Joint Venture Partner - Chicago
Panera Bread - Illinois

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Advance your career at Panera Bread!

Due to our ongoing company growth, we are anticipating the need for Joint Venture Partners (JVPs). Due to the fast growth and development schedule we will be evaluating both internal and external candidates for this tremendous opportunity for a skilled multi-unit restaurant operator.

If you are a current Multi-Unit Restaurant Manager looking for a great opportunity to make a difference for our associates and customers with Panera, LLC, then please continue reading about Panera Bread and apply today!

JVDM Profile

The purpose of our Joint Venture programs is to return superior profitability and consistent brand execution through the development of high-quality people. Candidates for a JVDM position must possess the ability and characteristics to move into a Director level Joint Venture Partner (JVP) role.


Proactively manages performance through regular one-on-one coaching, assistance in developing and reviewing progress on development plans, recognizing accomplishments, and making impartial reward decisions

Accurately assesses the strengths and weaknesses of direct reports, provides specific, timely, behavioral feedback to help identify areas in which improvement is needed

Manages the succession planning process by identifying high performers, delegating projects, providing and giving visibility to direct reports' accomplishments

Demonstrates effective partnership management skills including relationship building, involving stakeholders, problem solving, and negotiating

Takes responsibility for "quality control" to achieve operational standards

Demonstrates excellent understanding of profit and loss analysis, diagnoses reasons for problems, and develops action plans to improve results

Uses systems, administrative processes and metrics to perform "gap analysis"

Understands the financial drivers of the business and uses them in making informed and sound decisions that drive the business

Uses resources such as Operations leadership, Support Center departments, and Human Resources, to educate as well as expand management and administrative skills in others

Solicits feedback on personal performance from supervisors, peers, and subordinates

Effectively and timely manages the human resource requests from associates in partnership with the Human Resources Manager


Required Qualifications

Proven track record for building effect teams, hiring, developing, and motivating management teams, shift supervisors, and associates

A courageous leader whom makes good decisions and is an expert at setting priorities.

Metrics at or exceeding Multi Unit qualifications and company standards/expectations around sales, transaction growth, catering, OEA (Operational) audit, Warmth Survey Engagement Score (Associate Satisfaction Survey), Internal Promotions, Turnover, and customer satisfaction

A leader who champions operational integrity, our Cultural Values, Concept Essence, and Panera Warmth

Entrepreneurial instincts with ability to operate within Panera's system and seek out appropriate resources when needed

An uncompromising sense of right and wrong

Mature (self-reliant, self-critical, and self-motivating)

Be adaptable and open to feedback

Ability to submit qualified references

Meets or Exceeds Expectations on a regular basis

Preferred Qualifications

3 plus years of Multi-Unit Restaurant Operations experience

Demonstrated interest in self development

Engaged in associate retention and succession planning

At Panera Bread, each person has the opportunity to make a difference every day in the lives of our associates and customers. Explore that opportunity today and discover if one of these new positions is the right career path for you!


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Other Locations

US-IL-IL-Chicago, US-IL-IL-Chicago Ridge, US-MO-MO-Saint Louis


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