Job Description

The design assistant provides administrative and clerical support to members of the creative team, including those responsible for branding, marketing, design, media outreach, and message development.


Works with lead designer and other designers to fulfill new client project needs.

Participate in design projects from concept (initial consultation or “brief”) to completion

Document with clear and detailed notes

Attend presentations, document with clear and detailed notes

Weekly project review with team and individual project leaders

Assist in analyzing design objectives (scope & schedule) in accordance to clients’ needs

Provide input in creation of design concepts

Perform market research work in a bid to understand industry trends

Interpret and translate client needs into rough plans creating full scale presentations using PowerPoint, 3d floor plans, hand sketches, and story boards

Order samples from vendors and handle presentation creation activities

Assist interior designers with sample selections

Confer with clients for additional information as needed

Create specification schedules such as interior surfaces, lighting, and paint

Provide administrative support to interior designers

Create and maintain project spreadsheet costs and projects fees according to budget

Maintain knowledge of space planning, floor plans and elevations

Manage design libraries of resources and maintain files and binders

Assist interior designers with installations, coordinate deliveries and handle post installation follow up activities

Check in receipt of merchandise and sign for packages

Assist interior designers with marketing developments

Provide support in creating sourcing materials for various projects

Act as a bridge between interior designers, vendors and contractors

Assist in handling communication with clients through telephones, emails and official letters

Complete order information by filling out order forms and handle payments and receipts

Assist in photo shoots, descriptions, and cataloging of finished projects for personal and Company portfolio

Maintain continuing education

Teach/assist design team with 3D space/floor planning, utilizing computer software programs

Attend factory tours, learn vendor specific building abilities

Attend sales rep studio visits for line training

Assist in antique sourcing, either online or in person

Identify and schedule attendance to relevant tradeshows, markets, learning seminars

Review, mark, and catalog industry publications received by Company

Assist in studio floor sets, maintaining a client ready image

Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

This is a high-stress position based on assisting in Spider Lake Trading operations. Handles detailed, complex concepts and problems, balances multiple tasks simultaneously, and makes rapid decisions regarding administrative issues.

Establishes strong and appropriate relationships with the staff, and clients. Develops smooth and constructive relationships with executive colleagues, outside agencies, organizations and individuals.

Plans and meets deadlines. Maintains a flexible work schedule to meet the demands of the business. Hours may be long and irregular. Travel is required for this position.

Conveys a professional and positive image and attitude regarding Spider Lake Trading.
Demonstrates commitment to continued professional growth and development.


Must have a positive attitude and a hunger to learn
Must have excellent customer service skills
Must be able to multitask and manage a number of different projects at once
Must be able to translate ideas into actionable projects
Must have exceptional communication skills and be able to bridge the gap between the business and creative sides of the company
Must be able to travel for brief and extended periods of time for company sponsored site visits, workshops, exhibitions, and trade shows

Position Includes:
Salary, Vacation, PTO, Paid holidays, Health Insurance

Application Details

A resume must be included with your application. If a candidate has a portfolio or any materials to support past work, those should be included with application and resume.

Spider Lake Trading LLC

Our mission is to provide outstanding design within a framework of a rewarding, educational and fun experience for our clients, stakeholders, and team.

We are a 25+ year old full service, private client interior design company. Located in the northern reaches of Wisconsin, we create signature looks for our clients no matter where our projects are located.