Senior Interior Designer

Zendesk San Francisco , CA 94118

Posted 2 months ago

Job Description:

Zendesk is hiring a Senior Interior Designer to join our in-house Creative team in San Francisco.

You: Cool, so what does that person do?

As a member of the Brand Experience team, you will take on a key role in shaping the way we design offices that foster collaboration and culture. This is a global role, looking after spaces all across the world.

You will be in charge of helping us see the big picture and create standards that make us look great and let us scale. And we'll also want you to go deep into the details, crafting interiors that delight and inspire.

You will be closely working with the Brand Team members both in San Francisco and in London, as well as key office functions such as Real Estate, Workplace, IT and Security.

And what do you expect from me?

You have a great sense for the architecture and flow of space, but you also know how to move the sofa and carpet 90 degrees to make that one room just perfect.

You have impeccable sophisticated taste for what's on trend yet also timeless. For what is both form and function.

And you are an ace communicator and team leader, rallying all the stakeholders around a vision and diplomatically leading them to exceed.

You have an interest in creating environments that look great, and also limit the impact we have on the environment.

You're a self-directed thinker who can own projects from set-up all the way to the final polishing touches. You push for quality while being pragmatic with timelines and budgets. You're always looking for ways to improve what we do and how we do it.

Sounds like you?

Sure, but could you be a bit more specific?


  • Create outstanding office interiors for Zendesk spaces across the globe, together with the wider Creative team, our internal stakeholders, and external design partners

  • Help select architects for office projects and maintain and expand our network of international suppliers

  • Maintain and further develop our office design standards for more consistency and resource efficiency

  • Lead and inspire Zendesk teams and our external suppliers to think in design systems, making our design process better and faster at the same time

  • Be an advocate for the value of good design within Zendesk and in the wider industry


  • 5-8 years of experience in designing unique and practical interiors

  • Experience working on commercial interior design projects

  • A wizard of design tools such as ArchiCad, SketchUp and Rhinoceros and Adobe CS

  • Knowledge of CalGreen building standards, Title 24, ADA compliance, LEED/USGBC, WELL, NABERS beneficial

  • Experience building and maintaining standards across a set of (international) projects

  • A walking encyclopedia of smart furniture and construction products

  • Able to work on a number of projects at any time, sometimes with short deadlines

  • A keen interest in the design industry and keeping up with the latest trends

  • Experience running own design projects on the side is appreciated and respected


  • A pragmatic perfectionist with an undeterred eye for quality

  • A sense for simple and refined design

  • A highly organized and detail-oriented self starter

  • A fast thinker and hands-on problem solver

  • Comfortable working in a collaborative and informal environment

  • Comfortable working across divisions, time zones, and with diverse teams

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills

  • Self-motivated with a glass half-full attitude and high EQ

  • A coach and a mentor for other team members

You: Quite demanding, aren't you? Why should I care?

The Zendesk Creative Brand Team is set up as an in-house creative agency. We're a vibrant group of around 40 staff designers, filmmakers, animators, writers and project managers. We steer a brand with a lot of personality. And it receives a lot of love from within our company and the wider industry.

We strive to create simple, functional designs. Our aesthetic is polished but also aims to be charming, honest and humorous. It's a reflection of our products that help navigate the complexity of human interactions.

We are on a great journey to redefine what a software brand can be. And we really enjoy ourselves doing so.

As a fast growing team within an ever scaling organization, there is a lot of scope to help us shape who we are and leave a mark. We'd love to find out how you can contribute.

Please supply a current portfolio with your resume submission.

Zendesk builds software for better customer relationships. It empowers organizations to improve customer engagement and better understand their customers. Zendesk products are easy to use and implement. They give organizations the flexibility to move quickly, focus on innovation, and scale with their growth.

More than 100,000 paid customer accounts in over 150 countries and territories use Zendesk products. Based in San Francisco, Zendesk has operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America.

Interested in knowing what we do in the community? Check out the Zendesk Neighbor Foundation to learn more about how we engage with, and provide support to, our local communities.

Zendesk is an equal opportunity employer, and we're proud of our ongoing efforts to foster diversity & inclusion in the workplace. Individuals seeking employment at Zendesk are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, ancestry, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

By submitting your application, you agree that Zendesk may collect your personal data for recruiting, global organization planning, and related purposes. Zendesk's Candidate Privacy Notice explains what personal information Zendesk may process, where Zendesk may process your personal information, its purposes for processing your personal information, and the rights you can exercise over Zendesk's use of your personal information.

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