Principal Development Lead


The Principal Development Lead is responsible for managing the development process for new Chick-fil-A locations. This includes both Free Standing units and In-Line units. This person in this role works closely with Real Estate, Legal, Franchisee Selection and Construction, as well as outside professionals and vendors.


  • Work closely with CFA Real Estate and Design staff to provide input during the pre-construction phase of each project
  • Manage / lead outsource partners, surveyors, sign vendors and geotechnical / environmental partners in conducting due diligence on proposed new stores
  • Manage / lead civil engineers, architects, sign vendors, traffic consultants, land use attorneys, etc. through the project approvals process
  • Collaborate with Construction to value engineer site plans and to develop project cost estimates to aid in decision making
  • Represent CFA at public hearings as part of the project approval process
  • Approve and execute contracts and purchase orders
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Qualify and approve project related invoices

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four-year undergraduate degree in Engineering, Building Construction, Architecture, or B.B.A. with major in Real Estate or related degree.
  • 5+ years project management responsibilities in a similar or related retail construction business
  • Strong track record of leadership and inspiring others to accomplish missions
  • Ability to represent CFA at public hearings
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and negotiated project costs
  • Proficiency in reading and understanding architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering documents
  • Desire to recognize and take initiative
  • Self-motivated to constantly and continuously improve

Minimum Years of Experience


Travel Requirements


Required Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


Engineering, Building Construction, Architecture, Real Estate or related degree

Meet Some of Chick-fil-A's Employees

Natalie W.

Customer & Market Insights

Natalie focuses on understanding what consumers think about the brand, ensuring that the company's brand strategy and decision making process are informed by consumer perceptions and needs.

Brian W.


Brian builds relationships and manages continuous improvement with the distributors who provide products and packaging to Chick-fil-A restaurants.

Back to top