Charles Schwab Design Manager in Chicago, Illinois

We believe that , when done right, investing liberates people to create their own destiny. We are driven by our purpose to champion every client’s goals with passion and integrity. We respect and appreciate the diversity of our employees, our clients, and the communities we serve. We challenge conventions strategically to create value for our clients, our firm and the world. We live and bring to life the concept of ‘own your tomorrow’ every day. We champion our employee strengths, guide their development, and invest in their long-term success. We hire optimistic, results-oriented, curious, innovative, and adaptable people with the desire to help our clients and one another succeed.

As a company, we were established by Chuck at over 40 years ago to champion Main Street over Wall Street, and to help Americans transform themselves from earners to owners. Through advocacy and innovation, we work to make investing more affordable, accessible and understandable for all. As we enter our fifth decade, we are looking for talented, innovative and driven people who believe they can help themselves, and our clients, create a better future.

Our Opportunity:

The Design Manager is a proven project leader who will ensure each project reflects Client’s current strategy and adheres to established design guidelines. The Sr. Design Manager will be the point of contact for projects and will be accountable to cross-functional team members for managing the design process to develop and deliver design solutions with excellence.

What you’ll do:

  • Manage the process of design and implementation of design for retail branch properties

  • Provide space planning and design direction (interior and exterior) for new retail locations, renovations and expansions

  • Present design solutions visually and verbally to upper management

  • Responsible for engaging, and managing the agreements with, outsourced architects, engineers and related vendors

  • Review vendor created documents for adherence to Schwab standards and project specific direction

  • Develop positive cross-functional working relationships

  • Provide guidance and expertise for selection of furniture, finishes, and artwork

  • Develop and maintain brand standards and application guidelines

  • Provide project updates/communicate project status weekly or when called upon to do so

  • Provide clear and concise direction to meet client and company goals. Integrate and leverage colleagues to implement best design solutions.

  • Represent the design department, corporate real estate department and the clients with an exceedingly high level of professionalism

What you have:

  • Degree in Architecture, Interior architecture, or Interior design .

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in an Architecture or Interiors firm with an emphasis in retail, office, and corporate architecture.

  • An ability to demonstrate successful projects with significant experience in space planning/interior design/architecture for commercial and multi-unit branded environments

  • Ability to translate complex project programs into efficient, compelling space plans

  • Significant experience in the development of branded environments through application of brand standards and instinctive layout of brand messaging, signage, graphics, materials, etc.

  • Exceptional communications skills - ability to professionally address clients, peers, and internal business partners including senior management and outside resources/ external business partners

  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects of varying sizes and complexity simultaneously

  • Experience with commercial office systems furniture

  • High level of efficiency utilizing AutoCAD, experience with Revit preferred.

  • Operational understanding of Sketch up, Photoshop, illustrator, and acrobat is desired.

  • LEED certification is a bonus.

  • Comprehension of building codes and accessibility requirements affecting building layout

Knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating system & Microsoft Office applications.

You demonstrate these behaviors:

  • Collaboration

  • Inclusive

  • Balanced Risk Manager

  • Relationship Oriented

  • Exceptional Communicator

What you’ll get:

  • Everyday Wellness: Healthy Rewards, Onsite Fitness Classes, Healthy Choices, Wellness Champions

  • Financial Fitness: 401k Match, Employee Discounts, Personalized advice, Brokerage discounts

  • Work/Life Balance: Sabbatical, New Mothers returning to work Program, Tuition Reimbursement Programs, Time off to volunteer

  • Inclusion: Employee Resource Groups, Commitment to diversity, Strategic partnerships

  • Not just a job, but a career, with an opportunity to do the best work of your life

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Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversifying its workforce. It is Schwab's policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, legally protected medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, military status, citizenship status or any other status that is protected by law.

Position Located In: IL - Chicago