Assouline is searching for the ideal candidate with a unique skill set. The ability to handle Construction and Design from concept through installation in the luxury retail market, as well as a strong background in furniture design, lighting design, millwork and sourcing. Strong ability to produce and oversee fabrication drawings, detailed specifications, and budgets is integral to the position. The ability to negotiate with general contractors, fabricators, and manufacturers is critical. This position reports to the VP of Retail.
Manage contractors, other consultants, junior designer & retail partners for all Store Planning projects
Effectively implement and reinforce brand design, construction & maintenance project standards
Produce space planning, elevations, and ID documents in AutoCAD
Read construction documents, red-line shop drawings, and produce take-offs for owner supplied materials and to maintain standard operating procedures & established construction timelines & budgets
Coordinate and manage all phases of new or temporary store construction and remodels including overseeing of quality control, budget proposals and final account settlements
Track all project deadlines, budgets, deliverables including owner-supplied items
Proactively manage changes in project scope and devise contingency plans/options when applicable
Perform periodic site visits and inspect progress of construction projects and installations as needed
Ensure completion of punch lists and proper close-out of all projects
Support repair and maintenance responsibilities and budgets for existing store network
Assist in benchmarking local sourced materials, vendors and contractors
Help build, develop & grow existing and new local suppliers’ national and international network and business relationships
Plan and prioritize purchasing activities
Reviews planned orders, creates requisitions for purchased items, and manages approval process & purchases
Tracks orders and confirms lead times, delivery dates, and costs
Reviews, updates, and maintains purchase orders until they are closed
Maintain and help to evolve design resources / library
Frequent client interaction/presentations
Studying, researching and planning various styles of furniture design; keeping informed about design trends and developments
Reports to VP of Retail
Ideal candidate will have MINIMUM (5) years of strong retail Interior Design built-out experience in a luxury goods environment.
Ability to read and red-line full drawing sets is a MUST.
Prior Project Management experience including budgets & negotiation skills
Must have excellent computer skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office with experience in AutoCAD, Adobe PhotoShop and Acrobat
College Degree in related areas is preferred.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, organization, follow up and problem solving and negotiation skills are required.
Knowledge of permits and building standards.
Creative ability to understand overall vision and execute design from inception to installation.
Ability to travel & valid driver’s license required.