Restaurant Design Manager

CAVA CAVA Employer:
Washington, DC, USLocation:
Wed, Mar 7 '18Posted on:

Are you an architect who's passionate about design and hospitality? Do you excel in project management? Constantly looking for the best way to make a project successful? Do you want to be part of a fast growing, entrepreneurial-minded business? If this is you, we want you to join our team.

CAVA is a fast-growing culinary brand with a portfolio of fast casual restaurants and a packaged goods line dedicated to fresh, Mediterranean inspired, better-for-you cuisine. Born from a full service restaurant collaboration between three first-generation Greek American childhood friends in the Washington, D.C. area, our chef-driven fast casual format has currently more than 45+ restaurants with further expansion ahead.  

We’re looking for a motivated Design Manager with a head for project management, ready to take their career to the next level. You will be a key driver in the development pipeline at CAVA, working on projects across both coasts, in the ten states and counting where we’re opening our restaurant doors. As a Design Manager, you will help implement the CAVA vision and construct our brand strategy at the restaurant level.

You will:

  • Help oversee design process of new restaurant pipeline to ensure a seamless transition from new deal, to design, to construction.
  • Assist Real Estate and Development teams in the evaluation of prospective locations, including:

    • Preparing test fits/3D models
    • Performing or coordinating Code analysis to flag potential permitting issues
    • Reviewing and assessing existing building conditions and/or Landlord-provided base building drawings
    • Providing design-related feedback on Landlord Work Letter.
    • Preparing design studies for internal review (to include signage & trade branding design)
  • Coordinate due diligence efforts during pre-design phase to develop sufficient and accurate information necessary to complete design.
  • Assist in preparing design kick-off packages to introduce team members to new projects.
  • Review design documents to ensure CAVA’s design standards/requirements are accurately reflected.
  • Assist with reviews of contractor shop drawings or responses to design questions (RFIs).
  • Support Project Manager in administering design contracts.
  • Maintain detailed files for all projects in with CAVA filing standards.
  • Provide input into corporate decisions regarding store design and branding strategy.
  • Maintain relationships with qualified design vendors in existing and new markets as CAVA expands

You have:

  • 3-5+ years retail/hospitality design experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture / Interior Architecture
  • Comprehension and working knowledge of building plans.
  • Basic AutoCAD experience, BIM experience (Revit, Rhino, ArchiCad, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Microsoft Office Suite,
  • Ability to multitask and manage high-volume tasks and responsibilities
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Travel: Moderate travel both on east and west coast
  • Portfolio and work samples shall be included for consideration.

We offer:

  • Competitive base salary and annual bonus potential
  • Benefits options including: health, dental, vision, telemedicine, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, pet insurance and 401K with CAVA match
  • Unlimited paid time off (PTO)
  • Free CAVA food
  • Four Community days per year to help the world with acts of services/volunteering
  • The opportunity to be on the ground floor of helping craft the vision of a rapidly growing brand

CAVA – joining “A culture, not a concept™”


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