Energy/Sustainability Manager

Panda Express Rosemead , CA 91770

Posted 4 months ago

At Panda, we all share a common mission: "Deliver exceptional Asian dining experiences by building an organization where people are inspired to better their lives." We invest in our people because great people run great operations that will exceed our guests' expectations. Talk to any of our associates and you will experience a culture dedicated to its mission and our five fundamental values- Proactive, Respect/Win-Win, Growth, Great Operations, and Giving.

Panda Restaurant Group includes the original Panda Inn fine dining restaurants, Panda Express, our Gourmet Chinese food concept served in a fast-casual environment, and Hibachi San, our Japanese grill concept. The family owned and operated company is still run by founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng.

Panda offers competitive benefits and rewarding opportunities, from entry-level positions to management. We have restaurant positions available nationwide and support center positions in Rosemead, CA. Come join the nation's largest and fastest growing Asian restaurant company.

Energy/Sustainability Manager

The Energy/Sustainability Manager is responsible for energy conservation, company sustainability programs, messaging and implementing sustainable initiatives as well as utilities usage and cost saving programs. The Energy/Sustainability Manager oversees energy procurement, utilities consultant management, waste management program and zero waste initiatives, utility cost reduction, and energy management systems. This position is responsible for sourcing, evaluating, piloting and implementing gas, water, electric and waste improvement technology. This position provides input to design and construction to optimize the design and maintenance of stores from an engineering standpoint to enhance store functionality and energy use. The Energy/Sustainability Manager may also require support for the engineering function focused on improving the design and maintenance of Panda stores to increase equipment reliability and reduce repair and maintenance costs.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions in this job description are not all-inclusive of this job's duties and responsibilities.

  • Oversees energy procurement and conservation, waste removal, utility cost reduction, and energy management systems. Seeks ways to reduce energy, water, sewage and trash costs at Panda stores.

  • Procures natural gas and electricity through supply agreements. Negotiates contracts to attain energy at the best possible rates. Manages all cost reduction possibilities related to utilities.

  • Researches and evaluates potential energy and water saving technologies, coordinating with other RD functions and departments as appropriate. Proposes, plans, and implements energy saving programs as well as utility rebate opportunities.

  • Works closely with Operations and with Facilities Managers on utility and related issues. Supports Facilities Managers and GMs with problem resolution and with roll out of new technologies, systems, and equipment.

  • Optimizes the design and maintenance of stores from an engineering standpoint to enhance store functionality for associates and guests. Identifies ways to increase equipment reliability and reduce repair and maintenance costs.

  • Partners with Design and Construction to integrate field experience into store design; conducts engineering evaluation related to existing design and equipment, and tracks industry innovations and trends.

  • Works with Marketing, Public Relations and CDO on corporate Sustainability message and programs that support efforts the company makes related to sustainability. Provides advice and training to stakeholder departments related to sustainability and energy reduction projects

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Sustainability, Energy Management or Engineering required

  • Minimum five years of energy/sustainability experience with increasing management responsibility, preferably in the retail/hospitality environment

  • Successful completion of annual store training

Panda Restaurant Group's culture is strongly guided by our Mission and Values, highlighted on the Panda websites. We recommend all interested candidates become familiar with our Mission and Values, as well as the principals of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey.

Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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