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Senior Manager, Architecture and Design

Royal Caribbean Group

Royal Caribbean Group

IT, Design
Miami, FL, USA
Posted on Friday, June 21, 2024

Journey with us! Combine your career goals and sense of adventure by joining our exciting team of employees. Royal Caribbean Group is pleased to offer a competitive compensation & benefits package, and excellent career development opportunities, each offering unique ways to explore the world.

Position Summary:

The Sr. Manager, Architecture & Design is responsible for overseeing and managing projects from conception to completion, ensuring that they are delivered on time, within budget, and to the highest quality standards. This role involves leading project teams, coordinating with architects and consultants, and providing strategic direction to achieve project goals.

Coordinates all project efforts in order to ensure effective execution, prepares strategic plans, and serves as primary liaison between third party consultants and ownership. Estimates scope of work and oversees less experienced team members. Handles the most complex projects of the largest magnitude. Responsible for coordination of all project efforts, administrative and technical, to ensure the most efficient and cost-effective execution of assigned projects. Prepares strategic plans for project success. Serves as the primary liaison contact with Sr. Dir. of Architecture and Design to complete projects on schedule, within budget, and with maximum ownership satisfaction. Actively manages ownership budgets, schedules, and programs; project communications and documentation; office administrative tasks; and project team assignments. Estimates fees, determines the scope of work, and prepares proposals and contracts on the most complex projects. Provides oversight and monitoring of the work of less experienced team members. May act in a team leader capacity in the absence of the Sr. Dir. of Architecture and Design. The right candidate should thrive in working in a dynamic, team environment and work alongside the Product Development team to ensure the brand vision and goals are effectively manifested in design.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Design and Technical Excellence:

  • Oversee the design of large developments in hospitality, and commercial applications.
  • Participate in or lead the management of deliverables at all project phases.
  • Support RCI policies on project delivery, quality control, and safety
  • Have the skills to provide quick mark-ups, alternative solutions for areas that need immediate responses.
  • Possess excellent multi-disciplinary technical knowledge.


  • Maintain internal stakeholder and consultant relationships.
  • Facilitate and hold team and consultant meetings.
  • Lead and inform the Project Team of changes and updates.
  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion.
  • Understand how to communicate difficult/sensitive information and challenges.


  • Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change.
  • Remains engaged and knowledgeable regarding emerging industry practices.
  • Desire and ability to lead and contribute on multiple levels within the design process

Additional respoinsabilities:

  • Independently coordinate work of Project Architects and balance multidiscipline team throughout the entire project's development
  • Be an active participant in all product, design and production meetings to gain a thorough understanding of project vision.
  • Participate in reviews with various governing agencies for code compliance
  • Conduct concept design, schematic design, design development, and contract document work sessions in conjunction with the Sr. Dir of Architecture & Design, Dir. of Architecture & Design, Project Architect and other disciplines
  • Coordinate workload through entire project development to complete documents on schedule
  • Track financial aspects of projects, and coordinate and adjust work effort with team to ensure that work is completed within parameters of agreed-to schedule
  • Possess excellent multi-disciplinary technical knowledge.
  • Supports Product Development team is providing all necessary assets and studies for executive project alignment
  • Serves as the main liaison for design related updates to the core project teams made up of members from the product development, project management, construction and operations teams.
  • Communicates effectively with consultants and internal project team to identify needs, evaluate alternative solutions, and deliver value added services.
  • Facilitates consultant meetings as needed to drive the project goals and timelines forward.
  • Effectively communicate relevant project information to internal leadership, including facilitating ideation sessions, technical reviews, and overall feasibility and options
  • Resolve and/or escalate issues in a timely fashion.
  • Motivates project teams to effectively collaborate and is able to course correct to achieve project goals
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • Ten or more years of professional experience, professional degree in architecture from an accredited program, licensure preferred but not required.
  • Minimum of 8 years of related design experience hospitality, Retail / Dining / Entertainment (RDE), theme park projects, as well as a minimum of 5 years of project management experience
  • Experience on campus style developments (multiple buildings)
  • Oversees all third-party consultant teams under contract with RCG (contracts, ASAs, schedules, deliverables, etc)
  • Must be able to lead a team on projects
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Project)
  • Strong planning and mentoring skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to travel

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.

All applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to comply with the Company’s mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. The Company’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy requires all employees who work from the Company’s offices or whose job duties require them to travel to our U.S. offices, ships, and/or private destinations be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are covered by this policy, you will be asked to complete Vaccination Attestation upon acceptance of this offer and upload proof of vaccination to the Company’s human resources system on your first day of employment unless an accommodation has been granted.