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Lead Design Associate

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group

Miami, FL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Position Summary / Job Purpose:

The Sr. Associate, Design manages and coordinates architectural design work for newbuild, revitalization or refurbishment projects. Plans, manages, and guides design while cross-coordinating and sharing best practices effectively between external architectural, interior design and consultancy firms worldwide, guiding the design they provide. Collaborates with brand representatives, external design firms, shipyards, and outfitters worldwide to meet the design intent while maintaining budget and meeting brand aspirations. He/she will review drawings/proposals, recommend decisions, and provide innovative solutions and ideas.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for management and development of end-to-end ship design elements (e.g., placement of steel, fabric design) across multi-year timelines to meet the design intent
  • Responsible for the organization and guidance of 30+ internal and external stakeholders through the ship design process while building relationships and establishing collective trust
  • Owns the integration of complex maritime technology, fire codes and safety regulations into a functional, aesthetically pleasing design
  • Owns and guides others on the creation of presentations (inclusive of high-end 3D digital drawings and details from AutoCAD) and reports to aid critical business decisions from executives relative to architectural and interior design
  • Incorporates complexities of reference ships, comparison studies, design guidelines, and contract references to aid the development of high-quality ship design within budget
  • Influences design with a strong understanding of ship operations and guest/crew experiences
  • Owns and guides the design intent and ensures it is apparent, credible, and communicated clearly and consistently throughout the design process
  • Owns cost consciousness in all aspects of work and understands importance of cost complexity balancing along with other cost control needs
  • Owns practicality reviews to check that operational, risk or accessibility concerns are being considered in all aspects of design
  • Owns and guides the shop drawing review process, yard/contractor coordination meetings, mockup reviews, factory visits and inspections during newbuilding process or drydock period
  • Responsible for documentation of lessons learned and best practices of tactical execution to support portfolio-wide continuous improvement efforts
  • Acts as a representative of the Royal Caribbean Group and demonstrates our values in a competent, professional manner
  • Ability to travel internationally or domestically up to 25%

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years design industry experience required. Minimum of 2 years managing large scale projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Interior Design required, Architecture preferred.
  • Cruise ship newbuild or revitalization design experience preferred.
  • Must be experienced with AutoCAD, Bluebeam, and Microsoft Suite. Experience a plus with Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Illustrator and AutoCAD release 2013 or higher and 3D modeling V-Ray/Rhino/Sketch-Up/N-scape
  • Must be effective communicator with project team (and sponsor when required) exhibiting good capabilities in written, oral, and graphic media.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills including, but not limited to: Teamwork, a Willingness to Learn, Autonomy, Organizational Skills, Adaptability
  • Represents department and self in a competent professional manner Is highly motivated, efficient, and organized.
  • Has fundamental understanding of time management, with priorities being established by supervisor.
  • Works on multiple projects, and multiple tasks under various team members
  • Ability to travel internationally or domestically 15% of the time.


  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required, to talk, hear sit, stand, write, review and type reports, compile data, and operate a pc.
  • The employee communicates, listens, compares variables, and assesses information.
  • The employee regularly moves about the office complex, and may climb, descend, lift or move 10 pounds.


  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • The environment includes office location, and /or moving inside/outside the office.
  • A high noise level is possible if visiting shipboard or offsite locations.
  • Ability to travel internationally or domestically 15% of the time.

We know there's a lot to consider. As you go through the application process, our recruiters will be glad to provide guidance, and more relevant details to answer any additional questions. Thank you again for your interest in Royal Caribbean Group. We'll hope to see you onboard soon.

It is the policy of the Company to ensure equal employment and promotion opportunity to qualified candidates without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity or expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Royal Caribbean Group and each of its subsidiaries prohibit and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.