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Interior Design and Procurement Assistant - Head Office - Hammersmith, London

Employer
room2
Location
Hammersmith, London
Salary
£35,000 - £40,000 per annum
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

Interior Design and Procurement Assistant - Head Office - Hammersmith, London 

Lamington Group is looking for a motivated individual to join the development team to help with the interior design of Lamington Group’s serviced apartment portfolio and to help support in the design of room2 hometels which has a growing pipeline, this role will also require someone to support in the administration within the development department. This creative role is perfectly suited for a hands-on individual with a flair for interior design and with experience in procurement and selection of FF&E and OS&E.

About Lamington

Lamington is a 50-year-old family-owned and run real estate investment and development business based in London. The business has a significant property holding and operates in the serviced apartment and AST sector under the Lamington Apartments brand.

About room2

room2 hometels is an innovative new brand created by Lamington Group, focused on a nationwide rollout. room2 has market-leading guest experiences and a growing reputation in challenging the stagnant and soulless hotel market with a design and experience led hometel product.

Hometels is a new sector of hospitality created by room2. They sit between hotels and Airbnb, and deliver the comforts and flexibility of home combined with the best bits of a hotel, with the experience of Airbnb.

room2 currently has hometels open in London, Southampton and Belfast, with committed sites in Manchester and York, along with an exciting pipeline of further properties to come. The 2030 target is 5000 keys open and delivered across the UK.

Job Description

You will work with the interior design manager to support new property openings while working closely with external designers on individual stylings for each location. You will help create stand out designs which take confident design risks, innovate and challenge the status quo of typical hotels. You will drive design around the ‘hometel’ concept, which focuses on details, layering and storytelling as well as a passion for sustainability throughout the design. 

You will support the refurbishment  of the Lamington Serviced Apartments portfolio to the same standard as the hometels and in line with our net zero roadmap along with smaller new residential projects. 

You will also work to support the procurement and project managers. You will be tasked to support in sourcing, purchasing and coordinating operations supplies and equipment (OS&E) and furniture, fixtures and fittings (FF&E) for various projects.

Your Role - Interior Design

  • Work closely with the Interior Design Manager and support in presenting ideas and design solutions to the Directors and Property Team during all phases of the design process from concept to handover.
  • Work with all external design agencies from design to graphic to brand strategy which impact and enhance the overall guest experience.
  • Create, prepare and present design concepts for review.
  • Develop design drawings (bespoke furniture, lighting, joinery, layouts) & schedules
  • Work with in-house maintenance and operational teams to support the design and refurbishment of serviced apartments
  • Assesses and manages prototype stages of bespoke pieces
  • Attend site visits at key stages
  • Assist at FF&E and OS&E install
  • Review and create new guest touchpoints, roll out approved experience enhancements
  • Assess leading hotels and companies outside hospitality for innovation
  • Work on all points on the customer journey with all departments.
  • Review and update the materials, furniture and sustainability databases

Your Role - Procurement

  • Work within FF&E and OS&E budgets and timelines.
  • Take a lead in execution, managing external resources, and see through to completion
  • Support in sourcing, purchasing, and coordinating operational supplies and equipment (OSE) and furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FFE) for various projects
  • Assist in vendor management, including communicating with suppliers, obtaining quotes, and negotiating prices to ensure cost-effectiveness
  • Collaborate with the finance department to reconcile invoices and receipts
  • Provide administrative support, including raising purchase orders, maintaining the product databases, and organising procurement-related documentation
  • Coordinate the setup of supplier credit accounts, handling documentation and liaising with the finance department and the vendors for smooth processing
  • ​Receipt and inspect incoming goods, ensuring they meet quality standards, while documenting any discrepancies for resolution with suppliers
  • ​Research and identify sustainable suppliers and their products, assessing their environmental and ethical practices to align with Lamington Group’s sustainability goals and procurement policies

Requirements

Required Skills/Qualifications:

  • Previous hospitality interior design experience is essential
  • 2+ years of experience in Hospitality design. Residential experience a plus
  • Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design
  • Technical CAD drawing experience (Vectorworks preferred)
  • Experience in being part of a collaborative design environment
  • Knowledge of local and online showrooms and resources, industry trends
  • Thrives in a fast paced dynamic, creative environment
  • Product development a plus
  • Ability to multi-task across projects

This role is suited for a motivated, ambitious, creative and well organised individual with a proven track record of interior design and procurement who wants to make a real difference to a fast growing brand and show a willingness to learn.

If you believe you are suitable for this role, apply now.

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