1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5
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Job Profile: Manager, Store Design
Reports to: Director, Store Design
Job summary and mission:
This role contributes to the success of Loblaw Companies Limited by delivering outstanding store designs for all banners and businesses nationally. Store designs uphold customer experience and elevate brand design expectations while meeting budgets, schedules and operational requirements. The design manager works in close partnership with design peers and leadership along with cross-functional teams.
Summary of Key Responsibilities:
Responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
Lead the development of store designs from concept to detailed design stage in accordance with the LCL design strategy.
Creation of design solutions for various real estate formats including but not limited to mixed developments, free standing buildings, facades, existing store renovations, shop in shops, kiosks and alternative store formats.
Creation of a range of relevant, innovative design solutions in response to changing timelines, project and workload demands while meeting aesthetic expectations and operational requirements.
Demonstration and sharing of an in-depth knowledge of materials, construction methods, detailing, best practices in architectural design and interior fit-outs, millwork design, graphic design, lighting and acoustics.
Lead the production and delivery of visual design packages, sketches and design intent drawing packages, graphics guidelines, signage key plans, fixture details, materials specifications and schedules that clearly communicate the design direction to peers and leadership, cross-functional partners, construction teams and external consultants.
Deliver high quality presentations to peers, leadership and external stakeholders. Share design work on a daily basis with clear, logical and understandable verbal narrative and strong visual presentation materials.
Elevate LCL design quality and drive engagement in design reviews with consistent, thoughtful and relevant design commentary and critique.
Elevate the design culture through the continuous research and sharing of design thinking, best practices, current and innovative industry trends, technologies, events and advancements.
Build and maintain relationships across business functions and diverse groups, encouraging collaboration and creating connections to continuously improve the design organization.
Lead design activities and engage with business units on market tours as needed to execute store designs that meet brand expectations.
Assess the scope of each store design project through review of surveys and real estate documents.
Manage the development, production and delivery of design documents by external consultants.
Execute store designs in collaboration with cross-functional teams to optimize material and inventory levels, achieve fiscal goals and uphold corporate and global responsibilities.
Review and approve shop drawings to ensure signage and fixtures are built to Loblaw design specifications. Review and approve prototypes in conjunction with business units and procurement prior to order placement.
Provide clear, effective and timely communication of design direction and changes.
Work with business units to ensure that design processes, practices and programs are aligned with company business goals and objectives.
Prepare, communicate and educate client groups and design team on changes in policies and practices within the organization.
Support the implementation of company programs to ensure the success of the company.
Summary of Experience
Interior and architectural design experience in retail and hospitality design, working with design consultancies and/or development organizations. 6 - 10 years
Demonstrated direct experience creating interior and architectural design concepts for a range of project sizes and varying complexity levels.
Relevant experience leading design teams with decision-making authority and accountability, managing direct reports, budgets and external consultants.
Bachelor’s degree in the design discipline from a recognized educational institution.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
General skills should include direct experience with:
Management of a design team.
Creation, management and delivery of design and construction documents.
Management and co-ordination with vendors and external consultants, including architectural, interior, graphics, MEP and others.
Highly effective communication abilities.
Analytical skills, attention to detail and ability to execute multiple design projects under tight deadlines.
Ability to create innovative store environments by interpreting design objectives.
Demonstrated understanding of industry trends, building and health codes.
Demonstrated application of color, composition, graphics, materials and design principles and good 3D visualization skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate design vision in visual, written, and verbal formats.
Knowledge of architectural details and specifications for construction document production.
Knowledge of millwork standards, details and construction.
Ability to travel 35% of the time within Canada and Internationally. Travel within a working day is frequent and absence from home overnight is sometimes required.
Candidate must have a valid driver's license and personal vehicle.
How You’ll Succeed:
At Loblaw, we seek great people to continually strengthen our culture. We believe great people model our values, are authentic, build trust and make connections.
If that sounds like you, and you are open-minded, responsive to change and up to the challenges provided in a fast-paced retail environment, apply today.
In addition, we believe that compliance with laws is about doing the right thing. Upholding the law is part of our Code of Conduct – it reinforces what our customers and stakeholders expect of us.
Type of Role:
Loblaw recognizes Canada's diversity as a source of national pride and strength. We have made it a priority to reflect our nation’s evolving diversity in the products we sell, the people we hire, and the culture we create in our organization. Accommodation is available upon request for applicants with disabilities in the recruitment and assessment process and when hired.
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