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Chief Development Officer

Job Description

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is adding a Chief Development Officer for our company.  The CDO will lead and direct the Development team in achieving the company’s high-growth objectives.  A key member of the Leadership team, the CDO serves as the point person on all development- related matters.  Organizational leadership is critical in this role.  S/he will lead and develop the Real Estate, Licensing, Construction, Design and Facilities teams to ensure we are delivering new restaurant opening performance against specific financial and calendar targets. S/he will implement systems and processes to create a highly effective development function. 


• Establish, lead, and direct all aspects of Cooper’s Hawk development function
• Ensure proper talent is in place within the department to support the company’s growth, to include high-performers in pipeline planning, site selection and real estate management, architecture and design, permitting, licensing, construction management, capital expenditure and facilities and maintenance
• Partner with the Leadership Team to build consensus and alignment on market-specific development goals and objectives
• Develop and implement department systems and processes in areas of Real Estate, Construction and Design to ensure a ready pipeline of sites suitable for development as well as the successful execution of restaurant design and build, on-time and within budget
• Ensure execution of facilities maintenance program to ensure our restaurants are always functioning at a high level
• In coordination with Finance, develop pro-forma model for ROI and profitability metrics
• Provide thought leadership and innovation in the evolution of unit design prototypes that enhance overall positioning and financial viability
• Ensure execution of licensing and permitting process and compliance with local zoning and development requirements
• Define and implement a long-term sustainability strategy that includes efficient energy, water and materials utilization for each concept
• Determine the optimal utilization of both internal and external resources to effectively manage capital


• Must represent Cooper’s Hawk Values
• Outstanding team leadership skills with a proven record of successfully leading and managing an organization through a period of extensive unit company expansion
• Familiarity and comfort in finding the balance between the science of sophisticated analytical tools with the art of judgment and the ability to effectively integrate field operating perspectives
• At least 10 years of broad development leading Real Estate, Construction, Architecture and Design and Facilities and Maintenance team for a high-growth, “Best in Class” multi-unit, multi-state restaurant, retail, or hospitality chain
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Architecture or Engineering; MBA preferred
• Proven leadership with the ability to identify, lead and motivate a team, and develop individual talent within the group
• Superior analytical and strategic skills with a high capacity for managing complexity
• A reputation of creativity and innovation in both process leadership as well as concept design
• Experience working with multiple revenue stream businesses; larger footprint full-service restaurant and retail is beneficial
• Personal characteristics that include: integrity, accountability, a positive attitude, superior verbal and written communication, and strong interpersonal skills
• Strong financial acumen, an understanding of P&L and metrics associated with capital allocation; experience in managing a budget
• Experience with creating and delivering effective Board of Director presentations
• Experience in site development, civil engineering and ground up development
• Ability to travel extensively on an “as needed” basis


• Leading Change
• Strategic Planning
• Advancing the Brand
• Plans & Aligns
• Business Acumen
• Manages Talent
• Drives Results


Business Responsibility: Other

Job Responsibility: Architect/Design, Construction, Development

Job Category: Executive/Senior VP

About Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is unlike any other hospitality concept. We are a modern casual full-service restaurant and bar with over twenty locations across the country and more to come.

Here are some ways we set ourselves apart:

1. We are a winery located in Illinois! Our winery produces over fifty varieties of wine, which we serve and sell throughout our restaurants. We bring in grapes from vineyards in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as internationally, and produce an extensive selection of red, white, sparkling, dessert, and fruit wines.  We also have one of the country’s largest Wine Clubs (over 200K+), offering members exclusive blends, members-only classes, promotions, and events.

2. Our Napa-Style Tasting Room allows guests to try our wines with the help of our tasting room attendants.  Our Tasting Rooms also feature a gift shop with Cooper’s Hawk gourmet foods and specialty wine-related products.

3. Our seasonally inspired menu features a large selection of dishes with bin numbers listed next to each offering to guide guests to the perfect pairing. We use only fresh, peak-of-season ingredients in our scratch kitchen and our team members focus on quality, consistency and flavor.

4. Since we opened our doors in Orland Park Illinois in 2005, Cooper’s Hawk has received over 400 wine awards and accolades. Over the past few years, Nation’s Restaurant News has deemed us ‘Breakout Brand 2013’ and ‘Hot Concept 2010’. Last year, our Asian Pork Belly Tostadas won the prestigious ‘Menu Trendsetter’ in Menu Masters Awards. Our founder, Tim McEnery has received nods from Crain’s Chicago Business’s ’40 Under 40’ and was named Ernst & Young’s ‘2014 Entrepreneur of the Year.’

5. We are growing! During our decade long tenure, we’ve opened locations in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and Wisconsin. We currently have over 3,500 employees and will only continue to grow our amazing team throughout the years.

Additional Information

Posted: April 21, 2017
Travel Required: Yes
Job Responsibility: Architect/Design, Construction, Development
Business Responsibility: Other
Job Category: Executive/Senior VP

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