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Interior Designer | High-end Residential

Chicago, IL

Posted: 02/23/24 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Residential designer Job Number: 13377

Job Description

Interior Designer - High-end Residential | Chicago, IL

The firm’s commitment to exceptional client service is built on a foundation of discretion, integrity and trust. Join this exceptional team as an Interior Designer of high-end residential projects and be a leader in the design industry.

In this Interior Designer role, you will have key impacts in…

  • The management and execution of multiple simultaneous design projects and tasks under the leadership/guidance of design firm owner.
  • The supervision and training of design assistant(s) and design intern(s).
  • The responsibility for continuum of design project related tasks, including: computer and manual drafting; presentations when requested; working as resourceful, creative, flexible and resilient team member; client, vendor, contractor timely communication and direct support for design project execution and trouble shooting.

Key Position Responsibilities

Design Support – Pre and During Project

  • Collaborate with firm owner regarding design project, including: scope, vision and approved vision implementation plan, team responsibilities, budget, schedule and design management.
  • Prepare for client meetings and attend when requested; review design drawings with firm owner for approval and adjustment when indicated.
  • Conduct research for design inspiration for project start up; shop fabrics, wall coverings, lighting, furniture, tile & stone, appliances, plumbing fixtures, carpet, rugs, accessories.
  • Create inventories of existing client furniture, art, etc.; oversee initial preparation and ongoing updating of client binders.
  • Create/oversee site measuring and photographing, along with the creation of schematic space plans, furniture plan concepts, interior elevations, client presentation materials and adjustment of design renderings when indicated.
  • Oversee translation of design specs into proposals and approved proposals into purchase orders.

Design Project Management and Support

  • Maintain project budget integrity through oversight and tracking of project financials, including: purchase orders, quote requests, payment requests, client hourly data and billing.
  • Schedule client and contractor meetings, site visits for installations, project status check ins, delivery and pick-up arrangements, coordination of overlap between interior design and site construction requirements.
  • Create and oversee of project schedules, including: daily updates of project tracking grids, punch lists, task prioritization, time management.
  • Prepare for and oversee project installations; manage warehouse inventory; conduct workroom visits; track/manage vendor shipments.

Design Project Communication – Pre, During and Post-Project

  • Manage vendor correspondence, including: proposals, quotes, ongoing follow-up
  • Manage client correspondence and communication, including: proposals, ongoing updates, timely response to questions, project trouble shooting
  • Communicate ongoing project updates to firm owner and managing director, including: project flow, current/future needs, immediate and near deadlines, etc

Supervise Design Assistant(s) and Design Intern(s)

  • Interview potential intern and design assistant candidates; make hiring recommendations to firm owner and managing director
  • Manage and assign relevant design project duties to intern and design assistant
  • Conduct regular project status and requirement reviews with interns and design assistants

Office Wide

  • Oversee library maintenance and updating, Source and engage new vendors, Vet and attend vendor presentations


  • Accredited degree in design discipline (Interior Design or Architecture) and a demonstrated
  • knowledge of technical, design and construction techniques.
  • 5+ years of residential interior design experience
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving initiative skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize multiple simultaneous project elements and work well under deadlines
  • Expertise in design field technical skills, including AutoCAD, Photoshop, rendering, as well as Studio, Word and Excel
  • Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive the company car

Compensations and Benefits

  • Annual Salary + Robust Benefits Package
  • Robust Benefits Package – health/medical, retirement/ira, holidays, sick time, vacation time, and more

For immediate review and consideration, contact:

Lynde Gillis -

Interior Talent Inc., ASID, IIDA & NKBA Industry Partners

800-915-3012 toll free | 219-617-1555 mobile

I have 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: In the industry since 2003
  • 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

Job Requirements

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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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