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Project Manager - Lighting - Surrey - up to £45,000 (V04185)

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Our client is a bespoke business creating contemporary and heritage lighting crafted by artisans for residences, hotels, superyachts and restaurants.

As Project Manager you will be responsible for the overall planning, direction, coordination, execution, control and completion of assigned projects, with a view to improving internal efficiency, increased margins and external customer satisfaction.

Other duties will be:

  • Preparing and implementing a structure project plan
  • Defining the resource requirements and ensuring the team has the correct support required
  • Managing and monitoring the project plan and budgets
  • Managing stakeholders and liaising with design, production, customers, sales and purchasing
  • Coordinating the placing of supplier orders
  • Ensuring all products are market competitive and meet customer needs
  • Driving improvements and efficiencies through review of project management performance

Skills and experience needed for the Project Manager:

  • At least 5 years’ relevant experience to include project management
  • Excellent planning and organising skills
  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills
  • A self-starter with drive for results and able to work independently
  • Leadership qualities to direct and motivate the team
  • Approachable team player with ability to build relationships at all levels


In return:

This is an on-site role, Monday to Friday, salary range £35k to £45k, 25 days holidays + bank holidays, plus pension and life insurance. To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920 486125.

Location:
Surrey
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£35,000 - £45,000 per annum
Benefits:
pension, life insurance, good holidays
Pippa Baker / Principal Consultant
Pippa has worked in the recruitment industry since 1988 and the vast majority of this time has been within the design sector. She graduated from Leeds University in Textile Management and worked at John Heathcote & Sons before changing career direction and has headed a team of consultants and administrators at Careers in Design since 2000. Pippa is a keen artist and squash player.

Product Design Technician and Estimator - Leicestershire - negotiable (V04183)

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With a longstanding commitment to British manufacturing, our client creates furniture, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers through collaborations with a network of the finest craftspeople in Britain. Their designs combine responsibly sourced, high-quality materials and superb workmanship to ensure they endure for generations.

Their bespoke projects are borne from a consultative service offered to clients who wish to realise individual commissions that draw on their design expertise. As Design Technician and Estimator you will be part of the creative and design team, responsible for those individual projects to ensure smooth transition from concept to installation. You will also act as the first point of contact with the Sales Operations team, with the focus to provide design, quotations, pricing and technical support.


Duties and Responsibilities for the Product Design Technician and Estimator include:

  • Working to brief to identify and understand customer needs and maintaining the flow of the project information through to completion
  • Producing drawings for client approval and ensuring drawings are accurate for manufacture
  • Working with the Design Manager to create custom and bespoke considerations on new designs
  • Using SolidWorks and the CAD database to ensure all files are up to date
  • Providing technical support to colleagues


Skills and Experience needed for the Product Design Technician and Estimator role:

  • Minimum of 3 years' professional experience in a manufacturing environment, preferably lighting and/or furniture
  • SolidWorks proficiency
  • Adobe Suite, you will mainly be using lnDesign and Acrobat Pro
  • A technical and commercial understanding of furniture and lighting construction, materials and techniques for effective manufacture
  • Strong collaborative skills and be a confident and capable communicator
  • Able to work to deadlines with strong planning, prioritisation and time management skills
  • You should possess a keen eye for detail, with an appreciation for the highest quality craftsmanship and materials

In return they offer:

  • A good negotiable salary
  • Additional days off for Birthdays and Christmas
  • Pension, Healthcare, Car and Cycle to Work Benefit Schemes

To find out more and to discuss salaries, please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920 486125.

Location:
Leicestershire
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
good holidays, pension + healthcare
Pippa Baker / Principal Consultant
Pippa has worked in the recruitment industry since 1988 and the vast majority of this time has been within the design sector. She graduated from Leeds University in Textile Management and worked at John Heathcote & Sons before changing career direction and has headed a team of consultants and administrators at Careers in Design since 2000. Pippa is a keen artist and squash player.

