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Director of Design and Project Management

Company: Benihana
Location: Miami
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Position Summary:The Director of Design & Project Management, under direction of the Senior Director of Design and Construction is accountable for the design brand management understanding the operational activities and flow, equipment and other business needs in creating a brand book and mock prototype. In addition to Design Management for all concepts, this position is responsible for support on Benihana and RA Sushi construction projects including new restaurant construction, remodeling, refresh projects, building expansions and all other assigned projects or initiatives with the operating company restaurants. Will be the key driver in creating brand books and will be responsible for overseeing the design of projects to each brand standards. The position will also involve all components of development including due diligence, preliminary design, budgeting, scheduling and reconciliation of all budgets for each project. Key Customers include outside of the Development Team include the Benihana guest, the entire operational team from the General Managers to the VP of Operations, the COO and CEO.Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Work with Sr. Director, Marketing and Ops to creates and maintains brand standards
  • Completes Due Diligence on proposed projects to help determine the design, timeline and budget and prepare a project approval package
  • Provide preliminary design drawings (or manage outsource design as needed) for all new projects
  • Ensures quality control standards for construction (e.g., cost, timing and site layouts)
  • Work with Sr. Director to maintain Design Brand Books and mock prototypes for both brands
  • Monitors and controls the development process by coordinating the efforts of others (e.g., architects, expediters, consultants, contractors, vendors and attorneys, consultants, government agencies).
  • Negotiates terms and conditions of Design, Project Management and Construction contracts to follow company standards
  • Works with Consultants to secure all required equipment and owner provided materials
  • Direct cost engineering for all proposed projects
  • Embraces the Team approach between development team and outside departments and help manage the overall development schedule
  • Execute or manage outside resources to execute the permitting process to avoid unnecessary delays.
  • Develops and utilizes a network of contractors and other outside vendors
  • Maintains working relationships resources for vendors to support overall company goalsSkills/Knowledge:Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to read and interpret documents such as; construction documents, Design guidelines, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to add, subtract multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.Design Drafting in AutoCAD. Excellent Microsoft Suite computer skills required, with and extra emphasis on Excel with an ability to manage numbers, budgets and reporting these items a must. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Outlook etc.) Ability to use third party web based software, for project and facility management. Service Channel, Blubeam revu experience a plus. Ability to communicate and explain complicated details through the phone or sketches also a plus.Education/Experience:Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management, a related field preferred. Minimum of ten (10) years' experience in restaurant operations, construction, facility maintenance or a combination of these areas accepted and preferred. Equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.Supervisory Responsibilities:Manages assigned staff as required.Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
    • Business Acumen - Employs analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills; plans and efficiently organizes work, appropriately seeks, manages, integrates and interprets data. Able to prioritize work and make sound decisions using available data. Exercises good judgment and is committed to excellence and operational integrity.
      • Collaboration & Customer Relationships - Understands the value of diverse talents and perspectives and encourages diversity of thought and ideas. Is always professional when dealing with internal and external customers. Works through differences and finds a productive common ground with others to achieve mutually beneficial results. Has a strong sense of customer service.
        • Functional Expertise - Achieves success through a comprehensive knowledge of industry and business as it relates to position. Applies creative solutions resulting in internal and external customer satisfaction. Demonstrates initiative and is accountable for own actions and decisions.
          • Communication Skills - Has good verbal and written skills; is effective when communicating with peers and superiors as well as with customers and others outside the company. Expresses opinions and ideas concisely. Encourages two-way communication.
            • Manager of People - Attracts, develops and retains top talent; deploys talent effectively and builds strong teams. Leverages individual strengths to build strong, diverse teams. Provides clear direction and effective counseling when needed. Sets realistic goals and hold team accountable for results. Work Environment: General office environment. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Work is generally performed within an office environment, with standard office equipment available. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Travel Requirements: 40% travel required with overnight stays. Physical Requirements: Work is generally sedentary in nature, exerting up to 25 pounds of force occasionally to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including human body. Walking and standing but may be required, up to 15% of the time. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Management retains the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time for any reason, including reasonable accommodation.PI177520486

Keywords: Benihana, Miami , Director of Design and Project Management, Executive , Miami, Florida

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