Job Opportunity at Tom Stringer Design Partners

The team at Tom Stringer Design Partners are looking for to hire for the following positions:

  • Design Assistant
  • Part-Time Designer
  • Full-Time Designer

They would prefer that the applicant have prior experience in a firm or studio. If this sounds like you, you can contact Lesley Stump with your cover letter and resume.


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Job Opportunity at Ruder Group

The Ruder Group is seeking to fill a part-time position as Showroom Manager for six commercial furniture showrooms in the Merchandise Mart. We are a fast-paced and dynamic sales organization serving the Architecture, Design, and Construction Industries in the Midwest and across the nation. Candidates should be organized, efficient, action-oriented and self -directed.

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Job Opportunity at Bernhardt

The Illinois Chapter of IIDA would like students to know that a job opportunity has opened up at Bernhardt Textiles. They are looking forward for an Independent Contract Sales Representative and are specifically looking for a student or recent graduate. Directly from their email, here are the requirements:

In this role, you would be responsible for selling high-end contract fabric, wallcovering and furnishings, as well as product & sampling assortments to accounts within the Midwest Region here in Chicago. Please see more information below regarding the job description & qualifications necessary to apply:

 

YOU WILL:

  • Meet or exceed sales goals as set by the Director of Contract.
  •  Determine and sell appropriate product to accounts within the territory.
  • Reinforce brand positioning in the marketplace.
  • Provide key service points for accounts.
  • Analyze the territory to identify growth opportunity including high potential customers and accounts.
  • Provide feedback from the territory such as competitive information trends, including regular scheduled meetings with key specifiers.
  • Use your best efforts to promote and market the products actively in order to maximize sales potential.
  • Attend Sales Meetings.
  • Maintain all company property such as books, records, etc.
  • Sales generation within the assigned territory.
  • Manage individual client book.
  • Develop new business opportunities through trade affiliations; industry functions; trade publications, etc.
  • Provide the Director of Contract with a monthly report with territory specific business analysis information.
  • Follow up on all stages of the sale from the quote to order generation, through shipping and invoicing of all orders.
  • Provide world-class customer service to clients.

YOU HAVE/ARE:

  • BA or BS degree in a related field is helpful but not required.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills are a must.
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Good listener
  • Ability to multi-task and shift gears when needed.
  • Self-starter

If you are interested in the position, email Nancy Krames at nancy.bernhardttmw@gmail.com.


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Internship Opportunity!

Residential Interior Architecture firm is seeking an intern for their Evanston office. Office is located near Old Orchard shopping center and the highway. The owner is looking for someone with a desire to learn by being in a small office environment and wearing a lot of hats.

Intern position expectations:

  • Prepare Construction Document Set​s
  • Create Lighting Fixture Schedules
  • Product Research & Pricing
  • Space Planning
  • AutoCAD drafting
  • Familiarity with Kitchen & Bath a plus
  • Interest in LEED and Sustainable Design
  • Desire to learn Aging in Place design practices

For information regarding applying for the position contact Pam McClelland (COD Instructor) at mcclellandp@cod.edu.


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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Beyond Shades

ABOUT BEYOND SHADES®       (click on either image to visit their websites)
We provide a high quality customer service experience and have serviced some of the most beautiful homes in the Chicagoland area. We value our customers and our employees and we take pride in the services we provide and the beauty we create.

If you are looking to be part of a growing family of enthusiastic and hard-working individuals, we would love to hear from you! For either position, send resumes to:  lauramcadam@profitabilitynow.net

The first position is for a window treatment designer with experience.

THE POSITION: Window Designer-Drapery/Sales Professional

  • Bring your 2 years drapery experience
  • Combine your love of home décor and selling skills to an inclusive team environment
  • Provide your designer expertise to help customers create a home
  • Go the extra mile every time to surprise and delight customers
  • Flexible and can work a schedule that includes weekend hours
  • Appreciate the investment you are making in this company and in return, our investment in you

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Offer design wisdom and inspiration while helping customers select the perfect window treatments for their home
  • Speak comfortably on the functional and stylistic benefits of each of our custom products
  • Identify outreach opportunities, including marketing to local interior designers
  • Participate in ongoing product/technology training

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • 2 years drapery experience, must be able to draw drapery and have portfolio
  • Positive and friendly demeanor toward every customer and colleague
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to effectively interact with all types of people
  • Self-starter, quick learner, team player

This is the perfect opportunity for an ambitious, hardworking, designer to get in on the ground floor of a growing company and make a name for themselves. If you work hard, give the company your all, use good judgment, and have a positive attitude – then the sky is the limit. In return, there are benefits including:

  • Full time highly competitive compensation
  • Paid vacation
  • 401K
  • Health insurance and contribution toward premiums for each employee
  • Flexible spending account for child care and medical expenses

Beyond Shades 2The second position is for someone who wants to learn about window treatments by working with designers. This has the potential to grow in to a lucrative position.

