• Design Manager - Architecture

    Job Locations US-TX-Plano
    Requisition ID
    Department (Portal Searching)
    Restaurant Development
    Location : Address
    6800 Bishop Rd
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  • Overview

    Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers® is seeking a Design Manager to be based in our Plano RSO reporting to Director-Restaurant Design. This role is responsible for leading a team of internal and external design professionals who manage the complete restaurant design process through all phases from site feasibility through construction documents and construction while meeting all deliverables and deadlines.Responsible for managing the execution of the design strategy by adapting and deploying the Design Standards for up to 25 restaurants a year. Responsible for developing multiple areas of expert knowledge in architecture, engineering, and interior design guidelines and protocols according to state and local jurisdictional mandates, company standards and best practices.


    • Direct a team of outsourced architects and consultants responsible for producing construction documents for restaurant development for new, existing and franchised locations.
    • Ensure that the construction documents are consistent with company’s design objectives and architectural and quality standards while communicating and executing the Company's brand image.
    • Provide creative direction to the architects in case of custom or unique site conditions concerning either overall site planning or interior layouts for conversions of existing buildings and other non-traditional projects.
    • Demonstrate ability to develop unique design solutions to complex problems in space planning, construction details, material selection and branded storefronts.
    • Communicate design solutions in company specified presentation formats utilizing industry standard design tools such as Autocad, Sketch Up, Photoshop and InDesign.
    • Develops and mentors crewmembers through on-boarding, open communication, training and development opportunities and performance management processes.
    • Reports on progress and uses analytics, lessons learned, and best practices from prior projects to re-inject learnings into Design Standards.
    • Developing strategic and operational plans for the design execution team, managing execution, and measuring results:
    • Oversees the design process to ensure that designs meet company, jurisdictional and landlord design criteria, and that construction documents comply with internal quality standards, building codes and health and safety regulations.
    • Prepares, communicates and educates the project teams on changes in policies and practices within the organization.
    • Tracks architectural design changes and modifications for impact on the store development budget.
    • Effectively communicate with Franchise Partners and manage all stage-gate approvals during the development of new restaurants.


    • Bachelor’s Degree plus 5 - 8 years of experience in Architectural Design, Interior Design or Design Project Management.
    • At least 5 years of experience managing and working with construction plans and specifications for multi-unit ground up projects.
    • At least 5 years of experience directly managing a team of internal design professionals and / or external consultants.
    • At least 5 years of experience managing and working with architectural/site plan design, including cost and quality control, material/equipment installation, bidding practices, material and labor costs.  
    • Experience diagnosing, isolating, and resolving complex issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems
    • Proficiency in AutoCAD, InDesign, SketchUp and Photoshop a plus.
    • Willing to travel up to 20% of the time for business purposes

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience in branded design, restaurant or multi-unit retail industry.
    • Experience on both corporate owner and on the consultant’s side.
    • Experience establishing and maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization and industry professionals.
    • Member of USGBC, LEED Accredited Professional is a plus.

    Additional Requirements:

    • The intellectual and physical demands described below are representative of what must be met by a Crewmember to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable Crewmembers with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • Ability to deliver results under heavy pressure and tight deadlines
    • Must maintain disciplined time management and follow-­up work to completion
    • Strong communication, team leadership/management and team development skills
    • Ability to effectively and efficiently lead complex, large scale initiatives
    • Ability to effectively lead cross-functional project teams, influence proactively with mutual respect, developing trust and develop strategic and tactical plans
    • Capable of delivering results vs. activities; being action oriented
    • Must have problem solving skills to remove obstacles, conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation
    • Ability to work with minimal supervision
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, consumer brand organization
    • Must maintain confidential information


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