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Senior Interior Designer/Project Manager | High-end Residential

Chicago, IL

Posted: 06/15/24 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Residential Designer- Senior Job Number: 11712

Job Description

Senior Interior Designer/Project Manager

High-end Residential

Chicago, IL

Company Preview: Looking for a positive work environment with great work/life balance? Our client, a high-end design firm focusing on luxury residential projects is an amazing place to work. Not only are the projects truly high-end, but the team is zero drama and there is fair work/life balance.

Position Preview: Working with the Principal and Design Director, the Senior Designer is a creative visionary to oversee all phases of high-end, residential interior design from initial design concept to installation. This position requires an in-depth knowledge of design, showrooms, drafting and space planning, and custom furniture design. The Senior Designer oversees a design team and is responsible for delegating work and tasks accordingly.

Responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Manage all company-offered services including space planning, schematic design, design development, and furniture and finish selection.
  • Represent firm at meetings with clients, architects, contractors, and vendors. Relay relevant information to the Principal and delegate tasks to staff.
  • Effectively communicate design vision and aesthetic to junior staff members. Break down and delegate tasks; oversee design team progress and timelines.
  • Create and maintain budgets for each project
  • Evaluate and make recommendations regarding scope, feasibility, staffing, scheduling and budget requirements of each project.
  • Oversee integration of design services and furniture specifications to assure each project is viewed in total.
  • Verify proposals created by the design team, and oversee timely sending and receipt of proposals, accounts payable, and accounts receivable for potential and ongoing projects.
  • Oversee installation timelines and attend installations.
  • Oversee / manage issues with contractors, vendors and clients. Identify and document problems / conflicts and determine solutions.
  • Maintain continual communication with the Principal regarding project timelines and orders, including the progress of custom orders, timing for fabric selections, workroom inspections, and other project-related information.
  • Develop long-term relationships with clients, design showrooms and vendors through frequent communication and status updates.
  • Build essential knowledge of custom furniture design.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in interior design or Interior Architecture. Associate degree in Interior Design with work experience in interior design or sales of interior furnishings.
  • Minimum 7-10 years’ experience working in a residential interior design firm
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized
  • Experience managing a team and effective delegation of responsibilities to meet project needs and deadlines.
  • Experience managing multiple projects with specified budgets and timelines
  • Experience and comfort working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to interact with peers, management, and other staff in a professional manner
  • Must display a history of successful interior design implementations and a refined sense of style
  • Initiative to follow through and solve problems creatively
  • Valid driver's license and transportation
  • Must be proficient in AutoCad, Microsoft Office and Studio Webware
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and Revit a plus but not required.


Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive Annual Salary (Depends on experience, certifications and portfolio)
  • Benefits Package – Health Insurance Package, PTO, Personal/Sick Days, etc. 


For immediate review and consideration, contact:

Lynde Gillis -

I've been with Interior Talent since 2005! My candidates stay with their employers an average of 4 years and get promoted twice. Read my recommendations as a recruiter:

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Why work with Interior Talent?

  • OUR CLIENTS hire us to FIND YOU
  • Exclusively focused on the Architecture and Design industries
  • We work with the DECISION MAKERS – Owners, Principals, Directors and HR
  • CONFIDENTIALITY & PROFESSIONALISM: We assist with the entire process so that looking into a new opportunity is DISCRETE and CONFIDENTIAL – we highly value your current position and will never do anything that would bring your future into jeopardy
  • EXPERTISE: 17 years of experience
  • We are your advocate and WE GET IT – we know making a career decision is difficult and we’re here for you throughout the whole process

Meet Your Recruiter

Lynde Gillis
Senior Recruiter

Lynde has been building lasting relationships with our clients and candidates since 2005. She is based in Chicago but also spends part of the year between New York and Miami. With her extensive experience in this sector, she brings a personal connection and depth of understanding to each search. Prior to Interior Talent, she was a marketing consultant serving both small private businesses and fortune 500 firms. Plus, if you ever need a restaurant recommendation she’s your girl; having spent time as the Assistant Publisher at Dining Out Magazine. She earned a BA from Columbia College in Business Management and Marketing. 

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