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The Construction Project Manager is responsible for all aspects of remodel and new construction projects from managing the bid process, supervising general contractors and all direct Darden vendors, managing the turnover process of the new and modeled restaurants to Operations on schedule and within the approved budget. Additionally, the Construction Project Manager is responsible for managing the warranty period after the restaurant opening.


-Participate with Director of Construction in developing budgets for all remodel and new construction projects.

-Review Contract Documents for accuracy and adherence to concept standards.

-Manage bid process for general contractors, including assembly of bid documents, management of the bid period, analysis of bids, management of approval process, bid award, and issuance of contracts.

-Supervise general contractors and all direct Darden vendors, including management of schedule updates from the general contractor, and updating and coordination as required with Operations.

-Manage the turnover process of the new and remodeled restaurants from Construction to Operations, including development and management of the punch list, transference of warranty and maintenance manuals, communication of essential restaurant maintenance procedures, etc.

-Manage the Warranty Period of one year after the restaurant opening date.

-60-80 percent travel required.


-Minimum of 5 years experience in project management on multiple projects.

-Working knowledge of processes and procedures for construction administration, including CPM scheduling, cost reporting, payment application process, and project status reporting.

-Experience in commercial construction in the capacity of an Owner’s representative.


-B.S./B.A. in Architecture/Construction Management, Civil Engineering, or other degree with equivalent experience is desired. Equivalent experience only may be considered adequate.


-Ability to direct and motivate outside design professionals and other consultants.

-Ability to understand Darden’s core business and its values, and to work with Operations at both executive and restaurant levels.

-Ability and willingness to participate in a system of management by objectives.

-Demonstrated desire and concern to stay abreast of evolving design and construction means and methods through continuing education and other information sources.

-Ability to communicate and function effectively within a complex corporate environment, including Real Estate, Purchasing, Operations, etc.

-Ability to operate effectively given broadly defined objectives.

-Ability to adapt to changing business environments, solve problems, and take advantage of opportunities to minimize project costs, maintain construction schedules, and improve the quality of completed facilities.

-Ability to work within an “e-office” environment.


-Professional registrations, such as license to practice Architecture, General Contractor’s License, PE, etc., a plus.

-Experience in either casual dining or fine dining restaurant construction preferred.