Senior Design Director

Job details

Posted Monday 08 May 2023
Location London
Job type Permanent
Reference 1415
Recruiter Name Margarida Araujo
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The applicant must be a qualified architect/design director with at least 10 years post qualification experience. The role will focus on assisting with the management of the interior design delivery for a number of high-end residential projects for a private client.

  • Establishing, defining and obtaining sign-off of the Client’s project briefs including design objectives, priorities, functionality, budgets and programme
  • Work with the wider design team as appropriate to assess and establish the technical brief, constraints, opportunities and feasibility of the Client’s brief
  • Develop a design, procurement and implementation programme establishing milestones and critical paths for Client sign off
  • Agree budgets for each interior defining the extent of bespoke, custom and readymade items to ensure good value for money and obtain Client sign off
  • Provide in-house design feasibility studies with budgets
  • Ensuring throughout the design procurement and implementation process that guidelines of the project brief are monitored and met regarding quality, time and budget, reporting regularly to the Client on progress.
  • Take responsibility of leading and coordinating the design managing interfaces with adjacent works and trades at all stages
  • Liaise and coordinate with external consultants and architects to manage the production of high-quality designs
  • Quality check on site, ensuring the delivery meets expectations
  • Review, critique and enhance design proposals within the Client brief
  • Provide critical review of space planning and design to add value
  • Communicate, report, liaise and work effectively with the Family Office teams (Finance, Property)
  • Manage resourcing, effective and efficient utilisation of existing staff
  • Identify future skills sets required to create an exemplary interior design team and develop future recruitment strategy and programme to match the need of the Client projects and property portfolio
  • Drafting employment contracts and job descriptions
  • Manage day to day financial operation of the interiors team

Skills necessary:

  • Experience of working on all RIBA job stages (Concept Design to delivery and implementation)
  • Proven experience of delivering of high-end residential developments
  • Excellent and extensive knowledge of suppliers, specialist trades companies, artisans, manufacturers and installers
  • Excellent knowledge of design detailing, specification, and current legislation and design standards
  • Ability to communicate design and spatial concepts through sketching, sketch up models, (managing of) CGIs, mood and sample boards etc
  • Experience producing design packages from concept to construction,
  • Understanding of design deliverables, production information and project programmes
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and techniques to enable practical details to be developed and procured, and detailed assembly / fabrication drawings to be reviewed
  • Ability to engage with and monitor manufacture and delivery of design proposals to ensure excellent quality through supplier, factory and quarry visits as required
  • Strong design and spatial planning skills
  • Focussed, organised with confident client facing skills
  • Someone who can communicate clearly, effectively and assertively with consultants and contractors
  • Someone who is able to challenge, and problem solve
  • The ability to propose and contribute strategies to ensure all opportunities are fully explored
  • The willingness and flexibility to lead motivate and direct a dynamic team
  • The ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Proficient in Vectorworks
  • This role would be for someone legally eligible to work in the UK
  • The role would require flexibility in the candidates availability to meet the Client out of standard office hours including early mornings and weekends