Design Project Manager - Food Spaces
GWS Segment
San Francisco - California - United States of America, San Jose - California - United States of America, Sunnyvale - California - United States of America

The area: Real Estate & Workplace Services

Just as Google’s products always focus on their user, Google offices focus on the Googler. From state-of-the-art green construction projects to maintaining our resident T. Rex skeleton (named Stan), the Real Estate and Workplace Services team builds environments that keep Googlers feeling inspired and energized. We're a team of inquisitive and energetic real estate, construction and facilities operations professionals that are constantly searching for new ways to improve workplace efficiency and make Google a great place to come to work everyday.

The role: Google Food Program, Food Design Manager 

The Food Services team is responsible for creating food experiences that promote collaboration and engage and energize Googlers throughout each day. With hundreds of cafes globally, the team works with a variety of vendors to provide great service, delicious food and innovative food experiences. As a Food Design Manager you work as part of a regional team and support the development process that creates the spaces where Googlers interact with food. From our ever-popular MicroKitchens to multi-course meals at cafes, the design, layout and experience of eating at Google should promote healthy habits and social serendipity for Googlers. Our food venues need to support the healthiest, happiest workforce on the planet and you help to ensure everything gets done by the right people at the right time to bring these venues to life.


Support the Regional Food Design Team on development, design management and delivery of Food & Beverage spaces; ensure all team members are engaged in each appropriate project phase; maintain and distribute necessary documentation to keep project phasing on track. 

Support management of different work streams and project phases, which need to simultaneously occur in order to bring food venues to life. Work streams may include, but are not limited to: space planning, concept development, menu development, design development, substantial completion, project handover, and change management. 

Support the Regional Food Team with the management of all required documents, including reporting and data management tools, written meeting minutes, and all design templates. 

Guide the design and development teams on how to best create engaging and exciting food spaces in order to deliver distinctive experiences for our users including collecting and sharing best practices across multiple projects concurrently. 

Track all details of design, schedule and budget of each project and be able to evaluate and communicate potential risks to the Regional Food Design Leads, Operators, Stakeholders and other extended partners. 

Understand and identify the unique complexities of each project early on in the process in order to objectively identify the most capable resources, specifically but not limited to restaurant/cafe designer and food service equipment consultant. 

Act as the liaison to the Google food team on all construction projects; contacting and engaging the appropriate members in each project phase, managing the process, and ensuring all budgets are maintained. 

Ensure final sign-off for all milestone project phases from block planning to project completion including schematic design, design development, construction documents, as well as mid and final review of all finishes and FF&E items are met to maintain schedule. 

Support Google Food Team on food space strategy/planning; tools, process and resource development; and culinary programming as needed.


No formal supervisory responsibilities in this position. Provides informal assistance such as technical guidance, and/or training to coworkers. May lead project teams and/or plan, and supervise assignments of lower level employees.

Manages 3rd party project delivery resources/team. Responsible for identifying training needs, tracking performance, coaching, and motivating team members.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


BA/BS degree in Design (Architecture/Interior) and professional project management experience. 

10+ years of professional design or design management experience with a focus on Hospitality and Food & Beverage design or related fields. 

Experience within food service or retail operations and flow either through direct experience or professional design work.


Skilled in the visual, written and verbal communication of design issues with capability to think outside the box and bring creative, non-standard, and innovative solutions to the table. 

Ability to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment with a great degree of self motivation and initiative. 

Proven vision, leadership and strategic skills to prioritize evolving initiatives in a fast-paced environment; able to turn ideas and capabilities into effective initiatives that engage users. 

Detail oriented with ability to think, plan, and execute on multiple projects in different phases simultaneously with little direct supervision. 

Understanding of permitting process, construction terminology and building systems, and overall project sequence and timing.


PMP (US and/or Canada) and LEED AP preferred.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information.


Requires advanced knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and commissions. Conducts advanced financial analysis.


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to solve problems involving several options in situations. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills.


Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge in MS Project, leases, contracts, and construction practices.


Decisions made with thorough understanding of procedures, company policies, and business practices to achieve general results and deadlines. Responsible for setting work unit and/or project deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to department.


NOTE: An additional requirement for this role is the ability to comply with COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including COVID-19 vaccination proof and/or rigorous testing.