DESIGN ASSISTANT

Chicago, IL

Here’s the deal:

Outline Interiors is looking for an enthusiastic, and self-driven Design Assistant to join and support our talented design team and Principal Designer! This role comes with the rare opportunity to be at the forefront of a rapidly growing interior design firm that has a culture we like to describe as the opposite of The Devil Wears Prada. This position is imperative to the success and smooth execution of our projects, and your happiness at our firm matters as much as our lovely Clients do. We are a small team that executes BIG projects in a highly supportive and fun-loving (sometimes goofy) environment. This is an Attitude-Free Zone where we work hard, play hard, and together maintain the highest of standards in our work product. At OI we invest heavily in our people and their success so there is plenty of room for upward mobility. This is a contract, hourly role with potential to transition into a full-time position with company benefits.


Required Experience:

Our team consists of A-players only. You must be capable of executing tasks independently, managing high-profile clients and vendor relationships with the utmost professionalism and patience, and be a wizard at problem solving and trouble-shooting complex design issues with ease and grace. You must have at least 1-2 years of experience working in the interior design industry and be an Auto-Cad and Photoshop Guru. Advanced proficiency in design planning tools such as Sketchup, Revit, 3D renderings, and impeccable client relationship skills are also required.


All in a day's work:

  • Attend site visits, measures, vendor visits, sourcing outings, and Client meetings

  • Source product, materials, and finishes that are in line with Project aesthetic, budget, and timeline parameters

  • Obtain estimates from vendors and create Client Proposal Packages

  • Coordinate order placement from time of purchase to delivery

  • Manage any issues with damaged deliveries

  • Maintain Materials Library and return vendor samples

  • Manage Client inventory at storage facility

  • Drafting floor plans, furniture layouts, and elevations

  • Creation of Client presentations, renderings, and budgets

  • Maintain and order office supplies

  • Maintain office cleanliness


Who Dis?

A Team Player:

You contribute, listen, and are always seeking opportunities to help those around you. You have a contagious personality and live your life treating everyone you meet with loads of dignity and respect. This is a true team environment – we are looking for someone who is always willing to lend a hand (like, literally), and relishes in the satisfaction of staying on top of all the behind-the-scenes minutia that keeps our firm ticking.

A People Person:

Client support, satisfaction, and interaction is our business, and when it comes to exceptional customer service and adapting quickly to a range of personality types - your emotional intelligence places you off the charts! You’re confident and comfortable speaking in front of groups and seamlessly managing Client relationships every step of the way. Simply put - it's in your DNA to leave every interaction on a positive note, and with the other side feeling loved, heard, and supported. 

Detail - oriented: 

Your friends and family probably call you a “perfectionist” and would describe you as reliable, organized, and never missing a beat. You have a true love for organization, orderly detail, and always operate under the motto “measure twice, cut once”. Our success and work product is highly dependent upon insanely accurate notes, measurements, and date entry for order placements and deliveries.

Relentless:

Nothing excites you more than keeping your to-do list crossed off each day. When it comes to tracking things down, you do so with persistent vigor. You don’t just follow up by email, you call, text and even show up in person when you have to! When it comes to holding vendors accountable for late, missing, or damaged shipments you have an uncanny ability to work with people and reconcile the situation with grace, but sometimes pull out your “velvet hammer” when needed.

Driven and Self-Motivated:

You are open and willing to receive direction and are able to run with that to complete your given tasks. You don’t require hand-holding or micro-managing (because ain’t nobody got time for that). You are motivated to do your job to the best of your ability, and go above and beyond when needed. 

A Contributor:

You get joy from making contributions and significantly impacting the firm and those around you. You know that creating a beautiful, glamorous space sometimes isn’t always a beautiful, glamorous process – and that’s okay! Simply put - you work hard, get things done and love doing what you do with a smile. 


Ok… so yes, we do have to drive home the boring resume requirements… 

  • 1-2 years of professional interior design or internship experience

  • Exceptional Auto CAD, and Adobe Photoshop skills

  • Exceptional 2D and 3D Drafting and Rendering skills in tools like Sketchup and/or Revit

  • Exceptional attention to detail

  • Exceptional Microsoft Office skills

  • Professional communication skills (both with Vendors and Clients)

  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple design projects simultaneously

  • Must be a team player and willing to chip in when needed

  • Ability to express your ideas clearly, while also being able to take direction and feedback

The fun stuff… this is our passion… we love to take care of our people!

  • A festive and supportive culture that lives and breathes the motto “work hard, play hard”

  • Brand-new Loft Office Space drenched in sunlight and PLANTS located in the heart of the West Loop - come help us break it in!

  • Unique opportunity to be a part of a rapidly growing interior design firm

  • Lots of room for growth and career upside! 

  • Lots of Happy Hours/dinners with design reps/vendors, and Team Movie Days (duh!)

About Outline Interiors:

Founded in 2014, Outline Interiors is a full-service residential and new development design firm based in Chicago. Its Founder and Principal Designer, Laura Tribbett, has over 12 years of design experience at some of the most prestigious firms in NYC and Chicago including David Easton, William Georgis, Thom Filicia, Thomas Juul-Hansen, and Branca. She has been privileged to work on high end residential and developer driven design projects of all scales all over the world. Founding Outline Interiors came with the awesome opportunity to create the ideal office culture. Laura truly believes there’s no better way to operate than to work hard / play hard, while treating everyone (co-workers, clients, vendors, installers) with the utmost respect. She is passionate about cultivating that vibe with the right people. Laura loves to surround herself with hardworking, interesting teammates, cool plants, tons of snacks and endless Spindrift, and just dive into design. Come join us and see your hard work result in a tangible finished product that shapes the way people live.

 

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