Do you have Proven Experience and a Passion for Design?
If so, we d love for you to join our family!
Walter E. Smithe Furniture & Design is a family-owned furniture retailer, founded right here in Chicago back in 1945. Over the past 73 years, the company has grown to include 10 Chicago area showrooms, with locations in Vernon Hills, Arlington Heights, Old Orchard, Glendale Heights, Geneva, Naperville, Oak Brook, Orland Park, Lincoln Park, Merrillville, IN, as well as our Itasca headquarters. Today, you'll find 3 generations of the Smithe family still actively involved in the business.
Position Type: Retail, Sales, Interior Design
Location: Old Orchard
While working as a Designer at our Old Orchard showroom, you ll have the opportunity to work with clients in and around the North Shore, including communities like Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Evanston, Highland Park, Glenview, and Park Ridge.
Our Old Orchard design team is growing. We're looking to hire individuals who are confident, outgoing, entrepreneurial, passionate about design, and energized by sales. If you have an eye for design and a knack for connecting with others, consider a career in design with us.
We're looking to grow our team with confident, outgoing, and highly self-motivated individuals who are passionate about design and able to sell. Our most successful designers take an entrepreneurial approach to managing their businesses. Enjoy the creativity that comes with performing home consultations, and utilizing design tools to bring your projects to life. We'll partner with you to come up with unique and effective ways to market yourself and grow your list of clients.
Prior sales experience of 1-2 years working with clients in high-end, luxury retail ideally in furniture and/or design
Must be able to demonstrate a passion for design, whether it be through education, experience, or something else
Should have an engaging personal presence someone who can quickly connect, build rapport, and convey credibility with potential clients.
Freedom to work weekends, evenings, and holidays
An active listener; able to interpret and address client needs, while simultaneously asking qualifying questions
Boundless energy to move throughout the showroom, highlighting products and options to clients, while providing expertise and solutions at a pace that satisfies the needs of your clients.
Excellent time management and follow-up skills, including a strong sense of urgency
Ability to gently persuade clients toward your product recommendations.
Passion for maximizing sales and delivering an outstanding client experience
Motivated by coaching and a constant desire to continually learning and improving to be the best you can be.
Ability and availability to perform weekly client in-home design consultations
Access to vehicle and valid driver s license
Proficiency with Windows and Microsoft Office
Storis experience is a PLUS
Here's why we think Smithe is the BEST place to be a designer
3 Months Paid Training - plus earned commissions
100% Commission, paid at order not delivery
Bonuses for top performers
Access to Design Tools
Quality Product Lines
Price Points for every Budget
Dedicated Brand Advertising + Personalized Marketing Support
Generous Employee Discounts
Client Service Support Staff
Benefits Include: Medical, Dental, Vision; Life Insurance (if on medical); Long Term Disability; Employee Assistance Program; 401K; Paid Holidays; Paid Time Off; Opportunities to earn additional bonuses
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.