IT & Studio Assistant – TALENT RISE

Location: London Borough of Southwark, SE1 2TU
Salary: £23,100 – £26,800 (pro-rata) depending on skills and experience.
Hours: 20 hrs per week although there may be the option for full-time working for the right candidate. Working patterns will be discussed at interview, but part-time hours could include 5 half-days or 2-3 full days per week. In all cases the successful candidate will work within core-hours of Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm with an hour for lunch.

The successful candidate will ideally start ASAP but the employer is more concerned with finding the right person than speed. The employer is initially offering a 6 month fixed term contract.

Progression: The employer is ideally looking for this role to become permanent after successful completion of the initial 6 month contract. In all cases this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in starting a career in areas like business administration, production management, office & facilities management, etc.

About the opportunity provider and role dRMM are radical makers of sustainable, socially useful architecture with studios in London and Berlin. They have previously won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award – the RIBA Stirling Prize and their team works on exciting, innovative projects of all sizes in the UK, Germany and beyond. The studios current projects include a floating swimming pool on a repurposed barge, a pioneering community-led housing estate renewal and the UK’s first primary school constructed from Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). To demonstrate their overall social and environmental commitment dRMM is in the process of becoming
B-Corp certified. The culture in the dRMM studio is very open and warm and welcomes people of all backgrounds. The existing team is very international at dRMM are proud to have an equal mix of genders at every level of the organisation (including Directors). The studio attracts like-minded designers who are all interested in working with others and experimenting, and who are very sensitive to people, places and the planet. The studio works hard to be inclusive and all team members are encouraged and empowered to” bring their
whole selves to work” in a supportive environment in which they can grow, personally and professionally. The successful candidate will enjoy a varied role that will support the ongoing success of the studio and wider team. A longer list of responsibilities is included below but tasks will include helping with the hands-on running of the studio, providing general admin support and helping the studio Directors. No architectural training/experience is needed but an appreciation of/interest in design would be ideal. In all cases this is a great opportunity for anyone interested in starting a career in areas like business administration, production management, office & facilities management, etc. providing junior admin support to a socially and environmentally conscious employer.

Key responsibilities
The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include

IT:
● Liaising with the external IT provider to process open support “tickets” and follow up stalled tickets
● Helping with IT project work and new system implementation
● Helping with the installation of computer hardware, software, and peripherals, including moving equipment around the studio
● Basic IT troubleshooting
● Helping manage stocks of IT equipment and supplies

Admin:
● Reception duties, including greeting guests and visitors and dealing with incoming phone calls, emails and post, and booking transport and couriers
● Helping to set up meetings, preparing refreshments and tidying up afterwards
● Checking general email accounts and taking action as necessary
● Monitoring and managing stock of print and stationery supplies
● Other general administrative assistance to studio

Facilities:
● Walking round the studio frequently to replenish supplies and keep things tidy
● Making sure walkways are kept free of obstructions
● Helping to change the office layout to better suit the needs of the practice
● Helping to keep the kitchen and other communal spaces safe and tidy
● Monitoring and managing stock of kitchen, toilets and workshop supplies

Other:
● Attending and supporting internal social activities and other studio events Skills, traits, qualifications and other criteria

The successful candidate must:
● Be adaptable, flexible and willing to get stuck in with hands-on tasks
● Be resourceful and have common sense and a positive attitude
● Be able to follow instructions but be willing to take the initiative, depending on the task at hand
● Have a basic understanding of computer hardware/components and a willingness/ability to learn more about this with help from the external IT provider
● Good communication skills with a clear and polite telephone manner
● Have a proactive and logical approach to problem solving
● Have good timekeeping
● Good organisation skills allowing them to meet deadlines, prioritise workload and manage tasks in parallel
● Be aged 16-30 to apply for this opportunity via Talent RISE

The successful candidate will ideally:

  • Have an awareness of CAD software used in architecture
  • Have an interest in or appreciation of design

How to apply with support from Talent RISE
Candidates can apply directly but will ideally be referred by another youth organisation. Applications will remain open until the role is filled. So, Talent RISE will assess candidates as they apply, and we encourage submissions as soon as possible.

After their application suitable candidates will be invited for a chat to discuss the opportunity and to assess if they can be put forward.

Talent RISE can support candidates with creating or improving CVs and the assessment process. Even if not successful on this occasion their application will make candidates eligible for future opportunities offered via Talent RISE. Further assessment by the opportunity provider. If candidates are successful in being put forward by Talent RISE they will be asked to have an initial chat with dRMM’s finance director before potentially being invited back for second interview with the studio manager and additional staff member. Note we can help candidates to prepare for all stages of the assessments but the opportunity provider and not Talent RISE will make final decisions as to who is successful.

Complete this online form: APPLY HERE

Or

Email a copy of the candidate’s CV (if available) to andy.chaggar@talentrise.org