Operations Manager / Project Manager

Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects, PC Daroff Design Inc. + DDI Architects, PC Employer:
Philadelphia, PA, USLocation:
Tue, May 25 '21Posted on:

Daroff Design Inc + DDI Architects, PC (DDI), is an award-winning, internationally recognized interior design and architecture firm. We specialize in the facility programming, master planning, and design of innovative, efficient, and environmentally sustainable facilities for our workplace, hospitality, multi-family, and public sector clients.


The Operations Manager / Project Manager will oversee interior design staff while completing a variety of high-level creative duties. The candidate will be involved in the marketing strategies for the team, meeting with clients, giving direction to staff, and monitoring the progress of all stages of the projects within the studio. The candidate will make ultimate decisions about the concept direction and interior design, including planning, furniture, fixtures, and finishes. The candidate shall further demonstrate his or her success collaborating with consulting team members including architects, furniture dealers, lighting designers, manufacturers, and product representatives while efficiently maintaining clear and open communication. The candidate should be able to adhere to tight deadlines and manage budget constraints to deliver a great design and experience.

Candidates shall have a minimum of a Bachelor of Interior Design or Architecture degree with at least 15 years’ job experience in hospitality and/or entertainment markets, workplace, and transportation. Having an NCIDQ certificate or AIA license is a plus. Considerable experience in hospitality is a plus.  


  •  Hiring, developing, and inspiring the design team and analyzing market research to create more effective designs.
  • Meeting with clients to discuss their needs and the design elements they want and turn abstract concepts into creative ideas.
  • Overseeing the design projects, from start to finish, and monitoring the staff members to ensure they adhere to the budget and timeline constraints.
  • Create and develop ‘storyboards’ for clients and the design team to visualize the complete project vision.
  •  Assume a leadership mentoring role in the programming, conceptual design, space planning, schematic design, and design development phases.
  • Guide the team in each presentation deliverable, outlining the format and content necessary for the appropriate design phase and project type.
  • Review all furniture, material finishes, FF&E, and lighting selections.
  • Review all client presentations and finish boards prior to submission or presentation.
  •  Present the design and presentations to the client.
  • Reviewing feedback from clients and making alterations according to the clients' needs.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager and the team to establish and maintain project goals and quality.
  • Attend Marketing pitches and presentations and assist the Director of Business Development in writing proposal.
  • Attend weekly Management Meetings.

Required Skills

  • Proven commitment to design excellence. 
  •  A minimum of five years’ managerial or senior-level design experience.
  • Excellent leadership, organization, collaboration, and analytical skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to clearly communicate with our in-house team members.
  • Proficient knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles needed to produce well-coordinated projects.
  • Proven ability to prioritize in order to meet deadlines and provide high quality service to clients.
  •  Ability to lead diverse teams in a fast-paced collaborative environment.
  • Proficiency in the use of project management and production software and tools including Microsoft Project, Excel, MSWord, Bluebeam, as well as AutoCAD.  
  • Proficiency in Revit, Photoshop, InDesign, and Sketchup is a plus.

Benefits + Perks

  • Full Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Generous PTO
  • Flexible Hours
  • Lunch + Learn Seminars
  • AIA Membership Dues Covered

Please send a cover letter, resume and samples of your work to

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