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Studio Manager Position at Boheem

You may already know that after 2 years, Jane is moving on to greener pastures (literally: she’s heading north to live on a farm..!) and so we’ll soon be (re)opening the position of studio manager here at Boheem.

We will be interviewing through March and planning for a 3rd May 2010 start date.

We are a small, happy team of girls working in Surry Hills with really great clients from a variety of industries. We’re thinking this would be a permanent part-time or full-time role. It’s a perfect opportunity for someone with a creative edge and a background in management wanting to work in a place where they’ll feel busy and important – because that’s indeed what they’ll be!

We’re looking for someone mature, organised and level-headed who can show initiative to ‘get things done’. This position is client facing and involves budgeting, scheduling and reporting for individual clients. They will be required to foster client relationships, as well as having input into longer term marketing projects. Often the role is heavily account handling focussed.

Here’s a list of the sorts of day-to-day tasks a studio manager here undertakes:

Project Management
• Meeting / corresponding with clients to collect all briefing information/content for projects
• Organising content and preparing brief/ job bag for use in the studio
• All quoting including printers & other suppliers
• Supplying quotes to clients and following up
• Liaising with clients on projects, ie sending initial concepts pdfs, seeking feedback, managing amendments which may include briefing session with designers or marking up draft PDF’s
• Time management – tracking jobs to ensure they are completed on time and that extensive changes are managed & billed, keeping the client informed at all times where a job is at
• Expectation management for the Studio and clients – ensure it is aligned
• Follow-ups: checking that clients are happy & satisfied with processes & final product, addressing any issues raised
• Keeping Filemaker up-to-date and directing Monday morning WIPs
• Helping clients with all their needs & making them feel special

Supplier Management
• Meeting with printers
• Print sample checking and sending via courier
• Sourcing suppliers for unusual requirements ie special envelopes

Studio Management
• Creation/development of studio work systems
• Assistance with Boheem marketing
• Stationery and post office purchases
• Invoicing

Wrap it up with style

Those clients who’ve been with us for a little while will remember the wrapping paper we designed a few Christmases ago. It’s now available to purchase from our website: www.boheem.com.au/shop .

We’re planning to create some other interesting gift and homewares in the coming months and make them available on the wonderful world wide web too.

The Time Traveler’s Wife

The first book for Boheem Book Club was The Time Traveler’s Wife. We chose it because it seems to be a fairly popular read at the moment, and with the film just released it was ‘time’ to find out what it was all about.

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a love story about two people whose lives are overtaken by a genetic disorder: time travelling. As the name of the book suggests, the male protagonist, (Henry) is the one popping in and out of the past, present, and future; and his wife Clare is the one left picking up piles of clothes on the floor when he departs, and pieces of their lives as the confusion between predictability, predestination and hope gets the better of what is otherwise a seemingly normal, mostly healthy marriage.
We felt that this book was overall an enjoyable read and we’d recommend it to anyone wanting a good yarn. It lacks the more delicate, poetic treatment of a story which jumps around in time which perhaps Michael Ondaatji (for example) has mastered. Its easy reading is a bit of a trade off with depth and resolve, and there are moments when it feels ever so slightly trashy, or even creepy (what exactly was going on between our naked 40-year-old Henry and 8-year-old Clare in her backyard?). Boheem gave this book three stars.
Next Book: Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey…

Mind the gap in the Boheem Studio

There’ll be a gap indeed in the Boheem Studio for the next couple of months. Chantel is heading overseas to London on a Boheem-endorsed self-discovery design adventure. She’ll be taking her laptop and after a little holiday in Europe will be settling down in a corner of London where she’ll be meeting UK designers, getting involved in local design events, seeking short-term work experience in London agencies, and just generally absorbing what’s really happening in design and creative culture on the other side of the world. It follows Kass and Claire’s 3 month ‘sabbaticals’ in New York, when each director took time out to allow themselves to be influenced and inspired by the goings-on in the Big Apple. Check out Claire’s blog here: http://clairebonnor.blogspot.com . We’re hoping that Chantel finds plenty to write home about: head back to this page in a couple of weeks to find out what she’s been up to. We can all live vicariously through her for a while.

Later this year, Mei will be heading to New York for an experience of her own as well. They grow up so fast, don’t they?
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