Project Manager

Moana Restaurant Group - Home Office

Jul 02, 2018 - San Rafael


Moana Restaurant Group owns and operates a unique collection of inspired dining destinations. We specialize in crafting unique experiences that are sophisticated yet approachable, vibrant yet casually elegant: it's a recipe we call Modern Luxury. Our success is a direct result of the personal investment of our employees, from our passionate, entrepreneurial management team to our local staffs who ensure that the best service is always about individual service.

With 30+ restaurants in the west, Moana’s properties range from casual neighborhood bistros to refined dining and hotel destinations that transform the simple to sublime. Moana Restaurant Group delivers distinctive and memorable hospitality experiences. Our corporate offices are located in San Rafael, CA.

More information is available at www.moanarestaurantgroup.com

Job Description


Moana Restaurant Group is seeking a highly motivated, highly organized, administratively-oriented individual to manage its restaurant design-related projects.  Candidates must possess strong organizational skills and construction management experience combined with and eye for design and experience sourcing ff&e. Candidates must also be self-starters willing to work in a highly entrepreneurial environment. Responsibilities include:


  • Work with company leadership, designers, contractors and operators from design development through construction to ensure a project’s operational needs are met in an organized and timely manner.
  • Source contractors, evaluate bids, drive value engineering exercises, negotiate and award contracts.
  • Coordinate plan review and permitting with local jurisdictions including planning, building, fire, health and public works departments to ensure code compliance.
  • Track construction schedules and internal critical path from pre-planning through opening to ensure key milestones are met.  
  • Track and monitor costs compared to budget.
  • Provide oversight during construction including response to RFIs, review of shop drawings and site visits to troubleshoot issues and monitor quality of workmanship.  
  • Handle purchasing of all furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E).  
  • Execute installation of FF&E, artwork, lighting and accessories.
  • Coordinate start-up and pre-opening operations with the property management team and corporate operations team.

Required Competencies:

  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Dynamic team player with great collaborative and interpersonal skills
  • Strong personal leadership, organizational, relationship building and negotiation skills
  • Self-starter who can work independently: displays self-confidence, enthusiasm and strong customer service orientation
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in working in a complex, service-intensive, deadline-driven environment
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize and follow through
  • Extremely detail-oriented while juggling multiple projects and many stakeholders
  • Exercises good judgment and recognizes opportunities to learn from mistakes
  • Thinks clearly and quickly, maintain concentration and make concise decisions in pressure situations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of related work experience, preferably in the hospitality industry (local and multi-unit)
  • Prior team leadership experience in similar environment
  • Ability to travel on occasion to visit properties, meet with contacts in each market and drive marketing agendas (10%)
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in business
  • Prior restaurant work experience
  • Working knowledge of Google Apps, Google Drive

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