Benihana seeks a proactive and collaborative solution-seeking Director of Facilities to join the Development team. The Director of Facilities, under general direction of the Vice President of Development, will take from beginning to end ownership of planning, organizing, budgeting and executing the Company’s R&M and facilities maintenance capital strategy.
Actively collaborate with the Vice President of Development in the strategic planning and budgeting of the Company’s annual facility improvement objectives; facilitate/assemble annual facility capital budget plan for all restaurants and brands.
Execute strategic plan that targets specific, measurable goals for facility conditions and annual R&M expense levels; administration of annual R&M and capital expense projects; status reporting by brand and restaurant.
Manage the budgeting, contracting, execution and reporting restaurant R&M and Facility capital expenses.
Ensure optimal utilization of personnel and resources; manage Regional Facilities Managers and G&A expenditures to meet the R&M and facility capital objectives.
Oversee facility site inspections; ensure that facility deficiencies are handled timely in order to avoid business interruption; guarantee all service vendors are integrated/registered within Company’s Service Channel network and in compliance with Company insurance requirements, etc.
Negotiate and manage preventative maintenance contracts, i.e. kitchen hood and duct cleaning, fire alarm, grease trap, building and landscaping.
Review and negotiate cost of repairs and improvements in order to ensure facility commitments are met and on budget.
Foster and develop national vendor accounts for HVAC, plumbing, electrical and kitchen equipment maintenance, as well as other vendor accounts as needed.
Maximizes existing assets, including but not limited to; incremental cash flows, reduced M&R costs, capital spending vs. approved budget, etc.
Implement best practices to improve the Company’s oversight and management of its
Collaborate and communicate best practices, planned work and repair and maintenance projects between Real Estate, Project Development/Facilities and Operations.
Other duties as assigned.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as; safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as; discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Intermediate Microsoft Suite computer skills required. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)
Master’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or a related field, preferred. Minimum of eight (8) years recent and related experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Business Acumen - Employs analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills; plans and efficiently organizes work, appropriately seeks, manages, integrates and interprets data. Able to prioritize work and make sound decisions using available data. Exercises good judgment and is committed to excellence and operational integrity.
Collaboration & Customer Relationships - Understands the value of diverse talents and perspectives and encourages diversity of thought and ideas. Is always professional when dealing with internal and external customers. Works through differences and finds a productive common ground with others to achieve mutually beneficial results. Has a strong sense of customer service.
Functional Expertise - Achieves success through a comprehensive knowledge of industry and business as it relates to position. Applies creative solutions resulting in internal and external customer satisfaction. Demonstrates initiative and is accountable for own actions and decisions.
Communication Skills - Has good verbal and written skills; is effective when communicating with peers and superiors as well as with customers and others outside the company. Expresses opinions and ideas concisely. Encourages two-way communication.
Manager of People – Attracts, develops and retains top talent; deploys talent effectively and builds strong teams. Leverages individual strengths to build strong, diverse teams. Provides clear direction and effective counseling when needed. Sets realistic goals and hold team accountable for results.
Manages two (2) or more subordinates. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of these units. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees’ addressing complaints and resolving problems.
General office environment. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Less than 10% travel required.
Work is generally sedentary in nature, exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including human body. Walking and standing but may be required, up to 15% of the time.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
From our beginnings as a family business with one restaurant in New York to our recognition today as a cultural icon with 77 restaurants in the United States, Caribbean, and Central and South America, Benihana’s success continues to be a result of our relationships with our guests, investors and employees. The links below offer a broad view... of Benihana’s past, present and future.
Creating Great Guest Memories!!
• Corporate headquarters located in Aventura, Florida
• President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Baldwin
• More than 7,400 employees
• Company owns 67 teppanyaki, 6 Haru restaurants and 25 RA Sushi restaurants
• Largest operator of teppanyaki restaurants in the United States
• 10 franchises
• 1964: First Benihana restaurant opens in New York City
• 1983: Initial public offering
• 1983-1997: Expanded from 11 restaurants to 47
• 1995: Completed acquisition of 17 teppanyaki-style restaurants
• 1997: Completed acquisition of Kyoto and Samurai restaurants
• 1999: Completed acquisition of Haru Sushi restaurants
• 2002: Acquisition of RA Sushi restaurants
• 2007: Opened 100th restaurant owned or franchised by Benihana National Corp.
• 2012: Acquired by Angelo Gordon and Co. to become a privately held company
• 2014: Celebrated 50th Anniversary
For further information, please contact Benihana’s Public Relations department.
What is Benihana?
Benihana is the leading Japanese-inspired restaurant chain in the United States. Our restaurants are a place to meet new friends, celebrate special occasions or just enjoy an entertaining meal. Our highly skilled teppanyaki chefs slice and dice your meal, providing entertainment as you enjoy traditional Japanese cooking using American favorites like steak, chicken, seafood and vegetables. Benihana pioneered the communal dining concept in the early 1960’s where up to eight people are seated around a steel hibachi grill waiting anxiously for their personal show to begin.
Who owns Benihana?
Benihana Inc. was acquired by Angelo Gordon and Co. in 2012. Angelo Gordon and Co. is a privately-held registered investment advisory dedicated to alternative investing.
What is Benihana’s Corporate Vision?
Growth, growth, growth. Benihana has increased its number of restaurants from 20 to 97 since 1995. The acquisition of 17 restaurants from Benihana of Tokyo in 1995, and nine units from Rudy’s Restaurant Group chain in 1997, and acquisition of the HARU (1999) and RA Sushi (2002) brands represents the largest increase in number of restaurants.
Who is Benihana’s CEO?
Thomas Baldwin, Benihana’s President and Chief Executive Officer, joined the company in 2016.
How many locations does Benihana have?
Benihana owns 67 teppanyaki restaurants and franchises 10 more in the United States, Caribbean and Central and South America. Additionally, there are 25 RA Sushi restaurants and 6 Haru restaurants in the United States.
Where is Benihana headquartered?
Benihana has been based in South Florida since 1980. Its corporate address is 21500 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 900, Aventura, Florida 33180.
When was Benihana founded?
In 1964, Japanese-born Rocky H. Aoki opened the first Benihana restaurant on Manhattan’s West Side at 61 West 56th St. That restaurant soon became famous for its theatrical chefs and traditional Japanese architecture. The interior structure of the restaurant was a 150-year-old Japanese barn that Rocky’s father found in the countryside of Japan.