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Restaurant Design Manager

Location: 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, IL
Brand: Cooper's Hawk

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Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants is continuing to open more restaurants across the country, and due to this growth, we are adding to our Real Estate & Development team.  In this role, the Restaurant Design Manager will be responsible for ensuring the plan design accuracy and plan production of Cooper’s Hawk (CH) & Piccolo Buco (PB) projects.  He or she will manage the entire design process for their assigned projects, including site layout & utility coordination, schematic & design development, and construction drawing production. 
What You’ll Do: 
  • Serve as the primary contact for outside architects, engineers & food service design professionals for all design strategy, implementation, and coordination.
  • Lead outside Architects, Engineers and various Consultants in development of contract documents for new restaurants and oversee maintenance of prototype documents.
  • Manage design of 10+ projects per year.
  • Manage the relationship with landlord teams to coordinate CH/PB drawing production with landlord’s sitework submissions.
  • Coordinate planning/permitting functions with CH Entitlements Manager.
  • Interface with other teams (Operations, Real Estate, Licensing, Purchasing, etc.) to adapt designs to specific sites.
  • Ensure each project meets CH / PB design standards.
  • Manage research and development process for design and facility-related issues (materials, systems, etc.).
  • Lead value engineering efforts as needed to reduce overall cost and time-to-market.
  • Evaluate in-line and conversion opportunities as presented by the Real Estate Department, and manage production of floor plans when required.
  • Assist Sr. Design Manager in establishing short-term and long-term strategic planning ideas to improve the design of our buildings, reduce errors and omissions in the plans and improve service to our guests.
What You’ll Need: 
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in design, preferably in restaurants/hospitality
  • B.S. degree in Architecture, Interior/Environmental Design
  • Architectural license or other related professional registration, a plus
  • Experience working with multi-unit restaurant chains, preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, BlueBeam, and AutoCAD. Knowledge of Revit a plus.
  • Ability to own the design process through sound judgement and timely decision-making
  • Proven ability to manage outside design professionals
  • Demonstrated desire and concern to stay abreast of evolving design and construction means and methods through continuing education programs and other informational sources.
  • Ability to communicate and perform effectively within the team and cross-functionally
  • Ability to adapt to changing business environments, solve problems and take advantage of opportunities to minimize project costs, maintain construction schedules and improve quality of completed facilities.
  • Willing to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Disciplined Behavior
  • Action-Oriented
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Strong Collaborator
  • “Outside the box” thinking / Problem-Solver
  • Manages Complexity
  • Ensures Accountability
What You’ll Get:  
  • Incredible Discounts:
    • Monthly Dining Allowance
    • 50% Dining and Carryout
    • 40% Retail Wine
    • 20% Retail and Private Events
  • Monthly Complimentary Wine Tasting for Two 
  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Insurance plus Telemedicine and Wellness Program
  • Company Matching 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Savings Accounts- Health and Dependent Care
  • Health Savings Account 
  • Long-Term Disability; Voluntary Short-Term Disability
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (with option to purchase additional coverage)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Highly Competitive Pay plus Team Member Incentives & Rewards  
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Access to Team Member Relief Program
  • Employee Assistance Program, providing mental health, legal and financial counseling
  • "Everyday Benefits" Program to include insurance coverage (pet, life, auto, home/property) and employee discounts on goods and services
  • Milestones Recognition Program
  • Complimentary Gym Membership in RSC Building
  • Hybrid Work Week (3 days in office, 2 days remote, depending on role)
Cooper’s Hawk reviews several factors when establishing compensation. Salaries and hourly wages appearing in a job posting may be published by third parties and may not reflect the salaries or hourly wages offered by Cooper’s Hawk.      
Cooper’s Hawk is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Cooper’s Hawk makes reasonable accommodations during all aspects of the employment process, including during the interview process.      
The information provided above indicates the general nature and level of work required of the position and is not a comprehensive list of all responsibilities or qualifications. The Benefits list is only a highlight of some of the benefits offered to team members; eligibility for certain benefits apply. 

About Us

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants was created with the inspiration of bringing the Napa Valley experience to all of America, by combining an elegant tasting room with a polished casual restaurant and scratch kitchen. Cooper's Hawk wines have won hundreds of awards and are the Official Wines of the Screen Actors Guild® Awards. We are built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge a COMMUNITY, and with the world's largest wine club membership, we are paving the way to democratizing the good life!