Manage the entire project execution process for assigned major capital projects within the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SEA) theme park system. Support the corporate Theme Park Development (TPD) group (a division of SEA’s Deep Blue Creative team) and associated park team throughout all phases of project development. Capital investment for individual major projects ranges from $5M to $75M. Lead and advance projects from approved conceptual designs through final scope definition, completion of bid and construction documents, bidding, construction, start-up and commissioning. Assume ownership of overall project execution including budget, schedule, scope, and design intent from preliminary concept approval through project completion. This position reports to the Corporate Sr. Director of TPD, and on a project-specific basis, the position collaborates with the park engineering department to ensure all stakeholder needs are appropriately addressed. This position is based in Orlando, Florida.
Monitor contractors’ activities to ensure compliance with contract documents, design intent, and expectations of end users. Coordinate all construction activity, including start-up and commissioning, to minimize impact on ongoing park operations and ensure all agreed upon park requirements are met. Oversee and execute all aspects of contract administration including; change management & control, cost forecasting and reporting, safety management, environmental oversight, scheduling, tracking, material management & procurement, and overall quality control.
Responsible for the execution of assigned major capital projects. Oversee and direct project consultants and vendors throughout the project development process. Collaborate with park and corporate staff to establish and incorporate end user criteria. Coordinate and lead project review meetings ensuring comprehensive review by all park disciplines at appropriate stages of project development. Maintain project budgets and schedules while preserving design intent and project scope.
Perform QA/QC review of project documentation. Scrutinize bid and construction documents to ensure established design criteria and intent has been achieved, and applicable SEA standards, policies, controls, and procedures have been adhered to. Analyze constructability and develop and implement project execution strategies.
Support and actively participate in the Creative Development processes throughout concept development, refinement, and sign-off, before assuming overall responsibility for design development and project advancement. Responsibility includes ongoing collaboration with corporate TPD leadership and management in order to achieve creative intent in balance with project budget, schedule and operational requirements.
Collaborate with SEA sourcing, TPD group, and park D&E staff to identify and prequalify bidders for all anticipated bid packages. Work with SEA Sourcing to administer the bidding process, analyze bids, and draft and execute contracts in compliance with SEA’s Capital Projects Controls and Procedures. Develop Scope of Work and RFP’s for specialty trades requiring extensive design scrutiny.
Comprehensive knowledge of the design process, project scheduling, budgeting, estimating, bidding, negotiating, and the means & methods of construction.
Technical and functional knowledge of site and building systems including; site utility distribution, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, water filtration, fire protection, etc.
Functional knowledge of specialty technology systems used within the theme park industry.
Excellent communication skills – oral & written. Strong organizational skills.
Ability to analyze complex issues and develop effective plans and strategies.
Ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels within the organization.
Ability to effectively lead a diverse group of design, engineering and technical professionals, and flourish in a highly collaborative environment.
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple project processes simultaneously.
The ability to travel frequently with extended length of stay assignments in SEA’s primary market locations (San Diego, CA • San Antonio, TX • Tampa, FL • Williamsburg, VA • Langhorne, PA), as well as project-required travel to consultant offices and vendor locations. Minimal international travel is anticipated.
Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, Construction Management, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or other related discipline.
Minimum ten years combined experience in architecture, engineering, or project management, including design and construction management, preferably in a major theme park environment.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS). For more than 50 years, we have been a leading theme park and entertainment company delivering personal, interactive and educational experiences that blend imagination with nature and enable our guests to celebrate, connect with and care for the natural world we share.
We also are one of the world’s fo...remost zoological organizations and a worldwide leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for one of the largest animal collections on the North American continent and has helped lead advances in the care of species in zoological facilities and in the conservation of wild populations.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is best known for our 11 U.S. theme parks, attractions that hosted more than 23 million guests in 2013, and the beloved SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, and Sesame Place® brands. Each of our theme parks offer a distinct entertainment experience that connects guests to the world and to one another.