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1220 Exhibits, Inc., a Nashville original for 47 years, is a custom fabricator that partners with architects, designers and brand marketers to deliver unique and engaging experiences. Through our internal resources in wood, metal, acrylics, graphics, audio-visual/interactives and scenic, we bring one-of-a-kind solutions to every opportunity. Our process is rooted in our powerful commitment to execute our work guided by our core values:  Teamwork, Heart, Integrity and Solutions.

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The Finish Department Manager is responsible for managing a group of skilled finishers and third-party vendors in the application of all in-house and outsourced finish coatings to support a variety of museum, exhibit and tradeshow projects. To achieve this, your duties will include planning, organizing, assigning work, supervision, monitoring progress to ensure quality results, and timely completion. Your work will also involve personal participation as a finisher. This position requires strong leadership; giving direction, training, positive reinforcement and discipline.


  1. Organize, prioritize and schedule work for your team or vendors during shop fabrication to ensure maximum efficiency, quality and completion in accordance with project and finish requirements.
  2. Attend project meetings, including Pre-tech, Pre-build and project status, to maintain an awareness of your assigned project(s).
  3. Work closely with Project Management to fully understand the design, schedule, and finish requirements of the project.
  4. Provide the project team with insight into best practices relating to finish application and material to ensure effective application, durability and performance for said design, and provide accurate status of preparation and finish progress throughout projects.
  5. Manage multiple work orders or projects at the same time, while managing a team and/or vendor(s).
  6. Work with an array of materials for finishing, such as but not limited to wood, plastics, acrylic, metals, laminate etc.
  7. Establish and maintain positive working relationships was well as communicate and coordinate effectively with Project Managers, Shop Foreman, Team Leads, Department Heads and vendors.
  8. Engage employees in continuous quality, production and safety improvement activities.
  9. Consistently administer company policies regarding attendance, performance, quality and productivity.
  10. Always portray a positive work and company image.


In this position the employee is required to:

  • Stand or walk for long periods of time
  • Carry or manipulate heavy parts such as plywood, MDF, sintra or plexi sheets
  • Consistent standing throughout the duration of the day
  • Safely operate shop and handheld tools or machinery.


Supervisory responsibilities include a team of finishers.

QUALIFICATIONS to be considered

  • High School diploma or GED; higher education desirable
  • Three (3) or more years of experience as a Finish Supervisor or Manager.
  • Prior Automotive finish, and/or Acrylic Polyurethane experience.
  • Ability to interpret and work from sketches and details drawings
  • Have a working knowledge of the methods, equipment, material and tools, to apply high quality finishes onto a variety of materials in highly complex, high quality exhibits for the museum and exhibition trade.
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, delegation and conflict resolution.
  • Exceptional leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Through knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the trade.
  • The ability to travel is desirable but not required.
  • Adaptable to change and have the ability and desire to make a difference.

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