Mid-weight Designer | London

General description

The job based in our London Studio, reporting to the Project Designer and Senior Designer, the Mid-weight Designer is a key part of the creative team who’s primary job is to be involved in all phases of the design process – from concept, through construction and administration on to completion, for multiple projects.

Mid-Weight Designers support Senior Designers in many different ways such as drawing, client co-ordination, site meetings, contributing ideas, acting as Seniors’ deputy and by having deep knowledge of specific projects.

They are able to seamlessly prioritise work, balance multiple demands simultaneously, plan and schedule resources to meet client commitments and deadlines.

Mid-Weight Designers have the ability to collaborate effectively with co-workers and clients, as well as being proficient in liaising with contractors, delegating tasks and providing guidance to Junior Designers.

They should have fantastic attention to detail, work well under pressure and have a flexible, open and inquisitive attitude toward design. They also need to be self-motivated, positive and take on responsibilities such as managing Junior and Graduate Designers. They can work independently, whilst supporting and fitting in to a wider team.

A Mid-Weight Designer is a creative, organised and professional person, who can take an innovative approach to opportunities. They need to have a motivated drive to get things done, natural collaboration skills and be a creative problem solver. A positive mind-set and attention to detail are very important, as is having an understanding of the latest trends and industry guidelines.

Core capabilities

Achieving Results:  To produce a personal performance which can be clearly demonstrated to have assisted the team and the senior designer in achieving its objectives and long-term strategy.

Self Development & Professionalism: To continuously develop skills, knowledge and behaviour to improve level of performance.

Team Work: To contribute to the overall effectiveness of the team.

Developing Others: To build an effective and productive team who exhibit all of the winning behaviours.

Providing Direction: To lead junior team members in achieving the needs of the project.

The ability to problem solve: Where on a project a ‘situation’ arises whether that be on site, with a client, or a studio based issue, key to the role is the ability to resolve the situation by putting forward a clear strategy to be discussed with the senior designer.

Time Management: Key to the role is to balance multiple projects, estimating how long each task will take, prioritising tasks as necessary- ultimately being fully responsible for your time and reaching deadlines.

Relationship Management: To build and maintain close relationships with client, consultants and team.

Key responsibilities

  • Works closely alongside the Senior Designer and Project Designers, assists project team with design concepts and development.
  • Assists with creation and delivering of concepts and presentations
  • Attends design team meetings and reviews.
  • Attends on-site reviews.
  • Maintains notes and photos from job site visits and creates follow-up reports.
  • Establishes and maintains excellent client and supplier relationships.
  • Creates work using Vectorworks, Adobe Packages, Microsoft Office and SketchUp.
  • Offers input to creative meetings and promotes the sharing of ideas.
  • Delivers neat, clear and accurate design information and schedules.
  • Liaises effectively with clients and other team members.
  • Assists the FF&E designers in specifying materials, furnishings & fittings, in keeping with the client brief, RSS style & industry requirements and regulations.
  • Interact with Studio Managers and the Creative Director to ensure delivery of work to a consistently high standard.
  • Supervises project photo shoots alongside the FF&E designer.
  • Contributes to design concepts, design development and materials
  • Works with external professional consultants,
  • Ability to make and implement design decisions where appropriate.
  • Keeps senior team informed of design progress.
  • Ability to set and track the designs according to budget.
  • Set key dates alongside the Senior/ Project Designer for the issue of RIBA Stage information.
  • Act as secondary point of contact between design team and Client team.
  • Assist management of client sign-off of all design drawings and documents.
  • Ensures team maintains realistic project timelines.
  • Ensures changes are communicated within the team.
  • Supervises, inspires, motivates and monitors junior team members.
  • Works to tight deadlines on multiple tasks.
  • Introduces new ways of working, above and beyond the brief.
  • Takes an active role in all stages of design projects
  • Seeks ownership of smaller jobs/pieces of work
  • Keeps personal development up to date with ‘state-of- the-art’ techniques, equipment, best practices and developments within the design community.

Professional qualifications and preferred experience

  • 3+ years’ professional experience as a designer is required as well as a BA in interior design (or related degree).
  • Fantastic attention to detail.
  • Works well under pressure.
  • Flexible, open and inquisitive attitude toward design.
  • Self-motivated and positive personality.
  • Creative, confident, organised and professional.
  • Takes on responsibilities, e.g. managing Junior and Graduate Designers.
  • Proactive attitude towards work.
  • Takes ownership of projects.
  • Self-directed with daily work.
  • Able to interpret and implement a creative vision and deliver original design concepts/ideas.
  • Proficiency in Vectorworks, Adobe Packages, Mac OS, Microsoft Office and SketchUp.
  • Knowledge of financial aspects of running a design project on time and on budget.
  • Advise and comment on both contractor and architects/consultants and drawings, specifications and production.
  • Fantastic verbal and written communication skills.
  • Works independently, whilst supporting and fitting in to a team.
  • Takes an innovative approach to opportunities when appropriate.
  • Good knowledge of the latest trends and industry guidelines.