Junior Interior Designer – Corporate Interiors

White & Case
Location: New York, NY, USA
Added on: 21 Dec 2020, Job offer expires on: 19 Jun 2021

Firm Summary

White & Case is an elite global law firm serving leading companies, financial institutions and governments worldwide. Our long history as an international firm means we are perfectly placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they may be.

With lawyers operating from more than 40 locations, working in virtually every country of the world, we have invested heavily in building a high-quality full-service practice competing at the top of the market. We are distinguished by our on-the-ground presence in the world’s key financial markets and our strengths in handling complex cross-border work.

It’s not just about our global network of offices; it’s the global interconnectedness of the Firm that our people, and our clients, value most. We work well together across geographic and practice boundaries. It’s one of the reasons we attract and retain cross-border work. And why we attract a diverse group of people.

Our lawyers are globally minded, enterprising, collaborative and committed to excellence. Diversity is a core value of our Firm and it has been recognized with numerous awards and top rankings around the world. Our people represent 90 nationalities and speak 80 languages.

Position Summary

The Junior Interior Designer will play an integral role in managing the architectural and interior design needs of the firm on a global basis.  Working side-by-side with the Global Head of Office Design and Real Estate and the Head of Premises in the EMEA region, this person will represent White & Case in every facet of a wide range of architectural projects, from whole-scale build-outs of brand new office space, to modifications of existing space and interior design projects, as well as assisting with the coordination and implementation of the Firm’s Global Design Guidelines and performing studies to support the firm’s decisions regarding real estate transactions. 

Duties and Accountabilities(1)

  • Participating in all phases of corporate design projects, both large and small scale, including renovation and new construction

  • Liaising with local stakeholders, including Office Executive Partners and Office Managers, real estate brokers, external architects, general contractors, vendors and other relevant parties at every stage of the project

  • Drafting and reviewing floor plans, layouts and architectural plans  for office move/fit-out, expansion and refurbishment projects

  • Preparing test fits and sketches as required to assist the design and construction processes

  • Partnering with global procurement in order to build and maintain an appropriate network of vendors and suppliers on a global basis, as well as analyzing and comparing vendor proposals and pricing agreements

  • Maintaining contact with architects and reviewing design concepts from design studios White & Case have engaged as external providers

  • Participating in project team meetings effectively, preparing meeting minutes, providing regular, comprehensive status updates and effectively communicating relevant project information to project members and stakeholders

  • Supporting the office managers in establishing a design team and advising them on Firm standards and best practices on premises projects

  • Liaising with local teams in the W&C offices to determine the demands and needs of the office and advising them on Firm standards with respect to office design, including  furniture,  A/V technology and best practice in other offices

  • Cooperating and coordinating with the White & Case IT project management office (PMO) and specialist IT teams in order to ensure that IT investments and solutions comply with the objectives of the premises project

  • Implementing and maintaining a global database of leases, floor plans, layouts and architectural plans to ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the firm, as it relates to firm premises

  • Managing budgetary matters, including being mindful of costs and focused on how the budget is being used and why

  • Being willing to put in extra hours, when needed, including being responsive to colleagues and stakeholders in multiple time zones

  • Understanding the business and how corporate architecture can assist its internal clients

  • Understanding the real estate business and being innovative


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in architecture

  • 2-3 years direct work experience in a relevant position supporting corporate interior design projects

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Indesign and architectural software

  • Familiarity with project management methodology and tools is a plus

  • Experience working both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment is essential, with a strong sense of project ownership

  • Experience working with international teams is a plus

  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English or native English speaker

  • Strong time management skills, ability to stay calm under pressure when juggling multiple tasks, effectively prioritizing and executing tasks

  • Strong critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity and accuracy

  • Driven by professional growth

  • Strong professional presence

  • Client service focus

  • A ‘can do’ attitude

Location and Reporting

  • This position is in our New York office, reporting to the Global Head of Office Design and Real Estate

    The Firm may modify and amend this job description at any time at its sole discretion. Nothing herein creates a contract of employment or otherwise modifies the at-will nature of employment.

    (1)The above is a general description of the essential duties associated with this position and does not represent an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all duties


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