Product Design Manager

England, Wiltshire
£40000 - £42000 per annum + 25 days hols plus BHs + pension
16 July 2018
13 August 2018
Pippa Baker
Contract Type
Full Time

This is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role for an in-house design team in a growing, ambitious business. You will lead a multidisciplinary design team, providing support to the product design and 3D visualisation teams.

The role will be challenging, varied and exciting, and suited to someone with a creative yet analytical mind that is comfortable managing products through the full product lifecycle, from concept, through manufacturing to product launch. It is a role where rolling your sleeves up and making things happen is key, and where a strong commercial mindset is extremely important.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Researching current design trends, client preference and undertaking competitor analysis
  • Working with the senior management team to establish and take responsibility for the implementation of new product development and launch
  • Undertaking intensive and thorough commercial reviews of all new product lines with key stakeholders in the business
  • Instigating and undertaking research into materials and processes in order to enhance the quality, safety and cost effectiveness of products
  • Leading, line managing and motivating the Product Design and Artwork teams
  • Working alongside the Operations team to implement product improvements in response to feedback from installation teams
  • Providing internal training and inductions for new starters, as well as regular product training for the sales team to ensure excellent portfolio knowledge
  • Ensuring all products are compliant with the relevant test standards, including project managing external test procedures
  • Leading supplier negotiations on prices and purchasing terms with new and existing manufacturers / vendors

Person / Experience Required:

  • Degree qualified in Industrial Design / Product Design and a track record in technical product design
  • Fully creative and confident in project managing all that is encompassed in the product design process
  • Experience within the play sector would be a significant advantage
  • APMP or Prince 2 Training is desired but not a necessity
  • The ability to manage the delivery of a number of complex projects simultaneously, thriving under pressure
  • Commercially aware with a good understanding and acceptance of the business of product design
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • A wealth of materials and industrial manufacturing process knowledge
  • Excellent data handling and analysis skills (experience of using Microsoft Excel for this purpose would be an advantage)
  • A full, clean driving licence and the willingness to travel if required
  • SolidEdge or SolidWorks and ideally 3D Studio Max
  • Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat)

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