moving objects up to 100 pounds.
  • Frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, talking, hearing, seeing, and smiling.


    • 401(k)
    • Dental insurance
    • Disability insurance
    • Employee assistance program
    • Flexible spending account
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off
    • Vision insurance
    • Room Discounts
    • Employee Food and Beverage Discounts

    EEO: Driftwood Hospitality Management is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

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    San Diego Marriott Mission Valley

    353 Room Hotel

    Experience the heart of sunny Mission Valley San Diego

    Located in Mission Valley, San Diego, the Marriott Mission Valley is the ideal hotel for experiencing the best of San Diego. Enjoy easy access to San Diego State University, SDSU Mission Valley, and the new Snapdragon Stadium from our hotel. Hop on the Rio Vista Trolley and explore Mission Bay, Sea World, Old Town, and Downtown San Diego's Gaslamp District. Gather in refreshed meeting spaces, including an event lawn ideal for memorable outdoor gatherings. Enjoy a host of amenities and services, from views and casual dining at DEN to our fully equipped fitness center and outdoor pool with a waterfall. Well-appointed hotel rooms and suites offer 55 SMART TVs, high-speed Internet, and balconies, perfect for groups or families visiting San Diego. You will appreciate the unmatched charm and sophistication of one of the top hotels in Mission Valley, San Diego.