Seeking Talented Individuals

Hotopp is always accepting employment inquires regardless of hiring needs. Our practice of crafting highly engaging experiences, attractions, branded environments, and exhibits provides career opportunities in design, management, marketing, communication design, fabrication, and administration. We are always seeking talented individuals and we encourage you to submit your cover letter, resume, references and work samples to jobs@hotopp.com

Hotopp offers a competitive base pay with a full benefits package including: medical/dental/vision coverage, PTO, Flex time, 8 paid holidays, 401k (matching), and employer funded transit.

Please see our “helpful hints” section below.


Current Openings


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LOCATION

SEATTLE, WA

Creative Project Manager

We are currently seeking a Creative Project Manager to support our Design division, located in Seattle, WA. This is a full-time position that would start immediately. Applicants must be available to work at our Seattle office Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week.

Who you are:

You have proven experience with project management and/or producing as well as a strong familiarity with design. You are able to look at project opportunities and see beyond just the design scope. You are highly proactive, detail-oriented, and able to autonomously work across multiple teams both inside and outside of the company. You are highly accountable at delivering what is expected on-time.  You are able to clearly communicate schedules, risks, issues, and opportunities to a variety of technical, business, and creative stakeholders.

Specifically:

  • Effective at relationship building with clients, management and peers, and able to influence and leverage those relationships to get the work done

  • Seen as a core part of the team, with leadership qualities and the ability to guide a team

  • Able to lead a high volume of projects and relate tactics across the company while owning the details and timelines from project inception to delivery 

  • View the big picture while still being extremely detail oriented

  • Think critically and problem solve, not just adhere to project dates that have been established, with a sense of urgency 

  • Foresight to see the pitfalls before falling into them

  • Flexible when looking at all project deliverables to determine overlap, find efficiencies, and prioritize across work businesses and projects 

  • Understand the service mentality and think as an owner’s rep

What you’ll do:

Be the internal company engine, linking company functions and managing projects to deliver a high volume of projects on-time and on-budget. You will shepherd projects from beginning to end as the established "go to" person. If there's ever a question of where a project is in its life cycle you will be the one people come to for answers.  

Specifically:

  • Act as the liaison between Design, Production and Fabrication, ensuring that all work, regardless of the medium, is being vetted at the appropriate stages

  • Partner with Design Management to initiate projects in our project tracking system Workbook (WB)

  • Ensure projects are updated in WB in real time and as milestones are met

  • Prioritize, schedule, budget and plan resource allocation

  • Develop timelines, while ensuring that internal and external partner input is accounted for

  • Identify and manage project issues and risks and drive decision making and escalations

  • Apply and maintain company methodology and enforce project standards throughout the life cycle. 

  • Generate work plans, fee proposals and project schedules

  • Support the creation and closing of contracts

  • Support sales efforts and help with RFPs

 Required knowledge and skills:

  • 10+ years of increasing responsibility in project / program leadership, delivering both small and large scale projects

  • Have real world experience managing projects in one or more of the following areas:

    • Themed environments

    • Architecture

    • Attractions

    • Branded environments

    • Museums/exhibits

    • Corporate events

    • Theatrical events

  • Strong knowledge of architecture, design, general construction, and fabrication processes including the production process supporting each 

  • Proven track record in organizing, prioritizing, planning, and executing projects from definition through implementation

  • Established history of leadership and team building

  • Motivated self-starter, ability to work independently with minimum direction

  • Collaborative, energetic and confident

  • Professional and courteous demeanor

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with project management software

  • Computer savvy & comfortable learning new software

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter including a brief description of experience level and availability.

  • Résumé

  • 3 references (references will only be contacted if applicant is invited to initial interview)


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LOCATION

SAN DIEGO, CA

Experienced AutoCAD Drafter & Modeler

We currently have an opening for an Experienced AutoCAD Drafter & Modeler in our San Diego Office. This is a temporary, part-time to full-time hours, position. Work will begin in mid-February and continue through June or July, with potential opportunities for ongoing work thereafter depending on project. Qualified applicants must be available to work at our San Diego location a minimum of 24 hours/week, during weekdays, with full-time availability preferred.

 Who you are:

You love to draft. You have a positive attitude and are passionate about your work. You have an eagerness to learn and enjoy working in a collaborative environment. Ideally you have a background in theatrical design, branded environments, or architecture, but those with experience in interior design or other industries may also apply.

 Specifically:

  • Ability to be a team player, comfortable with collaboration

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills

  • Exceptional logic and problem-solving capabilities

  • Solid time management and organizational skills

  • Professional and courteous demeanor

 What you'll do:

You will work with a team to create design drawings for project construction. Based on rough sketches from a designer and the project’s design parameters, you will create and/or edit 3D models and develop design and construction drawings from existing 3D models. To do this, you will need to rely on your ability to understand drafting standards and conform to existing company-wide drafting practices.

 Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Proficient to advanced skills using AutoCAD (2015 +) to create fully dimensioned and notated construction drawings from existing 3d models, including:

  • Ability to create and edit 3D solid models in AutoCAD

  • Familiarity with working in AutoCAD paperspace for drafting layout

  • Knowledge of managing and editing blocks and xrefs in AutoCAD

  • At least 6 months’ professional experience as an AutoCAD drafter, preferably in a multi-user environment

  • Understanding of drafting standards and the ability to conform to existing company-wide drafting practices

  • Familiarity with modeling in Rhino is a plus, but not required

  • Familiarity with Adobe CC is a plus, but not required

Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter including a brief description of experience level and availability.

