Sr. Manager of Design & Development

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Phoenix, AZ


Mid-Senior Level

Project Management

Architecture And Planning

Company Description

PurposeThere’s a lot of punch packed into a simple word.

Imagine if you had the power to heal the world. Or the ability to directly impact people’s health and their relationship to food. Maybe you just want to put a smile on someone’s face, or to simply make a difference. Creating a better world with delicious and aspirational food is our purpose, and every single person makes that kind of difference here. It’s no small task, which is why we’re here to tell you just how needed you are.

Job Description

The Sr. Manager of Design & Development will be responsible for all the phases of restaurant development, including conducting conceptual exploration, establishing direction and design schedules,  planning and schematic design through construction. They must be highly motivated, detail oriented, creative, and organized. This person will take an ownership role as the lead on projects including conducting conceptual exploration, establishing direction and design, and ensuring successful implementation of that direction through build out. This person will engage with the Director of Design & Development and VP – Real Estate & Development on a strategic level; brainstorming, sketching, and verbalizing ideas and strategic directions prior to execution while working with consultants to assure projects meet high quality standards.


Principal Accountabilities:

  • Initial test fits and space plans using AutoCAD
  • Develop design drawings including schematic floor plans, site plans, exterior elevations/renderings and material selections.
  • Understanding of code requirements (exiting, restroom calculations, etc.)
  • Ability to read and comprehend construction documents
  • Design presentations using AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Photoshop
  • Coordination with outside architecture and design consultants to communicate design intent
  • Interior and exterior signage coordination
  • Specify FFE items and coordinate outside designer’s specifications
  • Review Spec books for budget and lead time
  • Work with construction to verify there is no overlap in GC/Owner provided items
  • Responsible for brand standards and design initiatives – changes, updates, additions, lead times
  • Finding new products based on need and/or new availability
  • Site visits inclusive of attending installs and construction progress meetings when applicable.
  • Assist construction team with design questions as needed
  • Establishing, maintaining, and periodically reviewing and recommending changes to design standards, guidelines, and procedures. 
  • Contribute to design project/program strategies and target objectives with directors of restaurant development based on project goals and requirements
  • Well-developed organizational and time management capability combined with a proven ability to work effectively under limited supervision
  • Partners cross-functionally with other departments on special projects, pre-construction, design development, and ongoing post-construction assessment for potential change and improvements
  • Balances design, function, and cost
  • Excellent research and writing skills, and a demonstrated ability to prepare timely, clear and concise written reports, presentations, and correspondence
  • Identify and manage risks – ensure complete transparency and proactive solutions and awareness


  • Bachelor’s in Project Management, Architecture or Interior Design or an equivalent in education and experience
  • 8+ years of experience in a design and documentation capacity. Restaurant or hospitality industry is preferred.
  • Must have experience in all phases of the project from schedules, budgets,
  • programming and schematic design through construction documentation and
  • administration.
  • Experience working with AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Microsoft Office, and Photoshop
  • Knowledge of project management software
  • NCIDQ and LEED accreditation preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of general restaurant related equipment and standard practices
  • Strong understanding of industry standard building codes including ADAAG, IBC, NFPA, etc.
  • Knowledge of sustainable building practices a plus
  • Skilled in developing and maintaining specifications
  • Working knowledge of lighting
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment

Additional Information

  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, 401k and more
  • 5 Day Work Week / hybrid office environment & flex work weeks 
  • Paid Time Off
  • Impact on a growing company and team
  • Dining Allowance
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional Career Development and Growth Opportunities
  • Oh yea, and so many snacks in the office



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