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Store Designer - Luxury Skincare (Wholesale)

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AQUENT is supporting a global skincare brand in their search for a Store Designer! This is a long-term FT Freelance position in NYC. This person MUST have designed for the wholesale retail environment. We are looking for an expert in designing for small spaces. 4-5 years of experience required in Wholesale/Shop-in-Shops Store Design (Beauty/Luxury Retail Design a plus)

Responsibilities

  • Be the ‘gatekeeper’ to ensure all the brand standards are expressed consistently in all retail formats within the US market - Freestanding stores, Dept Store Shop-in-shops/Self-Assisted concepts and Travel Retail locations. 
  • Be an expert design leader- Overseeing the design and development of all aspects of retail design: Store/shop layouts, Fixture design/Merchandising displays/Lighting/Furniture/Materials incl Pop-up shops/Events. 
  • Evolve concepts through design development and prototyping as required for management approvals. 
  • CAD experience is essential – creating and modifying drawings on a daily basis. 
  • 3D software experience is key- e.g Sketchup with VRAY/3DMax/Rhino 
  • Close partnership with the Construction team to manage the execution and implementation of design concepts. 
  • Expert proficiency reviewing architectural, construction and fixture/millwork shop drawings from all vendors 
  • Vendor management with day-to-day coordination, gathering costs for approvals as required. 
  • Knowledge of material costs, construction trades, process that affect and impact design 
  • Sourcing material samples, vendors, and reps to assist in design progression and evolving concepts. 
  • Knowledge of back of house, operational systems that affect sales floor and main shop design. 
  • Work closely with the Visual Merchandising and Marketing teams to effectively implement new selling strategies. 
  • Perform market visits to validate affiliate brand standards compliance with shop installations. 
  • Keep aware of the competitive retail environment- US and beyond – with a focus on the beauty marketplace and competitive brands. 
  • Awareness and knowledge of digital technologies and integration into the brick-and-mortar/physical retail space. 
  • Oversee on site construction for new store openings for freestanding stores and wholesale as well as renovations – travel may be required. 


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor degree required, focus in interior design or architecture 
  • Minimum 4 years of retail design experience- with 1-2 years of supervisory experience 
  • Stellar design aptitude and conceptual thinking required 
  • Experience with managing processes to develop clear and concise design solutions aligned with business strategies 
  • Strong project management aptitude required- to manage multiple projects and staff 
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills to work with multiple business partners and cross-functional teams 
  • Strong working knowledge of basic fixture and cabinet construction detailing and methods 
  • Good awareness of design/industry trends/new concepts/materials/innovations and the aptitude to translate these ideas 
  • Demonstrated creative abilities, sketching, conceptual rendering, and space planning 
  • Good understanding of building codes, ADA codes and interior standards 
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of AutoCAD & 3D rendering software 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel) 
  • Expert Communication/Presentation skills and managing stakeholder partnerships is a must

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