Cafe Design Project Manager

Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland, CA

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We build Blue Bottle cafes for the simple purpose of getting great coffee to everyone who asks for it. Our Cafe Design team designs, develops cafes in the throughout the United States and Tokyo. Our team strives to build cafes with as much care, craft and attention to detail as our roasters and baristas put into every cup of coffee we serve. We are seeking a passionate project manager with a passion for realizing progressive design within tight budgets and schedules.

You will:

  • Manage multiple project schedules and budgets at one time across the US
  • Manage the entire drawing process from initial concept through permit and construction documents, including full drawing reviews
  • Work closely with internal teams, including Real Estate, Operations, Project Management, New Cafe Operations, Procurement, Training, Culinary and Preservation
  • Facilitate, curate and integrate plan feedback from operations and training teams to enhance customer experience and workspace efficiencies
  • Apply knowledge of local building, health and fire codes to design solutions that maintain design intentProvide design solutions during the construction phase
  • Work with Real Estate and Development teams to solve challenging project conditions
  • Assist Real Estate and Development teams when establishing project pro formas
  • Travel to survey domestic sites under consideration and during development
  • Manage the RFP process for design-related projects
  • Organize project documentation
  • Manage external consultants
  • Draft fit plans for locations under consideration

You are:

  • Highly organized
  • Always thinking about who needs to know what and when
  • Passionately empathetic about the customers and teams you’re serving with design
  • Observant of human behavior cause and effect
  • Thoughtful about improving customer experience and operational efficiencies
  • As delighted to work on a gantt chart as you are sketching a design solution
  • Excited to be challenged by high design expectations on a tight budget
  • Able to develop quantitative justification for qualitative design features
  • A delight for a diverse group of teams to work with
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, frequently changing work environment

You have:

  • Bachelors degree (or equivalent experience) in Architecture or related field
  • 5 or more years of design management experience
  • 3 or more years of cafe, restaurant and/or retail experience (a mix of customer-facing and non-customer-facing a plus)
  • Experienced in designing for both new and historic buildings across the US
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite
  • Proficiency in project management tools including gantt charts, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Last but not least, a deep love for great coffee, food, and exceptional hospitality

A few benefits we offer:

  • Health, dental, and vision coverage for eligible employees starting on your first day
  • 401(k) plan
  • Paid time off
  • Free drinks at any of our cafes and a complimentary bag of beans to take home each week
  • Discounts on any Blue Bottle food items and merchandise

About Blue Bottle Coffee

About us

Blue Bottle Coffee is a passionate team of hundreds around the world, united by the simple purpose of getting great coffee to everyone who asks for it whether that be in our cafes or at home. Blue Bottle is headquartered in Oakland, CA and have retail and business operations in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo.

We roast on three coasts using vintage gear, put it in compostable bags, and get it to our customers within 48 hours. We are baristas, managers, roasters & production specialists, chefs, engineers, designers, analysts, technicians, and more. We craft delicious drinks, treat our guests with the utmost care and respect, bake cookies, clean up after ourselves, get change at the bank, and say please and thank you. We offer the less able our seats on the bus and brush and floss daily. And we want you to join our team, who we believe to be the most talented, kindest, and hardest-working in the business.

Want to learn more about Blue Bottle Coffee? Visit Blue Bottle Coffee's website.