Sr. Director of Architecture + Planning

| Culver City
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About sweetgreen:

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 3,500 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.

The Sr. Director of Architecture + Planning is part of the Store Design +  R&D team, responsible for design and physical development of our new restaurant locations. This position will drive company growth as part of our national expansion strategy and will serve as the primary design position responsible for influencing the physical infrastructure of the sweetgreen brand.  The role will assess new locations for store fit, and work with the real estate, construction, and site development team to craft new projects that hit timeline and financial metrics. This position will report to the VP of R+D and Design, and will have a high impact on the entire store development pipeline and portfolio.  The role will also act as a key thought partner for the R+D function helping support format innovation through concept collaboration, creative explorations, and first of kind executions.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provides mentoring + leadership to team of design managers and designers overseeing projects in several states / regions from concept planning phase through design development and construction documents for permitting agencies within an agreed time frame based upon the approved construction pace schedule.  
  • Provide input into the creation and control of the development budgets, construction cost, operational modeling and forecasting and for architectural plans and specifications. 
  • Lead national design pipeline, by managing internal and external resources- including strategic AOR partners, engineers, and consultants as needed to achieve company growth + brand goals.
  • Manage design process from Site assessment to Opening- including layout and concept lock, CD creation and review, permitting, construction administration, and punch. Responsible for hitting development timelines and budget goals. 
  • Optimize and update (with regularity) the current store prototype set to ensure clarity across resources, scalable evolution, and consistency in new project execution.
  • Lead value engineering initiatives at programmatic and site specific levels. Reduce build out cost while preserving brand identity and intent.
  • Communicate effectively across all internal stakeholders including real estate, construction, procurement, and operations- as well as external consultants and AOR partners to ensure adherence with company goals and implementation of new design standards. 
  • Work with VP of R+D in collaboration on new concept design, and strategic brand initiatives. Help manage and lead special projects to help drive the creativity of the brand from initial idea, to concept layout, and final implementation into new projects.
  • Travel required for new market investigations, site visits, and team development.

About you:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in architectural design management.
  • Degree in architecture, and/ or a related field of study.
  • Top notch skills in AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Deep experiencing entering new markets completing due diligence, setting up project schedules, risk factors, and  project timelines.
  • Strong experience with construction documentation and shop drawing reviews for constructability. Experience with permitting and interacting with city reviewers to think creatively, resolve questions and obtain permits.
  • Minimum 4 years of leading a team, and developing processes for scale.
  • Ability to prioritize work based on impact and urgency, to deliver on commitments and drive departmental initiatives and achieve results. Quickly escalates and identifies roadblocks when prioritization is unclear. 
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills- able to work with and through others to accomplish project work effectively. 
  • Collaborative: it is critical that this role be collaborative, as you will work daily with the internal design team, real estate, construction and company cross-functional stakeholders in operations, technology, culinary, and brand. 
  • Customer Obsessed mindset, realizing that our customer is two fold: our internal team members and operations stakeholders as well as our external customers who engage with the brand through our restaurant locations.  
  • Excellent presentation skills to solicit feedback and approvals.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 7+ years of experience in retail or hospitality design for a national brand.
  • Graduate degree in architecture with path for licensure.
  • In depth understanding of kitchen equipment and engineering requirements.
  • Experience managing consultants and vendor relationships.  

What you'll get:

  • Competitive pay + bonus plan granted based on performance 
  • Health, dental + vision insurance
  • 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
  • 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.

sweetgreen participates in the federal government's E-Verify program to determine employment eligibility. To learn more about the E-Verify program, please click here.

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Location

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

Culture
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
Diversity
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)
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

FAMILY FUND

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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