Corporate Commercial Interiors (CCI) Design Leader – Los Angeles, CA


Client Overview:

We are seeking a dynamic, well versed creative powerhouse who can propel a boutique Interiors practice at a large firm into the next level.

This isn’t a start-up scenario from a portfolio standpoint – but IS an opportunity to be brought into the fold of a blossoming team with a strong rainmaker who is seeking a Design Leader as her counterpart.

Our client is an integrated global design firm that unites a dynamic team of architects, engineers, strategists, futurists, researchers, and industry specialists driven by a singular goal—to help solve client and society’s greatest challenges.

Why the Firm?:

  • Ability to join an existing practice with a healthy pipeline of work and continue to elevate and shape the practice through high impact, innovative and progressive design
  • Wouldn’t be coming in at the “ground floor”, but in the adolescence of the practice and have the ability to heavily influence shaping and recruiting top design talent to further establish their practice and presence in SoCal
  • New CEO/Core leadership team driving change & innovation at the firm
  • The Interiors practice at the firm is strongly supported and advocated for by the Executive leadership team; this is NOT a closet, boutique practice within a large A/E firm.
  • Named on Fast Company’s 2017 list of 50 most innovative firms
  • BD+C placed The firm in its Top 25 Office Design Firms list
  • Established in 1949 currently employing over 1100+ full-time employees in 18 offices worldwide
  • Overall Design expertise with a focus on A/E integration for sophisticated complex buildings – The interiors Practice supports both integrated and stand-alone work for the Firm.
  • Over 300 awards for design excellence, technological innovation & imaginative thought leadership


About the role:

Primary Responsibilities:

Design Leadership of the CCI Market within an office focused on Design Excellence, Client and Business Development and promoting firm culture, growth and mentorship.

Key Characteristics and Competencies:

  • Demonstrates ownership and accountability.
  • Conceptualize and implement high quality design solutions to meet or exceed client expectations.
  • Champion of collaboration. Shows fairness in actions and decisions putting Firm first, Office second, and Individual third.
  • Embodies and embraces every aspect of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Is open to new ideas, innovative concepts and solutions.
  • Demonstrates sound judgment.
  • Demonstrates and has a good track record of sound approach regarding risk management and mitigation.
  • Exceptional verbal, written and drawing communication skills
  • Energizes, inspires, motivates and develops high performing accountable teams.


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Areas of Focus:

Design Excellence

  • Interpret and distill client goals and aspirations into creative conceptual design solutions that are relevant, responsible, and memorable. Evolve design solutions iteratively to reflect the evolutionary nature of client and team goals. Guide the execution of design concepts throughout all phases, with particular emphasis on early phase development.
  • Align your personal design process with your new work environment at the firm. Gain a strong understanding of methodologies specific to the firm to ensure productive collaborations with your teams.
  • Prepare and direct the preparation of client presentation material and other project-related visual collateral. Lead design presentations. Capture and communicate key client goals and metrics and how design solutions add value to clients’ success. Collaborate with marketing and communications to build strong design narratives for work.
  • Work within the firm’s culture of being an integrated practice by collaborating with technical leaders and employing sensitive consideration of systems design in holistic solutions.
  • Integrate performance-based and sustainable design strategies into design solutions.
  • You will be expected to engage in activities that strengthen, differentiate and promote the the firm’s brand locally, regionally and nationally. Publishing projects in design and market-specific media outlets, as well as other potential opportunities for publication such as articles on research and innovation is expected. You will be expected to regularly submit and successfully win design awards. Presentation at and contribution to conferences is encouraged for top design leaders.


Culture, Growth and Mentorship

  • Mentoring and growing emerging professionals toward future creative leadership. You will assist in nurturing an environment that exemplifies collaboration, experimentation, innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.
  • Creating a stimulating and rewarding environment that sets the tone for design excellence in the office and demonstrates it across the firm.
  • Recruiting and retaining interior design talent in the office.
  • Empowering staff and delegating effectively; building high-performance teams by encouraging innovation and continuous improvement.
  • Provoking critical thinking and critique of the firm’s work.


Client and Business Development

You will be responsible for developing and maintaining client relationships; building client trust and loyalty; and in partnership with the Market Leader, bringing in work. You will be expected to build upon the firm’s legacy clients as well as your own prior relationships for these purposes. You will identify, pursue and secure new client opportunities for the firm in collaboration with business development and market leaders.

The firm’s expectations will be that you to capitalize upon your existing network, the firm’s client base and experience, and expand the business potential and profile (brand) of the firm by pre-positioning the firm for opportunities in the Corporate Commercial Interiors practice.

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