New York

Workplace Interiors Leader

Woods Bagot is hiring a Workplace Interiors Leader with the primary tasks of, design leadership, business development, and team management.

About You

As a successful candidate, you are a highly motivated, creative, collaborative, and resourceful leader. You are dedicated to helping clients achieve business value by applying tailored solutions with Woods Bagot’s research, design, and experience. You are an individual who excels in conceptualizing and translating ideas into exceptional design outcomes.

You have excellent space planning skills with an eye for design and detail. You are an inherent collaborator with strong communication skills while bringing a positive and professional attitude to all your presentations.

It is an essential requirement that applicants must have the legal right to work in the US when applying for this position.

We believe that the exceptional contribution of all our people is the driver of our success. We offer a range of excellent medical benefits, 401(k), and leave policies to support you at work.


Key Responsibilities

Practice Leadership and Management

  • Provide leadership and motivation to the New York Studio and the New York Workplace Interiors team
  • Establish and foster relationships with existing and new clients, afford new project opportunities, and collaborate with the Business Development / Marketing / PR + Comms (BDMC) Team to prepare proposals to pursue new projects
  • Help create and successfully execute the business plan for the studio
  • Maximize profitability while supporting design excellence
  • Foster a commitment to exceptional client service
  • Provide appropriate project staffing, scheduling, and resource allocation
  • Provide mentorship to others within the practice
  • Develop and review fee proposals, budgets, and financial projections
  • Utilize and encourage best uses of technology for design, presentation, and production
  • Manage the design process by:
    • ensuring the execution of necessary research to provide a thorough understanding of client needs, leading to responsive design solutions
    • communicating design intent to clients in a clear, compelling way
    • incorporating design requirements and goals to demonstrate creative and unique design solutions
    • overseeing the preparation and delivery of design presentations to the clients and coordinating with consultants to achieve design goals on schedule and within budget
    • ensuring that graphic representations and construction documents clearly and accurately convey design intent
  • Coordinating with the project managers to ensure and secure all necessary entitlements and approvals in a timely manner
  • Stay informed about new products, technologies, and trends
  • Engage clients in dialogues that respectfully challenge and expand their ideas about appropriate design solutions

Business Development and Marketing

  • Establish and maintain close relationships with clients to win business
  • Collaborate with other Woods Bagot offices to increase opportunities and revenue from Global Corporate clients
  • Strategize with the Marketing Group and office leadership on the Business Development approach for specific opportunities
  • Identify new and prospective project opportunities, pursue the selected opportunities, and coordinate with the Marketing Group to develop opportunities for growing the practice
  • Work closely with Marketing Group to prepare fee proposals and write and/or edit appropriate sections of proposals
  • Work with the Marketing Manager to integrate strategy and goals for the Interiors group into the marketing plan for the North American Region with a focus on the Metro New York Area
  • Work closely with the marketing team to create presentations and other collateral materials to support business development efforts
  • Provide content of public relations activities for press releases, feature articles, and advertisements
  • Join professional, trade, and industry organizations and attend networking events, seeking opportunities to participate in seminars, panels, and speaking opportunities
  • Participate on juries at schools and industry awards programs

Staff Development

  • Recruit talent to grow the practice
  • Lead ongoing dialogue within the Interiors group and with the practice at large regarding design philosophy, approach, and process
  • Mentor, coach, and motivate teams and individuals within the practice
  • Foster an environment of mutual respect and trust among team members as the group continues to grow and develop
  • Create opportunities for continuing education and professional development, including site visits, lectures, “Lunch and Learns,” etc.
  • Encourage staff exploration for continued innovation and design excellence


  • A degree in Interior Design, Architecture, or a closely related field (or the international equivalent)
  • At least fifteen (15) years’ experience (or equivalent) working in the Interior Design field
  • At least five (5) years’ experience (or equivalent) leading and managing projects
  • At least five (5) years (or equivalent) managing a team
  • Tertiary Qualifications in Interior Design / Architecture
  • Tertiary Qualifications in Business or Project Management highly desirable

How to apply:

Please send your CV, portfolio and covering letter through our LinkedIn job post for the Workplace Interiors Leader role. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and will close on 4 May 2021. We do not accept unsolicited resumes or names from agencies.

Mandatory Requirement:

It is an essential requirement that applicants must have the legal right to work in the US when applying for this position.


Inspiration. Innovation. Inclusiveness. We are Woods Bagot.

Woods Bagot is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

At Woods Bagot, we are committed to creating an environment where the difference is celebrated, valued, and respected, practices are equitable, and our people feel like they belong. We accept that none of us is smarter than all of us. We believe building a diverse workforce is the foundation of creativity and innovative design – it is only by working together that we can realize the potential of our people, clients, and communities around us. Through our inclusive leadership and our truly global studio network of architects and designers, you will find your voice and have the support and flexibility required to bring your whole self to work and build an exceptional career.

We run a flexible working environment to ensure a strong work/life balance, including options for partial work-from-home and time-shifting your hours.