• Dir Technical Facilities Engineering

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/2/2018 5:04 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Company Employee Full-Time
  • Position Summary

    Our Team/Summary

    The Technical Facility Planning & Engineering (TFPE) Department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, commissioning, outfitting, operation and maintenance of the company’s mission-critical facilities and office spaces with particular emphasis on the power, cooling, and cabling infrastructures that support the company’s information technology (IT), post production, broadcast and transmission systems.

    The Role


    The Director Technical Facility Planning & Engineering is responsible for technical, financial and analytical leadership related to the strategic planning, design, construction, commissioning, outfitting, operation and maintenance of the mission-critical facilities and electrical / mechanical infrastructures that support the company’s information technology (IT), post production, broadcast and transmission systems.


    • Participates in strategic planning sessions; develops electrical, mechanical and network infrastructures in support of facility design, construction and improvement efforts; the insertion of new technologies; improvements in system reliability; and business continuity.
    • Maintains knowledge of current industry-wide trends and their potential impact or application to the business.
    • Provides leadership, direction and consultation to department, other Discovery groups and divisions, and multiple cross-functional project teams of internal and external resources (architects, engineers, project managers, consultants, attorneys, contractors, sales representatives, distributors, equipment manufacturers, etc.) to achieve company goals.
    • Interacts, collaborates and consults with senior management from multiple functional groups, departments, divisions and offices on a daily basis re strategic initiatives and decisions re major projects and operational issues.
    • Provides overall direction for the Technical Facility team. This includes: effectively evaluating multiple customer requests within the context of business objectives and maximizing the utilization of resources; scoping projects and estimating resources needed to achieve project objectives; developing and monitoring project schedules to ensure the timely completion of projects; developing department technical, analytical, and professional resources.
    • In close consultation with the SVP, establishes departmental vision, values, goals, objectives, policies, processes and procedures.
    • Oversees individual contributors, providing goals, guidance and feedback.
    • Screens projects based on cost/benefit criteria, develops implementation strategies, and provides accountability for completing projects on time and within budget.
    • Participates in the development of annual capital and expense budgets.
    • Reviews and / or prepares project plans, budgets, schedules and performance measures including financial statements and progress reports to ensure both departmental and overall project efficiencies.
    • Develops Communication Plans for special project rollouts, outages and major Technical Facility initiatives.
    • Reviews and approves Construction Documents (CD’s), specifications, Statements of Work (SOW’s), Requests for Proposals (RFP’s), Purchase Requisitions, bids and invoices to ensure the implementation of best technical and cost effective solutions.
    • Provides technical presentations as required.
    • Negotiates contract pricing, terms and conditions; manages vendor technical, cost and schedule performance; and reviews vendor deliverables for quality and compliance.
    • Develops performance metrics, identifies trends, and collaborates with senior management in other functional groups to: ensure, maintain and improve system reliability and availability; and reduce support issues.
    • Establishes and maintains a tiered support organization and escalation process that provides a high level of customer service and satisfaction for company wide clients.
    • Secures service agreements for all critical electrical / mechanical systems and ensures proper and effective execution of both preventive and remedial maintenance procedures to minimize potential downtime and maximize availability.
    • Utilizes knowledge and experience in design, construction, commissioning, outfitting and operation of technically complex, high availability, 24 x 7 mission critical, information technology (IT) and television (TV) facilities and electrical, mechanical, and network infrastructures.
    • Establishes and oversees the application of standard practices, processes, procedures and conventions to ensure the highest levels of quality, integrity, and interoperability among diverse facilities.


    • B.S. in Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering; or an equivalent combination of skills, training and experience.
    • Significant proven experience related to detailed design and full lifecycle project management applicable to the design, construction and operation of technologically complex, high availability, 24 x 7, mission critical, information technology (IT) and television (TV) facilities and electrical, mechanical, inside plant (rack & structured cabling) and network infrastructures.
    • Ideal candidate will have strong practical and theoretical knowledge of: electrical, mechanical and architectural design of data centers, telecommunication / computer / electronic equipment rooms, production and broadcast facilities, and commercial office buildings; electrical / mechanical systems – Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS’s), Battery Systems, Static Transfer Switches, Power Distribution Units (PDU’s), 480 Volt Switchgear, Diesel Generators, Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) Units, Drycoolers, Chillers; and Construction Management.
    • Experience establishing and implementing effective business processes and standard operating procedures.
    • A high level of initiative, customer focus, aptitude for learning.
    • Detail oriented with exceptional follow-up skills.
    • Clear and concise written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to travel:
      • Approximately once a month to locations across Europe.
      • Approximately twice a year to the US.


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