Senior Designer/Design Leader – San Francisco

Starbucks Coffee Company Starbucks Coffee Company Employer:
San Francisco, CA, USLocation:
Mon, Mar 5 '18Posted on:

Starbucks is a company with a very clear mission statement, “to nurture and inspire the human spirit, one cup, one person, one neighborhood at a time.” The DNA that the mission statement brings to our publicly traded, multi-national company creates an energy to the Starbucks design group that is passionate, ambitious, entrepreneurial, aspirational and forward thinking. If you are of a similar mindset, this could be the right place for you to further your career.

“Ultimately, our clients are the baristas that make our stores come alive. It’s humbling and a privilege to support these amazing people. It’s also incredible to remind people that even though we are a modern company, our roots are in agriculture.

As Starbucks designers, we are charged with innovating and elevating experience through design. We innovate and create place on behalf of our baristas and our customers. Innovation isn’t solving existing problems in new ways, it’s looking around the corner and seeing opportunities and needs that no one else sees yet. Creating place isn’t about the look, it’s about the emotional feel. That is what is exciting about designing at Starbucks.”

– Philip Christofides, Design Director, Starbucks Coffee Company

As senior designer, you will conceptualize, craft and execute holistic designs for all types of Starbucks environments. These include our core portfolio, high profile cafes, reserve bars, and other special project types. Your primary mission is to create, elevate, mentor, inspire and lead. You will be working within an always evolving design focused brand, Design is a passion in the company’s DNA, all the way up to the Senior Leadership team.  The Senior Designer needs to be aware of cultural and design trends, but not be imitative or a trend follower. Ideas must come from a deep understanding of the brand interpreted through a talented and collaborative soul.  

As a Senior Designer, you will…

  • Elevate design and uphold the aspirations of a global and enduring brand.
  • Design high profile, highly influential projects within the greater Northern California and Western Mountain regions. Including the metro Bay Area, Denver, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City.
  • Inspire, mentor and lead teams of store designers of various experience levels in a hands-on, positive, humane and engaged manner which responds to the business aspirations of the brand.  
  • Lead, influence and support design ideas, conversations and directions across the organization, including strategy, concepts innovation, field operations and store development groups.

We’d love to hear from people with:

  • Design excellence and leadership experience within typologies of retail, hospitality or restaurant design. Focus on concept innovation and brand relevant work valued.  (7-10 years min.)
  • Team leadership/supervision at senior level in a national organization (7-10 years min.)
  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field
  • Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities
  • Excellent communication (verbal/written) skills
  • Current knowledge of industry trends in retail store and restaurant design including furniture and finishes
  • Current working knowledge of building and health codes, accessibility and compliance issues
  • Current working knowledge of construction, detailing/assembly, construction process/administration and management.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of programming, spatial organization, space planning in industry standard programs.
  • Demonstrated experience and advanced use of Sketchup and 3D visualization.
  • Ability to balance design, with operational needs, budget objectives  and business drivers which result in exceptional and successful store environments
  • Ability to balance multiple designs and multiple projects under rigorous and frequently demanding deadlines
  • Ability to extract and inform design decisions and design principles/objectives which relate to context, location and region.
  • Exercise knowledge and understanding of architectural, MEP and structural drawings, details and specifications.

Starbucks is an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals; including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Starbucks will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.

Join us, exercise your design passion, see results and be part of something bigger.  Apply today!

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