Why You?

You are looking for something more from your job and career. You are scrappy and collaborative. You dig balanced life and can wrestle challenges with grace. You love big, interesting problems and bringing solutions while making sure it feels personal, authentic, and connected. If this sounds like you, we’d like to talk.

Why Us?

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience drives us and our mission forward every day. We strive towards inclusion and that means everyone is comfortable bringing their authentic and best self to work every day.

As the leading authorized Steelcase dealer in the Chicago, IL and Milwaukee, WI markets, Forward Space is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) that offers workspace consultation/planning, procurement, delivery, installation, and on-going maintenance to support your vision and goals. Serving Chicagoland and Milwaukee, while also offering national service capabilities, we help our customers to create innovative work environments that inspire people to excel wherever and however they work.  We create environments tailored to the way you do business and that support company culture by encouraging collaboration, fostering creativity, promoting productivity, inspiring innovation, and supporting wellbeing.

What You Will Do 

The Senior Designer, reporting to the Director of Design, manages multiple projects in a self-directed manner in all aspects of the design process including but not limited to design development, specification, presentations, renderings, and site visits. The Senior Designer will be a considered a product expert for Forward Space

  • Will present and lead in client tours and design interactions
  • Meet with company sales representative and clients to gather project requirements, establish project timeline, and develop project budget
  • Reviews RFP and Bid specifications
  • Develop creative design concepts and space plans that fulfill client requirements and conform to applicable building codes and ADA requirements
  • Gather field dimensions of project area and prepares accurate base drawings as needed
  • Generate furniture plans with intelligent graphics on AutoCAD and/or Configura including 3D’s and elevations as required
  • Generate accurate furniture specifications using Configura programs
  • Develop color schemes with material and finish selections within schedule and budget requirements
  • Prepare installation plans as requested
  • Lead mentoring and coaching of junior and interior designers
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously, each with differing scope and products
  • Participate as an organization leader related to projects, Steelcase and industry professional groups
  • Hosts design charrettes
  • Will lead showroom tours
  • Participate in and prepare furniture inventories as needed

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design with minimum of 5 years working experience
  • Certification by NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) or actively working toward certification
  • Registered with or ability to become a registered interior designer with the State of Illinois
  • 5-10 years’ experience in the commercial contract furniture industry
  • Position is based in Wood Dale, IL
  • Must be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 or provide medical/religious exemption upon hire

Why You’ll Love Working for Forward Space

  • Competitive compensation
  • Career pathing
  • Collaborative and supportive culture
  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • PTO and Paid Holidays
  • 401K match

Enjoy our Perks, Perks, Perks!

  • Summer hours
  • Hybrid work schedule
  • Free healthy snacks and lunches
  • Bring your dog to work
  • Annual employee and family events
  • Quarterly company Town Halls with annual community service event
  • Celebrations and recognition


Diversity, Equity an Inclusion at Forward Space

Forward Space exists to help you propel your organization forward, bringing to life the spaces and environments that are designed precisely for your purpose.  We strive to build a transparent environment where each employee feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. We believe that a diverse group of employees that feel respected and included will be more creative, innovative, and successful.

It is the policy of Forward Space to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.


In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals. However, no accommodations will be made by Forward Space which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others, or which impose undue hardships on the organization.

Please send your resumes to Cara Pacholski: cpacholski@forwardspace.com or submit your resume below


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