Interior DESIGN MANAGER
The Design Manager at Thomas Interiors is a non-production design management role overseeing a team of 16 designers. This role will collaborate extensively with sales to represent design process in sales presentations and contribute design deliverables as needed for client projects.
Develop and manage a best-in-class design department through enacting a performance management cycle, to include performance evaluations and coaching
Manage all departmental project assignments while actively looking for process improvement opportunities
Ensure adherence to the departmental budget and company policies and procedures
Build a robust training program within the Design Department to develop a strong working knowledge of the contract furniture lines, including features/benefits, pricing, application and assembly, specification options and nomenclature, etc.
Maintain a strong working knowledge of workplace trends, such as ergonomics, technology integration, teaming, alternative office environments, etc.
Manage all outsourcing of design services, including renderings
Facilitate departmental professional development opportunities to enable designers to grow professionally and broaden their experience
Interface regularly with external stakeholders, including clients, general contractors, subcontractor tradespeople, clients’ A&D firms, electricians, etc.
Collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders across all company departments
Serve as the lead facilitator of discovery sessions with new and existing clients
Partner with Herman Miller’s Design Readiness Department to implement training and technology initiatives
Network with local interior design schools to build candidate pipelines for internships or full-time positions
Represent the Company in the local chapters of ASID, IIDA, and other design-related organizations
EDUCATION + EXPERIENCE
Four-year degree in interior design required from a CIDA-accredited program
Minimum of 10 years of interior design experience
5+ years of system furniture/space planning preferred
5+ years of management experience preferred
NCIDQ certification preferred
Proficient in AutoCAD and either ProjectMatrix or 2020 Cap
Experience with CET Designer preferred
Highly proficient in all Microsoft Office programs
SKILLS + ABILITIES
Strong understanding of contract furniture processes, including order preparation, project management, and delivery/installation
Extensive knowledge of the interior design field and current practices
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organization
Excellent graphic design capabilities and design eye
Detail-oriented with problem-solving abilities
Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment
Self-motivated, proactive, and able to work with minimal supervision