DESIGN ASSISTANT

We are looking for a qualified, hardworking, team player to join the team as a Design Assistant. Below you’ll find more details about the position. If it seems like a good fit, please click the link at the bottom of the page to fill out the job application and submit your resume.

JOB DESCRIPTION

FMI Designs, Inc is a well-established and quickly growing interior design studio located in Historic
Downtown Stuart. We focus on creating luxurious spaces for both residentials and commercial clients. The Design Assistant will work under the direction of the Lead Interior Designer(s) to ensure superior workflow and completion of client design projects. Design assistants will assist with client meetings, sourcing, procurement, preparing for presentations, as well as communications and coordinating various contractors, vendors, and installers, and client file management. Experience with creating renderings, room boards preferred. This individual must be able to adjust to changing environments and be extremely organized and detail conscious.

 

KEY DUTIES

 

  • Reports to and takes direction from Principal Designer/Owner, other Lead Designers and Business Manager.

  • Works seamlessly with other team members for needed support in carrying out Design Assistant duties.

  • Frequently check and respond to messages, emails and execute assigned tasks timely.

  • Initiate and require contract execution for Interior Design (FMI) services offered for new clients
    as outlined in company templates.

  • Assist Designer in preparing presentations/proposals/room design boards. Includes gathering samples, product research, product pricing [wholesale and retail], obtain detailed product information from suppliers, quotes from vendors/contractors/installers, to create project scope/budget for client review and approval.

  • Review, collaborate, implement and monitor client design budget and scope of work plan with Principal or Lead Designer.

  • Develop and manage a detailed project schedule and work plan.

  • Present proposals and scope of work/design plan to client.

  • Collect payments from clients and assure all necessary contracts/change orders are properly executed.

  • Prepare purchase orders and track/note associated orders for a client’s project in designated software. 

  • Digitally file all proposals, invoices, work orders, purchase orders, scheme sheets, photos, measurements, installation details and client status in appropriate software programs in accordance with company policy. Tutorials, training, and assistance available. Maintain client file with samples and other relevant product/service information as needed.

  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to Lead Designer, client, trades and team members concerning adjustments and progress.

  • Participate in negotiations and contract creation with vendors and suppliers. 

  • Utilize industry best practices, techniques, and standards throughout entire project execution.

  • Source and procure materials, furniture, and products from preferred vendors, and/or develop new vendor relationships for product sources.

  • Follow company guidelines to off-board client and close project, including obtaining final photos and review from client.

  • Attend weekly Team Meetings for updates and announcements.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • The ideal candidate will be positive, diligent, dedicated, and consistent. 

  • Degree in Interior Design, or in pursuit of degree in interior design preferred.

  • Must have 2-5 years background and experience as interior design or related industry support staff handling decorating products and services.

  • Must be able to understand client objectives for design project, as put forth by Lead Designer.

  • Must have efficient computer skills and competent level of knowledge using Microsoft suite of products. Experience with Asana, Houzz, Houzz Pro, Honeybooks helpful.

  • Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral, to communicate with professionalism and confidence to all clients, trades, contractors, and other team members.

  • Must be respectful, mature reliable, and responsible in all aspects of work performance.

  • Must be a self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and organization and able to work seamlessly with other team members as needed.

  • Must have excellent attention to detail and be able to assure accuracy in implementation of design plans.

  • Must be able to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.

  • Must work independently and prioritize tasks to complete full design projects in accordance with client satisfaction and company procedures, processes, and written contracts.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license, consent to a background check, and provide proof of auto
    coverage.

 

BENEFITS

  • Work one on one with growing design firm

  • Wide variety of projects and hands on job training

  • Opportunity for permanent position within company

  • Opportunity for growth within the company

  • Trade discount for items ordered through Francesca Morgan Interiors

ADDITIONAL

Travel: some travel may be required to local projects 

Office location: Stuart FL

Schedule: M-F HOURS

Classification: 1099