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Kendall Wilkinson Design
Working with the Principal, Design Director and design team, the Senior Designer is a creative visionary to oversee all phases of high-end, residential interior design from initial design concept to installation. This position requires an in-depth knowledge of design, showrooms, drafting and space planning, and custom furniture design. The Senior Designer oversees a design team and is responsible for delegating work and tasks accordingly. This is an exempt position requiring critical thinking and independent judgment in the course of daily interactions with peers, clients and vendors.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Coordinate and drive all phases of high-end, residential interior design from initial design concept to installation.
Manage all company-offered services including space planning, schematic design, design development, and furniture and finish selection.
Represent KWD at meetings with clients, architects, contractors, and vendors. Relay relevant information to the Principal and design team, and delegate tasks to staff.
Effectively communicate Principal’s design vision and aesthetic to junior staff members. Break down and delegate tasks; oversee design team progress and timelines.
Create and maintain budgets for each project in Studio IT.
Evaluate and make recommendations regarding scope, feasibility, staffing, scheduling and budget requirements of each project.
Oversee integration of design services and furniture specifications to assure each project is viewed in total.
Source products / services and prepare proposals for presentations to clients. Verify proposals created by the design team, and oversee timely sending and receipt of proposals, accounts payable, and accounts receivable for potential and ongoing projects. Confer with vendors, Principal and other designers during all stages of product development to ensure accurate production.
Prepare floor, space, and furniture plans and elevations in AutoCAD, and produce hand drawings or computer renderings that communicate design intent.
Prepare and maintain interior design plan documents such as finish schedules, specifications, product / room matrixes, templates, schedules, and shop drawings.
Oversee installation timelines and attend installations.
Oversee / manage issues with contractors, vendors and clients. Identify and document problems / conflicts and determine solutions.
Maintain continual communication with Principal and design team regarding project timelines and orders, including the progress of custom orders, timing for fabric selections, workroom inspections, and other project-related information.
Develop long-term relationships with clients, design showrooms and vendors through frequent communication and status updates.
Build essential knowledge of custom furniture design.
Maintain all project-related information in paper filing systems, electronic folders, and Studio IT.
Assist in the weekly maintenance of the office.
Other duties as assigned.
4-year degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture
At least eight to ten years of experience in high-end residential design, including construction and renovation projects
Experience managing a team and effective delegation of responsibilities to meet project needs and deadlines.
Experience managing multiple projects with specified budgets and timelines
Experience and comfort working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Outstanding technical knowledge of design genres, history, and antiques
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Must display a history of successful interior design implementations and a refined sense of style
Creative problem-solving, organizational, and time management skills
Clear and concise communication skills, both verbal and written
Advanced skills in AutoCAD, SketchUp, and/or other design programs - we need to talk about whether we want to keep this in here. NONE of our designers know SketchUp and especially not the Seniors and the only program we're really using is CAD right now.
Proficiency in - or the ability to quickly learn - Studio IT
Ability to interact with peers, management, and other staff in a professional manner
Ability to work within a team and proactively create harmonious and professional relationships
Willingness to observe company policies, procedures, and the instructions of the Principal and management
Solid hand drafting and rendering skills
Experience in furniture and product design a plus
This position functions under the direct supervision of the Principal and Design Director.
Kendall Wilkinson Design is an award-winning firm specializing in high-end residential projects. We offer an exciting and fast-paced environment and an energetic team. Our range of projects covers full remodels, ground up construction and extensive interior appointments. Please visit us at www.kendallwilkinson.com.
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