Careers

Current Job Openings

Finance Manager

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Leadership Team (Managing Director, Creative Director, and Director of Project Mgmt) by leading finance and bookkeeping initiatives with excellence
  • Monitor and Manage the day-to-day financial operations within the company (payroll, invoicing, AR, AP, credit card & bank reconciliations, and other transactions)
  • Reconcile sales taxes, payroll taxes, 401k, and bank accounts at the end of each month
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly management reports
  • Oversee the financial entries of Project Management team to ensure accuracy and proper categorization of income and expenses
  • Develop reports, trends and projections for the firm’s finances to help Leadership Team make business decisions
  • Ensure compliance with accounting policies and regulatory requirements and/or coordinate those efforts with outside parties such as company’s CPA

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • 5+ years professional experience in related role
  • Bachelors degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or similar
  • Strong multi-tasking skills and ability to prioritize & manage multiple projects with varying timelines and deliverables at once
  • Proficient user of financial software such as Quickbooks; Studio Webware / Studio Designer experience a plus but not required
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills…must love making a list and checking it twice
  • Ability to problem-solve, try new things, and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Professional qualification such as CPA or similar a plus but not required
  • Studio Webware / Studio Designer software experience a plus but not required
  • Positive and fun, team player, utmost integrity, honesty, & no-drama/ego attitude a necessity

Summer Thornton Design Benefits:

  • Health Medical Insurance including $2k per year company contribution towards premium with several plans to choose from
  • Generous holiday schedule including closure Christmas-New Years
  • Summer hours (early closing on Fridays in the summer)
  • 401k plan including a company matching program of up to 4% of your salary
  • Profit sharing program
  • Paid maternity leave
  • PTO
  • …and more

This position could be FT or could be PT (minimum 20 hours/week) for the right candidate. SEND RESUME, PAY REQUIREMENT, & REFERENCES TO: CAREERS@SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM

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Content Creator – Social & Digital Media

This position may be either a Full-time position (approx 40-hrs / week) or could be part-time (minimum 20-hrs / week) for the right candidate.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Must be a unique combination of right brain creative content maker & left brain organized content distributor as you create compelling content and ensure it is strategically & consistently deployed to facilitate brand growth & exposure
  • Personally manage the development of creative content across multiple platforms including but not limited to instagram, pinterest, e-mail newsletter, website, popular external blogs, videos, etc
  • Create a content calendar & distribution schedule leveraging various platforms to maximize exposure for the Summer Thornton brand & personally deploy content against said schedule
  • Personally write & edit stories & produce photo/video imagery & content for the Summer Thornton Blog/Website
  • Potentially oversee & manage content created by outside editors/writers and guest-posters to the Summer Thornton blog
  • Establish & build relationships with key influencers & brands in the social media space for cross-promotion, partnership, & brand-building opportunities
  • Develop strategies & tactics to maximize online sharing of Summer Thornton content through instagram, pinterest, popular blogs, and more
  • Pursue opportunities for Summer to contribute to popular instagram pages, blogs and websites
  • Develop strategies & tactics to maximize followers & subscribers to Summer Thornton social media pages & newsletter
  • Create & deploy quarterly or semi-monthly e-newsletters highlighting key updates about the brand to followers
  • Add project imagery & press articles to website
  • Assist the Managing Director with other marketing activities including mailings, sourcing requests, photoshoots, editor quote & imagery requests, etc
  • Assist in the accessorizing & styling of rooms for photo shoots; and in some cases for smaller shoots of before imagery and/or in-progress photos personally facilitate the shoot unassisted
  • May require up to 10% travel out-of-state

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum of 3+ years (ideally 6+) professional experience in related field (interior design, social media marketing, copy writing, art direction, graphic design, journalism / editorial, architecture, etc)
  • Avid consumer of high quality editorial content & ideally a contributor (writer, photographer, graphic designer, editor) of such content
  • Bachelors degree in Creative Writing / Journalism, Fine Art (photography, graphic design, etc), Interior Design, Architecture, Marketing, or related field
  • Extensive knowledge & passion for the interior design & architecture industry including awareness of notable brands, leading designers & architects, design magazines & books, etc
  • Experience with wordpress, blogs, or other back-end CMS for creating online content preferred but not required
  • Impeccable aesthetic taste and graphic design skills as well as alignment with Principal’s design style and philosophies
  • Basic photo-editing / photoshop skills.
  • Excellent writing skills & ability to write in varying voices.
  • Ability to problem-solve, try new things, and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
  • Studio Webware experience a plus but not required
  • Positive and fun, team player, utmost integrity, honesty, & no-drama/ego attitude a necessity

SEND RESUME, CREATIVE PORTFOLIO, SALARY REQUIREMENT & REFERENCES TO: CAREERS@SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM

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Intern

Summer Thornton Design offers internship opportunities for the best & brightest on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Several members of our team started as interns and were given the opportunity to join the team at the end of their internship. Also individuals considering career industry changes are possible candidates for an intern position.

