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Design Studio General Manager

Posted: 16/12/2019 AfroditiKrassa is growing and looking for a General Manager, who will be responsible for all aspects of Finance, Resourcing, New Business, HR, Contracts and Legals, Client account management and the Administration side of the business.

AfroditiKrassa is the interior and brand design studio behind some of the most iconic hospitality projects of the past decade; from dining phenomenon Dishoom, to the nation’s latest staple diet itsu, Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Café and the reinvention of Curzon Cinemas. We work with the industry’s luminaires and current clients include celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and ultra-luxury hotel operator Rosewood Hotels.

The role

The role requires a proactive manager who is an all-rounder, hands-on problem solver with an entrepreneurial and self-driven attitude. Passion, attention to detail and the ability to proactively facilitate the smooth running of a small business is a must.

A background in hospitality and/or the creative industries, a clear head for numbers, highly-organised and strong multi-tasking skills will be essential; someone who enjoys acting on their own initiative and working closely with the Director, who can prioritise amongst the wide range of tasks and can deal with pressure. The ideal candidate will be great at dealing with people and assist in building culture within a busy studio. It requires excellent communication, a perfect level of English, organisational and social skills.

The role will cover the areas below:

HR/Resourcing

  • Planning and supporting the studio’s skill-set growth and the personal growth of employees
  • Nourishing and building a studio culture with a solid planning & actual activation
  • Managing project resourcing and planning of future HR requirements
  • Monitoring staff timesheets and expenses
  • Staff Performance Reviews & Appraisals
  • Finding potential candidates proactively
  • Organising job interviews, scheduling freelancers
  • Conducting first round of interviews, inclusive of follow ups, reference letters
  • Preparing offer letters, contracts etc.

Finance

  • Monitoring company’s financial performance and cash flow
  • Identifying opportunities for growth and activation
  • Monitoring project performance and profitability
  • Preparing budget projections and P&Ls
  • Liaising with external accountants on all aspects of VAT and payrolls
  • Management of bookkeeping, management of our internal Xero accounting system
  • Management of payments and debt

Office management

  • Creating and updating project time plans
  • Liaising with external consultants and suppliers such as IT, accountants etc
  • Monitoring staff timesheets and expenses
  • General administration support to the team and occasional PA to directors
  • On-going maintenance of the studio and materials library

Account Management/Contractual/Systems

  • Dealing with non-creative client queries, demands and escalations
  • Creating and updating project timelines
  • Updating practice policies, records and contracts
  • Upgrading internal systems
  • Liaising with external consultants and suppliers such as IT, accounting, legals

New Business

  • Assisting the director in meetings and follow up of prospective clients
  • Preparing proposals, quotations, scope of works documents, propose timelines, bid submissions and follow up
  • Negotiating terms, contracts and overall fees

Software

  • Xero
  • Microsoft Office
  • Excel

Excellent spoken and written English is essential, as is experience working in a similar role in the UK design and/or hospitality sector.

The role is full-time, with a salary upwards of £40,000 depending on experience.

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MIDWEIGHT HOSPITALITY INTERIOR DESIGNER

Posted: 16/12/2019 AfroditiKrassa is growing with new projects internationally and are looking for an experienced Midweight Hospitality Interior Designer to join the team and work on highly creative restaurant, bar, hotel and cinema projects.

AfroditiKrassa is the interior and brand design studio behind some of the most iconic hospitality projects of the past decade; from dining phenomenon Dishoom, to the nation’s latest staple diet itsu, Heston Blumenthal’s The Perfectionists’ Café and the reinvention of Curzon Cinemas. We work with the industry’s luminaires and current clients include celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and ultra-luxury hotel operator Rosewood Hotels.

The Role

Our studio has created a strong reputation for highly creative and meticulously detailed interiors and we are looking to expand our close-knit team with an ambitious Interior Designer. The ideal candidate must be able to work on projects from beginning to end, lead creatively, understand materials, sourcing, manufacturing and production and have an immaculate eye for detail. You would have the ability to come up with overarching creative directions, develop and deliver interior design schemes of the highest quality; with a strong focus on client liaison, design development and site implementation.

What we are looking for:

  • Enthusiastic, ambitious and meticulous Midweight Interior Designer.
  • Proactively work from concept creation through to detailed design drawing package.
  • Strong creative contextualisation with an ability to craft original narratives.
  • Join internal discussions and in-client meetings to develop presentation skills.
  • Able to represent the studio, support internal teams and contribute to our high professional standards and reputation

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Degree in Interior, Retail, Spatial Design (or similar relevant qualification).
  • 3+ Years of experience within hospitality, F&B and Food retail.
  • Excellent CAD skills (Vectorworks is a must) and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience in FF&E, sourcing, coordination and scheduling.
  • Must have the ability to produce detailed drawing packages.
  • An excellent understanding of joinery construction, materials, ability to co-ordinate, liaise with contractors and red-mark construction drawings.
  • Good understanding of working around various schedules, deadlines, and budgets.
  • Strong creative portfolio with a variety of client exposure.
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal.

Why AK

  • Be part of an ambitious design practise with an elite client list.
  • Create category-defining designs for some of the world’s most renowned chefs, mixologists and hoteliers.
  • Be rewarded with above-market annual salary raises and promotions.
  • Travel internationally to research the world’s best restaurants, bars and hotels.
  • Based at the beautiful Great Western Studios with 24/7 amenities and access to the Feeding House Café.
  • Free quarterly team dinners at London’s latest openings.
  • A Kiss & Tell dates of sharing intel and best-in-practise examples.
  • Drink, party and discover at our Annual Summer Weekend Away.
  • A true foodie culture with regular cook-offs, bake-offs and Chef tastings.

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter outlining your key ambitions in the role, including your salary expectations to jobs@afroditi.com

The candidates will be considered as they apply, therefore early applications are encouraged.

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