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D|Fab is a leader in the design & décor fabrication industry, built by innovative and passionate people. Our customers are the focus of everything we do and we take pride in our unconditional customer service, design talent, and quality décor product. Our team consists of designers and craftspeople with a strong work ethic and a willingness to learn and grow. We know that D|Fab’s success is due to the dedication of our employees, and reward their efforts with competitive wages, benefits, paid holiday and vacation days, as well as job training.

If you are looking for your next move and possess the qualities we seek, we want to hear from you!

Operation Project Manager

D|Fab is seeking an Operation Project Manager to join our growing team. The primary functions of the position include coordination with clients and internal teams (design, production and installation).  Daily activities typically include customer contact, data/order entry, project scheduling, and product tracking through delivery. A resourceful, solution-oriented attitude is key to success in this position, along with good interpersonal and communication skills.

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Essential functions of an Operation Project Manager:

  • Facilitate the flow of processes through scheduling and communications between Sales, Design and Production teams
  • Help develop and maintain customer loyalty for repeat business
  • Help obtain complete job specifications from the customer
  • Help obtain customer’s final approval on project scope, terms and schedule.
  • Maintain job status report for internal and external use
  • Keep all team members informed of customer communications and project status
  • Review product before it is shipped

Skills and Experience:

  • At least two years of experience in project management for a Design Build company of retail décor, exhibits, millwork, furniture or similar
  • Proficient PC skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (ie. understanding how to create and modify formulas in Excel)
  • In-depth understanding of the Graphics, Retail Construction, or Exhibit industry
  • Self starter with a solid understanding of job work flow
  • Ability to work with outside vendors and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strategic thinker with ability to develop, implement and manage initiatives that contribute to Company’s growth – while representing and maintaining our Company image and culture
  • Excellent time management, communications, decision-making and organizational skills
  • Must have flexible working hours for overtime, possible travel

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K Benefits
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Medical benefits
  • Holidays, vacation, personal time
  • Growth opportunities
  • Relaxed, open working environment

Estimator

D|Fab is seeking an Estimator to join our team. The primary functions of an estimator are to support Sales, Purchasing & Design Project Managers by creating cost estimates consisting of materials, sub-contractors, purchased materials, labor, and other construction-related activities.

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Essential functions of an estimator:

  • Utilizes plans, specifications, and knowledge of controls/construction industry to analyze project needs and compiles detailed cost estimates.
  • Analyze and make independent recommendations regarding solutions to problems with varying complexity in accordance with organization and/or project objectives and guidelines
  • Responsible for the take-off and pricing of materials to ensure accuracy of quantity, size, configuration, options, etc.
  • Responsible for identifying possible cost saving opportunities and/or risk items that will occur on various projects.
  • Develops the scope of work for sub-contractors.
  • Optimizes job costs by negotiating prices with vendors/sub-contractors through quotations for materials/services.
  • Responsible for holding job pre-bid meeting with Account Managers to review scope, strategy, etc.
  • Flexibility to work overtime/weekends, as required.
  • Maintains competitive advantage by staying current with industry standards.
  • Computes costs by analyzing labor, material, and time requirements.
  • Creation & analyzation of cost and profit margins as it relates to means & methods of item creation for single and rollout pricing.
  • Understanding the project/program and its requirements
  • Determining key variables for cost and other estimates
  • Perform risk analysis

Skills and Experience:

  •  Use software for data analysis, forecasting and budgeting
  • Proven experience as estimator or similar position
  • Familiarity with financial and project management principles
  • In depth knowledge of research and data analysis methods and estimation formulas
  • Exquisite math and IT ability with an analytical mindset Resourcefulness and ability to track down information quickly and accurately
  • Ability to learn quickly and prepare estimates in the proprietary format
  • Maintains high level of professionalism at all levels
  • Commitment to detail and strong sense of urgency
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Must be well organized and possess problem solving skills
  • Able to read architectural plans and develop cost estimates
  • Positive attitude and a good sense of humor
  • Negotiation experience
  • Ability to work in a high energy, fast paced team environment
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision
  • Proficient using the Microsoft Office Suite software (excel, word)
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation abilities
  • Thoroughness and reliability
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, with ability to lead meetings
  • BSc/BA in engineering, construction science or relevant discipline would be an asset
  • Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) will be an asset
  • 3+ years’ experience in construction/ millwork/ exhibit or signage estimating