Intern – Primary Responsibilities:

  • Office organization & tidying
  • Maintaining resource materials library
  • Pick-up & return product purchases & samples
  • Presentation materials prep
  • Research interior design products
  • Contact vendors for pricing & product
  • If knowledgeable in AutoCad, Create 2D CAD elevations & floor plans
  • Creating Proposals for client meetings
  • Marketing support
  • Other tasks to help designers, project managers, architectural partners, and clients

Intern – Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Valid driver’s license & vehicle (& be comfortable driving in Chicago)
  • 2D AUTOCAD skills preferred but not required
  • Strong teamwork skills a necessity
  • Interior Design or Architecture degree preferred but not required (must be at least a Junior in college, though most interns have completed their undergraduate studies)
  • Studio Webware experience a plus but not mandatory

SEND RESUME, PORTFOLIO, REFERENCES & AVAILABILITY TO CAREERS@SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM

 

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Interior Design Assistant / Interior Architecture Assistant

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist Designers in overseeing large-scale, long-term design projects from concept through installation for high-end residential and boutique hospitality projects
  • Assist in the drawing & development of comprehensive design plans & construction drawing sets including sourcing, floorplans, elevations, etc
  • Collaborate with outside consultants and project partners including Architects, General Contractors, Craftsmen, & more
  • Drive project progress through timeline management and vendor expediting
  • Maintain strong relationships and communication with clients and vendors
  • Prepare proposals for product & labor
  • Prepare materials & organize presentations before client meetings
  • Interpret and help bring-to-life the design vision for clients
  • Design custom furniture, cabinetry, textiles and more to achieve the design vision
  • Create finish schedules and coordinate construction with architects/builders
  • Contact vendors for pricing & samples
  • Organize materials for client presentations
  • Accessorize & style rooms for photo shoots
  • Marketing Assistance
  • Office tidying & organization as well as resource library maintenance/organization
  • Pick-up and return unused product & samples as required
  • May require up to 10% travel out-of-state
  • Seamlessly transition orders and contractor-management to Project Management group at firm

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum 2 years (ideally 3-5 years) professional experience in related field (interior design, architecture, product/furniture design, textile design, hospitality design, etc)
  • Bachelors degree (or Masters) in Interior Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, or related field
  • Impeccable design taste and alignment with Principal’s design style and philosophies
  • Strong 2D AUTOCAD & Photoshop experience mandatory. Rendering, hand-sketching, and 3D skills a plus but not required
  • Ability to problem-solve, try new things, and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Strong multi-tasking skills and ability to manage multiple projects with varying timelines and deliverables at once
  • Teamwork & collaboration-minded
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Valid driver’s license & transportation (& must be comfortable driving in Chicago)
  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
  • Studio Webware experience a plus
  • Positive and fun, team player, utmost integrity, honesty, & no-drama/ego attitude a necessity

SEND RESUME, PORTFOLIO & REFERENCES TO: CAREERS@SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM

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Designer – Boutique Hospitality

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Independently manage & oversee large-scale, long-term high-end design projects from concept through installation
  • Present & sell design concepts and plans to clients independently &/or in collaboration with Principal
  • Develop comprehensive design plans across both architecture & interior design including FF&E sourcing, floorplans, elevations, etc with limited supervision
  • Oversee (or personally produce) the development of construction drawing sets, schedules, project timelines, etc
  • Manage & supervise junior design staff and delegation of tasks, as appropriate
  • Maintain strong relationships and communication with clients and vendors, driving project progress
  • Interpret and help bring-to-life the Principal’s design vision for clients
  • Design custom furniture, cabinetry, textiles and more to achieve the design vision
  • Coordinate construction with general contractors & tradespeoples
  • May require up to 15% travel out-of-state
  • Seamlessly transition orders and contractor-management to Project Management group at firm where appropriate

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum of 6 years (prefer 10+ years) professional experience in related field and extensive prior experience with boutique hospitality projects
  • Bachelors (or Masters) degree in Interior Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, or related field
  • Impeccable design taste and alignment with Principal’s design style and philosophies
  • Strong 2D AUTOCAD skills. Rendering, hand-sketching, watercolor, and 3D skills a plus but not required
  • Strong knowledge of shopping resources, vendors, & skilled tradespeople
  • Ability to problem-solve, try new things, and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Valid driver’s license & transportation (& must be comfortable driving in Chicago)
  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
  • Studio Webware experience a plus
  • Positive and fun, team player, utmost integrity, honesty, & no-drama/ego attitude a necessity

SEND RESUME, PORTFOLIO & REFERENCES TO: CAREERS@SUMMERTHORNTONDESIGN.COM

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