Furniture Design Draughtsperson - Norfolk - negotiable (V04177)

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This Company manufactures beautiful bespoke furniture, cabinetry and specialist joinery work for a global network of clients. Their large purpose-built manufacturing complex is home to traditional cabinet making, veneering, carving and gilding skills, complemented by modern design, manufacturing and finishing techniques. Projects include dressing rooms, staircases and libraries, cinemas, wine rooms and games rooms.

They are seeking a full time, experienced Design Engineer and also a Furniture Draughtsperson. For both roles they are looking for individuals who are able to draw on their experience in the furniture and joinery industry to support and steer the design and technical phases of projects and to engineer work which is fit for manufacture, assembly and installation. The distinction between the roles being that the Draughtsperson will be mainly producing the technical drawings and the Design Engineer will be working with the draughting team to review and refine design intent and engineer for efficient manufacture.


Skills and Experience sought for the Furniture Design Engineer and Draughtsperson roles:

  • Excellent communication skills in order to capably discuss and establish design principles from a client’s brief
  • A good working knowledge of furniture and joinery constructional methods, and manufacturing processes
  • Self-motivated, flexible and proactive
  • Attention to detail and precision in the work produced
  • Strong problem-solving, time management and planning skills
  • Competent with the basics of AutoCAD and fluent with a 3D package, ideally SolidWorks


Salary and Benefits:
In return they are offering a very competitive and generous salary plus profit share scheme, contribution to pension and long service additional holiday. There is also a relocation allowance available as it is not a remote role. All this can be discussed with the recruiter in confidence before deciding whether to proceed with your application.

To find out more and to discuss salaries, please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920 486125.

Location:
Norfolk
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
profit share, pension, relocation allowance
Pippa Baker / Principal Consultant
Pippa has worked in the recruitment industry since 1988 and the vast majority of this time has been within the design sector. She graduated from Leeds University in Textile Management and worked at John Heathcote & Sons before changing career direction and has headed a team of consultants and administrators at Careers in Design since 2000. Pippa is a keen artist and squash player.

Product Prototype Developer / Model Maker - North East England - negotiable (V04178)

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Our client is a well-established, family-owned UK independent manufacturer of products and furniture for the home. They have multiple brands, enabling them to appeal to a wide range of tastes with customers including, architects, designers, specifiers, retailers, hospitality, private and social housing providers and the end consumer.

They are currently looking for an experienced Product Prototype Developer / Model Maker with excellent joinery and carpentry skills and woodworking machine experience to make prototype models using Timber, MDF, Metal, Resin, Gel Coats, Casting / Tooling Resins and Fibre Glass.

The ideal candidate will work closely with the development department, mainly in product development, rather than mass production. The candidate will also have input into the final design of the product to help to ensure ease of manufacture.

Key Duties / Responsibilities:

  • You will work closely with the development department, working from technical drawings and resolving technical problems
  • To use your workshop skills to make prototype and production moulds
  • You will work closely with the design department to assist in the design of new products or modifications to existing designs, from detailed component design to full assembly
  • Communicate with Management / Directors to provide information on project status and expected completion dates
  • Liaise with other workshop staff and designers to carry out work
  • Continually seek to improve both personal and workshop capabilities


Skills and Experience needed for the Product Prototype Developer  / Model Maker:

  • Ability to use standard machine shop tools such as hand and portable power tools, within a workshop environment
  • Experience and understanding of resin casting process
  • Ideally experienced in rubber mould making and of painting 
  • Creativity, imagination and a willingness to adapt to different techniques and use of materials
  • Knowledge of Electronic Components, Timber & Metal Fabrication also useful
  • Good numeracy skills (calculating weights etc.)
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft products-to create guides for handover to production
  • Good communication skills, organised and a strong team player with a high standard of attention to detail


In return they offer:

  • A good salary working 37½ hrs per week, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Pension: Nest - contributions: 3% from employer & 5% from employee
  • Holidays: 23 days plus 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programme

To find out more and to discuss salaries, please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920 486125.

