Manager Design and Store Planning

Job Description

Manager Design and Store Planning

Requisition ID:  181191

Career Group:  Corporate Office Careers 

Job Category:  Design – Ontario 

Travel Requirements:  0 – 10%

Job Type:  Full-Time


Country: Canada (CA) 

Province: Ontario; Alberta; Nova Scotia  

City: Stellarton, Dartmouth, Mississauga, Calgary

Location: Foord St. Office, Calgary Office, Dartmouth Office, King St. Office, Tahoe Office 

Postal Code: Multiple 


Our family of 131,000 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 1,600 stores in all 10 provinces, you may know us as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons Drug Stores or another of our great banners but we are all one extended family.



Ready to Make an impact?

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, National Design and Store Planning to join our Design, Maintenance & Building Standards department based out of one of our office(s) in Stellarton – NS, Dartmouth – NS, Calgary – AB, or Mississauga – Ont. In this role you will manage the design and development of new, expanded or renovated retail stores, from site and store planning, including décor, consistent with the Capital Plan. Additionally, you will lead Design Staff in the execution of and production of design drawings and plans.

NOTE: As a valued manager working in a hybrid environment you will be required to be in office a minimum of three (3) days per week.

Here’s where you’ll be focusing:

Processes and Systems: 
· Adhere to and utilize implemented processes, protocols and technical solutions for all design activities
· Actively contribute to a positive, productive, and innovative work environment and maintain strong collaborative relationships. Design Management Standards
· 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.
· In conjunction with the National Design team develop design concepts for all projects.
· Conduct site reviews with regional stake holders as necessary to develop scope of work for major capital project.
· 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.
· In consultation with the Regional Director of Construction and Project Management team execute the development of design project schedules.
· 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.
· 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

Relationship Management: 
· Work closely with the Regional Stake Holder teams to ensure that region specific concerns are addressed.
· Provide insight, guidance and technical expertise to cross functional teams as relates to store design.
· Manage external design consultants to ensure design drawings are completed accurately, on time and on budget consistent with the approved Store Layout.
· 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.


People Leadership: 
· Foster a coaching and mentoring culture within your department, ensuring you are willing and available to support your staff in their development.
· Work closely with regional Procurement team to ensure accurate execution of the Capital Plan
· Manage Design Staff including selection, orientation, workload schedules, training and development performance management, succession planning, and compensation.


Continuous Improvement: 
· Foster a culture of continuous improvement, where colleagues in your department are encouraged and recognized for generating and implementing innovative ideas

What you have to offer:

· 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.
· Strong relationship building and management skills to achieve work related goals
· Ability to manage a variety of complex projects simultaneously
· Self-starter who will pursue specific courses of action while exhibiting high motivation, sense of urgency and can perform under stress and time constraints
· Proven problem solving skills with the ability to gather and assess information, propose a recommended solution
· Understanding of expense and budget management
· Strong organizational skills – Customer Focus – Decision Making / Problem solving skills
· Job Knowledge, building systems – Team Leadership – People Management
· 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
· Bilingualism (Eng/Fr)

We offer teammates competitive total compensation packages that will vary by role and location. Some websites share our job opportunities and may provide salary estimates without our knowledge. These estimates are based on similar jobs and postings for general comparison, but these numbers are not provided by or monitored for accuracy by our organization. We look forward to discussing the specific compensation details relevant to this role with candidates who are selected to move forward in the recruitment process.

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.


While all responses are appreciated only those being considered for interviews will be acknowledged.

We appreciate the interest from the Staffing industry however respectfully request no calls or unsolicited resumes from Agencies.