Senior Designer

Forward Space  |  

Chicago, IL

Do you live and breathe commercial interior design? Do you pride yourself on your expertise in product knowledge, client consultations and presentations, problem-solving, and technical ability? On behalf of our client, Forward Space, we are searching for two exceptional Senior Designers to manage all aspects of the design process, including design development, specification, presentations, renderings, and site visits. These two design roles will focus on the Corporate and Education verticals in the Greater Chicago area.


  • Present and lead in client tours and design interactions
  • Meet with company sales representatives and clients to gather project requirements, establish project timeline, and develop project budget
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously, each with differing scope and products
  • Review RFP and Bid specifications 
  • Lead projects and collaborate with sales on VE options and alternate solutions
  • Develop expert creative design concepts and space plans that fulfill client requirements and conform to applicable building codes, life safety codes, and ADA requirements
  • Gather field dimensions of project area and prepare accurate base drawings as needed
  • Participate in and prepare furniture inventories as needed
  • Generate furniture plans with intelligent graphics on AutoCAD and/or Configura including 3Ds and elevations as required
  • Generate accurate furniture specifications using Configura programs
  • Develop color schemes with material and finish selections within schedule and budget requirements
  • Prepare installation plans as requested
  • Lead mentoring and coaching of associate and interior designers
  • Host design charrettes
  • Lead showroom tours


  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design required
  • Certification by NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) or actively working toward certification preferred
  • Registered with or ability to become a registered interior designer with the State of Illinois
  • 5-10 years of experience in the contract furniture industry

If this sounds like a good fit for you, please contact Sasha Gale at

About Forward Space:

Founded in 2014, Forward Space was formed through the merger of Chicagoland’s two leading Steelcase dealerships—Office Concepts and OEC Business Interiors. Both of our former companies share rich histories in the marketplace dating back more than 50 years. In 2019, we expanded into Milwaukee, WI, and opened a new warehouse and showroom to serve that market. Since 2014, we have built a strong foundation with three full-service facilities serving the needs of companies in the Chicagoland and Milwaukee areas, as well as a network of Steelcase dealers to meet the nationwide requirements of our customers.

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