Reference Code:  26262

Director Store Design Planning & Construction

New York, NY, US


The story of Cartier is founded on audacity and passion. For more than 170 years we have embraced a bold, pioneering spirit that continues to inspire our teams across all Métiers from our boutiques to our workshops and corporate offices. Our 7,500+ colleagues of 90 nationalities are united by a shared independent spirit and commitment to excellence, striving to continuously enrich our Maison’s heritage by pushing the boundaries of creativity. 


At Cartier North America, We are proud to employ talent from many different backgrounds, experiences, and identities. We believe that when diversity and inclusion are fully embraced and empowered, creativity and knowledge emerge to deliver excellence. We continue to work towards creating a workforce that represents the diversity of our clients and our communities.



Overview:  The Director, Store Design Planning & Construction is responsible for managing significant and strategic North American boutique projects throughout the entire retail design and construction process.  The position is responsible for coordinating all elements of the process including design, budgeting and construction, along with staff, vendor and cost management.  Other responsibilities include participation in the development of the retail design strategy, ensuring brand consistency/ alignment and developing process improvements.  This position requires a clear vision, strong team leadership and influencing capabilities, all in the support of delivering best-in-class luxury retail stores.




  • Manage a number of strategic North America (US & Canada) boutique projects with the support of a Project Manager
  • Responsible for all store projects:  new, remodels and capital improvements, along with anticipating the maintenance
  • Create capital plan:  own construction and related budgets
  • Develop relationships and processes with key vendors (architects, general contractors, consultants, etc.) with the goal of on-time, on-budget and quality construction
  • Develop all department processes (e.g., competitive bidding, permitting and construction evaluation)
  • Approve all change orders and requests for additional services within approved budgets
  • Conducts regular site visits during survey, demo, buildout and punch list phases
  • Responsible for communications to senior management re: budget adherence, calendars and critical milestones throughout the project lifecycle
  • Partner with international headquarters teams to build stores that exemplify the Cartier Maison image
  • Build relationships with internal partners (i.e. Commercial Strategy, Finance, Real Estate, Visual Merchandising, Legal, etc.)




  • Bachelor's degree in architecture required
  • 10-15 years of expertise in retail construction project management; including experience in luxury retail
  • Strong organizational, leadership and influencing skills
  • Strong analytical abilities
  • High level of customer service
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven contract negotiation skills
  • Ability to interface with multiple internal and external partners at the Senior Management level
  • Be a part of the worldwide SDP community:  participate in global and regional team commitments; share and learn from best practices
  • Experience managing an annual budget
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to a fast-paced environment is required, along with the ability to work well under pressure
  • CAD qualifications/ experience mandatory
  • Proficient with computers (Microsoft Office/Project)
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time, or as needed

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Richemont owns several of the world's leading companies in the field of luxury goods, with particular strengths in

jewellery, watches and writing instruments. Cartier joined the Group in 1988.

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