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
  • 3+ 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

Travel Requirements


Required Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree

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