Sr. Chief Engineer

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  • Post Date: Jun 06, 2019
  • Start Date: 6/6/2019
  • Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description


The Senior Chief Engineer’s primary responsibility is to oversee the efficient operation of all building systems and to inform the General Manager of any condition affecting building services and Facility or Client safety and comfort.

The Senior Chief Engineer is responsible for the operational management and effective daily leadership and administration of the engineering team with the objectives of safely, efficiently, and effectively operating machinery and systems in a cost-effective manner. The Senior Chief Engineer must ensure the highest level of professionalism, while meeting the client’s needs, and a commitment to achieving the goal of 100% uptime throughout the engineering team. Additionally, the Senior Chief Engineer is expected to have an intimate knowledge of codes, laws and regulations pertaining to the operation of the facility, and be able to implement and supervise activities while mitigating risk of the Client and Jones Lang LaSalle. 

Responsible for protecting and improving the value of the client’s assets and ensuring that building engineering systems continue to perform their intended function. Will also be expected to provide recommendations operational improvements and capital improvements, interact with client on daily basis and be able to perform any task the reports are expected to perform.


  • Oversee the maintenance and continuous operation of all building systems including: fire/life safety, mechanical (HVAC, plumbing, controls) electrical (lighting, UPS, PDU, generators, primary switch gear), lighting and temperature controls systems, critical environments, light construction (painting, doors, relites, locks), digital systems (fire alarm, duress, card access), and Audio/Visual services.    Utilize staff and contracting with outside vendors as necessary.
  • Supervise and manage engineers and maintenance staff including hiring, training, coaching and personal development
  • Identify the maintenance objectives of the facility and incorporate those objectives into a documented plan that includes preventive, predictive and reactive maintenance procedures.
  • Identify safety hazards within the building and incorporate the remediation of such hazards to ensure that the building’s staff and occupants work in a safe environment. Implement, administer, and manage safety training program.
  • Ensure that compliance of all regulatory laws and guidelines are met as they relate to the operation of the building’s infrastructure. Responsible for alerting management of building discrepancies.
  • Assist in the development of a Capital plan which would include planning for infra-structure upgrades, equipment replacements and building modifications to ensure the building’s future capabilities are maintained.
  • Responsible for ensuring that major projects performed at the building are properly planned, executed and closed out in accordance with standard industry practices.
  • Ensure that all Jones Lang LaSalle polices and procedure are adopted.
  • Ensure compliance with Jones Lang LaSalle Compliance Audit.
  • Maintain all infrastructure and compliance documentation for the building including up-to-date building drawings and single-lines as well as documentation mandated for the purpose of maintaining regulatory compliance with Federal, State or Local law.
  • Responsible for overseeing the activities of contractors working within the building either as representatives of the building itself or tenants operating within the buildings.
  • Responsible for keeping records of buildings rounds and readings, all engineering logs and engineering data sheets.
  • Responsible for advance training and notification to all contractors so that they are informed and knowledgeable with respects to the building’s critical functions and the work they are to perform, including an incident contact response list.
  • Ensure that the Property’s Building Rules & Regulations are a well-understood process among the building staff/security, engineers, tenants and contractors who perform work on the building’s critical infrastructure.
  • Performs additional job duties as requested.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES for all Senior Chief Engineer roles include:

