Are you someone who has an eye for design? Do you like helping people find furniture that makes their home more comfortable? Then the position of Design Assistant with HOM Furniture is just the job for you!! Provides design support as well as project management and administrative support to the Designers. This includes, but is not limited to, space planning, product selection, interaction with clients and merchandise inspections. Design Assistants will also be responsible for pricing product, developing pictures, ordering samples, creating sales proposals and following up with reports. Design Assistants will participate in other tasks based on company need. Examples include participation in physical inventories, visual display assistance, and back up to the Concierge team.
- Excellence in drafting and creation of communication documents, editing and high level proofing skills.
- Proficiency in the use of MS Office (Word/Excel). Experience with a variety of software programs and previous experience with CAD system is preferred.
- Excellent prioritization and time management with strong organizational skills; detail-oriented, problem solving, multi-tasking and customer service skills.
- Must have strong attention to detail and accuracy while working in a multi-tasked, fast paced environment.
- Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills in interactions with associates and customers at all levels. Capable of dealing constructively with diverse personalities.
- Excellent telephone communication skills.
- Ability to understand and use technical resources available throughout the company to gather information and facilitate completion of projects.
- Desire and ability to participate and work in a team environment.
- Maintains a current knowledge of Gabberts policies and procedures and follows them.
- Maintains the resource room, including fabrics, catalogs, books, etc. as a part of workroom clean up. Replaces merchandise on the floor that was presented but not purchased.
- Maintains a working knowledge of products, vendors and resources (including materials and construction).
- Attends Gabberts’ floor tours, fabric showings and vendor presentations.
- Prepares and reviews Studio worksheets to make sure all information is correct (yardage, finishes and fabrics) and that worksheets are filled out completely.
- Assumes delegated administrative tasks (schedules deliveries, enters stock orders, completes service requests, etc.) in an effective and efficient manner.
- Communicates with the Designer and/or customer on status of orders, scheduling delivery and method of payment.
- Order fabric samples.
- Problem solves and handles a number of tasks, with flexibility and adaptability to change based on current need.
- Monitors and reviews open orders based on project assignments by updating system with current dates and notes.
- Develops client house call photos.
- Effectively manages the “Designer Hold” process; tagging merchandise, organizing paperwork, etc.
- Sets up and dismantles presentation rooms based on Designer’s request.
- Attends and participates in team and company required meetings.
- Participates in presentations and house calls, taking notes, assisting in additional selections or measurements as necessary.
- Partners with Designer in preparing for seminars.
- Works on coordinating model homes and large projects; ordering the merchandise, coordinating the delivery, packing and unpacking the merchandise.
Minimum Associate degree in Interior design (Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design preferred) or equivalent combination of education and 3-5 years administrative experience, preferably in retail sales, design or drafting.
Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one one and in small group situations to customers and other employees within the organization.
Mathematical aptitude to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for sustained periods of time, move about on foot to accomplish tasks, use spoken word to communicate, and perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.
The employee is occasionally required to sit or remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time; use hands to handle or feel objects with either the entire hand or fingers, including typing. Reach with hands and arms in any direction, ascend and descend ladders and stairs using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Stooping by bending downward and forward by bending at the waist, kneeling or bending at the knees to come to a rest on knee or knees, crouching by bending the body downward and forward, or crawling by moving about on hands or hands and feet. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data or figures, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, and using measurement devices.
Must be able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Need to be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, and can vary depending on if the employee is working in the studio, at their desk, or in the customer’s home.