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Director of Build and Construction, Southeast

KREWE du optic

KREWE du optic

New Orleans, LA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

KREWE is an independent high-fashion eyewear company inspired by the creativity and spirit of New Orleans, our hometown. Since launching in 2013, the brand has continued to grow and evolve with an extensive offering of unique, hand-crafted sun and optical frames designed in New Orleans and crafted with the utmost attention to detail. In addition to brick and mortar locations, mobile and tiny house concept stores, and a robust ecommerce business, the brand is also available at many notable independent and major retailers such as Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Shopbop. KREWE’s unique approach to eyewear has created a cult following amongst consumers and influencers alike. Our frames have appeared in publications from GQ to VOGUE and on celebrities such as Beyonce, Gigi Hadid, Meghan Markle, Carrie Underwood, Hailey Bieber, Zayne Malik, Scott Disick, and Adam Huber, among others.

As the business grows, we are seeking smart, creative, and experienced individuals to join our talented team! Key attributes and qualities we are looking for in candidates include an entrepreneurial spirit, a best-practices methodology, highest standards for execution, and a high level of accountability. Successful candidates are innovative and solution-oriented, adaptable and resilient, and team-oriented with a lean-in attitude.

We are currently searching for a high-performing Director of Build and Construction for the southeast region to join our team. Reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer, this key player will be responsible for managing our store development programs in the southeast region, securing financing for approved projects, overseeing construction projects through detailed timelines and hands-on project management, and ensuring on-time, on-budget execution in all locations. The ideal candidate brings an extensive background in construction/project management, budget/capex planning and allocation, vendor selection, contract negotiation, and facilities management.

To be successful in this role you'll have:

  • Expertise in planning and managing multiple build projects at once, including end-to-end management of new store build-outs
  • Exceptional budget management and invoice tracking skills
  • Deep understanding of municipal build regulations and requirements
  • Ability to contribute effectively in the value engineering process to reduce costs without compromising brand objectives
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Proven ability to effectively onboard and negotiate with new vendors and contractors to achieve desired outcomes

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize buildout plans, sequencing, timelines and calendars for pipeline of build and maintenance projects
  • Select and manage vendors to the completion of contracted deliveries
  • Work with finance to estimate and secure financing for all projects and control expenses through to completion
  • Ensure compliance with local municipalities through permit acquisition
  • Plan and manage the maintenance budget and projects for all existing facilities
  • Track and oversee progress via frequent site-visits [travel required]


  • Based in New Orleans, requiring regular in-person office presence in our New Orleans headquarters.
  • Minimum 7 years experience in construction development/management
  • Advanced in Google Drive
  • Advanced in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Advanced in construction, architectural and store planning terminology
  • Working knowledge of store and field operations
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills and proven ability to mobilize teams and projects
  • Ability to work independently or as a member of the team
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
  • Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and multi-task with minimal supervision

Benefits and Perks:

  • Competitive wage
  • Group health plans: health, vision and dental insurance
  • Welfare benefits: life, ad&d, supplemental voluntary coverage
  • FSA Plan & HSA Program
  • 401(K) Investment Options
  • Adoption Assistance, EAP, Commuter Benefits
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Quarterly Cultural Spend
  • Ongoing Training and Development, an Educational Allowance
  • 10 paid holidays and unlimited Paid Time Off
  • KREWE employee frame discount (of course!)

Diversity and Inclusion:

KREWE believes in providing an inclusive workplace where all individuals have the opportunity to succeed. We are proud to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without discrimination or retaliation because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, pregnancy or any other protected characteristic as established by applicable local, state, or federal law.