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AVP, Architecture & Construction at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

AVP, Architecture & Construction

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Orlando, FL Full-Time
Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

Reasons to consider this role include

  • Sense of tremendous pride and satisfaction in building the highest quality resorts in the world!
  • Opportunity to travel and work in the greatest locations!
  • Terrific career growth and development within Architecture & Construction as well as MVW


Position Summary

As a member of the professional staff, contributes a high level of specialized and technical knowledge and skill in a discipline (e.g., Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, Information Resources, Operations Planning & Support, Sales & Marketing) area to support department and/or function objectives.  Generally, works with considerable independence, developing operating plans and related operational processes for own department in alignment with broader business objectives.  Responsible for selection, supervision, and development of staff in accordance with company policies and procedures.




Specific Job Summary

The Assistant Vice President (AVP) Architecture & Construction (A&C) will be a full-time in Region Architecture and Construction resource managing and leading project(s) through all typical stages (e.g. planning, preconstruction, delivery, turnover, and occupancy) and/or phases of a development project through occupancy and turnover to the operator, responsible for brand compliance, quality, budget and on time delivery.  Project types can include new resort development, villa refurbishments, sales center delivery and renovations, and both developer-owned and COA-owned Capital Assets (Real Estate Fixed Assets) of resort properties.  The Assistant Vice President A&C acts as single-point accountability for delivering a portfolio of projects on schedule, within budget, in compliance with brand standards and for developing and managing an overall project execution plan with a focus on problem avoidance, the delivery of cost-effective predictable results, and the marshalling of appropriate resources required to enable the achievement of MVW’s business goals and objectives.

Role and Responsibilities

Project Planning:

  • Principle interface responsible for coordinating Consulting, Early Planning Assessment (EPA) and Business Planning (BP) deliverables for A&C in conjunction with the other Core functional team members on Project Planning Teams.  Responsible for ensuring the seamless transition from Project Planning to Project Delivery after completion of the Business Plan.
  • Engages and marshals the necessary A&C resources and collaborates with the Project Planning Team(s) to ensure that the project meets Brand, budget, schedule and scope compliance.  Gatekeeper of all A&C resources and deliverables for the Project Team.
  • Proverbial center of the hourglass between A&C and the Project Planning Team(s) responsible for the timely delivery of all business planning deliverables and collaborating with the Project Team to determine the most financially feasible business plan for each project.

Preconstruction and Project Delivery:

  • Understands business goals of key stakeholders and develops partnering relationships that enable mutual success.  Applies knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to resort development management activities in order to meet or exceed stakeholders’ needs and expectations.
  • Leads, manages, and coordinates delivery of various project types ensuring compliance with standards, procedures, and policies.
  • Single point of authority and responsibility for on schedule, within budget, and brand standard compliant delivery of projects.  Has single point of accountability and oversight of multiple resort projects.


CLS Generic Expected Contributions

  • Develops operating plans and workable business processes for own department in alignment with function strategy.
  • Manages larger business processes and/or projects, setting priorities and measurable objectives, monitoring and reporting on the process, progress and results.  Typically influences work of cross-functional or extended teams.
  • Responds to, solves and makes decisions on business requests that have broader department impact and/or moderate risk.  Presents alternative solutions to business issues by leveraging the broader organization.
  • Works to enhance the organization’s capabilities through effective staffing and development of others by:
    • anticipating staffing requirements by comparing business needs with strengths and weaknesses of existing staff.
    • coaching own team to collaborate with others.
    • using appropriate MVW interviewing tools to hire the best people available from inside or outside.
    • establishing goals and delegating tasks appropriately.
    • providing timely coaching and feedback
    • making and rewarding distinctions in performance.
    • engaging in progressive disciplinary processes, when appropriate.
  • Assists more senior associates in achieving business results by:
    • acting in a consultative fashion to implement programs impacting the broader organization.
    • assisting in the development and communication of broader organizational goals.
    • achieving results against budget within scope of responsibility.
    • taking calculated risks to move the department or team forward.
    • developing and using systems to organize and keep track of information.
    • balancing the interests of own group with the interests of the organization.
    • working with others to identify and remove barriers to success.
  • Readily critiques own behavior to acknowledge mistakes and improve future leadership performance and acts independently to improve and increase skills and knowledge.
  • Performs other duties as appropriate.

Specific Expected Contributions

Project Planning:

•     Schedules and coordinates internal and external A&C resources for all projects to meet process schedule(s).

•     Coordinates and facilitates completion of deliverables required to complete Consulting, EPA through BP, coordinating efforts of the Design Architects, Estimators, and Entitlements.

•     Partners with the Project Planning Team (Developer, Feasibility, Development Finance, Marketing Operations, Core Operations, Revenue Management, Brand and SDT) for successful completion of an executable, financially feasible business plan.

•     Ensures that appropriate design, entitlement analysis and estimating materials are provided to Feasibility and Development Finance for the compilation of the financial analysis.

•     Coordinates and facilitates completion of all A&C deliverables required to complete the BP process, including Conceptual Design and Schematic Design, or up to the point of Corporate Growth Committee (CGC) and/or Board of Directors (BOD) approval(s).

•     Coordinates the timely delivery of all requested/required A&C services and input to the Project Planning Team(s) and ensures that the Project Planning Team(s) has the necessary support and resources to meet benchmarks and provide deliverables on time, budget, and in accordance with Brand Standard.

•     Partners with the Architecture & Design, Cost Management and Project Team to lead, manage, and coordinate the deliverables required to ensure that the project includes all the work required to complete the project successfully.

•     Participates in all Project Planning team meetings on assigned projects as the principal interface for A&C, responsible for all A&C deliverables.

