Foodservice Design Associate Principal – Rippe Associates




Do you know and love healthcare foodservice but dream of a new challenge? We may have a perfect opportunity to apply your knowledge and experience!

Rippe Associates is looking for an Associate Principal with Healthcare Foodservice experience.

Rippe Associates is a 26-person foodservice consulting firm that works with architects, owners, and operators to design kitchens, serving areas, coffee shops and other foodservice spaces for a range of industries. We work in healthcare, schools, higher education, corrections, and hospitality markets across the country.

In each market, our job is to understand the foodservice operation, develop design solutions that meet their operating goals and then document designs through drawings and written equipment specifications. We also coordinate with the construction team to ensure the final project matches the design intent.

Most projects are managed by a team of Rippe specialists. Principals work directly with clients to understand goals and develop a design, Project Managers produce the design in Revit, Equipment Specialists select equipment that is used in the design. As a project progresses, more and more detail is documented.

The Associate Principal first learns our business by working with Principals on projects. The initial learning includes facility and equipment assessments, equipment selection and specifications, project fee proposals, contracts and billing review, coordinating client meetings to present and discuss project documents.
The Associate Principal begins to manage and then lead projects independently and becomes more involved in sales and marketing activities, with development into leadership responsibilities within Rippe. Leadership includes management of up to 3 individuals within the market segment and participation in Steering Committee and Strategic Planning for company.

Healthcare foodservice is unique in serving patients, staff, and visitors while meeting code requirements. Healthcare experience is important for success as an Associate Principal and for credibility with our healthcare clients.

Other important qualifications are:

Knowledge about foodservice operations and equipment
Experience in communicating with C-Suite level employees
Presentation skills both virtual and face to face
Interest in design
Attentive to detail
Excellent writing and speaking skills
Adaptability, critical thinking, problem solving, and resourcefulness
Proficient in MS products Power point, Xcel, and Word
Ability to learn new technology programs (Bluebeam and Revit)
People Management Experience is a plus
4-year degree in related field

Food Service Design Associate Principal Salary Range: $75,000 – $95,000.
Rippe is a hybrid environment currently at 20% in office and 80% remote work (plus Travel).


What Rippe Offers to Employees:

At Rippe, we not only design Kitchens That WorkTM; we build Careers for a Lifetime! We offer:

Training & Career Development thru onboarding and career path programs, mentoring, and both internal training and external paid training.
Paid Time Off (PTO) to support wellbeing and to balance a fulfilling work and personal life.
Holidays Off – 7 paid holidays.
Financial Security through competitive compensation, profit sharing and retirement plans.
Planning for Your Future thru 401K program with employer match.
Health Care plan options to focus on peace of mind coverage.
Additional Benefit Offerings of Employer paid Basic Life, AD&D, and Long-Term Disability Benefits for you.
Optional Voluntary Benefits available thru payroll deduction for Whole & Term Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Individual Medical Bridge, Accident Insurance, Cancer Assist Insurance, and Critical Illness options.
The Stability of a Company who is at the top of the food service design industry; who is well respected min the industry for high quality standards and top ten in consulting firms with equipment specification; and whose focus of designing from the operator’s perspective produces successful food service in a variety of market segments for 40 years.
Dog Friendly Workplace

When asked, ‘What sets Rippe apart?’ – Our teams replied:

Longevity and experience of all employees and principals
Attention to Detail / Precise and Detailed Drawings
We are not just a company; we are a team.
We are passionate about learning and bringing all our industry knowledge to every project.
We care about our clients, our co-workers, and our community.
We design kitchens based on what we have learned from working in them.
And many more…

To find out more about Rippe Associates, the Project we design for, and our team, visit

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