Job Description


Working with the Design Principal, the Jr. Designer is a key creative contributor to all phases of high-end, residential interior design from initial design concept to installation. This position requires a strong knowledge of design, interior architecture, showrooms, drafting, space planning, and custom furniture design.  This is an exempt position requiring critical thinking and independent judgment in the course of daily interactions with peers, clients and vendors.



  • Support the Principal in the implementation of several residential interior design projects from initial planning through project completion
  • Assist the Senior Designer and Senior Project Manager in creating project merchandise budgets
  • With the Senior Project Manager, provide input regarding scope, scheduling, and budget requirements of each project
  • Prepare meeting notes for Project Manager’s review
  • Monitor project parameters with input from Senior staff as to budget and schedule
  • Prepare floor, space, and furniture plans and elevations in AutoCAD, and produce hand drawings or computer renderings that communicate design intent
  • Assist the Senior Designer and Project Managers with delegation of tasks to the Design Assistant and interns
  • Prepare and maintain interior design plan documents such as finish schedules, specifications, product/room matrices, schedules, and shop drawings
  • Source furniture, fabrics, fixtures, and finishes in line with client needs and the Principal’s design vision and project budget
  • Prepare client presentations
  • Effectively communicate design vision and aesthetic to junior staff members.  Working with Project Managers, delegate tasks; oversee design team progress to meet project schedules
  • Oversee process of gathering quotes
  • Prepare proposals and review for accuracy
  • Prepare proposal packages for submission to clients
  • Work with the Design Assistant in the tracking and coordination of all reserves, CFA’s, lead times, inspections, deliveries, and installations.  Ensure review of CFA’s and merchandise inspection for approval with vendor and client
  • Participate in weekly Designer Meetings
  • As needed, represent MQ at meetings with clients, architects, contractors and vendors, and organize and attend installations.  Relay relevant information to design team
  • Develop long-term relationships with clients, design showrooms and vendors
  • Maintain all project-related information in paper filing systems, electronic folders, and Studio Designer
  • Assist in the weekly maintenance of the office
  • Daily time tracking and entry into Studio Designer
  • Other duties as assigned



  • 4-year degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture or equivalent skill set
  • At least five to seven years of experience working within a firm producing high-end residential design
  • Experience successfully completing projects with specified budgets and timelines
  • Experience and comfort working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Strong technical knowledge of MQ aesthetic
  • strong technical knowledge of cabinetry, tile and stone installations, and other fabrications



  • Intermediate to advanced skills in AutoCAD and Sketch Up
  • Creative problem-solving, organization, and time management skills
  • Knowledge of – or ability to quickly learn – Studio Designer
  • Proficiency with software & technical skills:  Auto CAD, Gmail, Google Calendar, Mac applications, Office Suite
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Must possess a high level of creativity and ingenuity, and an eye for style
  • Strong knowledge of resources: furniture, lighting, custom soft goods, vendors, showrooms, both local and regional, custom furnishings
  • Clear and concise communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to interact with peers, management, and other staff in a professional manner
  • Ability to work within a team and proactively create harmonious and professional relationships
  • Demonstrated competency in ability to effectively manage design assistants and interns
  • Willingness to observe company policies, procedures and the instructions of the Principal and management
  • Experience in furniture and product design helpful


Location: East Bay (near Bay Bridge)

Hours: Full-time M-F 9am-5pm

Benefits: Full health benefits, matching 401k, 15 days PTO, holiday time off package

FLSA Determination: Exempt

Reporting Relationship: This position functions under the direct supervision of the Senior Designer


More Details
Employment Type: Full Time
Location: EMERYVILLE , CA , United States
Experience Required: Mid-Senior Level
Date Published: 28 May 2021
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