Senior FF&E designer
To ensure that the furniture, fittings and equipment (FF&E) requirements on all projects are sourced, ordered and delivered on time, on budget and to brief. Manage, mentor and develop junior and/or middleweight FF&E designers and work closely with interior designers to ensure project is delivered holistically.
Role and responsibilities
FF&E are involved at all stages of the project:
lead initial concept meetings
provide information and make suggestions on availability of suitable FF&E as required
create boards/layout plans, attend meetings present FF&E concepts to clients
work with designers to prepare full FF&E schedule
work with designers to prepare, schedule and cost all FF&E specifications
prepare spreadsheets outlining all costs
liaise with DD and accounts department to ensure all costs budgets are approved
oversee purchase orders, specification sheets and control books for all requirements
negotiate, co-ordinate and liaise with suppliers to ensure that all specifications and deliveries are being met on time and on budget and to the best possible quality to meet standards
generate solutions and alternatives as problems arise and seek approval from designers and client
liaise and negotiate with suppliers throughout the procurement of FF&E
ensure regular and open communication with internal and external teams and suppliers
co-ordinate receipt, delivery and installation of all FF&E
ensure all FF&E specifications are delivered to site as scheduled
assist in final stages of project ensuring that all FF&E, accessories and styling requirements are met
oversee professional photography
lead, manage and mentor one to three middleweight/junior FF&E designers taking full responsibility for their development and delivery
maintain and develop existing relationships with existing suppliers and manufacturers
research and meet with new suppliers to ascertain suitability and advance WW supplier base
ensure that FF&E library/sample area is managed and maintained
assist with any ad hoc FF&E issues as they arise
Desired skills and experience
confident and articulate
results focused and deadline driven
organised and efficient
product and materials
design trends in the industry
general knowledge of interior architecture with the ability to read and understand technical drawings including furniture shop drawings
proven experience in project management (budgeting, scheduling etc)
minimum of five years of working in FF&E/design preferably on bespoke projects
a good understanding of current trends and experience of working in at least two key luxury interior markets/sectors (retail, lifestyle bar restaurant or hotel) including high-end residential projects
degree or equivalent in textiles or interior design
Excel – essential
Word – essential
CAD - desirable
Waldo Works is a multidisciplinary design practice that works across the retail, hotel and residential sectors in both architecture and interior design. We work with well-known British and international brands as well as individuals and aim to make environments that work commercially and creatively. We are currently an office of ten – a mix of architects, architectural designers and interior designers.
Waldo Works is interested in the character and meaning created through our designs. We take a conceptual and experimental approach to look for the best design solutions for our clients. We research, debate and refine designs within the office, throughout the different processes and scales of a project and try to achieve inspirational and exciting environments.
All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
No agencies please.
How to apply
To apply for this role please respond to this advertisement by sending your CV and covering letter to contact mail quoting the title of the position you are applying for.