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Residential interior design manager

LOFT has a vacancy for a residential interior design manager to join its team in Manchester, UK.

Are you ready to make a significant impact in a dynamic, creative environment? LOFT is seeking a passionate and experienced residential interior design manager for a 12-month maternity cover, starting in August 2024. This role is perfect for someone who thrives on leading a talented team, managing innovative projects and driving commercial success through exceptional design.

Role summary

As our residential interior design manager, you will demonstrate a practical, thorough and proactive approach to design development and management. You’ll oversee the entire design process, from project inception to completion and ensure our design department contributes effectively to our revenue channels nationwide. Your expertise will guide and support our design team, a team of seven staff, helping them to excel and deliver outstanding results that align with LOFT’s brand and product ranges.

About us

LOFT was founded in 2003 with a mission to provide a comprehensive furnishing solution for the residential property sector. Today, we stand as one of the leading suppliers of furnishing solutions for the UK’s ever-evolving property industry. Our tailored services and specialist expertise cater to the unique needs and challenges of each market we serve. By sourcing, delivering, and installing furniture for our clients, we aim to be the ultimate one-stop shop for the entire furnishing process.

About the role

Project management:

  • lead concept development and creative outputs for all design projects
  • oversee the design process to ensure timely production and cost-effective solutions
  • report on the design pipeline weekly, monthly and quarterly

Team leadership:

  • mentor, train and support the design team to achieve their goals
  • allocate day-to-day work to interior designers
  • develop and manage team productivity and continuously improve capabilities
  • conduct regular 1:1s, annual appraisals and ensure delivery of KPIs and objectives

Commercial and quality control:

  • ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget, ensuring commercial success
  • provide quality control over design outputs and production
  • develop and maintain design function procedures and ensure adherence at all times

Client and stakeholder management:

  • plan and prepare presentations to showcase our design services
  • represent LOFT at networking events, trade exhibitions and conferences
  • liaise with operations teams to ensure smooth delivery of design revenue

Financial and contract management:

  • understand and manage the financial aspects of running a design project
  • develop robust processes for high-spec residential design projects
  • manage and maintain contractual arrangements with subcontractors and clients
  • attend pre-site meetings and sign off on T&Cs of service delivery as required

Innovation and strategy:

  • develop an online strategy for digital interior design requests
  • communicate the interior design department’s performance to the wider business

About you:

  • strong leadership skills with a track record of managing and developing teams
  • exceptional technical and design knowledge, with a good working interpretation of design standards
  • commercial acumen to develop design proposals that maximize efficiency and profitability
  • excellent communication skills to effectively liaise with clients and stakeholders
  • ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Anyone possessing the following experience will be of particular interest:

  • experience in dealing with contractors (payment applications, main contractor discounts and retentions)
  • experience of amenity space design, show homes, private residential and build-to-rent (BTR)
  • experience of order wise accounting package
  • experience of dealing with large construction companies

Please note this role will require UK-wide travel from time to time.

What we offer:

  • competitive compensation and benefits
  • opportunities for growth within our thriving company
  • a supportive and collaborative work environment
  • training and development to enhance your skills
  • employee discounts
  • employee assistance programme
  • birthday leave

Join us in creating memorable living spaces and making every house feel like home! If you’re ready to be part of our dedicated team, apply now and let’s elevate homes together.

LOFT is an equal-opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds and experiences.

If you are successful with your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Basic Application or present a current DBS Certificate that has been registered to the DBS Subscription Update Service.

Salary: £50,000 - £60,000

This position is only available to applicants based in the United Kingdom