Chief Engineer – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

01 Jul 2013


At Cushman & Wakefield, we employ the most talented professionals and invest in superior resources and technologies to provide our clients with innovative advice and bottom line results.

The talent of our extraordinary people and the culture and business approach we foster, coupled with the exceptional, creative services we provide and the results we deliver worldwide for owners, occupiers, and investors are what really distinguishes Cushman & Wakefield from all other real estate service firms.

Cushman & Wakefield is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following position:


Chief Building Operating Engineer – San Francisco, CA

Job Summary


We are seeking a full time chief engineer for a San Francisco facility, consisting of three buildings, two adjacent and one in close proximity. The chief engineer will direct, control and supervise all building operations, maintenance and repairs in accordance with building requirements and management and client goals. The successful candidate will be overseeing operations in one of the most efficiently operated and acclaimed facilities in the world, with an Energy Star score of 100, certified LEED-EB; O&M at the platinum level twice, and with a solid waste diversion rate of 95%. The site also includes Bloom Energy fuel cells that provide up to 50% of the site’s power needs. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about energy management and sustainability. 


Principal Responsibilities


  • Supervise building operations, including building operating engineer and facilities technicians for three buildings totaling approximately 393,000 square feet. 
  • Be familiar with Cushman & Wakefield policies and procedures and Adobe policies and procedures as they relate to your position and job description.
  • Ensure all equipment and systems are maintained to the highest level of operating efficiency while providing optimal environmental conditions within the facility with the least amount of energy and at the lowest cost required.
  • Assure that daily rounds are made and recorded and that the status of equipment is noted, that work orders are completed on time according to established priorities, that preventive maintenance is completed on a timely basis, and work orders, maintenance and capital improvements are tracked and recorded currently and accurately.
  • Conduct regular inspections and oversee monitoring of all equipment and systems.
  • Working with the corporate energy manager and director of engineering, maintain and expand the energy management program, and work to optimize operating efficiency while reducing operating costs.
  • Support ongoing sustainability programs, including facilitating U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (USGBC, LEED) recertification. 
  • Monitor building systems, track electricity, gas and water use and record the data according to LEED criteria using a dedicated software system that has been developed for this purpose.
  • Be familiar with EPA’s Energy Star program and work to ensure building systems are operating at maximum efficiency, as reflected by Energy Star scores. 
  • Become familiar with client’s building monitoring system and use it to track building performance and identify and address variances from expected performance as an integral part of automated ongoing commissioning. 
  • Assist with budget preparation.
  • Be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the fire and life safety systems.
  • Ensure safety meetings are conducted weekly and that all operations are conducted safely.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of construction practices as they apply to this facility. 
  • Be responsible to the facility manager for cost control and forecasting of contracts and expenditures as they apply to building operations.
  • Maintain documentation on inspections, operating and maintenance costs, hazardous materials, permits and licenses and all appropriate logs.
  • Be aware of, interface with and monitor all contractors and vendors performing work within the facilities, protecting the integrity of the building systems and ensuring that all work is performed to the highest standards.
  • Respond to emergencies and perform tasks necessary for well-being and protection of the properties and their occupants.
  • Establish a rapport with C&W and Adobe management and communicate, as appropriate on an ongoing basis; submit written and oral reports on all significant issues.
  • Treat everyone, management, client representatives, client employees, and vendors with professional courtesy and respect at all times.  


Required Skills

  • Thorough knowledge of life safety system; HVAC system; UPS systems, diesel generators; boilers, diesel and electric fire pumps; plumbing, electrical, and pneumatic controls; and building management systems and interact with IT team.
  • Strong energy management background; familiarity with green building programs preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; good to excellent computer skills.
  • Leadership, managerial, team work, prioritization and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent work ethics, integrity, and sense of humor.
  • Ability to interact with client and client employees, senior management, staff, and vendors in a concerned and professional manner at all times.



  • Four-year degree in engineering, related field, or equivalent experience required
  • LEED Accredited Professional or LEED Green Association designation preferred


  • 5 to 10 years commercial building engineering experience
  • 3 to 5 years experience as lead engineer or chief building operating engineer


This is a Local 39 union position.


If you have the skills, enthusiasm and personal initiative necessary to thrive in this challenging, yet rewarding environment, we offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits package and an opportunity to contribute to one of the highest performing buildings in the world.  Please email your resume to           



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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Req #001863