Assemble is seeking a studio manager to join its practice in London.
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We are looking for a studio manager to join our friendly design practice as a full-time member of the team. The role focuses on the ongoing management and administration of Assemble and assisting with the running of our space, Sugarhouse Studios, in Bermondsey, South London.
We cook lunch for each other every day (all dietary requirements catered for) and have office-wide design reviews once a week. At Assemble, you will also have access to the Sugarhouse Studios workshop facilities, bench space and secure bicycle parking.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our practice. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We welcome applications from people requiring flexible working arrangements and from anyone with any professional or educational background. If you have any questions about our working environment please get in touch.
Assemble are an award-winning art, design and architecture practice based in London. Our work focuses on using design as a tool to improve social and cultural life in the built environment. Assemble were the recipients of the 2015 Turner Prize.
Our work covers activities including design, brief development, organising events and hands-on construction, all of which is underpinned by the belief that broader involvement creates richer results.
In 2016 we moved our studios and workshop to Bermondsey. It is a large studio building called Sugarhouse Studios which we designed and built. We manage the ongoing leasing of the building and have around 45 tenants. Our tenants are a diverse range of skilled makers and artists including carpenters, stonemasons, printmakers, textile designers and musicians. At Sugarhouse Studios, we have a wood workshop, metal workshop and ceramics workshop, all managed by the tenants.
Please visit our website to find out more about our work.
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How Assemble works
Assemble is a partnership that currently has 15 active partners and three employees. One partner is based in Liverpool, one in Bristol, and the rest are based in London. The partnership manages four companies, a design company called Assemble Design, a workspace management company called Sugarhouse Studios, a building company called Standard and General Construction, and a ceramics company in Liverpool called Granby Workshop. All partners take responsibility for managing the companies, and are organised into specialist management groups to do so; estates, practice management, project management and communications.
Working with the wider Assemble team, your role will cover the ongoing management and administration of Assemble Design and Sugarhouse Studios.
Working with the Assemble practice management team and projects management team:
- check Assemble’s general inboxes daily and handle initial communications
- answer the phone and the door intercom
- receive, organise and deliver incoming post
- work with practice management team to line manage employees
- work with project management team to manage the new work email account and collate new opportunities
- collate weekly management meeting minutes
Press and documentation
Working with the Assemble communications team:
- manage requests to publish Assemble images as needed
- manage requests from curators and galleries to show Assemble images and objects in exhibitions and institutions
- maintain the Assemble website, ensuring information is up-to-date
- manage Assemble’s social media account with the communications team
- allocate press and academic requests among partners in Assemble
- oversee digital archiving of Assemble projects and office information
- collate and manage new lecture and speaking engagement opportunities
Assemble office and Sugarhouse Studios management
Working with the Assemble estates team:
- oversee general organisation of Assemble’s office, library and meeting room
- keep stock of office supplies and order new materials when required
- look after Assemble’s office equipment including printers and scanners
- look after Assemble’s documentation equipment including cameras, camera equipment and audio recorders
- manage bookings of the Sugarhouse Studios project space
- oversee and manage private and public events at Sugarhouse Studios
- provide Sugarhouse Studios building inductions for new employees and tenants
- manage tenant enquiries and issues
Contract type: full-time contract with three-month probationary period extendable to six months.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm with one hour for lunch
Salary: £24,000 – £26,000 pro-rata
Annual leave: 28 days holiday entitlement, including bank holidays. Our office is closed between 25-31 December inclusive and this does not count towards your holiday allowance.
Location: Assemble, Sugarhouse Studios, 19 Collett Road, London SE16 4DJ
Applications: by email using the ‘apply’ link below by 5pm on 25 November 2019
Materials: please submit your CV on one-two sides of A4 with a short covering letter. Please note we will only accept digital applications.
Start date: we are looking for you to start at the beginning of January 2019 but can be flexible.
Interviews: interviews will be offered during the week commencing 9 December 2019. Any candidates with restricted availability during these times should indicate this clearly in your application.
Your skills and experience:
- experience in office administration
- some experience of managing press
- comfortable with the Microsoft Office suite
- interest in architecture and the built environment
We request no enquiries by phone or in person.
We are not able to offer visa sponsorship for applicants.
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Assemble are committed to creating a positive and inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and free to work without fear of discrimination. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our practice. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. We welcome applications from people requiring flexible working terms and from anyone with any professional or educational background. If you’ve got any questions about our working environment please get in touch.
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