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  • 1588 Director of Development, Hospitality - Orange County, CA

    Director of Development - Hotels

    Location: Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties

    Position Purpose: Working with the principal to develop and manage the complete construction project from start to finish.

    Client: Extremely successful hotel developer, owner and operator.

    Job Responsibilities


    • Work with private and public officials regarding obtaining all project entitlement approvals
    • Attend public hearings and meetings as necessary to ensure applications are moving along efficiently
    • Effectively manage municipal zoning and code compliance for each project
    • Identify, vet, help select, and direct design teams, GC, and development consultants to plan and execute successful, financially viable development projects

    • Review schematic, design development, and construction document drawings
    • Work with Design Team and GC to create an efficient and streamlined construction schedule
    • Develop prelim budgets and work with GC to create final hard cost budgets
    • Lead the development and management of owner supplied product not on GC budget

    Construction & Closeout

    • Provide leadership and guidance for the design administration and construction teams from pre-construction to project opening
    • Manage the day to day activities of the development/construction project, including all scheduling, budget updates, quality control, design modifications, permitting, and other necessary coordination
    • Administer all submittals, shop drawings, requests for information, exposure logs, change orders, payment application, lien waivers, insurance certificates, and invoices utilizing appropriate standard operating and filing procedures
    • Ensure site is complying with required safety policies and procedures;
    • Closeout the project including account/contract reconciliation, tax coordination and appropriate city filings
    • Ensure regular reporting to company executives


    Educational/Work Experience Requirements

    • Architectural or Construction Management degree from accredited four year college or technical school
    • Minimum 5-10 years of experience as Project Manager/Owner’s Rep
    • 5 years of experience on select service hospitality projects, including new builds as well as renovation management.
    • Firm understanding and experience with public planning, entitlement, and permitting
    • Demonstrated ability to manage project scope, quality and budget, and to analyze, balance, and implement value engineering alternatives relative to overall project objectives
    • Extensive experience with Bid Packages, Award Phase, Contract Administration and Coordination, Construction Phase, Cost Reports, Permits, Building Codes
    • Strong track record managing subcontractors/general contractors
    • Well organized, detail oriented, and excellent analytical skills
    • Good presentation skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Strong staff training and management skills; enthusiasm and team building spirit
    • Strong understanding of construction and engineering fundamentals
    • Experience with major renovation projects
    Technical Requirements
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint)
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Project, computerized timelines, flow charts, purchasing, inventory control, expediting reports, punch lists, etc.
    • Proficiency in CAD software
    Compensation commensurate with experience

    Gillian Executive Search, Inc. is a leader in Hospitality Construction Management and Development Search
    Contact: Kipp Gillian | Gillian Executive Search, Inc. | 866-600-0437 x1



  • 1665 Director of Field Operations - Los Angeles, CA

    Director of Field Operations & Project Management

    The Director of Field Operations & Project Management will design and implement a working project plan compliant with budget expectations and in keeping with the company’s high standards of quality. The Director of Field Operations & Project Management is responsible for developing and overseeing all construction-specific plans, budgets and activities for assigned assets. This responsibility includes managing others responsible for construction activities, to include third-party vendors and contractors who are supporting the company with projects in construction.

    The Director of Field Operations will oversee construction projects from inception to completion and work collaboratively with the Construction and Architecture teams. Make ongoing inspections for quality, safety, security and resolution of all problems, monitoring of unit cost and changes for time and material, budget and schedule reviews throughout project.

    Project type: Luxury Hotels (LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties).

