Studio Manager / Design Lead

Black Line Retail



Black Line Retail is Australia’s leading retail design and project consultancy – we provide a wide range of services for a rapidly growing number of retail power-houses, locally and overseas. Our clients are some of the most recognized brands in Australia and from around the world.

Based in Alexandria, we are a team of dedicated retail professionals who provide genuine and transparent value for our clients – be it strategic, iconic or commercial. Culturally, we take our work and clients seriously, but not necessarily ourselves.

We are currently looking for a Studio Manager/Design Lead that is motivated and experienced to assist on a variety of design projects. You will be accountable for the outputs of a small team of Design Associates and Designers through managing and mentoring staff in the day-to-day performance of work to meet company objectives.

The successful applicant will possess:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Design, Architecture or related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in Retail Design and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum 2 years Vectorworks experience.
  • Demonstrated management skills (2 years in a team leadership/colleague coaching capacity).
  • Experience leading and working in a team-orientated collaborative environment.
  • Operational and technical design management skills.
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to remain ahead of schedule and meet critical deadlines.
  • The ability to derive actionable insights and translate into business improving initiatives.
  • Your responsibilities will include:

  • Co-ordinate and distribute work to team, monitor upcoming workloads and backlogs and make necessary adjustments.
  • Work with staff, project teams and other service providers to manage and co-ordinate work outcomes.
  • Ensure all resources understand and follow appropriate Brand Guidelines to successfully complete assigned tasks with committed timeframes and standards.
  • Help to develop and implement design standards to foster operational efficiency, monitor compliance, and mitigate risks to achieve team results.
  • Perform more complex elements of design work, applying an advanced level of technical expertise and judgement to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Meeting project deadlines.
  • In return, Black Line will provide a competitive salary based on experience, an excellent working environment and corporate culture, a genuine work/life balance and a broad range of interesting and exciting clients/projects.

    If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.

    Please email a detailed resume to

    Application deadline: 08.04.2016