Position Description

Senior Associate Director, Projects & Business Development
Location London Studio
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Holmes Wood is a leading design company specialising in the creation of beautiful and effective design solutions that help people navigate and experience the world around them. Blending aesthetics and function, our multi-disciplinary team of designers combine unique expertise to produce award-winning wayfinding, graphics, placemaking, information design, exhibition design, branded environments, print design and motion graphics. Taking into consideration both the bigger picture and the granular detail, the team combines creative flair with commercial know-how to achieve maximum impact for clients. 

We are a highly creative, energetic, nimble thinking, sociable, close knit team of people, made up of graphic designers, information designers, product designers, and design managers, at all different levels. 

As a key senior member of our growing interdisciplinary studio and part of the Leadership team, you’ll be responsible for developing new business opportunities internationally, including representing Holmes Wood to current and potential customers and professional bodies, across a wide range of sectors from the cultural to the commercial. Providing expert knowledge and thought leadership, you will look at potential new areas of design as well as focus on our core disciplines.

You will have a background in design, and a strong interest in graphic and product design for the built environment. With excellent communication skills, you will have the ability to represent the company to clients at all levels and on the world stage. You will have responsibility for the overall strategic management of projects in the office, guiding and helping the Designers and Design Managers to deliver design excellence alongside profitability. You will help motivate and inspire our designers to create the best possible work.

Key responsibilities
Be the lead client face for all the business development aspects of the design studio

  • Present Holmes Wood work at events, seminars, lectures etc globally to promote our work and its uniqueness
  • Work collaboratively with Directors and staff from across the Handley House Group, pro-actively identifying opportunities for other work streams and ensuring the business maximises creative collaboration
  • Provide a strategic, effective and innovative leadership role in the project management of all work for a wide range of projects, guiding and helping the Designers and Design Managers to deliver design excellence with profitability
  • Prepare presentations, fee proposals, forecasts and monitor profitability in conjunction with the Director
  • Report to the Holmes Wood Board as required
  • Help direct and plan the work and resources of Holmes Wood, monitoring progress to ensure the objectives are achieved in conjunction with the Director and Leadership Team
  • Ensure all projects are delivered to the agreed programme and budgets, with the required level of information for any particular design stage
  • Help oversee, motivate and guide the design objectives and standards of performance of the Holmes Wood team
  • Ensure all projects are evaluated and the evaluation is acted upon to improve our approach where necessary and maintain our quality levels
  • Build, motivate, and engage the studio, helping nurture the Holmes Wood culture

Qualities and essential skills

  • Design obsessive
  • Ability to effectively lead, inspire and motivate design teams
  • Ability to effectively present ideas with excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to effectively manage budgets
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Excellent time management skills including the ability to meet tight deadlines and multi-task
  • Track record of successfully developing new business for/within a design group
  • Track record of helping to deliver creative projects
  • Compelling public speaking and presentation skills
  • Creative and commercial