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Assistant furniture designer
at Paul Smith

Paul Smith is hiring an assistant furniture designer to join its team in London.

Paul Smith is one of Britain’s leading independent design companies. We champion positivity, curiosity and creativity. These qualities underpin every Paul Smith design, whether it’s a shirt, a shop or a special collaboration. Reaffirming the values that Paul set down in 1970, ‘classic with a twist’ remains the guiding principle of the company. Happily positioned between high fashion and formalwear, while taking reference from both, Paul Smith has always been proud to stand apart.

Under the guidance of our senior designer, you will play a key role in bringing multiple projects to life, managing critical paths and budgets with precision. As part of a dynamic team, you will be responsible for producing creative designs, furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) packages and producing detailed technical drawings and specifications. Your work will have a global impact, shaping franchise and wholesale retail projects across the UK and internationally.

Please note this role requires that you submit an online link within the application form, to a colour portfolio containing work examples, this should be available for four weeks after the advert closing date.

The role:

  • to create and contribute to research concepts and sample boards for new projects, ensuring the designs meet commercial and aesthetic requirements
  • gathering requested research on current and historic furniture trends, considering such elements as fabrication, materials and design history
  • assist department managers in the upkeep of the furniture and fixture inventory; helping to maintain and streamline furniture design templates
  • assist department managers in sourcing and cataloguing furniture and art for shop decoration, including liaising with restorers and upholsterers to ensure quality control
  • assist project designers with art wall layouts and selected interior store elements
  • working locally and globally, work towards improved manufacturing schedules, costs, and quality across all projects
  • assist with the design of minor changes to and refurbishments of, existing shops and to progress these changes or refurbishments through to completion
  • assist with the design of new in-store units (POS), working closely with manufacturers to ensure specifications and quality requirements are met, manage prototyping, and ensure delivery and installation is achieved within the specified timescale
  • visit manufacturers and suppliers to review manufactured furniture and develop samples and prototypes, ensuring all products meets our quality and standards

Your skills and experience:

  • demonstrated experience in high-end bespoke furniture design environment
  • highly computer literate with knowledge of design packages including Microsoft Office, Vectorworks and Solidworks
  • the ability to effectively work on multiple design projects at once while producing excellent, accurate and detailed drawings and specifications to set deadlines
  • a good understanding of budgets, cost and a handle of value engineering
  • able to work effectively with manufacturers and suppliers
  • experience with design administration and building/ maintaining an FF&E library

Who you are:

  • ability to think conceptually and feel comfortable joining projects after concept stages
  • demonstrated appreciation of colour, materials, proportion and design principles
  • excellent eye for design including colour and good 3D awareness
  • ability to follow a brief and communicate technical and design issues verbally and through drawing
  • able to produce excellent hand drawings
  • highly self-motivated with the ability to work to own initiative and meet key deadlines
  • a team member who has the ability to deal with people at all levels
  • excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • highly organised with exceptional prioritisation and planning skills
  • able to travel in UK and internationally

What’s in it for you:

  • discretionary discount on PSL goods
  • an annual leave entitlement of 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • pension scheme
  • hybrid working and flexi-time
  • cycle to work and travel loan schemes

If you like the sound of what you’ve read so far, find out more about our company culture and the benefits we can offer you.

Please note, this role is not eligible for sponsorship in the skilled worker visa category.

At Paul Smith, we celebrate and encourage applications from all walks of life into our growing workforce. We are committed to empowering people from any background, belief system, or ethnicity, offering an inclusive environment where talent is recognised and valued.

Salary: Undisclosed