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K Benefits
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Medical benefits
  • Holidays, vacation, personal time
  • Growth opportunities
  • Relaxed, open working environment

Design Project Manager

The primary function of a Design Project Manager is to manage a client’s portfolio of projects by successfully meeting client program goals, and maintaining design responsibility for all program aspects. This role is directly involved in the design and manufacturing of products and is the primary link between d|fab, the Account Executive, and the client regarding design and responsible for design efficiencies.  Our DPM’s should enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and need to show confidence in their work, yet work with creative and constructive review. Must be proficient in 3D modeling and rendering software.  Knowledge in AutoCAD(required), SketchUp, Illustrator or Corel is needed.

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Essential functions of design project manager:

  • Communicate directly with clients, architects, and contractors as required, as a project evolves
  • Oversee multiple individual but related design/décor projects within the client’s program.
  • Strategically plan, manage, develop, implement and oversee all projects, deadlines and priorities to ensure timely completion
  • Bring projects in on time, to cost, to specifications, and to client’s quality expectations
  • Define and discuss project scopes with program teams
  • Responsible for schedule development and priority adjustments
  • Manage daily priorities, notifying design studio management of changes in critical project dates and staffing needs
  • Brainstorm / collaborate / problem-solve in a team effort or individually
  • Publish weekly project status reports as required to include all current and completed projects
  • Work with Studio Management to facilitate the coordination of other program needs with available resources.
  • Review or initiate and check décor write-ups for estimating department to use for quoting product. Discussing the scope of work for project w/ Account Executive.
  • Communicate with the account executive, and act as an in-house liaison between account executive and client
  • Interpret client’s established décor package(s) on a store-by-store basis and make design decisions that stay within the recognized guidelines
  • Expand shop drawing details or generate new details in Corel as deemed necessary for manufacturing on a store-by-store basis
  • Prepare conceptual, construction & shop drawings, finish boards, specifications, etc. as needed for presentation to client
  • Generate take-off quantities and lineal feet of product required
  • Communicate concerns and questions to the client relative to maintaining the design intent of an established décor package
  • Assist our installation manager as needed during install phase (ex. Prepare job orders, review site photos of problems, work out problems w/ installers via phone calls)
  • Work directly with manufacturing to adjust / modify designs as required once they are in production, and maintain design intent / integrity
  • Maintain and regularly update client’s décor book(s) as revisions occur
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Excellent client verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to project manage and be detailed-oriented
  • Ability to demonstrate a high-level of organization
  • Ability to demonstrate prioritization and problem-solving skills
  • Practical knowledge of retail design and architecture, and creative skill set to develop directional signage, graphics and themed interiors
  • Ability to read and understand architectural drawings
  • Basic graphics & signage material knowledge
  • A keen mind that pays strong attention to detail and has the ability to design for manufacturing across a diverse set of projects
  • Strong sensitivity to aesthetics and design intent
  • A compelling interest in manufacturing processes and continuous improvement.
  • Familiarity with precision metal fabrication, extrusions, composites, and woodworking, and acrylics.
  • Knowledge of décor and millwork manufacturing and fabrication techniques, tools and materials Preferred
  • Knowledge of graphics production processes Preferred
  • 3D design (Corel or Adobe Illustrator): 3 years Preferred
  • Adobe Creative Cloud/Creative Suite: 3 years Required
  • AutoCAD: 3 years Required

Direct reports

  • None

 

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K Benefits
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Medical benefits
  • Holidays, vacation, personal time
  • Growth opportunities
  • Relaxed, open working environment

Millworker

Design Fabrications is looking to fill Millworker positions for the production of signage and decor.