THE POSITION: Design Assistant  (hourly paid)
Schedule: Work hours will vary 20-30 hours per week and will be comprised of 4-5 hour shifts between the hours of 8am to 6pm; Monday-Saturday.

Tasks and day-to-day responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Accompany Designers to all appointments and be responsible for carrying all samples into the client (must be able to lift and carry 25lbs-40lbs on a regular basis).
  • Design Assistant will be the primary driver to all appointments, driving everywhere in the Chicagoland area. Must be comfortable driving in Chicago traffic and have a strong sense of direction.
  • Design Assistant is responsible for making sure all samples and customer materials are fully stocked in the work vans.
  • Design Assistant is responsible for working with designers, pulling fabric, maintaining discontinued samples, and managing the “back room” of the business.
  • Design assistant will complete company training program on hard window treatments.
  • Assistant Designer will also execute administrative functions as required.

Must have strong organizational qualities, work well independently, and be a self-starter. Will be responsible for running errands using company vehicle and a valid driver’s license is mandatory. Note, this is an extremely fast paced and busy company, must have a high level of sustainable energy to succeed in this position.

   

 

Part-time Sales Associate Positions

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CHICAGO PREMIUM OUTLETS – AURORA LOCATION

  • Compensation: Approx $12/hr
  • 10-25 hrs per week – and they will work around your class schedule
  • Apply at RH.com (I hope this link works – I tried to take you to the page of the position posting) If not, go to the RH website–>Careers. Make sure you select the Aurora location.

Restoration Hardware Store

Here is the official posting from Restoration Hardware:

At RH, we believe deeply that the “right” people are our greatest asset. RH is a curator of design, taste and style in the luxury lifestyle market. We offer our collections through our retail galleries, source books and online at RH.com. The RH brand platform includes RH, Modern, RH Baby & Child, RH TEEN and RH Contemporary Art. We value innovation, taking risks and boldly going where no company has gone before. We believe you’re either striving to get better or allowing yourself to get worse-there is no such thing as staying the same. The power of innovation comes from leveraging the creative minds and spirit of all our people, at all levels of the organization. We embrace those people who have the courage to put forth new ideas and breathe new life into our company. Innovation is at the core of what we do.

SALES ASSOCIATE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Live Our Values: People, Quality, Service and Innovation
  • Commit to a higher level of customer service for our clients
  • Be willing to engage and create an excellent customer experience
  • Use skills and knowledge to assist in customer purchases and decisions
  • Possess the ability to work well with a team of people to achieve goals
  • Be willing to work a flexible work schedule, including some nights and weekends

STOCK ASSOCIATE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Live Our Values: People, Quality, Service and Innovation
  • Commit to a higher level of customer service for our clients
  • Possess the ability to work in a warehouse setting, with some heavy lifting required
  • Possess the ability to work with safety protocols as a top priority
  • Possess the ability to work with a team of people to achieve goals
  • Be willing to work a flexible work schedule, including some nights and weekends

We believe that service starts inside the organization and embrace a concept called “People First.” At RH, you will receive generous benefits, an incredible product discount and plenty of opportunity for career advancement. Simply put, it means “if we expect our people to deliver first-class service to our customers, we must first deliver first-class service to our people.” Restoration Hardware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance.

 

Kitchen Designers Needed – Zip Cabinets

They are located in Villa Park, near North Avenue & Rt 83, with a satellite location in Lisle.

 

FULL-TIME DESIGNER POSITION – Salary + commission depending on experience & qualifications.

PART-TIME DESIGNER POSITION – could be used as an Internship to meet NKBA requirement – $12-$16/hr, depending on experience & qualifications.

If interested in applying, provide resume and cover letter to Joe Zhang via email at: jzhang@zipcabinet.com

KITCHEN DESIGNER JOB DESCRIPTION

Kitchen designers are responsible for creating and renovating kitchens to ensure that the design meets the requirements of their clients. The designs must be convenient and comfortable for the people who will use and live in them. They can design kitchens for homes and commercial establishments such as restaurants, hospitals, hotels and cafeterias.

