Posted by Gina | Filed under The 8th FLOR series
What we’re looking for:
You’re a take charge kind of person who can multi-task like nobody’s business. When a task comes in, you figure out how to get it done without having to ask a lot of questions or wait for directions. When you say “I’ll take care of it”, we know it will be done and done well.
You are a seasoned professional with a polished delivery and demeanor. You’ve got lots of ideas and connections if we ever need a recommendation for a great florist, caterer, restaurant or local wine bar and are way ahead of the game in booking advance reservations for out-of-town guests or for our team when they travel across the country.
Bottom line – you enjoy making someone else’s day easier and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.
Key responsibilities include:
- Handling meeting and travel schedules for senior management team
- Take the lead in preparing corporate presentations and board reports
- Manage office systems including telephone, postage, copiers, printers, etc., and oversee ongoing maintenance and repairs
- Manage office supply inventories and orders
- Serve as primary point-of-contact and liaison with landlord, cleaning crew and other office vendors
- Keep our office space tidy – from helping to discard excess boxes and papers to making sure our shared fridge doesn’t get unruly
Some other things you might do:
- Coordinate shipping of packages and distribute inter-company mail
- Serve as receptionist and greeter for guests
- Take and publish notes at meetings and discussions
- Stay on top of things that may have been discussed or promised, but not yet delivered
- Offer up any writing or creative talents you may have to help fill in the gaps in times of need
Experience is important. We’re looking for someone who’s managed an office of 40+ before, or has worked full time as an executive assistant to a team of senior executives before. You should consider yourself a pro – this is not a job for first timers.
If this job sounds like something you’d love to do every day, we definitely want to hear from you. We NEED to hear from you.
We can’t wait to hear from you!!!
The FLOR Team
Talk to just about any employee here at FLOR and they’ll all tell you that there is a definite family vibe in our offices. We are still small enough that everyone is into everyone else’s business (in a good way) and we have fun doing what we do. We are all motivated by a shared vision and goal for the company and a true belief that what we’re doing has the power to change the way people live (for the better).
This collaborative, entrepreneurial spirit starts at the top, with the two men who have most shaped this company: our president, Greg Colando, and creative leader, Chip DeGrace. Both have worked in this industry for 20+ years and both are extremely passionate about FLOR.
We recently sat down with both of them, as part of our 8th FLOR Series, to get their thoughts on FLOR and its future. Here is a (relatively) uncensored look behind the business and creative visionaries of FLOR.
Oh, and it’s important to note – we did not stage or influence the Odd Couple-inspired dialogue and exchanges you’re about to witness (the banter and sentence finishing serves as evidence that these two are indeed close friends and long-time colleagues).
The 8th FLOR Series presents, Greg Colando and Chip DeGrace:
Now that we have moved our offices from the charming Western Chicago suburb of Elmhurst to the heart of downtown Chicago, we’re finding that more and more friends are finding time to stop by for coffee, lunch, a quick tour of our new digs or just to say “hello”.
With such an array of incredible design minds and personalities, we thought it would be great to share snip-its of those conversations with you. We’re calling these collective interviews, The 8th FLOR Series. We find these casual exchanges enlightening and inspiring, and hope you do too.
We’re pleased to launch this series with our friend and collaborator, Tereasa Surratt.
This author, blogger, designer, camp counselor (you’ll understand more in a second) has her hands in just about everything from advertising and commercial design to styling to home/property renovation to writing and blogging to … well, you get the idea.
Tereasa’s first book, A Very Modest Cottage, tells the tale of how she found and renovated an abandoned and dilapidated cabin into a charmingly beautiful guest cottage at Wandewega, (a quintessential resort/summer camp property in Wisconsin owned by Tereasa and her husband, David Hernandez). In her latest book, Found, Free & Flea, Tereasa provides incredible hints and tips on how to redecorate on the tiniest of budgets by re-purposing old into new.
Learn what makes this self-labeled “obsessive compulsive collector” tick, see what inspires her and hear what’s next on her ever-growing “to do” list.
Tereasa’s unique design sense and knack for collecting, renovating and styling are truly inspiring to anyone looking to infuse a little bit of vintage yesterday into today’s modern aesthetic.
Read more about Tereasa and her design adventures at Tereasa.com.