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AECOM Interior Design Manager in Chicago, Illinois

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking an Interiors Practice Leader to lead, inspire, and build the Interiors practice in the Chicago market. This position is based in Chicago, Illinois.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.


The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide strategic vision and day-to-day administration of the Interiors group

  • Responsible for development and execution of goals, business plan and profitability, aligning efforts with regional and national business unit plans and goals

  • Work in partnership with Interiors Leadership (Design Director, Operations, Technical) to achieve business and practice goals

  • Work with upper management to support brand messaging which is consistent and present with the client, the internal design studio, and the design community

  • Work closely with project managers to identify budget and schedule constraints, support project profitability

  • Manage fee proposals and workload projection for projects

  • Understand and enforce conditions of client contracts, and understand scope of work and where appropriate seek additional services

  • Ability to think strategically, implement change, enforce policy and resolve conflict

Business Development:

  • Lead the development and execution of the Interior’s marketing strategy at the local and regional business unit level collaborating with regional leadership and other market sectors leaders to meet financial targets

  • Conduct market research to identify, evaluate, and pursue new business opportunities and grow current client relationships including early client positioning/intersection

  • Leverage network of professional business contacts and build external and internal cross market/discipline network

  • Lead pursuit strategy for RFQ/RFP responses including, project approach, scope of work development, fee preparation, and interview preparation and interview.

  • Ensure positive client, consultant, contractor, and jurisdictional satisfaction, grow our presence in the market

  • Work with marketing team in development of marketing material (both market sector and industry specific) and proposal preparation

  • Membership and participation/engagement in business industry organizations to increase/expand network

Practice Leadership/Staff Development:

  • Serve as a mentor by coaching teams and individuals; grows and develops the group and individual members

  • Responsible for performance development, prepare and deliver staff evaluations, and determine workload allocation

  • Participate in interviews and recruiting of professional staff and build appropriate staff levels

  • Keep abreast of new technology, materials, methods, and developments in his/her specific field

  • Maintain membership and activity in appropriate industry organizations and be an active member of the design community

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or Architecture and twelve (12) years of experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience/education, including four (4) years of leadership

  • Design and/or project management experience for Commercial Interiors

  • Registered Interior Designer or Architect with current license

Preferred Qualifications

  • 15+ years of experience with a large Interiors or Architectural firm

  • Experience acting in a leadership or management capacity

  • Demonstrated ability to grow a practice and meet planned revenue targets

  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills including both verbal/presentation and written

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Strong leadership and team building skills with strong initiative

  • Experience in design and project leadership for all sizes of interior design projects

  • Thorough understanding of project work plans, schedules, staffing, and budgets, resulting in project profitably

  • Proven ability to create and maintain strong working relationships with external clients

Additional Information:

  • This position does not include sponsorship for United States work authorization.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Architecture and Design

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 260941BR

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.