•     Engages site specific Project Management resources after the completion of an executable business plan to ensure success in the Project Delivery process.

Preconstruction and Project Delivery:

  • Acts as single point accountability for delivering a portfolio of project(s) on schedule, within budget, in compliance with brand standards and for developing and managing an overall project execution plan with a focus on problem avoidance, the delivery of cost-effective predictable results, and the marshalling of appropriate resources required to enable the achievement of MVW’s business goals and objectives.
  • Assures compliance with Regional and Core “Standard Operating Procedures” (SOP), , and MVCI Brand Standards and Design Guidelines.
  • Participates in development of project programs with MVW Senior Management, Architecture & Design, and functional personnel, design professionals, Operations and Sales and Marketing (S&M), as needed.
  • Responsible for delivery of all Projects under various project deal/transaction structures and agreements e.g. Turnkey, Self-Developed, Joint-Venture, etc.
  • Recruits and selects qualified Project Management staff/resources as required to meet all project needs.
  • Partners with VP of Cost Management and Project Managers to establish project budgets.  Implements and follows up on the Regional SOP to control project costs within budget.
  • Develops and manages integrated “milestone” project schedules.  Provides guidance to Project Managers to establish project deliverables with consultants, contractors, and A&C functional and support personnel to ensure that these deliverables/milestones are achieved.  Integrates project unit inventory / delivery requirements with project construction schedules and CAPEX funding.  Responsible for assuring compliance with Project Timeline operating guidelines.
  • Provides relevant development, design and construction liaison between Project Team, S&M and Operations.
  • Prepares and presents reports and briefings as required to the EVP, Innovation, Development, Products,  MVW’s Executive Committee, and the COA Board of Directors.
  • Facilitates timely communication of project status, potential problems, recommended corrective actions, and opportunities to strengthen compatible business relationships.  Ensures timely completion and updating of Project Timelines, SID Scorecard Reports, Development Status Reports, and summaries of Risks & Opportunities.  Acts as a liaison with Site S&M and Operations Team(s) to strengthen business relationships between all disciplines.
  • Works closely with Project Managers to coordinate all planning, permitting, and external regulatory activity and submittals required for project permitting and execution.
  • Develops contracting strategies (design and construction) for each project that properly balances schedule, cost, and risk avoidance.  Oversees all contracting efforts.
  • Executes architectural, engineering, construction and other professional consultant contracts developed and managed by Project Managers in compliance with MVW’s “Approval Matrix”, and MVW’s SOP, which includes relevant and appropriate process and approval operating guidelines and limits.
  • Provides guidance to Project Managers to ensure construction contract documents are complete, coordinated, permit compliant, and compliant with Brand Standards and Design Guidelines.
  • Oversees Project Managers compliance activities as it relates to Building, Fire Code and other entitlement and permitting officials to provide code complaint and permit compliant design documentation.
  • Visits project sites periodically during construction to provide leadership, guidance, approvals and support.
  • Acts as a liaison between Project Managers and Law Department and external consultants for timely and accurate flow of information required for Registration and contract approval documents.
  • Shares best practices and lessons learned with other Project Teams to promote continuous improvement.
  • Oversees Project Managers who assure construction quality, compliance, schedule and budget, and coordinates turnover of buildings, documents, manuals, training materials, etc. to Operations and S&M.
  • Recommends changes for project improvement efforts consistent with CGC or COA approved scope, schedule, and budget.
  • Manages and provides leadership to direct reports and peers in accordance with MVW associate relations standards and traditions with a focus on increasingly levels of Associate Engagement and leading by example as it relates to treating all associates with respect and dignity.
  • Manages and provides leadership by ensuring compliance with MVW standards that focus on meeting and exceeding customer needs and increasing Guest and Customer Engagement in accordance with MVW’s customer relations standards and traditions.


CLS Generic Candidate Profile

Successful candidates should possess knowledge and experience and demonstrate strong leadership and relationship skills.

Generally, a professional position requiring significant knowledge and experience in one or more disciplines and/or business operations and associate management.  College degree and/or relevant experience generally required.

Specific Candidate Profile

Physical Job Requirements:

  • Travel >50%
  • Frequent domestic and international travel will be required.
  • Ability to access and traverse proposed construction sites.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Professional degree in a technical field (Construction Management, Engineering, or Architecture) from an accredited university.  Professional registration is desirable; however, there is no requirement for professional sealing or stamping of design documents.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience as Owners Representative in Construction Management or Project Management. 
  • A minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in the Design or Construction industry with specific documented experience in project planning and design and/or construction management.
  • Strong leadership, financial management, and communication skills providing the ability to work in a dynamic, multi-functional matrix management environment, as a “Team Player”.  Pro-active, assertive, motivated and collaborative, with a high sense of responsibility and discipline.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively with Condominium Owners’ Associations (COA) and Boards of Directors (BOD).
  • Experience in leading, managing, and coordinating design, construction, and other professionals.
  • Experience in qualifying, contract negotiation, recommendation, and administration of Professional and Contractor Agreements.
  • Proven ability to understand the business goals of stakeholders and implement a partnering relationship that will enable mutual success and trust.
  • Experience in legislative/ jurisdictional approval processes.
  • Proven ability to comprehend, and critique design and contract documents.
  • Lead and coordinate resources to achieve complete technically acceptable design and contract documents within Design Guidelines, Construction Operations Manual, project scope, schedule, and cost management.

Preferred Skills:

  • Computer literacy on Microsoft Office products, Project Management software applications like Microsoft Project and PMWeb.
  • Related and relevant Regional/International work experience.

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Marriott Vacations Worldwide is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture.

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