1900 Colonel Sanders Lane

Associate Design Manager

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Associate Design Manager
1900 Colonel Sanders Lane
Louisville, KY


Purpose of the Job:

Contributes to KFC US success by managing the development of outstanding restaurant designs for new builds and remodels brand design reviews and franchisee support that deliver the KFC customer experience and brand positioning while meeting established architectural standards. Brings architectural, design expertise and executional insight to KFC's pipeline of restaurant remodels and new restaurant development.

Job Responsibilities

o New restaurant project pipeline management and communication – 50%

* Design manager for traditional ground up new build restaurants and conversions of other concepts to KFC restaurants.
* Provides clear, effective and timely communication of design direction and changes to external consultants, Regional Franchisee Development Managers (RFDM) and franchisee teams.
* Track and document projects through the A&D process and update asset information in a cross functional database.
* Build trust and confidence in ongoing working relationships with franchisee's and their teams to build KFC assets while providing solutions to problems in all executional phases of restaurant design and construction.
* Work Closely with Regional Franchisee Development Managers (RFDM) on pre-design assessments to collaborate on site selection.

o Remodel restaurant project design review management and communication – 40%

* Evaluate design submittals, identify exceptions, propose and implement design solutions as part of project design reviews.
* Coach external consultant for outsourced design reviews including ongoing training, project specific problem solving and process improvements to execute projects as an extension of the KFC A&D team
* Provides clear, effective and timely communication of design direction and changes to external consultants, KFC Construction Managers (CM) and franchisee teams.
* Contribute to cross-functional projects supporting broader development team and brand goals
* Ad hoc Operations, IT, Food Innovation, etc. projects which impact the architecture and design of KFC restaurants.
* Ad hoc Development and architecture related projects as needed.
* Operations and Engineering back-of-house (BOH) impacts to restaurant designs.
* Work with Construction and Facilities Coordinator (data management) on photo review design audits of completed projects.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

o Education/Certifications – BS in Architecture, Interior Design or related field.

* Related Professional registrations/certifications are a plus

o Experience

* Multi-unit restaurant design, retail design or hospitality experience in an architectural firm or a corporate organization focused on construction documents (min 3-5 years of expanding responsibility)
* CADD proficiency with Autodesk AutoCad required, Revit experience a plus.
* Project management experience specific to building design, permitting and general construction administration.
* Managing external architecture, design and engineering consultants.
* Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite of software (Excel, Power point, Access, etc.)

o Skills

* Ability to balance design with operational needs and budgets resulting in successful execution of restaurant environments.
* Skilled in written and verbal communication of design issues.
* Knowledge of architectural details and specifications for document production and coordination.
* Comfortable working in a highly collaborative and fast paced environment.
* Current working knowledge of health codes, accessibility compliance and building codes.
* Strong problem solving and decision making skills.
* Intellectual curiosity and strong personal accountability to meet and exceed goals, tracking performance towards objectives.
* Strong work ethic with the ability to address multiple projects with a positive mindset.
* Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Additional Info:

KFC restaurants across the US are commonly operated by independent business owners called Franchisees. They have a contract with KFC allowing them to sell our products and have all operating responsibility for their restaurant, including being your employer. As a result, independently-owned franchised or licensed locations may have different requirements.

Please keep in mind, this is just basic information and you’ll find out more after you apply. At KFC, what you do matters! So if you want to be part of a winning team, find out now why Life Tastes Better with KFC. Apply today!

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