German Doner Kebab welcomes Head of Project Management from Nandos

German Doner Kebab has appointed Rich Collie as Head of Project Management to support its ambitious growth strategy.

Collie joins from Nando’s, where he was Project Manager, and will manage the build-out of the fast-casual brand’s restaurant expansion plans throughout the UK.

German Doner Kebab recently announced that it will have opened 12 new restaurants in the UK by the end of 2020, creating in the region of 480 new jobs. The brand also plans to open 40 restaurants during 2021 and boasts a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

Collie will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules.

He will also be charged with building and maintaining close relationships with German Doner Kebab’s multi-unit franchise partners as they build their respective restaurant portfolios.

Imran Sayeed, German Doner Kebab CEO, said, “Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionising the kebab and we are excited to be bringing Rich into the German Doner Kebab family as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future.

“We are currently building further momentum in our plans for growth and have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs.

“Rich truly strengthens our team and will be a key asset for us as we expand our restaurant footprint and develop the relationships with our multi-unit franchise partners as we forge ahead with our ambitions for growth.”

Collie has 18 years’ experience in the UK leisure and hospitality industry, helping to drive the expansion of some of the UK’s most successful brands. During the last eight years he has worked with Nando's new restaurant expansion during its busiest period of growth, including its first sustainable restaurant.

Collie said, “It’s very exciting to be joining German Doner Kebab as it enters a new period of relentless growth. The brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space in the UK and there is huge consumer demand throughout the country.

“GDK’s growth ambitions are second to none and I look forward to contributing to the success of the business as it matures and brings the German Doner Kebab experience to even more people across the UK.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the brand is growing at great pace with 70 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland.

The fast-casual brand currently has 48 restaurants and employs over 1500 people throughout the country as it continues its mission of bringing the GDK experience to more cities throughout the UK.

Further international growth in 2020 includes two new sites in Canada, two in Sweden and one in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The brand’s first site in North America opened in Canada’s Ottawa at the start of September, with a further restaurant opening recently in Surrey, Vancouver.