• Senior Landscape Designer or Architect

  • TrueWinds Consulting LLC
  • Elmhurst, Illinois
Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
5 - 10 years
$85,000 - $120,000 Annual
Benefit Insights
Health Insurance
Paid Time Off
Vacation Leave
Job Description

The Company

Join a vibrant and exciting company that thinks outside the box.  They have a strong company culture and a fabulous company reputation. They are very fiscally sound and are growing at a rapid pace so the employees have room to grow.  

The Area

We are located in the lovely suburbs of Chicago, so we have all the charm of a small community but the thrill of a big city the Museums, Theaters, Sports, and other entertainment.  As well as beautiful Lake Michigan for all its water sports. You have the best of both worlds.   

Job Summary

Oversee the design, estimating, contracting, and implementation of a variety of residential landscape projects. Possess strong design and time management skills to produce a high-quality project that meets clients' needs, utilize best practices, captures desires profitability margin, and adhere to the established timeline.  This position requires strong organization skills, exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, and extensive knowledge of landscape design/build and construction practices. The designer/architect must communicate effectively on all levels of the project.  Communicating professionally with clients, other designers, administrative personnel, craftsmen and subcontractors on project sites, and company principals.  Being able to manage and oversee a team and hold weekly meetings to ensure the entire team is staying on track and meeting deadlines, the being able to take that information and report back to company management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities in this department include the following (other duties may be assigned):

Design, Sales, and Customer Service

  • Prepares preliminary design, working drawings, specifications, take-offs, and cost estimates.
  • Provide unique, high-quality designs that meet or exceed the client’s needs.
  • Generate fair, thorough, and accurate design proposals.
  • Communicate the design and installation processes to clients to help ensure realistic expectations, help them make better decisions, and to recognize the importance of the design expertise.
  • Introduce maintenance and enhancements division to clients as appropriate.
  • Follow up with clients before, during, and after installation takes place.

Project Management

  • Communicate design intent to project manager before beginning projects, explaining special details or nuances of the installation to maximize crew’s productivity.
  • Revise plans and estimates according to project changes and communicate alterations to clients.
  • Inspect projects as they progress to determine that the design and plan are being installed properly according to your vision.  Find additional areas to create upsells and additions to the design and project.

Estimating and Billing

  • Produce realistic estimates, create, and oversee adherence to budgets to bring jobs in at desired profit rates.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Highly developed organizational skills and demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. Knowledge of the principles and practices of landscape architecture/design. Knowledge of methods of analysis and computation required for landscape design. Knowledge of costs and uses of construction materials in landscape design. Knowledge of inspection techniques and procedures. Knowledge of plant material and horticultural practices. Ability to make accurate drawings to scale from sketches, design drawings, and verbal instructions and an ability to prepare complete plans, specifications, schedules, and cost estimates. Ability to make space utilization studies and analyses. Ability to organize and coordinate the work of others and set priorities and assign work to other professionals to maximize efficiency. Ability to make informed, ethics-based decisions. Proficient computer skills (DynaScape, AutoCAD, Google Workspace, MS Office Suite, Manage 360, Sketch-Up, Lumion).

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Landscape Design, Landscape Architecture, or a related field with 6+ years’ experience working as a professional landscape designer or participating in a formal apprenticeship program is fully qualifying for this position. Prior project management experience is highly desirable. Must have a valid IL driver's license and meet insurance company guidelines for driving. Other licenses and /or certifications may be required per contract specifications.

Job Pay and Benefits


  • Job Type: Full Time (Year-Round)
  • Pay: $85,000.00 - $115,000.00 + Commission
  • Group Health Plan Insurance
  • Personal Vehicle Allowance
  • Flexible Schedule in Winter Months


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