Senior Designer/Design Leader – Fountain Valley

Starbucks Coffee Company Starbucks Coffee Company Employer:
Fountain Valley, CA, USLocation:
Mon, Mar 5 '18Posted on:

From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee, but that also brought a feeling of connection. We are known for developing extraordinary leaders who share this passion and are guided by their service to others.  We are guided by our mission statement, “to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

“We built the Starbucks brand first with our people, not with consumers.  Because we believed the best way to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers was to hire and train great people,

we invested in employees.”

– Howard Schultz, Starbucks Coffee Company

As senior designer, you will influence the brand in a primary brand building market for the company.  You will be the lead designer on high profile stores: initiating the conceptual design phase and overseeing its development and execution within the design team.  You will take your passion for design and regional trends and communicate the ideas to the greater Starbucks design studio.  Through leadership and mentoring, you will shape the designs that are crafted out of the studio.

As a senior designer, you will…

  • Lead the design for brand building and high-profile projects in the greater Los Angeles and Southern California metropolitan region, as well as in the states of Arizona and Hawaii.  This work will help set the design ethos for the work to be produced by the studio.
  • Partner development -  At Starbucks our employees are called partners.  As a leader in the design studio you will provide partners with coaching, feedback, and development opportunities to enrich our partners’ work.   This includes providing the store design team with design guidance and direction.
  • Advocate for design with key stakeholders within the store development and store operations organizations.  As a brand manager, lead initiatives that innovate.

  Summary of Key Responsibilities Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:

  Leadership Setting goals for the work group, developing organizational capability, and modeling how we work together:

  • Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the immediate team of direct reports promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results
  • Supports the implementation of company programs to ensure the success of the Company.
  • Establish and communicate design standards. Provide store design team with design guidance and direction.

  Planning and Execution Developing strategic and operational plans for the work group, managing execution, and measuring results:

  • Prepares, communicates and educates client groups and team on changes in policies and practices within the organization
  • Plans and manages business unit and department processes and practices to ensure that programs are aligned with company business goals and objectives.
  • Shares knowledge of regional trends, communicates/educates store design team and translates into store and new concept design.
  • Lead design review in partnership with design leadership.

  Business Requirements Providing functional expertise and executing functional responsibilities:

  • Lead new store design concepts including high profile and flagship store projects. Advocates for design with key stakeholders to elevate design within region/market. Lead and/or manage design initiative projects to be deployed/rolled out to other markets.
  • Design and complete high profile, brand building and/or core store projects per year. Collect regional design ethos differences and work with the store design team to identify opportunities. Participate in regional planning; travel as needed for project execution, learning opportunities and provide design training to regional design teams.

  Partner Development & Team Building Providing partners with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities and building effective teams:

  • Challenges and inspires team members to achieve business results.
  • Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
  • Ensures partners adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
  • Oversees training and development of partners directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
  • Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to team members in order to achieve partners, business and customer results
  • Provides design education, quality reviews, and provides feedback on design projects.
  • Participates in performance calibrations and succession planning for design teams. Acts as a key member of the store design leadership team.

Summary of Experience

  • Design leadership role in a retail, hospitality or restaurant design or development organization including management of construction documents and/or new store concept development (7-10 yrs min.)
  • Team leadership/supervision at senior level in a national organization (7-10 yrs min.)
  • Bachelor's degree required in relevant field

  Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities
  • Excellent team leadership skills
  • Current knowledge of industry trends in retail store and restaurant design including furniture and finishes
  • Current working knowledge of building and health codes and compliance issues
  • Demonstrated 3D visualization ability and working knowledge of color and design principles including experience with revit and sketchup
  • Ability to balance design, with operational needs and budget objectives resulting in exceptional store environments
  • Ability to execute multiple designs under tight deadlines
  • Skilled in the visual, written and verbal communication of design issues
  • Ability to translate stated design principles / objectives into unique and varied store locations
  • Knowledge of architectural details and specifications for construction document production
  • Demonstrated process improvement
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Organizational skills; attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite 

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.

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