Director of Facilities - Full-Time

Job Locations US-FL-Aventura
# of Openings
Doing Business As
Benihana National Corp
Business Unit
Benihana National Corp.
Position Type


Benihana seeks a proactive and collaborative solution-seeking Director of Facilities to join the Development team. The Director of Facilities, under general direction of the Vice President of Development, will take from beginning to end ownership of planning, organizing, budgeting and executing the Company’s R&M and facilities maintenance capital strategy.  


  • Actively collaborate with the Vice President of Development in the strategic planning and budgeting of the Company’s annual facility improvement objectives; facilitate/assemble annual facility capital budget plan for all restaurants and brands.
  • Execute strategic plan that targets specific, measurable goals for facility conditions and annual R&M expense levels; administration of annual R&M and capital expense projects; status reporting by brand and restaurant.
  • Manage the budgeting, contracting, execution and reporting restaurant R&M and Facility capital expenses.  
  • Ensure optimal utilization of personnel and resources; manage Regional Facilities Managers and G&A expenditures to meet the R&M and facility capital objectives.
  • Oversee facility site inspections; ensure that facility deficiencies are handled timely in order to avoid business interruption; guarantee all service vendors are integrated/registered within Company’s Service Channel network and in compliance with Company insurance requirements, etc.
  • Negotiate and manage preventative maintenance contracts, i.e. kitchen hood and duct cleaning, fire alarm, grease trap, building and landscaping.
  • Review and negotiate cost of repairs and improvements in order to ensure facility commitments are met and on budget.
  • Foster and develop national vendor accounts for HVAC, plumbing, electrical and kitchen equipment maintenance, as well as other vendor accounts as needed.
  • Maximizes existing assets, including but not limited to; incremental cash flows, reduced M&R costs, capital spending vs. approved budget, etc.
  • Implement best practices to improve the Company’s oversight and management of its
  • Collaborate and communicate best practices, planned work and repair and maintenance projects between Real Estate, Project Development/Facilities and Operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as; safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as; discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Intermediate Microsoft Suite computer skills required. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)  



Master’s degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Engineering or a related field, preferred.  Minimum of eight (8) years recent and related experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Business Acumen - Employs analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills; plans and efficiently organizes work, appropriately seeks, manages, integrates and interprets data. Able to prioritize work and make sound decisions using available data. Exercises good judgment and is committed to excellence and operational integrity.           


  • Collaboration & Customer Relationships - Understands the value of diverse talents and perspectives and encourages diversity of thought and ideas. Is always professional when dealing with internal and external customers.  Works through differences and finds a productive common ground with others to achieve mutually beneficial results. Has a strong sense of customer service.


  • Functional Expertise - Achieves success through a comprehensive knowledge of industry and business as it relates to position.  Applies creative solutions resulting in internal and external customer satisfaction.  Demonstrates initiative and is accountable for own actions and decisions. 


  • Communication Skills - Has good verbal and written skills; is effective when communicating with peers and superiors as well as with customers and others outside the company. Expresses opinions and ideas concisely. Encourages two-way communication.


  • Manager of People – Attracts, develops and retains top talent; deploys talent effectively and builds strong teams. Leverages individual strengths to build strong, diverse teams. Provides clear direction and effective counseling when needed. Sets realistic goals and hold team accountable for results.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Manages two (2) or more subordinates. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of these units. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies 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.


Work Environment:

General office environment.  Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Travel Requirements:

Less than 25% travel required.



Physical Requirements:

Work is generally sedentary in nature, exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including human body. Walking and standing but may be required, up to 15% of the time.  

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.






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