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Manager Design and Store Planning

Requisition ID:  170986 

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Design - Ontario 

Travel Requirements:  0 - 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Nova Scotia  

City: Stellarton

Location: Foord St. Office 

Postal Code: B0K 1S0 


Our family of 134,000 employees and franchise affiliates share a collective passion for delivering exceptional shopping experiences and amazing food to all our customers. Our mission is to nurture the things that make life better – great experiences, families, communities, and our employees. We are a family nurturing families.  


A proudly Canadian company, we started in a small town in Nova Scotia but we are now in communities of all sizes across this great country. With over 1500 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawton’s Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family. 


All career opportunities will be open a minimum of 5 business days from the date of posting.


Sobeys is full of exciting opportunities and we are always looking for bright new talent to join our team! We currently have an opportunity for a Manager Design and Store Planning to lead the design and development of new, expanded, or renovated retail stores in the ATLANTIC region. This position will be based out of Stellarton, NS or Dartmouth, NS. 

The ideal candidate will have retail design experience, preferably in grocery. They should be well organized, comfortable leading diverse stake holders and demonstrate a customer focus. Lastly you will have excellent knowledge in the development of retail site plans, preliminary layouts, fixture plans and enjoy working on a variety of complex projects simultaneously. 

Sobeys offers our employees many valuable benefits such as:
•    Growing organization 
•    Competitive salary 
•    Profit Sharing Plan (based on company performance) 
•    Pension Plan 
•    Flexible health and dental benefits (eligible employees)
•    Ongoing training and development 
•    Flexible work arrangements 

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading Canadian company with a clear vision and focus on innovation. If you feel that this describes the kind of work you want to do, and you are excited about what Sobeys has to offer, then we look forward to reviewing your application. Please ensure that you take the time to ensure your profile shows us why you’re the most qualified applicant for the role.

Job Description

What you'll get to do in this fast paced role:
•    Manage the design and development of new, expanded or renovated retail stores from site and store planning, including décor, consistent with the Capital Plan
•    Work with the Director Real Estate Design, Real Estate team, Regional Construction Director and Project Management (Construction), and Regional Retail Operations to ensure that key company objectives are incorporated into project plans.  
•    Conduct site reviews with regional stake holders as necessary to develop scope of work for major capital project and address region specific concerns. 
•    Review and obtain signoff on scope of work for all projects with the Regional Retail Operations teams.  Ensure that all design documents required for project submission for REAC approval are completed accurately and on time. 
•    Manage external design consultants to ensure design drawings are completed accurately, on time and on budget consistent with the approved Store Layout. 
•    In consultation with the Regional Director of Construction and Project Management team execute the development of design project schedules.
•    Work closely with regional Procurement team to ensure accurate execution of the Capital Plan
•    Assist Real Estate Department with all design aspects related to R.E. Agreements.  Including the review of Site plans elevations, and providing technical support, (site engineering, geotechnical reports etc), relative to the development of projects.  Ensure that all National Design standards are being adhered to.
•    Ensure that the design staff provides support to the Construction Project management team to ensure on time and on budget completion of projects.  Conduct periodic site review with Project Management during the construction phase to address any issues. 
•    Participate in final project inspection and post-mortem to establish recommendations for future projects
•    Maintain a clean and safe work environment as per company requirements
•    Adhere to and utilize implemented processes, protocols and technical solutions for all design activities
•    Provide insight, guidance and technical expertise to cross functional teams as relates to store design.
•    Manage Design Staff in the execution of and production of design drawings and plans 
•    Manage Design Staff including selection, orientation, workload schedules, training and development performance management, succession planning, and compensation.  
•    Actively contribute to a positive, productive, and innovative work environment and maintain strong collaborative relationships
•    Foster a coaching and mentoring culture within your department, ensuring you are willing and available to support your staff in their development. 
•    Foster a culture of continuous improvement, where colleagues in your department are encouraged and recognized for generating and implementing innovative ideas
•    Job Requirements

Job Requirements

What your resume will include and demonstrate to us:
•    Degree or Diploma in Architecture preferred
•    Bachelor of Technology degree of diploma in construction or architectural technology
•    5 -10 years as a Senior Store Planner in the retail industry (preferably grocery retail). 
•    7 -10 years in Architectural/Design firm, or industry related field. 
•    Experience as a project manager for an architectural/design firm
•    5 – 10 years Retail grocery store design experience preferred
•    Excellent knowledge in the development of retail site plans, preliminary layouts, fixture plans
•    Good working knowledge of AutoCAD/Revit, Microsoft Office suite
•    Good working knowledge of Building Code requirements, and local government requirement
•    Ability to provide direction and decision making on design issues with Consultants 
•    Excellent presentation skills
•    Strong organizational skills and ability to manage a variety of complex projects simultaneously
•    Strong relationship building and management skills to achieve work related goals

Sobeys is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process and will work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of this process.



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