In one hundred words or less…
We know that there’s a new breed of designers out there. They’re looking to push things forward in commercial interior design. But before a designer can make that kind of impact, they need to immerse themselves in the nitty-gritty of actual projects—to get the hands-on experience about what it means to meet budgets and deadlines, work as part of a team, and have a client depend on THEM. We at Mancini want to help these designers cultivate their skills because we want to push things forward, too.
Does this sound like you?
Junior designers help make the success of a project possible first by determining what success, in this case, means: they help the raw qualitative and quantitative data that drives the team’s understanding of what the client wants and what needs to be done. Later, they support the team’s efforts at translating this understanding into a design concept a client can see, and drawings a contractor can build.
The goods, if you got them
Of course, Mancini designers must have good taste. This doesn’t mean a knowledge of what’s hot and what’s not. We’re talking about the simple (and yet mysterious) ability to relate every element in a project to one another—visually and spatially—so they all contribute to a pleasing whole. But even good taste only goes so far when there’s no way to communicate it. So we’re also looking for designers with a flair for expression, an ability to put design concepts in words, in sketches, in a plan—and increasingly, in an interactive three-dimensional virtual space.
A day in the life
A junior designer’s responsibilities vary throughout the day and by project. They also change by phase of the project, but generally they include things like:
- Amassing and interpreting programmatic information and compiling it all into a document that drives a project.
- Preparing visual materials that help a client quickly absorb a design concept and, through their feedback, become an active participant in the project.
- Selecting furniture, finishes, and fixtures.
- Doing research on all manner of things during the entire course of a project. This can mean meeting with vendors, studying code, or digging up important facts about a site’s historical or contemporary context.
- Preparing stock and block diagrams, coded furniture plans, and construction drawings.
- Working alongside a senior designer, a design director, or a design principal, all of whom are looking to impart their wisdom.
Sometimes being at Mancini is something like being expected to play basketball one day and cello in a string quartet the next–but in a good way! (It builds character.) While we want our young designers to play to their strengths, we also want them expand beyond their comfort zones and gain expertise in project types they may not be accustomed to. A selection of projects an intermediate designer might contribute to include:
- Commvault Headquarters, an interior fit-out for this tech company’s new building in Tinton Falls, New Jersey
- Groupe SEB Headquarters, a forward-thinking and fun interior fit-out for this multi-brand organization in Parsippany, New Jersey
- Energy Capital Partners, a relaxed yet sophisticated workplace reinvention for this investment firm in New York City
- SKIM Group, a youthful and creative workplace for this global consulting practice in Hoboken, New Jersey
Relevant experience and mindset
We value people who are:
- Multifaceted like a Diamond: Sure, the people we’re looking for have studied architecture and/or design, and have had about three to five years of experience in the industry. But many of our most prized designers aren’t just about that. Some have also studied political science or philosophy, worked in finance, or made a killing playing video games. This interdisciplinary spirit allows our designers to see a project from a multiplicity of angles and contribute in all sorts of unexpectedly valuable ways.
- Self-driven: If a problem comes up, their pride won’t get in the way of admitting they need help, but they’ll research a problem thoroughly to see if they can solve it themselves.
- Flexible: They understand every problem has a unique context and a unique solution. They know that while experience is important, relying on approaches that worked in the past won’t always solve the problems of the future.
- Connectors and Collaborators: They know what they know and, more importantly, know what they don’t know. They seek help from our team and from the outside world to deliver their best work, every time.
- In the Digital Thick of It: Knowing AutoCAD, Revit, and Adobe Creative Cloud is mandatory. Knowing Rhino and/or SketchUp would be great. And knowing Lumion would be fantastic. All that said, for Mancini—a technology company at its core—we look for people who are exploring technologies we have yet to tap.
Think we’d get along?
Send a copy of your resume and a portfolio of some of your most interesting work to our Talent team at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of “Junior Designer (New Jersey)”. We’ll get back to you with next steps which, for us, is an informal meet and greet over coffee (or tea, to each their own!) so we can get to know you.