    Essential functions and responsibilities

    • Ensure work is delivered to quality expectations and rework minimized by understanding the deliverables and consistently evaluating/testing the quality of work in progress.
    • Monitor resources (including manpower, materials, and temporary works) daily against the project plan. Use judgement to identify necessary adjustments to project scope, approach, or deliverables based on changing requirements. Hold trades/subcontractors accountable, and help them perform within those requirements through pre-task planning, monitoring construction site activities and conditions, taking immediate corrective actions to non-compliant work.
    • Ensure appropriate and timely completion of construction activities, also ensuring alignment of costs/expenditure to agreed/set budgetary and contract guidelines
    • Quality controls supervision and inspection reporting structure and communication protocols.
    • Create internal control systems to verify material/products installed are in compliance with the specification requirements and approved submittals.
    • Effectively sequences multiple complex scheduling challenges, while mitigating temporary works and safety risks, working with Scheduler to update the project schedule. Clearly communicate the sequence and schedule updates to subcontractors and vendors, holding them accountable to their agreements. Ensure work progresses in compliance with the schedule. Provide ongoing monitoring of quality to assure consistency to meet the company standards for each
    • Assures a safe environment for all employees, the general public and
    • Help maintain the project site logistics plan. Coordinate material deliveries and movement of equipment on the site to ensure safe and efficient work.
    • Develops, maintains and drives the construction schedule in conjunction with project team; ensures project milestones and completion dates are met.
    • Enforcement of the subcontractor's agreements.
    • Contractual performance and timely work
    • As required, initiates and/or tracks the flow of information between all parties by way of RFI, RFP, Transmittal, Memo or otherwise, as they pertain to individual Monitor and reports to the Senior Vice President of Project Management all outstanding Change Orders, RFI's and Claims. Responsible for full documentation daily logs, charts of accounts of each project under his or her direct supervision is maintained.
    • Leads project meetings with internal and external stakeholders to monitor and support the project’s ongoing progression.
    • Oversees project reporting that accurately tracks site progress, events, inspections and other relevant information
    • Advise senior level management of potential problems, work interferences or schedule difficulties, while assisting in circumventing or mitigating such conflicts.  Assist involved contractors in resolving problems.
    • Major contributor to development of a thoughtful project pre-plan which includes a CPM schedule, work sequences, manpower utilization, material handling and storage requirements and equipment use.
    • Use current construction management system to perform record-keeping tasks including, composing daily diaries, maintaining project logs and retrieving RFIs, submittal logs and agreements.
    • Provide liaison between project management, field engineering, estimating and specialty contractors to ensure construction complies with plans, specifications and company quality standards and that the project is completed on time and within budget.
    • Project closeout procedures.

    Qualifications required

    • Minimum of 15 years project management experience.
    • Construction sequencing.
    • Outstanding analytical and project management skills.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Proven track record for successful/effective leadership and management of others.
    • Proven strategic agility and stretch; can easily assume wider and more complex tasks and initiatives.


    • BS/BA in Engineering related field Construction Management or equivalent work

    Physical demands and work environment

    • Clear vision, speech and hearing.
    • Ability to lift  50 pounds,  good vision to review drawings  and work  extensively  on
    • computer, ability to stand for 10-16 hours during construction phases
    • The ability to work on a construction jobsite, climb ladders, work in confined space, and traverse uneven terrain
    • Driver’s license and own car to travel to local job sites is required
    • Comfortable with heights and confined spaces and able to comfortably work at high levels and small spaces, etc. in accordance with OSHA standards.
    • Able to stoop and bend, sometimes repetitively.

     Compensation: for the right experience the base and bonus package is very competitive.



    Contact: Kipp Gillian | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 866-600-0437 x1

    Gillian Executive Search are top CRE recruiters specializing in Hospitailty Construction Management, Development, and Architecture nationwide.



  • Commerical Office and Industrial Careers

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    Gillian Executive Search, inc. has been one of the most successful recruiting agencies for the development, design, construction and management of commercial and industrial office properties across the nation.

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="01" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We're striving for excellence in every single project whether it's a new high-rise development or a simple tilt-up R&D building.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="02" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]In addition to development, design and construction GES has performed countless successful searches for analysts, asset managers and regional property managers in this arena..[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="03" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We've successful placed candidates in this arena in California, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Illinois, Georgia, Florida and Washington DC..[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="04" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"] Let Gillian Executive Search recruit your top talent in the commercial and industrial office space.[/blocknumber] [/col] [/row]

  • Hospitality

  • Hospitality Careers

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    Gillian Executive Search, Inc. has deep root conducting some of the most difficult searches in hospitality development and construction.

