Director of Design & Technical Services Jobs in Dubai – UAE at ACCOR

Title: Director of Design & Technical Services

Company: ACCOR

Location: Dubai – UAE

Type: Contract

Category: Architecture


Director of Design & Technical Services Luxury IMEAT

The Director of D&TS Luxury IMEAT is responsible for leading the planning, design review and approval process of new-built and renovation projects within Accor’s portfolio of Luxury, Lifestyle and Leisure brands, from initial assessment of leads to project handover, in accordance with the relevant Accor brand standards. He/she will be the primary point of contact with the owner on all assigned projects after handover from Development, and will lead the design review and approval process in accordance with the services set out in the Hotel Consultant Service Agreement (HCSA) for the project. The primary focus of his/her review will be related to alignment with overall vision and strategic goals, incorporation of operational input, and review architectural design and planning and other technical aspects of the design not covered by others.

He/she will be responsible for managing between 10 and 20 projects at various stages of design and construction, and will be expected to travel approximately 20% for project related meetings and site inspections.

Primary Responsibilities

Review of potential projects identified by Development Department and prepare High Level Reports and/or Property Improvement Plans

Assist in the preparation of Preliminary Area Programs

Prepare the list of preferred consultants for the project

Lead the internal visioning workshop and prepare the final Visioning Statement

Lead the project kick-off meetings with both the owner and the consultants

Review and comment on all project documentation produced by the consultants for compliance by brand standards and design direction

Coordinate feedback from all other internal stakeholders, in particular the D&TS MEP Director and ID Lead for the project

Review the mock-up room and on-site installations for compliance with the approved design and relevant brand standards

Assist the Pre-Opening team in developing the critical path for handover and opening, including participating in final inspections and creating punch lists of deficiencies

Facilitate, maintain and improve common understanding of brand requirement between Marketing, Development, Operations, Technical Services, and other internal departments to sound as “one” to owners and consultants.

Knowledge and Experience

Bachelor/Master Degree in Design or Architecture

Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in the hotel industry working on Luxury projects

Strong user knowledge of Acrobat, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Office (AutoCad a benefit)


Strong verbal and written English language skills; second or third language is a strong plus (especially French, Arabic)

Good understanding of the luxury standards eye for details

Serviced oriented with decision making based on guest experience

Good presentation and influencing skills

Multicultural awareness

Ability to work independently and has good initiative under dynamic environment