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Director, Fire Protection & Life Safety

Hong Kong, Hong Kong | Mariott

  • Industry:
    Hospitality, Travel, & Leisure
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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As a member of Fire Protection & Life Safety (FLS), is responsible for insuring compliance of fire protection standards for all Lodging Brands and products in Asia Pacific (AP), including new builds, conversions/acquisitions, re-positionings, and renovations to provide a high level of life safety and protection to our guests, associates, and assets from the perils of fire.Promote and expand ongoing periodic inspections of operating hotels.Provide oversight and leadership to direct reports and consultants as they work toward insuring compliance.Provide project management and life safety expertise to ensure compliance with the standards through the design and construction of new and converting hotels. 

This role is dual reporting with a solid line to VP, FLS and a dotted line to VP, Global Design Asia Pacific.As such needs to ensure property compliance with FLS standards and support the goals of Global Design including meeting timelines and project and department budgets.Also responsible management of direct reports and for deployment of FLS consultant.


Education and Experience

BS, Fire Protection Engineering or equivalent experience.

Fundamentals of Engineering or Professional Engineering license preferred.

10 yrs. minimum of fire department experience preferred.

2 yrs. minimum related experience working in Asia Pacific preferred.

Minimum of 10 years progressive experience in fire protection preferred.

Willingness to reside in Hong Kong.  


Specific Expected Contributions and Responsibilities

Responsible for delivery of high-quality engineering support services to business units within Global Design, Lodging, Development, Operations, Brand, Lodging Engineering, Risk Management, Ownership Franchise Services and various other Marriott businesses for all projects in the region.

Responsible for recruiting, coaching, training and developing staff or consultants to perform their defined duties.Provide performance feedback and evaluation, and career development if applicable to direct reports.

Make decisions for complex fire protection and life safety issues and when necessary, refer to other members within Fire Protection & Life Safety.

Direct adaptations and modifications throughout design process and installation of systems.

Discuss with supervisor and team members fire protection and life safety issues or problems that have high financial impact.

Promote and support ongoing inspections in operating hotels in the region.

Remain current with emerging technologies, regional codes and best methods for automatic sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, life safety, and smoke control in the industry and specific to the region.

Expected Leadership Contributions

As a senior leader within FLS, support department, other leaders and associates within the department by serving as a role model invested in the mission of the department. 

Manage all (owned, managed, and franchised) new build and conversion projects within the AP region.

Manage internal and external resources for all AP projects.

Supervise a staff of fire protection engineers and technicians or interface with consultants to achieve results.

Participate as needed to ensure the FLS budget is established and meet with Global Design Senior Continent Head of Design Management and Global Design Accounting.  

Participate in preparation and presentation of the Risk Management position and provide technical expertise for the Appeals Board process with Continent President, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel, SVP Global Design, SVP Risk Management and Chief Development Officer.  

Routinely interact with Global Design Project Directors, Insurance, Global Safety & Security, franchisees, building owners, clients, customers, officials, contractors, and others.

Lead project meetings and make presentations relating to AP projects. 

Act as a liaison to insurance companies, code officials, architects, owners, consultants.

Verify completion of projects.

Communicate on a regular basis with the FLS Vice President based at MI HQ.

Perform design reviews for egress, building construction, automatic sprinkler, fire alarm, and mechanical smoke control systems to ensure compliance of Marriott standards, system performance, equipment selection, constructability, maintainability, building code conformance, and sequencing.

Provide construction support services including fire protection system project control functions (change-order analysis and schedule impacts), cost reduction analysis, submittal reviews, mid-construction site review and report, transition planning (construction to operations), and acceptance testing. 

Actively listens and asks questions of customers to assess the level of satisfaction with the service being provided and to prevent problems from occurring.Regularly monitor customer satisfaction and take personal responsibility to ensure it.Follow through with customer inquiries, requests, and complaints in a timely fashion.

Communicate orally and in writing with customers.

Tracks project schedules and construction documents.

Skills Requirements

Basic to working knowledge of construction means and methods, facilities operations, and contracting.

Strong problem-solving capabilities; ability to search beyond traditional boundaries.

Solid understanding of regional and NFPA codes and standards.

Extensive writing skills required.

Excellent interpersonal skills which must include ability to speak in public, negotiate, explain fire protection concepts, and enforce standards while strengthening relationships, occasionally under pressure.

Ability to develop new processes to increase effectiveness and efficiencies.

Excellent management and supervisory skills.

Good working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook.

High degree of initiative, personal responsibility and integrity

Ability to work effectively in a collaborative work environment.

Willingness to share knowledge openly and assist others as necessary.

Willingness to travel extensively (approximately 70%).

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