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="01" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We have conducted successful searches from Hawaii to Miami.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="02" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We have proudly served as a key resource for companies like Hilton Hotels, Hilton Grand Vacation Ownership and KSL Resorts.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="03" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]Our searches of included but not been limited to development, design, interior design, construction and capital improvments.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="04" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We have completed searches for massive luxury resorts to business class extended stay hotels. If you have a need we can fill it.[/blocknumber] [/col] [/row]

  • Mixed-Use Careers

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    Gillian Executive Search, Inc. has been a forerunner in recruiting for complicated mixed-use projects. More and more real estate developments are including multiple forms to achieve their goals

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="01" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]Gillian Executive Search has filled numerous development, construction and design positions in this arean.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="02" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We understand the complexities in retail/residential, residential/hospitality, office/retail and other various mixes of mixed-use.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="03" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We have proudly served companies like Hilton Hotels, Related Companies, Irvine Company, Equity Residential, Archstone, Camden, DJM Capital and many more on their mixed-use related projects.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="04" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We are a team of experience real estate recruiting professionals that can help make your next project a success.[/blocknumber] [/col] [/row]

  • Multifamily Careers

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    Gillian is the clear leader in executive search for multifamily development, design, construction and management. We work for all of the big and small names in the industry.

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="01" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We've successfully filled everything from President to Project Engineer through out California, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Phoenix, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Colorado and more.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="02" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We have a proud history of supporting luxury market rate, affordable housing and tax credit, military housing and mixed use  developers, architects and builders.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="03" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]In addition to Development, Architecture and Construction positions GES successfully recruits in Asset Management, Financial Anlaysis, Property Management and Capital Improvements as well.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="04" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]Our list of clients is long and includes but is not limited to Archstone (formerly), Carmel Partners, Equity Residential, Raintree Partners, The Irvine Company, Camden, The Related Companies, SyWest and many more.[/blocknumber] [/col] [/row]

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    Our Founder

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    Kipp Gillian

    Kipp Gillian, President Gillian Executive Search, Inc. Kipp Gillian is a Mechanical Engineer (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas) who started his career in real estate development and construction management in 1994 as a project manager for Vratsinas Construction Company, a TOP ENR design build firm with a massive focus in retail construction. He transitioned to the client side under the VCC flag as an Owner's Rep and project manager for Jacoby Development of Atlanta, Georgia. Under these two roles Mr. Gillian built shopping center and office product up and down the Eastern seaboard and the Midwest.

    In 1998 Mr. Gillian moved to Los Angeles to open the West Coast office for VCC and continued to build retail and mixed use product throughout Southern, California. In 2000, Mr. Gillian took his real estate career in a new direction. After receiving calls from numerous recruiters that all knew little about real estate development, construction and/or architecture he felt there was a calling for a true "Agent" for the industry. On that note Mr. Gillian set out to create Gillian Executive Search, Inc. GES has been in business for over 10 years now and is one of the most popular real estate recruiting agencies in the US representing clients across the nation, and at times internationally, such as Hilton Hotels, LNR Property Corporation, Donahue Schriber, Fritz Duda, CIM Group, Weintraub Financial, Clark Realty Capital, Archstone, The Related Companies of California, Camden, Aslan Realty, WET Design, Palm Desert Development Company, Lewis Operating Company, Equity Residential, Carmel Partners, Public Storage, Macerich, DJM Capital, Lyle Parks Junior, Herman & Kittle, Greystar, Commerce Construction, Syufy Enterprises and many more.

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  • Retail Careers

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    Gillian Executive Search, Inc. has deep roots in retail development and construction management. Our fearless leader Kipp Gillian comes straight out of that industry,

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="01" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]Kipp Gillian spend a decade on both the big General Contractor and Regional Developer side of the table helping to build several million sf of retail shopping center projects in California, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia and Maryland. .[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="02" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We understand retail development, design, construction and tenant coordination better than any search firm in the nation.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="03" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]Gillian Executive Search, Inc. has had the pleasure of support companies like Donahue Schriber, Macerich, DJM Capital, Lyle Parks Junior, LNR Property Corporation and many more in their retail development projects across the country.[/blocknumber] [blocknumber type="rounded" text="04" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]If you can dream it we can help you underwrite, development, design, build and manage it with the right talent.[/blocknumber] [/col] [/row]

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    Gillian Executive has a long history working for both private
    and large public single family home builders across the country.

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="01" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We strive to find the best field construction managers.[/blocknumber]

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="02" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]We have strong connections with entitlement and development professionals.[/blocknumber]

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="03" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]Our experience ranges from first time home communities to luxury master planned resort communities.[/blocknumber]

    [blocknumber type="rounded" text="04" color="#FFF" background="#3498db"]If you need assistance finding your next Senior Vice President, Development Manager or Construction Manager please give us a call.[/blocknumber] [/col] [/row]

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