Panda Restaurant Group
Design Program Specialist (TEMP)
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Rosemead / California
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At Panda, we all share a common mission: "Deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives." We invest in our people because great people run great operations that will exceed our guests' expectations. Talk to any of our associates and you will experience a culture dedicated to its mission and our five fundamental values- Proactive, Respect/Win-Win, Growth, Great Operations, and Giving.
Panda Restaurant Group includes the original Panda Inn fine dining restaurants, Panda Express, our Gourmet Chinese food concept served in a fast-casual environment, and Hibachi San, our Japanese grill concept. The family owned, and operated company is still run by founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng.
Panda offers competitive benefits and rewarding opportunities, from entry-level positions to management. We have restaurant positions available nationwide and support center positions in Rosemead, CA. Come join the nation's largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company.
Summary of Job Scope and Expectations: 
The Design Program Specialist is responsible for achieving optimal arrangements related to material coordination involving furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) and building materials for construction of new stores and remodeling of existing stores.  This position is responsible for up to five vendors or suppliers involving three FF&E categories.  The Design Program Specialist works with SCM team on the selection, evaluation, and quality assurance for assigned FF&E items, ensuring that the vendors selected fit Panda’s culture and philosophy, have the necessary capacity, and provide the highest quality and timely delivery.  This position may investigate and develop new vendor sources, serving as a specialist in the assigned FF&E/building material.
Essential Functions:The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this job’s duties and responsibilities.  Reliable and dependable attendance is required. 
Descriptions• Identifies and works with up to five vendors for assigned materials (FF&E) and arranges optimal contracts in terms of quality, timing, and supply availability over the term of the contract.   Ensures costs are within budget.  • Assists Executive Director in identifying new vendors to support future growth.  May attend industry shows to identify potential vendors.  Evaluates potential vendors in coordination with Design Program Manager and Design Managers based on detailed equipment installation specifications. • Maintains a strong relationship between existing vendors and the company.  Communicates with vendors concerning PRG philosophy and growth plans and aligns vendors with Panda to support growth.  Evaluates the effectiveness of vendors to identify where to expand the relationship.• Prepares and processes purchase orders and invoices for new and remodel stores; resolves outstanding invoices and responds to supplier inquiries related to invoices.  • Responsible for timely processing of equipment invoices and charge backs and monitors the equipment history records; prepares analysis and recommendations.  • Tracks Sign Package approvals, Due Diligence items, and ensures RDO preferences for optional equipment reflected on RESAC package are incorporated on CD set. • Partners with Design Team to source new materials, finishes, design related FF&E as required by special projects 
• Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering or related field required• Minimum three years of experience in FF&E coordination/acquisition, preferably in a retail/hospitality organization• Successful completion of annual store training
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About Panda Restaurant Group
Panda Restaurant Group, the world leader in Asian dining experiences and parent company of Panda Inn, Panda Express and Hibachi-San, is dedicated to becoming a world leader in people development. Whether through sharing good food with guests or providing opportunities for professional and personal growth with associates, all are embraced in a genuine family environment that is uniquely Panda. Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Design Program Specialist (TEMP)

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