Project Director - NortheastRegion

HMSHost at Chicago O'Hare International Airport

10000 West O'Hare Avenue
Chicago, IL 60666

Project Director - Northeast Region

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With a career at HMSHost, you really benefit! We Offer

  • Health, dental and vision insurance
  • Generous paid time off (vacation, flex or sick)
  • Holiday pay
  • Meal and Transportation Benefits
  • *401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • *Company paid life insurance
  • *Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Training and exciting career growth opportunities
  • Referral program – refer a friend and earn a bonus

*Benefits may vary by position so ask your recruiter for details.

Purpose The purpose of the Project Director is to provide project oversight and construction management services for restaurant and retail development projects while ensuring conformance to quality, schedule, and budget. The Project Director will oversee the Northeast Region and must reside locally to: Chicago, IL, Newark, NJ, or New York, NY.

Essential Functions

  • Oversees all field construction activities and leads all internal & external resources/coordination related to the construction process including general contractors, signage vendors, kitchen equipment contractors, casework/fixture vendors, A/V vendors, and external project managers
  • Oversees our external architecture and engineering consultants and leads them from plan development through aviation/municipal approvals
  • Oversees all aviation, building department, and health department submittals/approvals of construction documents as mandated by airport & local municipalities; partners with Project Administrators to provide required construction deposits and bonds as required
  • Oversees contractor qualification, selection, negotiation/bidding and contracting on assigned construction projects. Analyzes and approves all change orders within approved budget
  • Partners with Estimating and Design Team in project estimate development during the Analyze Phase to ensure accurate estimates
  • Partners with Procurement team on timely bidding, ordering, and delivery of owner furnished items
  • Attends and serves as construction lead for all internal development meetings (OPTIMA or similar), aviation pre-construction meetings, and required construction progress meetings
  • Oversees project schedule and provides regular and timely construction status updates to internal team, external partners/vendors, brand representatives, and airport client as required
  • Manages project financial forecast throughout development cycle, prepares construction authorization requests and provides regular financial forecast updates, and communicates variances to leadership as required by policy
  • Prepares detailed, timely explanations for budget overrun/variance requests or post-audits; provides documentation to Business Development team, as needed, for reimbursement/relief from landlords
  • Oversees project closeout process to ensure timely close-outs of projects including submission of Certified Cost Statements, As-Built Drawings, and airport mandated closeout package

Reporting Relationship

This position reports to the Senior Director, Design & Construction

Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Work Environment

  • Education and Experience: The combination of education and professional experience must exceed 8 years
  • In a leadership role: Requires 3 years of experience leading a team of D&C professionals
  • In a technical role: Requires 8 years of years design/build management/construction experience in the food service and retail industries
  • A bachelor’s degree in in architecture, engineering or construction management or a program related to the functional area can count for 3 of the eight-year requirement
  • An MBA or a master’s level degree in a program related to the functional area can count for an additional 2 years of the eight-year requirement
  • In the industry: Hospitality, F&B and/or Retail experience 3-5 years

Specialized Training

  • Requires advanced project management skills to manage multiple projects and tasks effectively
  • Requires demonstrated working knowledge of design, estimating, architect/general contractor oversight, scheduling, project budgeting, and cost control. Requires knowledge of CAD, estimating, and graphic software (Adobe Acrobat & Bluebeam)
  • Knowledge of state and federal building codes and applicable regulations and statutes

Specialized Skillset/Competencies/Traits

  • Business acumen and also has the mindset required to understand the long-term implications of Functional planning and to advance the organizations goals
  • Demonstrated history of understanding the needs of the business, stakeholders, the employee population and individual circumstances
  • Demonstrated history of creating and maintaining positive work environments through coaching, developing, and leading teams to achieve common goals


  • Requires ability to travel 75% of the time for meetings and to visit branch locations
  • Can be located close to any major metropolitan US airport within the assigned region to optimize travel time and expenses.


All job requirements are subject to change to reflect the evolving position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis. Hudson and HMSHost are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.

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About HMSHost

We are a global hospitality company with a passion for service! HMSHost offers the size, resources, training, and advancement opportunities you need to reach your most important career goals.

We believe in a culture of engagement. We strive to practice behaviors that set all associates up for success. We foster a culture of appreciation, caring and inclusion. We also believe in being the best version of yourself that you can be. We support this with competitive wages, robust benefits and recognition for a job well done.

HMSHost managers are coaches, guiding their teams to achieve great results while having fun and making a difference every day. Our managers show their passion for service and hospitality, are open to different ideas and perspectives, can adjust to the pace of our business, and serve the needs of our associates, guests, brands and other stakeholders.

We value manager-coaches who are reliable, can be counted on to do the right thing and focus on the simplicity of our mission – ensuring everyone feels great at work, and that our travelers are feeling great on the move.

At HMSHost, we know our success is based on great people, strong teams, and a fun environment. If you have positive energy, a passion for serving others, enjoy a fast-paced environment, are a team player, like to learn and grow and have fun at work – apply now!

HMSHost at Chicago O'Hare International Airport – 10000 West O'Hare Avenue
Chicago, IL

HMSHost is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. HMSHost is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you are an applicant with a disability or a disabled veteran, you may request a reasonable accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access HMSHost’s online applicant portal as a result of your disability. You can request reasonable accommodations by sending an email to