Are you always involved with seeing a project through to fruition? Do you want to oversee the transformation of empty spaces into exciting food destinations that people will line up to experience? Do you have a passion for project management? If this is you, we want you to join our team.
CAVA is a rapidly expanding fast-casual restaurant and CPG brand focusing on fresh, Mediterranean-inspired, better-for-you cuisine. Born from our full-service restaurants, our chef-driven fast-casual format is currently in four states with further expansion ahead.
We are looking for a Project Manager – Development to join the Development Group at CAVA, helping us reach new communities with each new location. This position will be based in Washington DC, and require occasional travel, including to the west coast. There may be an opportunity to transfer to our LA based office in the future.
Perform, coordinate, and/or oversee daily project management activities during design, construction and close-out/turnover phases for the national expansion of CAVA stores and CAVA Food production facilities.
Assist the Real Estate team in the evaluation of prospective locations and provide feedback on draft Letter of Intent and/or Landlord Work Letter.
Prepare development schedules and budgets for review/approval by corporate leadership.
Assist the Design Manager with due diligence activities to ensure design team has sufficient and accurate information from which to commence design activities.
Coordinate design activities by various vendors during design phase, including architect, MEP engineer, kitchen equipment vendor, internal/external signage vendor(s), millwork fabricator, etc.
Review design documents and specifications and facilitate various reviews by CAVA team members.
Facilitate Landlord approvals of CAVA’s design, as required.
Oversee procurement of building and other permits required for CAVA’s build out.
Coordinate the transfer of existing utility accounts, and/or if required, installation of new utility services.
Manage day-to-day site issues as they occur during construction phase.
Attend regular progress meetings and perform routine site visits to ensure CAVA project goals are achieved (standard branding, quality, schedule, cost, etc).
Facilitate the pricing and procurement of FF&E, signage, etc. to be furnished by CAVA.
Coordinate with the Operations team in scheduling delivery of loose equipment and/or goods required to commence staff training and open for operations.
Support the Operations team post-occupancy on significant repairs and/or renovations.
Review, negotiate and administer various contracts throughout development process.
Maintain detailed files for all projects in accordance with CAVA filing standards.
Provide input into corporate decisions regarding store design and branding strategy.
Professional college degree (engineering or construction management preferred)
3+ years of post-collegiate experience in design and/or construction project management field (experience with restaurant development preferred).
Ability to read/interpret construction drawings, specs and other design documents.
Experience in manage multiple projects of varying complexity and with varying team members.
Demonstrated the ability to deal effectively with contractors, architects, engineers and other firms associated with development process.
Experience with MS Project or other scheduling software preferred.
Must be organized, timely, and always exude a positive attitude in dealing with all development partners, regardless of their role.
Competitive base salary and annual bonus potential
Benefits options including: health, dental, vision, telemedicine, short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, pet insurance and 401K with CAVA match
Unlimited paid time off (PTO)
Free CAVA food
Four volunteer days per year to help the community with acts of services/volunteering
Continuous learning and training opportunities to enhance your skill set
The opportunity to be on the ground floor of helping craft the vision of a rapidly growing brand
CAVA is a growing Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant brand. We started in DC with three first-generation Greek-Americans (with long Greek names, of course) who wanted to take their families’ recipes and give them a modern spin. Our story started with an elegant small plates restaurant in DC, and its popularity soon led us to start producing our dips and spreads for like-minded area grocery store...s, before ultimately starting the fast-casual CAVA brand that’s so exciting for us today.
We feature build-your-own bowls, where you pick from various greens or grain bases, and then you add on your choice of proteins, toppings, and dressings. You can also order all the same great flavors wrapped up in a warm pita. Everything's made from scratch in our locations every day. You'll leave CAVA feeling full, but not too full. You'll find tangy, creamy, crispy, refreshing, zingy, spicy, all in one dining experience.
We work hard to source locally as much as possible, and we're committed to working with like-minded producers to round out our menu. We work with local community organizations, like-minded non-profits, small-scale artisanal food partners, and farms and suppliers that do things right. We’re meticulous about everything that goes into our restaurants — from the ingredients and recipes to our design and our focus on sustainable practices. When it really comes down to it, we're more than just a food brand — we love music, sports, design, travel. And we’d love to talk about how you fit into that story.
We're looking for happy and hardworking people to be a part of our growing team. Apply at: http://cava.com/careers