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Millworker – Level 1

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

Measure raw materials for the construction of retail signage and décor items.

Essential functions of the job:

  • Glue, fit, clamp parts and subassemblies together to form complete units that are square.
  • Install hardware and check for fit.
  • Ability to spray glue, apply laminate, veneer and file product.
  • Use of power/driver drill, power nailer, staplers, miter saw and jig saw to perform duties.
  • Maintain a clean work area, keep floor clear of debris.
  • Other duties as assigned by a manager or supervisor.
  • Perform all job duties using standard safety practices and D|Fab safety standards.
  • Responsible for following all company policies as stated in the D|Fab employee handbook.
  • Willingness to work flexible and overtime hours as needed.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Basic knowledge of measuring tools such as tape measure, ruler and meter gauges.
  • Basic knowledge of hand carpentry tools.
  • Ability to read and follow written directions and basic shop drawings.
  • Have a general understanding of signage and graphics materials, substrates and manufacturing processes.

A description of physical demands:

Ability to lift up to 65 pounds of material on a regular basis.

 

Millworker – Level 2

Overall position description with general areas of responsibility:

  • Posses all the skills and abilities of Millworker Level 1.
  • Measure and cut raw materials such as plywood, particle board, MDF, sheet plastic, various hardwoods.
  • Ability to identify woods by species (or variety).
  • Understanding of quality control and time management
  • A comprehensive knowledge and use of routers, table saw and sliding table saw.
  • Ability to prepare cut lists.
  • Can perform basic maintenance on hand tools and glue pots.
  • Can give basic directions to Millworker Level 1 and assembly personnel.

A description of physical demands:

Ability to lift up to 65 pounds of material on a regular basis.

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K Benefits
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Medical benefits
  • Holidays, vacation, personal time
  • Growth opportunities
  • Relaxed, open working environment

Vinyl Graphics Applicator

The Vinyl Graphics Applicator is responsible for producing quality vinyl-based graphics and sign faces using proper layout techniques and by applying pressure sensitive vinyl or transmask.  Use of tools & equipment to produce finished products. Best match would be an experienced candidate with 2+ years of production experience, comfortable in a hands-on role and working in a deadline-oriented environment.

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Primary Job Responsibilities (other work may be assigned):

  • Layout, cut, weed, tape and apply pressure sensitive vinyl to various substrates
  • Apply, prepare, and remove transmask.
  • Read and interpret drawings accurately.
  • Measure accurately for layouts, cutting, and application.
  • Dependable, self-motivated, and organized
  • Able to work overtime with short notice
  • Maintain equipment and cleanliness of work area.
  • Communicate and work well with others.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Reliable transportation

Knowledge/Experience Required:

  • High school diploma required
  • Mechanical aptitude required
  • 2 years vinyl application experience preferred

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • Graphics and/or Vinyl Application: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

  • High school (Required)

BENEFITS:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K Benefits
  • Expense reimbursement
  • Medical benefits
  • Holidays, vacation, personal time
  • Growth opportunities
  • Relaxed, open working environment

Contract & Freelance Opportunities

We are proactive about building a network of trusted and reliable contract designers.

Our network is comprised of professionals with interior design, architecture and graphic design backgrounds. Qualified candidates possess the required CAD skill set, demonstrate high-level communication and respect deadlines.

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Work Type

  • Roll-out Contractor Bid Sets and Décor Drawings (CAD elevations & plans)
  • Interior Design – interior finish selection, lighting, millwork detailing
  • Environmental / Graphic Design

Compatible software

  • Software knowledge required includes Autocad and/or Revit
  • Graphics software (such as CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator) and 3D (such as SketchUp)
  • (contract employees must have own professional software licenses)