The Kessler Collection is a portfolio of luxury boutique hotels, unique restaurants and artful experiences with a Bohemian twist. The collection’s captivating hotels feature curated art and are located in culture-rich destinations. And our Grand Performers deliver the brand in extraordinary ways, inviting guests to wander so they may be inspired.

Chief Engineer

Location: Mansion on Forsyth Park - Savannah, Georgia
Job Title: Chief Engineer
Employment Status: Full-Time
Pay Type / FLSA Status: Salaried (Exempt)
Available Shift: All Shifts / Flexible
# of Openings: 1
Requisition Number: 8673


Objective / Purpose

The overall objective and purpose of the Chief Engineer position is to coordinate, supervise and direct all engineering/maintenance operations, including maintaining the building, grounds, and physical plant with particular attention towards safety, security, and asset protection. The incumbent is responsible for managing the budget, capital expenditure projects, preventative maintenance, and energy conservation.  They are to provide inspiring and strategic leadership while directing the activities of the Engineers in support of the mission, core values, standards and goals established by the company.

Areas of Responsibility (AOR)

Primary areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Oversee the Engineering department operations, ensuring implementation and execution of KQA and BSA standards
  • Maintain the integrity of Company proprietary information and protect Company assets
  • Maintain the integrity of our guests’ privacy, including confidentiality of personal information as well as key control
  • Develops and maintains a schedule and budget for the assigned engineering project
  • Provides reports on the status of project milestones and adjusts schedules accordingly
  • Controls expenditures within limitations of budget
  • Supervises Grand Performers’ ability to execute department and hotel emergency procedures
  • Manages department’s controllable expenses to achieve or exceed budgeted goals
  • Manages the physical plant including equipment, refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, water treatment, electrical and life safety systems
  • Maintains and operates equipment at optimum effectiveness, efficiency, and safety
  • Establishes and manages an effective room’s maintenance program
  • Ensures regulatory compliance to facility regulations and safety standards
  • Establishes priorities for total hotel maintenance needs
  • Maintains accurate logs and records as required
  • Maintains complete knowledge and ensure compliance of company policies and standard operating procedures
  • Conduct monthly meetings with subordinates to proactively solve problems, respond to questions and create a positive and productive work environment
  • Train, mentor, and develop Grand Performers to the standards of a world class property and intuitive service experience. Assist in developing leaders and bench strength through the implementation of the Job Coach program
  • Conduct Grand Performer coaching and counseling
  • Conduct interviews and select candidates who fit our “best of the best” model
  • Provide ongoing recognition per the Company recognition program
  • Effectively plans, schedules, and evaluates preventative maintenance programs
  • Inspects and evaluates the physical condition of facilities in order to determine the type of work required
  • Recommends or arranges for additional services such as painting, repair work, renovations, and the replacement of furnishings and equipment
  • Selects and orders or purchases new equipment, supplies, and furnishings
  • All other duties as assigned, planned or unplanned

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities (KSA)

To perform this role successfully, an individual must have experience achieving desired result(s) in their areas of responsibility. The requirements listed below are representative of observable behaviors and essential knowledge, skill, and abilities required of a successful incumbent.

  • Strategic business leader - Works strategically to devise plans in alignment with organizational goals.
  • Cultivates engagement - Builds loyalty to the company and not to themselves. Proven ability to host/facilitate effective meetings, motivate teams to produce results with tight timeframes while simultaneously managing several projects.
  • Generates alignment - Ensures proper time and effort is spent to build high level performance and consistency throughout collection.
  • Leads with courage - Provides a culture of accountability.
  • Execution of plans - Utilizes our systems, tools and resources to accomplish results and achieve goals
  • Advanced level of written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to implement and uphold service standards
  • Ability to prioritize and organize work assignments
  • Ability to work well in stressful, high-pressure situations
  • Comprehensive knowledge of a safe work environment.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervisory and leadership responsibilities include achieving results through providing direction and accountability of the following Grand Performers within the culture and policies established by the Kessler Collection.

  • Engineer 3 / Supervisor
  • Engineer 2 / Mid Level
  • Engineer 1 / Entry Level 
  • Security Supervisor 

Standards & Culture

Individuals must serve as a cultural ambassador by upholding and promoting our standards.

Image & Presence: Bohemian. Our team is sophisticated and purposeful in their communication and body language

  • 50% Classical European, 35% Colorful Gypsy Lifestyle,  15% Funky California Free Spirit

Service: Intuitive. Our team inspires the guest (and Grand Performer) experience with warmth and deliberate elegance.

  • Greet, Undivided Attention, Enthusiastic Response, Smile, Thank You
  • Listen, Empathize & Apologize, Accept Responsibility, Do Something About  it, Exceed Expectations, Recover Loyalty


Performance: Extraordinary. Our team rises to outperform and consistently beat our best for even better.

  • Be Aligned:  Collaborate effectively to accomplish goals and achieve results in the Kessler way.
  • Be Accountable:  Have courage, accept responsibility for actions and/or inactions and expect others to do the same.

Key Partnerships:

To perform this role successfully, an individual must cultivate successful relationships with the following individuals to achieve alignment and support.

  1. General Manager
  2. Director of Human Resources
  3. Controller
  4. Property OPS Leadership team


Minimum Qualifications

Education, License, Certifications, Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree – preferred
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in similar scope and title – required
  • Experience within luxury brand/markets – required
  • Trade related certifications – preferred

Work Environment / Conditions

The work environment/conditions described herein are representative of those that an incumbent may experience.

  • Must be comfortable working in a shared space, with constant noise, without the use of a private office.
  • Must be able to cope with frequent changing priorities and deadlines with a high degree of optimism, professionalism & collaboration.
  • Schedules may vary from week to week based on business demands in excess of 40 hours with or without notice.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to move 10lbs on a daily basis.
  • Push, pull, and lift up to 50lbs on a weekly basis.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is regularly required to travel by foot, car, bus, airplane or other means of transportation which require sitting, waiting and standing for long and short periods of time.

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