Location:
North East England
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
contributory pension, employee assistance programme
Pippa Baker / Principal Consultant
Pippa has worked in the recruitment industry since 1988 and the vast majority of this time has been within the design sector. She graduated from Leeds University in Textile Management and worked at John Heathcote & Sons before changing career direction and has headed a team of consultants and administrators at Careers in Design since 2000. Pippa is a keen artist and squash player.

Materials and Workshop Research Specialist - Leicestershire - negotiable (V04171)

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With total commitment to British manufacturing, our client’s mission is to design and make enduring and life-enhancing furniture, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers through collaborations with a network of the finest craftspeople in Britain. Their designs combine responsibly sourced, high-quality materials and superb workmanship to ensure they endure for generations.

They are currently seeking a technically minded and inquisitive individual with knowledge of materials used within the product and furniture design marketplace. This is a new role which is critical to their mission to revive endangered British craftsmanship and manufacturing skills. You will be based near their workshops in Leicester.

Your role will be to identify and present new workshop opportunities which match the company’s sustainability commitments, presenting opportunities to the Product Director to ensure that desirability and feasibility have been evaluated. Once the selection has been narrowed down you will be responsible for the management of setting up the new workshops as well as the handover of research and concept material to the Design Manager or Manufacturing team.

You will also be monitoring and looking at new technologies and materials; obtaining costings and concept samples and monitoring industry innovations, continuing detailed investigation and analysis to ensure there is a fully transparent supply chain.


Skills and Experience needed for the Technical Materials Researcher’s role:

  • Min. 5 years’ experience within the product development sector, preferably lighting and/or furniture
  • Able to demonstrate a genuine interest in environmental innovation and sustainability, particularly in the interiors sector
  • Relevant knowledge and understanding of UK standards and legislations
  • Strong collaborative and communication skills
  • Able to work to deadlines with strong planning, prioritisation and time management skills
  • Current driving licence 


In return they offer:

  • A generous negotiable salary
  • 24 days' holiday plus bank holidays, with additional days off for Birthdays, Christmas and Maternity / Paternity
  • Pension, Healthcare, Car and Cycle to Work Benefit Schemes
  • Full travel expenses paid when visiting the workshops and the other office

To find out more, to discuss salaries with the recruiter first and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920 486125.

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Location:
Leicestershire
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
generous salary, birthday off, healthcare scheme, company pension
Pippa Baker / Principal Consultant
Pippa has worked in the recruitment industry since 1988 and the vast majority of this time has been within the design sector. She graduated from Leeds University in Textile Management and worked at John Heathcote & Sons before changing career direction and has headed a team of consultants and administrators at Careers in Design since 2000. Pippa is a keen artist and squash player.

Product design jobs are available across the design industry, from positions in small and medium-sized enterprises, to vacancies with some of the largest corporations in the global marketplace. With such a range of possibilities, it can be difficult to choose which of the available product designer jobs is the best for you.

Luckily, Careers in Design is here to help. Quite aside from assisting you with your CV to ensure that it shows you in the best possible light, we also scour through our available job listings in order to find a job vacancy that matches not only your work history, but also your future ambitions.

Our corporate clients post their vacancies with us from all over the world, because they know that we do more to match the right candidate with the right position than any other recruitment company.

While your job history and technical qualifications will be important, there are other strengths that a potential employer is looking for in a prospective candidate. As a product designer, you will be expected to liaise with clients and customers to discuss what they want from the product, so strong interpersonal and presentation skills are an absolute must. You will need a good working knowledge of design techniques and material qualities, as well as experience with CAD and other design software.

Of greatest importance when applying for a product designer job is demonstrating a creative flair. Depending on the role, you may be responsible for a product from its initial sketches through to its first production run, and you will need to maintain that spark of creativity (and its practical application, of course) throughout.

Finding product designer jobs on our website is easy: use the menus at the top to filter through our positions available, to narrow down your search for jobs in your sector and location.

Are you a product designer, looking for the next step along your career path? Register with Careers in Design today, and let us help you find it.

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