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Design Coordinator

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Reports to: Design Manager

Job purpose: To facilitate, and assist in delivering, world class environments in all stores through highly professional design coordination and management, creating leading edge solutions in retail and non-retail areas alike.

Scope:

To support the Property Team, Creative Team and Buying Team in all Strategic Planning and Design related matters to deliver best in class solutions for all stores by
• ensuring the effective Design Coordination of projects through the entire design, development and delivery process
• overseeing the development and maintenance of digital drawing data for all sites
• assisting strategic Planning and Design Manager in preparation for Masterplan meeting and presentations to the Creative Director.


Key Responsibilities:

• Manage collation and production of strategic design guidelines, compartment design guidelines, project specific design guidelines and creation of temporary guidelines for churn projects ensuring alignment throughout
• Co-ordinate/produce strategic project plans – walkways, sightlines, fixture zones, signage, lightboxes, liaison and interfaces with other projects eg M&E project
• Assist in production of retail briefs for all projects and ensure alignment with proposed plans
• Support brand briefings as required, chaired by Project Manager
• Manage the approval of brand shopfit projects through concept and detailed design stages:
o Liaise with brands throughout concept, detail, and design phases through to project completion
o Ensure projects adhere to Store Guidelines
• Ensure timely and sufficient design information is passed to Project Manager’s for the delivery phase
• Work closely with the project management team to ensure design integrity is maintained at each stage of the design and delivery process
• Participate in post-project reviews and design analysis
• Manage the evolution and communication of key design specifications – eg cash desk and fitting room templates
• Ensure designs meet or exceed defined quality standards and compliance with requirements of legislation and/or external authorities
• Ensure internal design approvals and financial sanctions are obtained at appropriate stages
• Encourage design innovation and creativity
• Manage and develop CAD and presentation standards
• Develop space tracking techniques and reporting in line with the needs of the business
• Oversee and track the standards and progress in the development and maintenance of digital drawing data
• Manage the archive of all drawings (‘as builts’ - updated by the property team) to provide retrievable database for the property portfolio
• Advise software/system upgrades required
• Manage receiving, archiving and issue of CAD information in line with property procedures
• Maintain communication plan for the design stage of projects
• Liaise with and inform the internal Property Department, Retail Operations Department, B & M Department, Visual Merchandise Department, as well as external brand design teams
• Encourage and promote an understanding of the brand values amongst external consultants
• Work effectively with Design Manager and Design Coordinators to maintain a coordinated team with clear focus


Key Skills:

• ‘Expert’ understanding of the market place
• Innovative and highly commercial approach – able to develop and implement new ideas in cost effective ways
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills
• Resilience and ability to work under pressure on many diverse projects
• In depth knowledge of CAD and other design related packages
• Knowledge of technical aspects of construction practice and practical site experience


Key Behaviours:

• Tenacity and Focus
• Self Motivated but Team Oriented
• Diplomatic
• Positive and Optimistic but Realistic
• Disciplined but Flexible

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