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We are looking for an experienced operations leader and principal architect.

The ideal Chief Operating Officer of KZF Design is an experienced, well rounded, get-it done leader who sees “keeping the company promises” as paramount to the achievement of the company’s long term strategic growth. 
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He or she is a big picture thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit who believes fiscal responsibility is important to the viability of the company.

The COO understands the need for balancing the inherent conflicts of the design process and shepherds sound decisions that encompass good design, scope, schedule, budget, quality, client satisfaction, and staff enrichment.

This executive has experience leading a design firm’s technical operations and can manage the successful implementation of parallel strategic initiatives – such as creating new systems and processes designed to improve throughput and quality. This person has a solid grasp of the concepts that specifically apply to the A/E/I/P design profession and has demonstrated the successful implementation of core strategic operational concepts.

This leader is a good communicator, verbal and written, who is approachable and is regarded as a good listener. This person is very comfortable with teaching, coaching, and mentoring. This candidate can step back and see the big picture – and if needed – drill down into the details across all disciplines from both a management as well as a technical perspective. This is a leader who can delegate to others, is regarded as being fair and reasonable, and is willing to hold people accountable in a consistent and non-judgmental

The ideal candidate holds KZF’s core values of integrity, commitment, creativity, credibility, flexibility, and teamwork as their own and uses them as a beacon to keep and attract like-minded individuals to the company and to reinforce a common vision and purpose.

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The responsibilities of the COO include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Communicate, coordinate, and work with the Senior Vice Presidents’ of the Public and Private Marketplaces and their Markets and Project Managers in the achievement of the company’s revenue and net profit goals
  • Lead and manage the technical operations of the company
  • Develop, coach, and mentor the company’s technical leaders
  • Establish and monitor goals for each of the technical leaders and their teams
  • Define, create and implement operational strategies, goals and messaging improve throughput, quality and professional enrichment
  • Make the important decisions needed to ensure our technical teams consistently deliver on KZF’s promises of good design, quality work product, realization of scope, meeting the schedule, hitting the construction budget and achieving a high level of client satisfaction
  • Establish a system of accountability for improved operations (throughput and quality)
  • Oversee the hiring and on-boarding of new technical staff and design professionals
  • Guide the professional development of technical staff and design professionals
  • Attend and materially participate in high profile project marketing and interviews
  • Oversee the Risk Management efforts of the company
  • Encourage our technical teams to embrace KZF’s culture and core values

KZF Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No recruiter calls please.

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Do you meet these specifications?


  • Registered Architect or Professional Engineer
  • 15+ years of experience in the A/E/I/P industry
  • Evidence of career stability, progression and growth
  • Demonstrated experience of improving design firm throughput and quality
  • Experience leading large multi-discipline projects for public and private clients
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing professionals in an A/E/I/P firm
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience managing professional liability risk


  • MBA
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) designation by Project Management Institute
  • Experience editing and negotiating standard A/E contracts


  • Demonstrated leadership in professional and /or civic organizations

What sets KZF Design apart from other design firms?

Leadership says:

  • This is an ownership/principal position
  • Public Marketplaces served include Education, Transportation and Federal/State/Local Government
  • Private Marketplaces served include Commercial & Industrial and Workplace Design
  • We have a strong project portfolio across all marketplaces
  • Our Disciplines include Architecture, MEP, Civil, Structural, Interior Design and Planning
  • Cincinnati’s 10th largest Architecture Firm
  • Cincinnati’s 10th largest Engineering Firm / 2nd fastest growing
  • For 31 years KZF has been ranked as an Interior Design Giant
  • Multi-disciplined design firm for 60 years
  • Financially strong and stable – profitable every year since 1992
  • Company consistently works on self-improvement to ensure long term success
  • Stable workforce with an average tenure of 15 years
  • Benefits include health care, life and disability insurance and 401-k matching

The Team says:

  • A warm culture – people genuinely care and support one another
  • A sense of family with common goals and mutual respect throughout the workplace
  • Working together as a multi-discipline team makes us stronger
  • Flexibility in setting hours allows balance between work and personal life
  • A firm that celebrates its history and heritage
  • Continuity of staff with valuable experience makes employees feel stable
  • Interacting as one team in one office makes collaboration easier and more enjoyable
  • A company where you can grow – changing for the better and you can be a part of it
  • Architectural teams are backed by strong in-house interior design, civil, MEP and structural engineers
  • A focus on technology and technical tools that make design and collaboration better
  • High-profile projects and partnering with national/internationally recognized design firms
  • A great downtown location in a LEED Gold and ENERGY STAR office designed by us
  • Awesome, open office workspace that has been designed to foster collaboration