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Interior Designer

Apply Now Job ID 745409BR Location Japan Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted 01/31/2020

Job Summary:

The WDI Japan Interior Designer provides interior design support to the WDI Japan, WDI Glendale and Third Party Owner/Operator project teams, for design and implementation of assigned projects. In partnership with Walt Disney Attractions Japan and in collaboration with the WDIJ Creative Lead/Art Director, the WDIJ Interior Designer is responsible for the design renewal of Theme Park interior spaces, primarily attractions, restaurants and retail venues. Responsibility encompasses design through implementation, including review of specifications of all materials and furnishings (FF&E). The Interior Designer may be asked to conceptualize interior elements, props, signage and/or other dimensional design content. As a Disney Brand Steward, establishes show quality assurance through reviews and approvals of Hotel and Theme Park Interior Show Quality Services and Design Services efforts, while adhering to Third Party Owner/Operator's established project strategies, schedules and budgets. Has understanding of the creative intent and story of existing venues, and the ability for realizing it through the effective execution of the design process.

The position is a contract position with an expected end date, August/2021.


• Interface and communicate with Third Party Owner/Operator for design and implementation aspects of assigned projects.
• Interface and communicate with the Art Director and/or Creative Lead for design and implementation, working toward the Creative Vision.
• Confirm scope details in preparation for reviews of all interior design documents.
• Responsible for coordinating and communicating Interior Design issues within the project team and Third Party Owner/Operator teams.
• Supports implementation of project goals/objectives through problem-solving and development of design solutions.
• Provides support for design and implementation of interior design efforts and rehabs.
• May provide Architectural design and/or Thematic Show design in support of the assigned project.
• Oversees work at all stages of assigned projects from concept, feasibility or schematic design through the preparation of construction documentation in accordance with established design intent and show quality standards.
• Ensures that the interior design intent is achieved by successfully integrating design with allied disciplines , such as architecture, lighting, graphics, structural engineering, and MEP.
• Interface with Operations, Merchandise and F&B teams for inclusion of their requirements into the design.
• Responsible for the design and production of a shop/restaurant under the direction of the Principal ID.

• Provide design leadership for interior design projects ensuring that project design intent and implementation strategies are completed within established show quality standards, schedule and budget.
• Provides specifications of color and materials under the direction of an Art Director, Creative Lead and/or Pr. ID.

• Regularly communicates and coordinates with others at WDIJ and/or Third Party Owner/Operator, and as part of a larger, multidiscipline project team.
• Represents WDIJ in Third Party Owner/Operator team meetings.
• Review and approval of construction details, plans/sections/elevations, specifications, mock-ups and general project coordination.
• Demonstrates thoughtful design, artistic skills and professional judgment in solving complex problems.
• May provide technical guidance to one or more designers in the production of contract/construction documents, under the direction of the Art Director/Creative Lead.
• Works in support of the creative team in communicating and delivering visuals that illuminate and explain the content of thematic architecture.
• Ability to iterate designs (including Interior, Facility and Show Design) quickly and to explore various options, and has a grasp on the practical aspects of design.
• Reports on design and implementation progress to Art Director/Creative Lead and WDIJ Director.
• Assists the team and/or Director with Executive Presentation materials/content.
• Keeps server organized, allowing for team access with the ability to navigate effectively.

Basic Qualifications:

Working knowledge and experience in the use of materials and products for thematic applications
• Knowledge of interior design and construction techniques
• Knowledge of related areas, including propping, lighting, graphic design etc.
• Diverse ability to visually communicate Interior, Facility and Show Design solutions.
• Knowledge of FF&E resources.
• Knowledge of Architectural Code.
• Excellence in managing relationships with external partners, collaboration and interpersonal skills
• Ability to work within scope, schedule and budget.

• Ability to hand sketch and visualize ideas.
• Computer skills in Auto CAD, and Adobe Photoshop for concept presentation.
• Computer proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet
• Proficiency in Research tools
• Ability to organize multiple layers of documentation
• Strong sense of ownership, flexibility and integrity
• High level of motivation; strong self-starter and strong problem–solving ability in a fast-paced environment
• Excellent Bi-lingual (Japanese/English) written and verbal communication skills
• Organized, thorough and detail oriented; ability to prioritize
• Ability to negotiate and coordinate through conflict and problem-solve issues to resolution
• Knowledge of WDI Disciplines and how they interrelate
• Proven ability to organize and communicate project development process and documentation
• Ability to take direction, adapt to change, establish relationships, and work in a team environment
• Knowledge of creative process and deliverables

Preferred Qualifications:

• Three or more years of experience in Interior Design practice and FF&E Design.
• Implementation phase experience including the submittal/shop drawing review process and on-site field inspections.
• Two or more years of Thematic design practice preferred.
• Facility Design and Show Design experience.

Required Education

Interior Design degree from an accredited program (Advanced degree desired)

Preferred Education

• Architecture education is desirable.

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Imagineering Japan, Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

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