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BlackSofa is a brand new type of architectural recruitment agency. A new fresh approach, yet with years of experience behind it.

At the core of our approach is a fabulous line up of talent. Every member of our team comes with almost unbeatable credentials; in fact the team has over 50 years combined top-flight architectural and recruitment experience.

The foundations for our future success will come from a very simple philosophy: only hire the very best so we can give you the very best.

Giving you the very best means building careers that go way beyond expectations.

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HR Manager (13251)

London

Permanent

£40,000 - £45,000

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An AJ100, multi award winning architecture practice that is widely regarded as one of the best studios to work for in the UK would like to appoint a new HR Manager.

 

Based out of the North London office, this vital position within the business will cover all aspects of HR for both the employees in the London and Manchester studios.  From owning the recruitment process, staff reviews, preparing and managing welfare/admin budgets and updating all HR systems and processes this is a busy and varied role.

 

Overseeing the induction process, assisting with CPD’s, ensuring GDPR compliance will all be duties under your guidance. You will be a strong voice on HR strategy and help stir the business in the right way so that they are a leader in HR within the architecture industry.

 

The role requires a solid understanding of employment law and HR Processes, excellent communications and organisational skills as well as a high level of attention to detail.  It would also be hugely beneficial to have worked in the architecture industry in a similar role previously.

 

This is a truly fantastic opportunity to join an industry forerunner who is at the top of their game.

 

For more information please get in touch with us ASAP!

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Architectural assistant (11659)

Surrey

Permanent

£23,000 - £26,000

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Great opportunity with small Surrey based practice who are on the look out for and Architectural assistant to join their team due to an increased workload.

Small flourishing practice in Surrey who are looking for an Architectural assistant to join their team. We are looking for someone with UK Residential experience. Ideally all round experience required. You will have strong design skills and be able to think outside the box. As this is a small practice you will have hands on experience communicating with clients and going on site etc, this role is perfect for a part II looking to do their part III's and build a strong case study.

Proficiency on ArchiCAD/ AutoCAD ideally but training would be provided for the right person. 

We are ideally looking for applicants who live local in Surrey ideally in Kingston, Guildford or Twickenham. 

This is a permanent position and on offer is a salary of up too £26,000 depending on level of ability and experience. 

Apply now with your CV and portfolio no larger than 10MB now to be considered for this opportunity. 

Posted by: Hannah Hansa

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Architectural assistant (11666)

Guilford

Permanent

£23,000 - £24,000

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Small Surrey practice looking for an Architectural assistant to join their team due to an increased workload. 

This established practice do a lot of work on the private Residential sector with a busy work load and new projects filtering through they require an addition to their team to assist on the work. 

A few of their projects are currently at early Design stages and therefore require an Architectural assistant with strong design skills, you must have a strong creative ability and be able to think outside the box. AutoCAD proficiency is a MUST along with SketchUp and Photoshop. 

This is a permanent position and are looking for someone who wants to build a long term career. They offer support on part III's so if you are a part II looking to do your part III in the next year they will certainly support you and give you a case study. 

Apply now by sending your CV and portfolio no larger than 10mb to be considered for an interview. 

Posted by: Hannah Hansa

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Senior Architect/ Associate Director (11678)

Hitchin

Permanent

£45,000 - £60,000

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Have you hit a glass ceiling in your current role but are confident you can add value at Associate Director level with ambition and drive for promotion to Director and subsequently a shareholder? 

This Hertfordshire based Architectural practice with a continued trading history of over 36 years is now offering this rare but exciting opportunity for a highly connected senior level Architect to join the current management team with a view to adopting a key strategic position within the business.

Joining the senior team, potentially at Associate Director and supporting the current Directors with the future growth plans for the office, you will have an extensive client base, will be hungry for success, highly driven, a successful leader of others, and a team player. This key appointment for the business will require a personable individual with strong with strong client relationships and/or workloads that you will ultimately be able to fully utilise to bring rewarding and profitable work into the practice.

The successful candidate should be able to clearly demonstrate proven results in this field and to communicate their own vision and marketing strategy to develop their existing client base and strengthen the links with our current clients at the same time all of this whilst meeting the 'job winning' demands within an already busy and well-established Chartered practice. In return for this you will receive a generous salary, industry leading bonuses and the opportunity to become a shareholder within the business in a structured career path. 

This opportunity will suit a fully qualified and highly motivated experienced Senior Architect, possibly already at Associate Director or even Director level, who wants to move on and up with a glowing future within a vibrant and successful Architectural practice. The practice works predominantly in the Residential sector, although does undertake projects in all major sectors. 