DUTIES

  • Plan the functional aspects and the visual look of the kitchen spaces for their clients.

  • Deal with clients first: discuss the details of the project, draw the plan according to the client’s needs, prepare an estimated cost for the project, talk with architects, work with subcontractors, order the appliances and materials to be used and spearheaded the overall kitchen installation.

  • Plan for the whole aspect of the kitchen including layout, color, lighting, cabinets, floor coverings, appliances, work spaces.

  • Illustrate detailed plans either through hand drawings or computer software.

  • Understand how to read blueprints, building and fire codes, and stay current on the latest design trends.

  • Be able to do both bathroom and kitchen designs in residential and commercial areas.

  • Develop and sell design solutions for clients, which includes strategic pricing and project management skills.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Sharp, creative eye, good listening, drafting, and layout skills. Ability to use computer software, laser scanners, and architect scale. Knowledge of building construction and industry trends, communication skills, administrative skills.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Offices, design sites, flexible work schedules are required to meet with clients

EDUCATION

Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in interior design/kitchen & bath design. An art or design background could also be useful.

 

Job Posting TOMS-PRICE

 

 

 

INTERIOR DESIGNER / SALES ASSOCIATE OPENINGS

AT TOMS-PRICE HOME FURNISHINGS

 

Are you an Interior Designer looking for the freedom to manage your career like your own business? Are you looking for the freedom of design that our 100+ vendors can offer you?   Are you looking to have a balance in your work – life?  Are you interested in working full-time or part-time with only one weekend day a week?  Toms-Price offers this and more to our employees.  Toms-Price Home Furnishings is a highly-respected home furnishings retailer which provides quality furnishings and superior design services to our customers.  We are currently recruiting for Interior Designers for both part-time and full-time positions.  Our stores are in Bloomingdale, Lincolnshire, Skokie, South Barrington, and Wheaton, Illinois.   Candidates must be willing and able to work at least one weekend day and one evening per week. We offer new employees an hourly rate plus commission. We also offer experienced hires a higher straight commission plan if they prefer.

We offer employees the freedom:

  • of design with 100+ vendors to choose from

  • to manage their career like it is their own business

  • to manage your work-life balance by offering both full-time and part-time positions.

Candidates must be willing and able to work at least one weekend day and one evening per week. We offer new employees an hourly rate plus commission. We also offer experienced hires a straight commission plan, at a higher commission rate, if they prefer.

Job duties:

  • Work directly with customers to facilitate sales.

  • Meet minimum sales accountability levels as determined by management.

  • Issue price quotes and product information as needed.

  • Follow up on all written price quotes as appropriate on a regular basis.

  • Maintain awareness of all current store and special vendor promotions.

  • Provide follow up on customers’ purchase orders for changes, status checks, cancellations, etc.

  • Enlarge pool of potential customers by word of mouth, emails, direct mail, social media, or any other method approved by management.

  • Provide superior customer service by following up with customers to ensure design specifications have been met, providing necessary communication and support in assisting the Customer Service Department with customer issues as appropriate.

  • Maintain customer files, floor plans, etc.

  • Attend store and vendor sales meetings as requested.

  • Attend periodic trips to manufacturers as requested.

  • Stay abreast of design trends within the home furnishing industry.

 We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please e-mail your resume, with subject line “Resume for Interior Designer / Sales Associate Position”, to: Barbara Erickson at berickson@tomprice.com.

 

 

NEW JOB POSTING – Drapery Connection, 2 Opportunities!

JOB #1 – SALES CONSULTANTS NEEDED

We are looking for an in-home sales professional for the window treatment industry. Our sales consultants assists clients with the design, selection, measuring and purchase of window treatments for their home. With a growing team we seek to add dynamic, bold, artistic entrepreneurs that will strive for success in building their business.

