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Interior Design Group Leader

Company Name: IKEA
Employment Type:Full Time
Location: Dubai
Experience: 5+ years
Degree: Bachelor
Gender:Any
Age:Any  
Nationality: Any
Salary:Unspecified
No. Of Vacancies:1
Job Description:
Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and healthcare; employing more than 35,000 employees across more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Al-Futtaim Group partners with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands. Al-Futtaim Group’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate. 
By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration and integrity; Al-Futtaim Group continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day

Overview of the role
You plan, implement Com-In related projects mainly in the showroom, but also at the entrance, IKEA restaurant and staff area. Ensure that the projects reflect the Scandinavian identity of the company, as well as the IKEA product range and the IKEA business idea and are communicated to customers to achieve the commercial goals of the business.
 
What you will do
Commercial
Responsible for designing room sets for the store. The various parameters that JH has to take into account in designing the room sets include the brief relating to the “style group” OR “Living Situation” as well as the sales priorities regarding articles that need to be focused on.
Develop the set right from the floor plan drawn to scale, deciding on interiors and upon receiving approval from the Com-In Manager and the Sales Manager, building the set with Assistance of carpenters.
Be knowledgeable about current market trends, fashion and social trends relating to home furnishing and interior designs.
Ensure that the room sets are maintained in an “as new” condition all the time. To meet this objective the JH is required to make daily checks of the sets and carry out regular maintenance work, such as replacing worn out or dirty carpets, changing fused light bulbs, replacing items that are out of stock in the store or replacing items that have picked up from the display by customers. The room sets should always reflect the slanders set by IKEA for display
Design and implements the changes in the restaurant interiors as and when required by the Store Manager and the Restaurant Manager.
Design and makes changes in the office interiors as and when requested to do so. The primary idea is to make the work area a pleasant environment for the staff and representative of the IKEA way.
Operational
Co-ordinate with the planned marketing activity of the commercial calendar. While not all activity will affect a change in the room sets, major activities like Christmas will influence the decor of the room and modifications will have to be made accordingly. Changes are done to highlight the new or the activity related articles that the sales want to push, or even in case of giving boost to products that are not performing well and need to be displayed in a manner to catch the customer’s imagination.
Get involved in other projects relating to activities that are carried out in the store from time to time. This may include rebuilding business area, based on feedback from range relating to changed priorities, or poor performance of the area.
Assist Visual Merchandisers as and when required, in projects or activities that are planned for the store.
People Management & Development
Ensure that all Interior designers have receive the necessary training in safety and security aspects related to the use of this equipment, so they are able to follow the rules and regulations and prevent accidents.
Make sure all IDs have been properly trained including development programs to secure the store performance and succession needs.
Be involved in the recruitment of the interior designers; ensure the vacancies are filled as soon as they arise and the right candidates are hired in the vacant positions.•Ensure positive results in the employee survey and taking action in the areas where the satisfaction is low.
 
Required skills to be successful
Ability to manage a team
Ability to work under pressure
Strong leadership skills
Proficient in Autocad, Sketchup and Revit 
Profession level of MS Excel and other MS programmes.
Excellent command of English Language.
Attention to details
 
What equips you for the role
Live and share the IKEA values every day
Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Designing, Architecture, Product Design, Applied Arts or Fine Arts
5 years’ experience relevant experience in Interior Design firm, IKEA experience is preferred
Deep interest in and highly developed knowledge of home furnishings and the way people live 
Project management and store layout experience 
Knowledge about IKEA store equipment 
Creative, commercial and visual expert 
Knowing trends and understanding local market 
Functional thinking, Independent, confident and creative 

About Al-Futtaim Retail
Al-Futtaim Retail has established itself as one of the leaders in Retail across the Middle East, Africa & Asia over the past 30 years. We have developed partnerships with some of the biggest and most respected Brands in the world including IKEA, ACE and Toys R Us in the Middle East and the Inditex Group of Brands (Zara, Mango, Bershka and P&B) across Asia. We are also one of the largest Global partners of Marks and Spencer’s in both regions with over 75 stores offering both fashion & food options.