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Universal Design Studio
Project Manager
Full Time





3 months ago

We are looking for a motivated Project Manager to grow our Design Operations team
at Universal Design Studio. Working closely with our Senior Project Manager and reporting to our Director of Design Operations, 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.
You will initially join on a fixed-term contract – a time period to be discussed, with the
potential to convert to a permanent role.

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 resource, 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
  • 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 & other information

Competitive salary and attractive benefits package offered: Including generous holiday allowance, flexible start/finish times, regular learning events & socials, enhanced pension contribution, access to Bupa dental plan, Babylon Dr app, Lifeworks well-being platform, retail discounts, inhouse fitness studio, CycleScheme, train season ticket loan.

Hybrid working: Following the safe reopening of our studio, employees have the flexibility to work a mix of in the studio and at home, working a minimum of 3 days in the studio and up to 2 days from home. Wednesday being an anchor day, where everyone comes in to the studio.

Application process: 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.

Diversity & Inclusion: With the integrated support of our D&I employee resource group, Universal and Map are committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability or age.

About Universal & Map

Universal Design Studio and Map Project Office are award-winning design studios based in London and New York with a global client list. Founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the studios were conceived in 2001 and 2012 respectively to facilitate a growing call for creative solutions that involved the intersection of industrial design and the digital world, and the creation of spaces that could shape and support the evolving way we live, work and play. Both studios are part of The New Standard, a creative collective formed with Made Thought that redefines the contemporary design agency, uniting specialists from across disciplines to deliver simple solutions for a complex world.