Starbucks is a company with a very clear mission statement, “to nurture and inspire the human spirit, one cup, one person, one neighborhood at a time.” The DNA that the mission statement brings to our publicly traded, multi-national company creates an energy to the Starbucks design group that is passionate, ambitious, entrepreneurial, aspirational and forward thinking. If you are of a similar mindset, this could be the right place for you to further your career.
“Ultimately, our clients are the baristas that make our stores come alive. It’s humbling and a privilege to support these amazing people. It’s also incredible to remind people that even though we are a modern company, our roots are in agriculture.
As Starbucks designers, we are charged with innovating and elevating experience through design. We innovate and create place on behalf of our baristas and our customers. Innovation isn’t solving existing problems in new ways, it’s looking around the corner and seeing opportunities and needs that no one else sees yet. Creating place isn’t about the look, it’s about the emotional feel. That is what is exciting about designing at Starbucks.”
– Philip Christofides, Design Director, Starbucks Coffee Company
As senior designer, you will conceptualize, craft and execute holistic designs for all types of Starbucks environments. These include our core portfolio, high profile cafes, reserve bars, and other special project types. Your primary mission is to create, elevate, mentor, inspire and lead. You will be working within an always evolving design focused brand, Design is a passion in the company’s DNA, all the way up to the Senior Leadership team. The Senior Designer needs to be aware of cultural and design trends, but not be imitative or a trend follower. Ideas must come from a deep understanding of the brand interpreted through a talented and collaborative soul.
As a Senior Designer, you will…
Elevate design and uphold the aspirations of a global and enduring brand.
Design high profile, highly influential projects within the greater Northern California and Western Mountain regions. Including the metro Bay Area, Denver, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City.
Inspire, mentor and lead teams of store designers of various experience levels in a hands-on, positive, humane and engaged manner which responds to the business aspirations of the brand.
Lead, influence and support design ideas, conversations and directions across the organization, including strategy, concepts innovation, field operations and store development groups.
We’d love to hear from people with:
Design excellence and leadership experience within typologies of retail, hospitality or restaurant design. Focus on concept innovation and brand relevant work valued. (7-10 years min.)
Team leadership/supervision at senior level in a national organization (7-10 years min.)
Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field
Ability to apply knowledge of multidisciplinary business principles and practices to achieve successful outcomes in cross-functional projects and activities
Excellent communication (verbal/written) skills
Current knowledge of industry trends in retail store and restaurant design including furniture and finishes
Current working knowledge of building and health codes, accessibility and compliance issues
Current working knowledge of construction, detailing/assembly, construction process/administration and management.
Demonstrated working knowledge of programming, spatial organization, space planning in industry standard programs.
Demonstrated experience and advanced use of Sketchup and 3D visualization.
Ability to balance design, with operational needs, budget objectives and business drivers which result in exceptional and successful store environments
Ability to balance multiple designs and multiple projects under rigorous and frequently demanding deadlines
Ability to extract and inform design decisions and design principles/objectives which relate to context, location and region.
Exercise knowledge and understanding of architectural, MEP and structural drawings, details and specifications.
Starbucks is an equal opportunity employer of all qualified individuals; including minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Starbucks will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with all federal, state, and local ordinances.
Join us, exercise your design passion, see results and be part of something bigger. Apply today!
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Base + Bonus Structure
Internal Number: 180000860
About Starbucks Coffee Company
To say Starbucks purchases and roasts high-quality whole bean coffees is very true. That’s the essence of what we do – but it hardly tells the whole story.Our HeritageEvery day, we go to work hoping to do two things: share great coffee with our friends and help make the world a little better. It was true when the first Starbucks opened in 1971, and it’s just as true today.Back then, the company was a single store in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. From just a narrow storefront, Starbucks offered some of the world’s finest fresh-roasted whole bean coffees. The name, inspired by Moby Dick, evoked the romance of the high seas and the seafaring tradition of the early coffee traders.In 1981, Howard Schultz (Starbucks chairman and chief executive officer) had first walked into a Starbucks store. From his first cup of Sumatra, Howard was drawn into Starbucks and joined a year later.In 1983, Howard traveled to Italy and became captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience. He had a vision to bring the Italian coffeehouse tradition back to the United States. A place for conversation and a sense of community. A third place between work and home. He left S...tarbucks for a short period of time to start his own Il Giornale coffeehouses and returned in August 1987 to purchase Starbucks with the help of local investors.From the beginning, Starbucks set out to be a different kind of company. One that not only celebrated coffee and the rich tradition, but that also brought a feeling of connection.Our mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.Expect More Than CoffeeWe’re not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. We also offer a selection of premium teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds. And the music you hear in store is chosen for its artistry and appeal.It’s not unusual to see people coming to Starbucks to chat, meet up or even work. We’re a neighborhood gathering place, a part of the daily routine – and we couldn’t be happier about it. Get to know us and you’ll see: we are so much more than what we brew.We make sure everything we do is through the lens of humanity – from our commitment to the highest quality coffee in the world, to the way we engage with our customers and communities to do business responsibly.