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Project Design Lead

Neiman Marcus
Dallas, Texas, United States
Closing date
20 Jan 2023

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Visual Merchandising

Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) has been the premier destination for luxury fashion and goods, superior service, and an elevated retail experience for more than a century. Today, 9,000 associates contribute to the success of NMG's brands: Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Last Call, and Horchow. There are 38 full-line Neiman Marcus stores in cosmopolitan markets across the United States and a sophisticated digital platform that attracts shoppers worldwide. Bergdorf Goodman operates two stores in landmark locations on Fifth Avenue in New York City and, catering to loyal luxury customers globally. NMG also owns five Last Call stores and, an e-commerce site that offers premium furniture and home decor.

As an organization, NMG is on a transformational journey to become the preeminent luxury customer platform. NMG continues to deliver the best integrated customer experience and has evolved the business to succeed in the ever-changing retail landscape. NMG is a relationship business. What differentiates the organization from other luxury retailers are its unique assets: a strong store footprint, the most knowledgeable associates, an engaging online experience, solid brand partnerships, innovative digital and in-store experiences, the most loyal luxury customer base, and a strong balance sheet.

Our customers will always be at the center of everything NMG does. The company continues to reinvest in new technologies that enhance the customer experience. NMG meets customers where they are. NMG's goal is to offer customers a seamless experience across its stores, online, and remote digital selling.

NMG's priority is to develop a highly engaged and high-performing team where everyone belongs. The business attracts and retains best-in-class talent through unique offerings provided to associates in addition to standard employer benefits. These include an innovative way of working, associate discounts on merchandise, tuition reimbursement, associate hardship fund, and paid time off to volunteer, to name a few.

As part of NMG's Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) work, the organization is focused on driving its core value of being "All Heart." NMG is also assessing its current environmental and social impact while developing a three-year plan to lead the luxury industry in its commitment and transparency to environmental and social sustainability. NMG strives to become an employer of choice, driven by a culture of Belonging. A dedicated team focuses on this journey, directly impacting how NMG conducts business throughout the workforce, workplace, and marketplace dimensions.

NMG has incredibly passionate and committed corporate and store associates. NMG offers associates an environment where everyone feels welcomed, nurtured, and empowered. Our associates are the heart of NMG. As an organization, NMG leads with love - love for customers, love for associates, and love for brand partners.

The Project Design Lead will be responsible for chief responsibilities including but not limited to the selection of interior finishes as well as furniture selections for all active store planning and construction projects. The role will also oversee the Neiman Marcus Group in-store art program as well as conceptual design capabilities for ideating and developing special design projects with close partnership with the Vice President, Store Planning & Construction. * Position is based in Dallas TX with fully remote possibility for NYC Metro, Charlotte NC, Miami FL, and greater TX.

Responsibilities & Duties
  • Project Specific:
    • Responsible for the selection and presentation of furniture, fabrics, and equipment (FF&E), color palettes, and specialty lighting fixtures/elements of all active projects.
    • Supports the space planning, schematic design, and design development efforts of projects as assigned.
    • Generates finish plans, product specifications, and material selections needed for projects as assigned.
    • Provides design support and documentation during completion and execution of special projects/ / new in-store design concepts.
    • Creates design interpretation packages for hand-off to internal Production team.
    • Coordinates plan check process for incorporating team comments as needed.
    • Ensures internal documents are assembled by external Architect of Record (AOR) into an Out to Bid (OTB) set.

  • General:
    • Provides timely communication with internal management, merchant teams, consultants and external consultants.
    • Monitors and facilitates completion of projects on a timely basis and within budget.
    • Creates and maintains any/all project work-back schedule timelines to ensure projects are completed on schedule.
    • Attends project development meetings, site meetings, and provides written reports.
    • Oversees the work of SPC Production Coordinators related to the final documentation of their designs to ensure faithful representation of the creative concept.

  • 5-8 years post degree
  • Bachelors degree in either Interior Design or Architecture from an accredited program
  • K nowledge of merchandise fixture design, with a general understanding of construction detailing a plus
  • Strong experience in selection of furniture, finishes, materials & color selections, appropriateness for use, and development of specifications
  • Solid space planning/merchandising skills
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Well-developed communication skills both written and verbal including strong group presentation skills
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Office programs, Bluebeam Revu, and AutoCAD (or similar CAD program)
  • Must have well developed skills in expressing design ideas visually, whether by hand or utilizing a 3D computer program (sketch up or similar)
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc to facilitate communication of conceptual design ideas to executive team
  • Ability to execute assigned tasks with limited supervision
  • Ability to be part of a team or lead a team effort as required
  • Position is based in Dallas TX with fully remote possibility for NYC Metro, Charlotte NC, Miami FL, and greater TX
  • Periodic site travel required (10%)

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