So, if you feel you have the right qualities for a challenging but rewarding role and your experience is in the similar area of the industry with a proven career history in the UK, please contact me in the strictest confidence.

This is a first rate opportunity to take your career to the next level and beyond. An excellent guaranteed package awaits the right candidate.

For the opportunity of an initial conversation, please send your covering letter, CV and sample portfolio no larger than 10MB. 

Posted by: Hannah Hansa

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Project Coordinator (12194)

London

Permanent

£30,000 - £40,000

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A global, highly regarded and multi award wining architecture studio is seeking a Project Coordinator to join their London team. Based out of their incredible offices in W1 which were designed by themselves, this role will be working directly with the practice management and will be a vital position for the business.

This versatile and all encompassing position requires a flexible approach and therefore needs a highly organised, efficient and level headed person to take the position and really drive it within the studio. 

Duties include; supporting design teams in successful project delivery, preparation of contractual/sub contractual agreements, supporting business development and proposal packages, supporting compliance and liaising with management to input into resource, design and budget programmes. 

If you enjoy a fast paced working environment which rewards commitment with a great salary, benefits and one of the most fun working environments in the industry then get in touch for the full details!

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Marketing and Bid Coordinator (12863)

London

Permanent

£0

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A regular big winner of 'employee' and 'practice' of the year awards at  industry award nights is looking to add an experienced Marketing and Bids Coordinator to their incredible studio in Central/East London. 

The role will be supporting the Head of Marketing and Communications and the studio's senior management team with award and project submissions, PR and comms as well as helping with vital marketing strategies. Strong written and communications skills are therefore vital. As is a good working knowledge of InDesign. 

If you are looking for a supportive and fun working environment that is known throughout architecture as a great studio to be a part of, look no further than this one! With great benefits such as whole office trips abroad, monthly bake offs, sports teams, private medical, dedicated training budgets per person and much much more this is a really incredible business to join right now. 

Sound good? Get in touch for more details!

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Associate/ Senior Associate Landscape Architect (12691)

London

Permanent

£45,000 - £65,000

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I am working with an award winning global studio in Central London to search for an Associate Landscape Architect and Senior Associate Landscape Architect. I am keen to hear from candidates with:

– Experience of managing a design team

– Experience of managing large scale complex international and UK projects

– A track record of implementing processes and work flows across a design team

– Design flair, and the ability to lead and mentor a design team

If this role sounds of interest please call Kerry in the London office on 0207 033 8821 or send your CV and portfolio to kbrown@blacksofalondon.com  

Posted by: Kerry Brown

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Architectural Technologist (12828)

Permanent

£32,000 - £35,000

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Calling all Architectural Technologists, an AJ100 practice in the heart of London is looking for you!

You must have the following to be considered for this role;

Minimum of two years experience, including housing and built projects;
A degree in Architectural Technology, or ACIAT/MCIAT qualification or equivalent relevant UK experience within an architectural/technical practice.
Experience of UK urban or suburban housing design and master planning
Site experience
Experience on projects stages 3-7
AutoCAD and Revit knowlegde 

 Apply now to be considered for this opportunity by sending your CV and portfolio to smudiliyar@blacksofalondon.com.

Posted by: Hayat El-Daoud

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Project Assistant (12773)

London

Permanent

£27,000 - £3,000

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Are you are looking for a fun, creative and fulfilling working environment? A culture where you are challenged to produce your best every day but where you feel you can ask for help and will be 100% supported. 

One of our very best clients, a highly regarded and award winning architecture practice in North London is looking to add a Project Assistant to the team. 

They need someone with good InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft skills who has a keen eye for detail. This is a key role supporting the work of three design studios to ensure the smoothing running of projects so fantastic organisation, efficiency and communication is paramount.  

Previous experience within an architecture studio is all preferable. 

Sound like you? Get in touch now for full details!

Posted by: Thomas Potter

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Architectural Technician – AutoCAD (12968)

Northwood

Permanent

£40,000 - £40,000

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Posted by: Sonet Mudiliyar

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A Human Touch

Steve Buss 19th Jun 2020

Recently, I’ve read a few accounts concerning frustrations around receiving ‘automated responses’, in particular rejection emails for jobs applied for.

In these unprecedented times, many people who are not so lucky to be working deserve a dignified response with a human feel.  Rejection is painful enough, so let’s not under-estimate the impact this can have on morale.

That said, we also have to appreciate that, given the volume of applications for some companies, it’s not always possible to give personalised feedback.  However, we could do well to find a balance and where possible promote a mindful and individual approach.

Right now, it’s a complex picture out there, notwithstanding the uncertainty concerning how and when markets will recover.

A little empathy goes a long way, as does a personal human touch!

WRITTEN BY ALEX COLLINS

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