  • Conduct semi-annual reviews of the engineering staff using the Workday Tool. Assist engineering staff in developing their goals and objectives.
  • Daily leadership and administration of the engineering team with the objectives of safely and effectively operating machinery and building systems.
  • Maintain compliance with the Operations audit policy and procedures. Demonstrate improvement from previous audit scores.
  • Fully implement all standard JLL initiatives such as 4Sight, Operations Audit, Energy Star, etc.
  • Conduct semi-annual reviews of the engineering staff using the Workday tool.
  • Understand the engineering design and operational aspects of the Base Building systems and be able to immediately recognize system performance deficiencies and respond to operational and emergency situations.
  • Insures the availability of an adequate inventory of tools and other supplies to operate the building.
  • Protect and improve the value of the owner’s asset and ensure that building machinery and systems meet or exceed their expected life.
  • Manage contracted service work at the property, including understanding and developing the scope of service, bidding, awarding and administering the contract duties.
  • Organize and manage all administrative functions related to the engineering department, such as a work order and
  • PM program, monthly reports, budgets, timesheets, ordering supplies, etc. 
  • Supervise and organize all engineering staff activities. 
  • Develop a complete knowledge of all building machinery, equipment, and systems.
  • Formulate and implement an effective site-specific preventive maintenance and work order program at the property.
  • Provide training and supervision aimed at expanding the capabilities of all engineering team members.
  • Work with the General Manager to manage all tenant and capital improvement construction projects from construction document review to project closeout and completion.
  • Working with the General Manager, annually prepare the operational and capital portion of the budget. Monitor operational expense performance throughout the year.
  • Setup a comprehensive program to track and manage the consumption of all utilities servicing the property, such as Electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and water.
  • Willingness to provide regional support for due diligence or provide other needed support for new property assignments
  • Willingness to participate in new business presentations, cross selling, etc.
  • Participates in regional and national property management initiatives.
  • LEED Accreditation is recommended.


Directly supervises employees reporting to the assigned buildings.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the policies enumerated within the Jones Lang LaSalle Personnel Handbook and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Knows, understands and sets an example relative to the policies within the Jones Lang LaSalle Personnel Handbook.

QUALIFICATIONS – To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE – Senior Chief Engineer (SCE) should have a High school diploma or equivalent. The SCE will have a minimum of seven (7) years’ experience with commercial building operating systems and general building maintenance procedures, and a minimum of two (3) years of maintenance management experience. This position requires the Universal Technician Certification, (CFC) and Operating Engineer’s license (SMA) or equivalent. Additionally, the Senior Chief Engineer should have certificate’s showing advance training on each of the major building systems (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and General Building Operations)

COMMUNICATION SKILLS – The SCE will have the ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence, and memos, with the ability to write simple correspondence, instructions and will also have the ability to explain issues in a clear and basic format dealing with operational and mechanical systems. Have the ability to effectively communicate and present information in one-on-one and/or small group situations with customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS – Ability  to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals with a basic understanding of geometry and its practical uses. This position will require the knowledge to prepare and explain energy savings models presented to the engineering and management team, showing cost savings and all associated costs with value added programs. Training will be given to keep all positions up to date on Owners cost objectives and operating expense.

REASONING ABILITY – Ability to apply common sense understanding and to carry out instructions in written, oral, or diagram form. The SCE shall have the ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations, while being able to rationalize problems and critical issues with minimal senior engineering and/or management input.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES -   Excellent skills in operating hand and power tools, power lifts, scaffolding, ladders, and be able to read digital meters and voltage testers.  Also must have the ability to troubleshoot all building systems to include electric and pneumatic controls and thoroughly understand how to interpret blueprints and schematics. Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office/Suite, and any other software program or piece of technology identified as standard for Jones Lang LaSalle or requested by the Client. Experience with a work order system, to include PM’s.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS – The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Walking and standing for long periods of time are regularly required when performing the duties. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; climb; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl in a confined space. Must have the ability to work at heights up, and sometimes exceeding, 100 feet. The employee must regularly lift up to 25 pounds and frequently move up to 100 pounds, while adhering to Jones Lang LaSalle safety instructions prescribed in the safety handbook and all other safety courses provided. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus; therefore the applicants must have 20/20 vision or wear glasses/contacts that bring their vision to 20/20.

WORK ENVIRONMENTThe work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near moving mechanical parts. The employee frequently works in high and precarious places and may be frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions and is occasionally could be exposed to toxic and/or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. When working in the above listed conditions the employee will be furnished with the correct safety equipment (PPE) and training for the conditions.


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