Job title: In-House Retail Architect
Job Description: UNIQLO is a leading brand of the Fast Retailing Group, one of the largest apparel retailers in the world. UNIQLO respects the individuality and lifestyle of all customers and takes pride in creating high quality, long-lasting, innovative clothing at an affordable price.
UNIQLO is one of the 8 brands that belong to the Fast Retailing Group, the third-largest apparel retailer in the world. UNIQLO provides LifeWear, innovative, high-quality everyday clothing that is made for all and that is long-lasting.
We are currently looking for an experienced In-House Retail Architect to drive store design projects. You will be joining an established store design team, working cross functionally with the store construction and development departments. This role is a unique opportunity to support UNIQLO’s expansion in Europe and bring our LifeWear philosophy to new customers, working closely with colleagues from Europe and Japan.
Given the significance of this role, we are looking for a highly collaborative leader who consistently produces results by working closely with others across functions.
What you will be responsible for
Managing store design work through all phases, from feasibility study to store management team’s handover
Establishing the budget with CAPEX and construction teams
Studying and planning concept / schismatic layout to start project
Working with store operations to define their requirements and develop suitable design-set including layout, facade, RCP… in respect of UNIQLO store design standards. Presenting, adapting proposal and securing approval from senior management and Global HQ
Working together with construction and procurement teams to identify the quantity and quality of Owner-Furnished Equipment
Sourcing and proposing cost effective materials in line with store concept
Controlling the handover conditions agreed with Landlord together with store development team
Identifying the scope of work for local architects and manage the RFP from candidates
Managing all phases with local architect from schismatic design to drawing / permit package
Supervising the construction to bring design solutions to site conflicts and ensure code requirements and UNIQLO quality control standards are met
Degree in Interior Design, Architecture or equivalent
5 – 7 years’ experience in managing fashion store design projects ranging from standard stores to flagships (700sqm+)
Experience working in English with multi-cultural stakeholders and senior level executives
Experience in negotiating and managing local architects
Fluent in Business English is must
Expert level in AutoCAD, (vector works, Revit)
Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
InDesign, sketch up and Adobe Creative Suite are an advantage
Sketch communication 3D / execution / site discussion is required
Ability to travel to multiple EU cities each week
Ability to work in teams but also independently
Ability to manage multiple projects at varying advancement stages simultaneously and deliver on time, in full and within budget despite aggressive schedules
Solution oriented and creative problem solving
Good understanding of UNIQLO brand visual identity and in-depth knowledge of latest global retail design concepts and trends
Permanent right to work in France without needing visa sponsorship
UNIQLO is an inclusive employer and we welcome applications from all profiles, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities or background.