  • Résumé

    • Several work samples including:

    • CAD drafting of construction drawings, particularly examples demonstrating proficient use of 3d models to generate drafting

    • 3D modeling samples, generated in either AutoCAD or Rhino

  • 3 references (references will only be contacted if applicant is invited to initial interview)

 

Work samples may be submitted as a PDF or as a link to a web site. Work samples should show evidence of capability. Please provide information about the software used with all submitted samples.

 **Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position*


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LOCATION

SEATTLE, WA

Experienced Designer with AutoCAD

We currently have an opening for an Experienced Designer with AutoCAD skills in our Seattle Office. This is a full-time position and would ASAP. Applicants must be available to work at our Seattle office Monday through Friday, 40 hours a week.

Who you are:

You love design. Creativity fuels your fire. You have a can do attitude and are passionate about your work. You have an eagerness to learn and enjoy a challenge. You are focused on building relationships and working in a collaborative environment. Ideally you have a background in attractions, architecture, theatrical design, branded environments or events but those with experience in other industries (graphic design, environmental design, interior design and industrial design) may also apply.  

 Specifically:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a friendly and courteous demeanor

  • Comfortable with collaboration

  • Ability to be both a team player and work independently with little or no supervision

  • A self-starter

  • Strong attention to detail

  • High level of written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent logic and problem-solving capabilities

  • Strong time management and organizational skills

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with varying priorities

What you'll do:

You will help the team to develop rough ideas into viable design solutions. Using a pencil, software program, or whatever it takes to draw, you will take abstract ideas and turn them into a tangible, visual representations. You will also use your technical skills to aid the team in creating renderings and pitch materials, draft bids and design drawings for project construction and provide design support during project execution.

Specifically:

  • Able to visually interpret other people’s ideas while you also develop your own ideas

  • Communicate design concepts through rough sketches and research

  • Develop concept renders and graphics

  • Create, edit, and render 3D models in AutoCAD, or a similar software, based on rough sketches from a designer and/or the project’s design parameters

  • Develop design and construction drawings from existing 3D models

  • Render images from a 2D or 3D model

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to visualize perspective while understanding 3D space & scale

  • Proficient to advanced skills using AutoCAD (2010 +) to develop construction drawings from existing 3D models.

  • Proficient to advanced skills in Adobe Creative Suite with emphasis on: Photoshop, In Design, Illustrator and After Effects

  • Ability to create and edit 3D models in AutoCAD and/or Rhino, based on rough sketches from a designer and the project’s design parameters

  • The ability to generate 3D concept and final renderings for design communication and approval.

  • At least 4 years professional experience as an AutoCAD drafter, preferably in a multi-user environment

  • Understanding of drafting standards and the ability to conform to existing company-wide drafting practices

  • Understanding of general construction, production and fabrication practices, preferably those specific to theatre, events, attractions or a similar field

  • Revit and/or Rhino skills a plus

 Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter with brief description of experience level and availability

  • Résumé

  • 3 references

  • Several work samples including:

    • Concept sketches by hand or computer

    • CAD drafting, particularly examples demonstrating 3D proficiency in AutoCAD

    • 3D modeling samples, generated in either AutoCAD or Rhino

    • Rendering samples

Work samples may be submitted as a PDF or as a link to a web site. Work samples should show evidence of capability. Please provide information about the software used with all submitted samples.

**Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position**


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ALL LOCATIONS

Design Intern

Interested applicants should e-mail:

  • Cover letter with a brief description of experience level and availability

  • Résumé and references

  • Several work samples including:

    • CAD drafting

    • 3D modeling

    • Relevant examples of other design or assistant design work if available

Work samples may be submitted as PDF or as a link to a web site.

Email: jobs@hotopp.com 

**Please note we weight the samples heavily when considering applicants. Resumes will not be considered without providing the requested sample material, at time of initial submission. The more you can show us about how you approach and execute work, the better we will be able to determine your qualifications for this position**


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HELPFUL HINTS

Initial Contact

1. The hiring department is made up of full-time designers and project managers, so it is difficult for us to respond effectively to phone inquiries. Please correspond with us by e-mail.

2. We respond best to concise, well organized resumes, with examples of your design work attached. We prefer cover letters that are short and to the point, and only accept digital submissions.  Please no unsolicited hard copy submissions.

3. We also accept links to online portfolios.

4. Please email work samples as a compressed PDF that can be easily printed as 8 1/2×11 or 11×17 format without compromising your presentation. Please email your application to jobs@hotopp.com and ensure it can be opened and printed from either Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat. We will not accept attachments larger than 10Mb (smaller is better), nor compressed folders. Please make sure that the submission does not require downloading from a third-party website and that it is easy for us to review.

4. If we determine that your skill set and experience match any current openings, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

The Interview

1. We are an office of design generalists interested in hiring people who are drawn to all aspects of our diverse practice. This includes conceptual design, management, client relations, construction documents, overseeing consultants, mentoring less experienced designers, and overseeing on-site construction. We will be looking for a passion for design combined with the ability to work on a team.

2. Interviews typically last about half an hour. It is critical we see examples of your design abilities and working documents, please pre-select those examples that you feel best describe you and your abilities.