Shopfitters are hired to turn an empty retail space into an enticing environment in which customers want to spend their time and money. Shopfitters must possess construction know-how and merchandising savvy.
The shopfitter plans, organizes and builds interiors for retail shops, restaurants, bars and other businesses. He selects colors, fabrics, furnishings, surface materials and merchandise racks, and oversees installation.
Coordinating deliveries, supervising vendors and tradesmen, managing a budget and communicating with clients are among the shopfitter's duties. He might have to negotiate with vendors and clients and initially "sell" his plan to his client.
A shopfitter's time is spent in the field at job sites. He may have to put in long hours as project completion dates draw near. He often needs to wear protective gear, such as a construction helmet and goggles.
A shopfitter must be a take-charge, self-managing individual. A blend of creativity and innovation with pragmatism and precision is needed for completing build-out projects. He must have an eye for detail and a desire to please his client.
A background in a trade such as carpentry or joinery is required. A degree in interior design, completion of an apprenticeship and/or possession of a trade certificate are sometimes necessary. The shopfitter often must provide his own tools.