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Project manager
at Universal Design Studio

Universal Design Studio is looking for a project manager to join its studio in London.

We are looking for a motivated project manager to grow our design operations. Working closely and with and reporting to our project director, you will play a part in shaping the way we integrate client services and project management across our interior design and architecture projects. This role is ideal for a team player looking for the opportunity to work on exciting projects in the UK as well as internationally.

You will play a key role in working with the design team, collaborating with design leads (creative directors/design directors) in the overall project resource and budget management whilst providing a high level of professional service to clients. As a team member of the design operations team, you will have a focus on confirming scope and deliverables, tracking project resources and fees, managing change control and preparing sub-consultant appointments where relevant. You will be the key link between the commercial project setup with our internal finance team and
the design team.

We are looking for someone with an understanding of architectural and/or spatial design process, as well as someone with an interest in high-quality interior design and architecture projects. Keen to hear from individuals with experience in working within or with multi-disciplinary teams.

The position is based in London, UK. Rights to work in the UK is mandatory.

Key responsibilities:

  • handling the day-to-day project management of the studio’s interior design and architecture projects to allow the design leads (creative directors/design directors)  the space to focus on the creative aspects of each project
  • collaborate with the design leads (creative directors/design directors) to be the first point of contact for clients and consultants
  • management of the project design team
  • attending and minuting key project meetings
  • helping define and contribute to the design responsibility matrix on projects
  • developing and upkeeping of project(s)’s scope documents
  • developing and upkeeping of project(s)’s programme
  • reviewing resources, actual and projected project spend
  • upkeeping of billing schedules
  • tracking and issuing of change orders, taking a lead on
  • tracking scope creep and variations


  • excellent project management skills including planning, coordinating and executing interior design, architecture and/or spatial projects
  • familiar knowledge and experience of the architectural process, eg. RIBA work stages
  • meticulous in the development of project plan, managing resources, managing programme and ensuring the project is completed on time and within budget
  • confident with numbers to manage project fees and track project budgets
  • ability to present information with clarity for communications with client(s), the wider design team and external collaborators
  • experience in some or all the following project types: retail, hospitality, workspace, residential and cultural

Good to have 

If you have any experience with the below, please mention it in your application; they are not essential but good experiences to have:

  • technical experience working on complex interior design projects/architectural refurbishment projects
  • knowledge and experience of the different procurement routes in the construction industry

About Universal

Universal Design Studio was founded in 2001 by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in Shoreditch, London. The studio is driven by a deeply held belief in the transformative power of well-designed, finely crafted spaces with a process rooted in design-led strategy and research. The studio’s work foregrounds the experience of the people that inhabit our spaces, with an emphasis on adaptability and rigour.

Over the past two decades, Universal’s portfolio has grown to encompass hotels and restaurants, retail environments, workspaces, residential, master planning and public realm design. Alongside this, the studio has executed culturally significant projects for galleries and cultural institutions across the globe. Clients include Ace Hotel, Fortnum & Mason, At Six Stockholm, The Office Group, Rimowa, the Victoria & Albert Museum, IBM, Google and Frieze Art Fair amongst others.

Benefits and other information

Competitive salary and attractive benefits package offered for employees including generous holiday allowance, flexible start/finish times, Bupa healthcare, access to Bupa dental plan, online GP appointments, Lifeworks well-being platform providing counselling, Headspace app, Life Assurance, Income Protection, enhanced pension contribution, Financial Advice 1:1s, payment of professional memberships, architecture Part 3 sponsorship package, CycleScheme, train season ticket loan, retail discounts, short term employment breaks, generous enhanced parental leave polices, emergency time off for dependents, recruitment referral bonus, regular learning events and socials, quarterly studio wide creativity day, time to attend industry events, free breakfast.

Hybrid working

Employees have the flexibility to work a mix of in the studio and at home, working a minimum of three days in the studio and up to two days from home. Wednesday and Monday being anchor days, where everyone comes in to the studio. Additionally, the option to request to work remotely for up to two weeks per year.

Application process

Please submit your application via the apply for job button below. We want you to have every opportunity to shine and show us your talents – please let us know if there is anything we can do to make sure the assessment process works for you.

Salary: Undisclosed