DETAILS OF POSITION

  • Base plus commission or commissions sales

  • 2-3 appointments daily Tuesday through Saturday or Sunday through Friday

  • Expectant closing rate +50% (Avg. 60%)

  • Expectant avg. Sale +$1500 (Avg. $2500)

  • Build relationships with residential customers for repeat and referral business

  • In-home Sales Consultations, selling Window Treatments to residential customers

MUST HAVES OF CANDIDATES:

  • Willing to travel within 30 miles of home

  • Technology proficient – willing to be tested on use of iPad, Word, Excel, CRM

  • In-Home Sales or Showroom Sales Experience

  • Goal Orientated positive and energetic state of mind

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Relentless Follow up

  • Punctual

IDEAL CANDIDATES TO ALSO HAVE:

  • Polished with fashion sense

  • Window Treatment or related field Experience

  • Commission Experience

TERRITORIES LOOKING IN

  • Chicago

  • Lake Zurich

  • Kenosha

  • Melrose Park

  • Mt. Prospect

  • Highland Park

  • Downers Grove

WHY WORK FOR DC

  • Driven Sales Environment

  • High end clientele

  • Leads provided daily

  • Support from a Business Development and Customer Service teams to provide sales tools, customer updates, and scheduling details

  • Stability in career and industry – been servicing Chicagoland for 78 years

Please send your cover letter and resumes to JessicaH@DraperyConnection.com, we are looking to hire immediately!

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JOB #2 – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TERRITORY REPS NEEDED

We are looking for Business Development professional to service a territory of events for the window treatment industry. Our BD associates work at various locations in Chicagoland on lead generation and development strategy for the sales team. With a growing team we seek to add dynamic, bold, artistic entrepreneurs that will strive for success in building their business.

DETAILS OF POSITION

  • $14/hr plus $4 for every booked appointment

  • Must be able to work Tuesday through Saturday or Wednesday through Monday

  • Expectant lead goals +60 monthly (avg. 100 monthly)

  • Expectant closing rate +50% monthly (avg. 60%)

  • Build relationships with potential new clients and accounts to bring in new business

  • On your feet 6-8 hours a day

MUST HAVES OF CANDIDATES:

  • Willing to travel within 30 miles of home

  • Technology proficient – willing to be tested on use of iPad, Word, Excel, CRM

  • Sales Experience

  • Goal Orientated positive and energetic state of mind

  • Creative problem-solving skills

  • Relentless Follow up

  • Punctual

IDEAL CANDIDATES TO ALSO HAVE:

  • Polished with fashion sense

  • Window Treatment or related field Experience

  • Marketing background

  • Proven track record of business development

TERRITORIES LOOKING IN

  • Chicago

  • Lake Zurich

  • Kenosha

  • Melrose Park

  • Mt. Prospect

  • Highland Park

  • Downers Grove

WHY WORK FOR DC

  • Driven Sales Environment

  • Leadership development

  • Growth opportunities

  • Stability in career and industry – been servicing Chicagoland for 78 years

Please send your cover letter and resumes to JessicaH@DraperyConnection.com, we are looking to hire immediately!

 

 

Kitchen & Bath Internship at LaMantia Design & Remodeling in Hinsdale

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LaMantia Design & Remodeling has just moved into their new showroom in Hinsdale – on Ogden just west of the Tollway – and it is beautiful. I took a tour yesterday, when I met with one of their lead designers about the internship opportunity, and it would be a fabulous place to work.

They are looking for someone who has completed at least one of the Kitchen & Bath courses since the intern should able to work with K&B drawings, equipment, and materials. Knowing the Chief Architect computer program is also a plus. They need someone ASAP, but hours can change after the spring semester is finished and you may have more time.

Duties: Assist lead designer in all phases of the project. Each project will have a Lead Designer and a Selections Specialist/Designer. LaMantia understands that this will be a learning opportunity for the intern, but also a chance for the intern to contribute to their business. The intern could be called upon to assist with:

  1. Retrieving appliance specifications and updating project files
  2. Updating client selections on spreadsheet files
  3. Compiling the “Warranty Packet” given to each client upon the completion of a project (this covers warranties and care information, which is very important for K&B designers to understand –> a great learning opportunity).
  4. Sitting in on client meetings
  5. Shadow designer on project leads & home visits
  6. Answering Phones
  7. Greeting clients in the showroom
  8. Filing

You would need to be available to work some (not all) Saturdays. This is a busy day in the residential remodeling industry.

This is a paid position, at least at minimum wage, but with consideration given if previous experience (sales, customer service) would be a factor.

There is potential to grow with the LaMantia organization.

If you are interested, please contact Gina Mazzone. Include your email cover letter and a resume. She is a COD grad and has been with LaMantia for 15 years. You will not need to have a final/finished portfolio, but you will need to show examples of your work.

gmazzone@lamantia.com