Head of Learning & Development at sweetgreen

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sweetgreen is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. We passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each sweetgreen, our 4,000 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. And in our local communities, we’re committed to leaving people better than we found them. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means. Our teams are our most valuable ingredient - the heart of our company, the face of our brand, and what truly makes the sweetgreen experience special and unique. 

The Head of Learning and Development will be a key member of the People Leadership Team, responsible for assessing current learning needs and delivering programs and solutions to help us scale programming and resources across our field and corporate team members. We are looking for an experienced team leader, with a background in the restaurant industry, understanding of tech company culture, expertise in learning and development philosophy, and the desire to truly innovate as an industry leader in this space.

Our mission as a People Team is to obsess over the employee experience to enable sweetgreen employees to do the best work of their lives. To this end, you will lead an existing team and work cross-functionally to build and evolve a learning and development strategy and function which meets the current and future needs of our rapidly growing business. 

You will:

  • Create an innovative global learning and development philosophy which incorporates the latest technology (e.g., AR, AI, machine learning, learning cloud) and best practices in the learning and development space
  • Build a learning and development function serving corporate and field employees, leading a small team of learning specialists and working cross-functionally to successfully execute high-impact solutions in the field and our Treehouse (corporate)
  • Assess current state, design the strategy, and direct the implementation and evaluation of innovative and scalable learning solutions which support organizational goals
  • Empower employees, managers, and leaders to feel ownership over their career and personal growth through impactful programming and delivery of self-serve resources
  • Anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements for our field and store employees, including understanding the impact of technology, both in how our teammates learn and how they conduct their work 

Desired traits:

  • An innovator, energized by leveraging new tech and trends including AR, AI, machine learning, learning cloud, who fails forward and explores new and untested methods in the learning and development space
  • A coach, excellent at developing others, able to build trust, gain credibility, and empower a team to deliver the best work of their lives
  • A superb project and program manager, able to assess needs, set a vision, prioritize appropriately, present creative solutions, develop action plans, execute and measure results
  • A resilient leader, with the humility and self-awareness to work effectively through and with others in a fast-paced and ambiguous environment
  • A strong communicator, skilled in clearly contextualizing changes to functional or company strategy and roadmaps, inspiring a team to deliver high-impact work amidst shifting priorities
  • A business partner, obsessed with the employee experience and able to translate organizational needs into integrated learning and development solutions
  • Candidates must be willing to relocate to the Greater Los Angeles area

Desired experience:

  • 10+ years of experience in a learning and development function (e.g., instructional design, LMS, behavioral change practices, delivering value metrics), including both field and corporate experience 
  • 5+ years of experience leading teams (including virtual and remote teams) 
  • Proven experience delivering top tier learning and development solutions optimized for effectiveness across different audiences (understanding of AR, AI, machine learning, learning cloud preferred)
  • Experience working cross-functionally and externally to resource programs
  • Experience developing learning strategies for engineers and technical teams in a corporate environment 
  • Deep understanding of restaurant operations and management of hourly employees (e.g., field management, training, and/or leadership in a fast-casual or full-service restaurant)

What you’ll get:

  • Competitive pay + bonus plan based on performance
  • Health, dental + vision insurance
  •  401k
  • Flexible PTO, because we respect the need for work/life harmony
  • An opportunity to make a real impact on the people around you, both by growing them and by connecting them to real food
  • To live the sweetlife and celebrate your passion + purpose
  • A collaborative family of people who live our core values and have your back
  • A clear career path with opportunities for development, both personally and professionally
  • Our annual Impact Retreat offsite
  • Free sweetgreen swag
  • Complimentary sweetgreen

Come join the sweetlife! 

sweetgreen provides equal opportunities for everyone that works for us and everyone that applies to join our team, without regard to sex or gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, any service, past, present, or future, in the uniformed services of the United States (military or veteran status), or any other consideration protected by federal, state, or local law. 

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Our office is positioned in the centerpiece for LA's newest creative generation, PLATFORM and directly across the street from the Metro Station.

What are sweetgreen Perks + Benefits

sweetgreen Benefits Overview

sweetgreen is committed to offering a benefit package with flexibility and options to help you live your sweetlife. Our suite of benefits includes the core options of medical, dental, and vision as well as other voluntary benefit options to help you create the benefit package that best meets the needs of you and your family.

We believe that our employees are the most important ingredients in our restaurants and aim to support you throughout your journey at sweetgreen. FAMILY FUND

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 5 months of parental leave for the primary caretaker. We believe in fully supporting new parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
sweetgreen provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes flexible start and end times. Do what you love on *and* off the clock.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees Give back with 5 paid volunteering hours per year.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Sweetgreen has partnered with Classpass to offer a different kind of gym membership. All benefits-eligible employees receive a subsidy per month to use towards your membership.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
sweetgreen hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits


The family fund provides emergency financial aid to employees experiencing financial hardship caused by catastrophic events outside of your control, like a natural disaster or life altering personal crisis.

Every person in the sweetgreen family can elect to donate part of their paycheck to the family fund pool of money. This is the money that will be distributed to individuals who apply for funds that will help them cope with an unfortunate situation.

With your continued support, we can truly make an impact in the lives of our sweetgreen family members who are experiencing hardship.

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