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Design Managing Principal
Design Managing Principal
UAP Urban Art Projects
Post Date: 12 Nov 2021


UAP believes that incredible things don’t just happen; they’re created, nurtured, believed in. Spanning art, architecture, design, environments, and everything in between – UAP works with artists and creatives to make incredible things all over the world. We aim to enrich the creative fabric of society by enhancing human experience and connections through art & design in the public realm. Our mission is to keep exploring and creating incredible things for the benefit of the place, our communities and for the planet.

Do you wish to be creatively influential & collaborate with the world’s foremost creative thinkers? Do you have a desire to enrich the public realm? We seek conversations, share knowledge, engage globally & facilitate change; We encourage strategic thinking and innovation, and you should too.

We are a global business of over 250 employees working with the world’s most influential artist’s, architects and designers on the world’s most ambitious and creative public art and design projects. We engage in all aspects of the delivery process from commissioning & curatorial services, through concept generation & design development right into fabrication and installation. Visit uapcompany.com for more information.

If you have a desire to enrich the public realm and be at the forefront of creative activity in China then we encourage you to join our team.


–      UAP are seeking a talented, highly experienced, and self-motivated leader to join and lead our dedicated Shanghai creative team as Managing Principal.

–      You will be a vital component in UAPs ability to successfully deliver creative visions and practical outcomes for a wide range of national & international projects. The successful applicant will be comfortable leading the Creative team culturally as well as strategically whilst working alongside and directly with other members of UAP Senior Management.

–      Critical to the success of the role is to engage and contribute to the regions strategic and commercial objectives through performance related reporting and managerial discipline.

–      The role demands a passionate yet balanced perspective and an ability to be comfortable in an industry where no two projects are alike.

–      As the region’s most Senior Creative voice this role represents a significant opportunity to be a driving force behind UAPs short and long term strategic plans for the team you will lead and our continued regional growth.


–      The applicant should have 15 years minimum experience within an art/design, fine arts, architectural or construction related background and have a proven experience in a leadership role.

–      You will have qualities that enable you to both empathize with and inspire your team.

–      Using your thorough understanding of the international art and/or design environment you will possess strong critical capabilities to ensure all creative outputs are in line with top international practice. Knowledge of the local landscape is equally important alongside a willingness to remain and grow professionally inside the Chinese/Asia Pacific Region.

–      You will possess the ability to manage quality across all facets of the delivery process, from concept generation to fabrication with strong attention to detail.

–      A good understanding of multiple materials and fabrication methods and /or the construction and manufacturing delivery process is required.

–      An ability to offer constructive advice and direction to your team to help navigate through a project’s aesthetic and pragmatic requirements.

–      You will be passionate, friendly, dedicated and above all, a team player.


1.   Must have a minimum 15+ years sound work experience in an art/design/architectural environment.

2.   Strong understanding of the creative and construction process

3.   Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels

4.   High level communication skills in Mandarin and English is a requirement

5.   Excellent time management skills to meet deadlines and stay focused under pressure

6.   Strong attention to detail

7.   Ability to prioritize and adapt to changing situations

Experience in managing project budgets and thorough commercial understanding

If you have the skills to excel in this role, we want to hear from you. To assist you in completing your application, please review our website to familiarize yourself with our company and apply by sending a covering letter, your CV/portfolio.

Once we have successfully received your application, we will be assessing your qualifications in due course and will be appointing the successful candidate once received.

Applications without CV/portfolios will not be considered.

Due to the expected volume of applicants, only those shortlisted will be contacted. Should you not be successful on this occasion, we will keep your details on file for future reference and we would encourage you to apply for any suitable roles we may advertise in the future.

Thank you for taking the time to apply for this position.


Shanghai, China

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