Director of Engineering & Utilities

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Washington, DC US
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1/25/2018 4:26:24 PM
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Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.


Aramark Engineering and Asset Solutions is a technical organization comprised of a staff with diverse backgrounds who perform energy management, building commissioning, capital project management and strategic facility planning.  We offer a unique environment that is focused on real world operations of a wide range of facility types - from offices, manufacturing, residence halls and classrooms to state-of-the-art healthcare laboratories and surgical spaces.  Aramark is an acclaimed Fortune 500 industry-leading company and provides every team member the opportunity to foster personal and professional growth, all while positively impacting the reliability and comfort of each facility that we serve.

This highly technical team of engineers, architects, construction managers, and other specialists, focuses on a facility’s life cycle and what truly matters to the owners and occupants.  We are always seeking ways to improve the construction process and operational costs, optimize building systems, and create solutions that fit the missions of the clients we serve. Our team achieves aggressive guaranteed energy reduction goals, and delivers peak performing buildings, all within budget and schedule. 

Our 1,280+ clients look to us to flawlessly execute building quality and reliability, solve complex issues and ensure a quality of spend that is the best in the industry. A commitment to exceeding expectations is deeply rooted in this dedicated team, and we seek highly collaborative individuals with a strong sense of executional excellence and continuous innovation in our marketplace.


The Director of Utilities and Engineering will direct, strategize and organize utility, plant, engineering, and environmental initiatives and services for 170+ buildings totaling in excess of 10 million gross square feet across three (3) campuses.  The successful candidate will lead a team of approximately 20 staff; have responsibility for campus-wide environmental permitting; operations of the central utility plant and campus utilities; and combustion gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator.  The Director of Engineering reports directly to our client, the Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Campus Development.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops a team environment for the different units of the Utilities and Engineering Department with a focus on customer-service and customer-responsiveness. Oversees the enhancement of the department’s core functions (i.e., plant operations, responsiveness, environmental programs and regulatory compliance).   


  • Directs subordinate staff on providing in-house consultations regarding plant operations, and utility and environmental management issues in all facets of the Facilities and Campus Development Department’s planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Establishes and oversees the Department’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and business practices to ensure achievement of the departmental goals for enhanced customer service, enhanced service levels, and higher operating efficiencies for all core competencies of the Department.  Oversees the continual improvement of processes and SOPs.


  • Oversees preparation, monitoring, and benchmarking of annual utilities’ budgets for the University, in cooperation with other division finance managers and departments throughout the University.


  • Directs the management of University compliance with energy, environmental, building, health, safety, and fire codes/regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Virginia. Initiates required corrective actions, as necessary.


  • Provides guidance and identifies efficient strategies for the Facilities and Campus Development Department regarding the execution of their duties related to utilities, plant operations, energy and environmental regulation compliance. Ensures close coordination and collaboration with Facilities Maintenance on routine maintenance, preventative and predictive maintenance, and emergency response SOPs. Creates and manages employee development plans that foster professional growth.


  • Collaborates with the Office of Sustainability regarding the preparation and reporting progress of the University’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) and related programs. Recommends plans, programs, projects and budgeting as new energy conservation and environmental improvement opportunities are identified.


  • Lead/participates in seminars and lectures, publishes articles, and performs other engagement activities that highlight the University’s commitment towards operational efficiency, energy and environmental management best practices.


  • Maintain an effective communication strategy that promotes employee engagement, interaction, and recognition.


  • Drive continuous program improvement and innovation to create and maintain a competitive advantage in the educational marketplace.

Central/Cogeneration Plant:

  • Manages the daily and continuous operations of the Central Utility and Cogeneration Plant.


  • Develops short- and long-term operational strategies and goals to maximize plant operations, system controls, and proactive response protocols by evaluating ongoing/proposed energy and building control initiatives. Develops five-year energy and plant strategies and manages the execution of funded energy and environmental projects, such as those that support the Central Plant, utilities, and Eco-Building program.


  • Oversees third party consultants, maintenance vendors and Central Plant /cogeneration maintenance service contracts to ensure proper vendor performance, adequate sourced goods, schedules, life cycle costing, QA/QC, and service/maintenance costs are aligned with contractual requirements and University requirements.

Utility & Environmental Programs:

  • Lead and supervise a team with the implementation of a comprehensive utility efficiency program that aligns with the campuses Energy Master Plan.


  • Uses business analytics, metrics, and historical/current utility data to develop strategies and recommend timing and approaches for energy purchases /options.



  • Understand the complexities associated with using energy data analytics to evaluate building performance.


  • Ensures that the Energy Program Solutions compliments the Facility Program goals.


  • Develops strategies to enhance utility service reliability and physical development across the University’s campus to support the growth and enrichment of enrollment, curriculum, technologies, and community presence.


  • Continually monitor program performance by completing quality evaluations that ensure that Best Practices are followed and maintained.


  • Ensures that the University maintains current awareness and knowledge of new energy and environmental legislation/regulatory requirements via open lines of communication with relevant organizations and through research efforts.




  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering Discipline
  • PE License Preferred
  • 10+ years of practical experience in a similar role
  • Demonstrates expertise and proficiency with energy efficient utility operating and maintenance best practices
  • Experience in leading other engineering staff towards a common goal
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills



Aramark is an EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran

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