Graphic Designer in San Diego, CA at Qdoba

Date Posted: 9/19/2023

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    San Diego, CA
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:

Job Description


Getting our start in 1995, QDOBA has grown to more than 760 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Even though our footprint has grown tremendously in the past 25 years, we’ve always stayed true to our brand promise: Bringing Flavor To People’s Lives. For four years running, QDOBA has been voted the “Best Fast Casual Restaurant” as part of the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. We believe the flavor of our people is the most important ingredient to QDOBA’s success. We are an optimistic and entrepreneurial collective that celebrates positivity, creativity, and innovation. At our core, we are a glass half-full, can-do bunch, united as one to make a great brand.


The Graphic Designer is a mid-level position that works under the supervision and guidance from the Senior Brand Creative Lead. This position is part of a team responsible for designing print and digital assets to support in-restaurant, digital and field marketing efforts. The ideal candidate is experienced in both print and digital-forward design, combining the use of technology and graphic design to create media meant to be viewed on a screen or digital interface. You are a master at time management, focused, detail-oriented, organized, flexible, a team-player, and can take feedback in stride. You have a meticulous eye and attention to detail, and can multi-task to meet multiple deadlines while maintaining quality control in our fast-paced department.


  • Create print and digital layouts to support corporate-wide and localized marketing initiatives.
  • Create and review mechanicals. Prepare projects for final delivery for press and digital usage including pre-flighting, typesetting and layout adjustment.
  • Follow the established creative development process, art direction and technical feedback in a professional manner to accomplish projects within the specified timeframe.
  • Work hands on with the Sr. Brand Creative Lead on various campaigns and creative projects.
  • Manage multiple projects with multiple deadlines effectively and communicates often with supervisor and creative team on status updates.
  • Work within established Brand standards; is a Brand steward and will uphold Brand standards across all channels and projects.
  • Re-format and re-size existing art files to create new print-ready or web-ready assets.
  • Adjust, manipulate, edit, and compose multiple images with precision and in a timely manner.
  • Build templates for digital asset management platform library.
  • Mentor, assist and provide feedback as needed to junior designers and intern.
  • Correct typography usage, layout, reading priority, color story where appropriate.
  •  Proactive in problem solving and bringing solutions when questions arise.
  •  Has keen ability to ask the right questions to get to the source of a creative problem.
  •  Keep tabs on development and latest design trends.


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in Art, Graphic Design, or related field.


Experience:  5+ years of graphic design experience preferred; recently worked in a corporate or agency environment at least 2 years within a team of at least 2 or more designers; Macintosh design experience is a must. Design portfolio required for consideration.



  • Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud specifically InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, and Microsoft 365.
  • Understands creative workflow, file management and time management on platforms such as Box, Basecamp, and Brandfolder.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • An appreciation for Mexican culture and food and skills in illustration and/or animation is a plus.


Physical Requirements –Ability to operate a computer, i.e., desktop, laptop, tablet, etc. Ability to speak/hear clearly in person and on the telephone. Ability to work efficiently in open environment. Ability to travel within the facility or offsite.

Work Environment – Ability to work in a hybrid capacity (3 days in office / 2 days work from home).



Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.

Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Functional/Technical Skills: Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills to do the job at a high level of accomplishment.

Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of new projects.

Listening: Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.

Problem Solving: Is solution-oriented and uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn't stop at the first answers.

Time Management: Uses time effectively and efficiently; values time; concentrates efforts on the more important priorities; can attend to a broad range of activities; strong work-ethic.


QDOBA will make reasonable accommodations to allow a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities and to perform the essential functions of the job. This position description should be applied accordingly.

Pay Range: $65,000-$75,000


  • Medical, Dental, Vision, & 401k
  • PTO (including vacation and sick)
  • Tuition reimbursement

CA Notice of Collection:

Join the Apollo HBCUNet Talent Network

Joining the Apollo HBCUNet Talent Network will enhance your job search and application process. Whether you apply for a position or just leave your information with us, we hope to stay connected with you.

You can choose to sign up for alerts of new job opportunities that match your interests and background, or to receive relevant communications. You can also share job opportunities with your family and friends.

We are here to open more pathways to opportunities for diverse talent: but it all begins with you.

Join Apollo HBCUNet