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Furniture Designer - Surrey - up to £38,000 (V04101)

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Our client is a family owned, high-end bespoke furniture maker creating cabinetry, upholstery, joinery, metalwork and finishing services all from their in-house production and manufacturing workshop.
 
As a growing business they are currently looking for an experienced Furniture Designer / CAD Technician with a flair for design to join their company.
 
The position will involve developing initial concepts through to final production and manufacture, so would suit candidates with a strong level of understanding of bespoke furniture.
 
Key responsibilities for the Furniture Designer will be to:
  • Produce and design 2D/3D furniture models
  • Produce detailed, technical working production drawings and packs for manufacturing 
  • Produce cutting lists, calculate material requirements, cost and prepare quotations
  • Liaise with clients and order materials
  • Manage and co-ordinate projects from enquiry through to installation
 
Skills and Experience required from the Furniture Designer:
  • Previous experience working as a Furniture or Joinery Designer or a Technician with a good understanding of upholstery
  • Proficient in SolidWorks and/or Rhinoceros 3D
  • Problem-solving skills, with the ability to solve technical challenges
  • A broad knowledge of furniture construction
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be fluent in spoken and written English
In return the salary range will be between £32k and £38k plus pension and the following company social benefits:
Christmas Parties, Golf Days, Monthly Friday Drinks, Kitchen (stocked with fruit and snacks), Staff Room with TV and Games Table.
To apply and find out more please send in your CV to recruit@careerstindesign.com.
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Location:
Surrey
Design Field:
Furniture
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£32,000 - £38,000 per annum
Benefits:
pension, stocked kitchen, socials
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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.

Production Manager - Manchester - up to £45,000 (V04099)

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Our client creates bespoke high-end furniture and architectural joinery for residential projects and are looking to appoint a Production Manager for their manufacturing workshop based in Greater Manchester.
 
You would be responsible for a team delivering the manufacturing schedule on time and in line with the high standards expected by their client base.
 
Skills and Experience required from the Production Manager:
 
  • At least 10 years’ experience in a furniture / cabinet making / assembly environment
  • People management experience, able to mentor and train others
  • Experience using all kinds of woodworking machinery and hand-held power tools
  • Self-driven and results orientated
  • Ability to understand technical drawings
  • Problem solver and able to mentor others
 
Salary will be c£45k with the following benefits:
  • Private healthcare
  • Wellness programmes
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme

To find out more and apply please send in your CV to us at recruit@careersindesign.com.

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Location:
Manchester
Design Field:
Furniture
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£45,000 - £45,000 per annum
Benefits:
Healthcare and Pension schemes
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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.

Design Project Manager - London - up to £45,000 (V04090)

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Our client is an international furniture company who are constantly growing and have long-standing collaborations with renowned international designers. In the UK they have three teams that work from their two showrooms to provide clients the ideal furniture, furnishings and interiors through their retail, bespoke and contract teams.
 
They are currently seeking a Senior Project Manager to work on projects within London for their contracts team. The role is likely to be 65% office based and 35% onsite dealing with developers and contractors so good strong diplomacy and negotiating skills will be needed.
 
Profile:
  • Ambitious and driven person who is looking to be part of a prestigious brand where success is recognised and rewarded
  • Ability to work in a team with a positive outlook
  • Able to manage projects independently and take responsibility for decisions
Some key responsibilities for the Project Manager: 
  • To prepare quotations and tender returns for multiunit projects
  • To collate data for pricing and prepare pricing documents using excel or other estimating software
  • To prepare information packages, containing drawings, details and any other information needed for the site team to carry out installation
  • To place orders with the factory and check order confirmations
  • To visit site and liaise with site managers making sure design details have been clearly understood by the site team and make site reports
  • To meet deadlines for submission dates provided by clients for drawings and quotations
  • To manage Client interfacing, following project from tender stage through to practical completion
Skills and experience needed for the role of Project Manager:
  • Project Management experience of £1m+ projects and multiple sites simultaneously
  • Able to collate information from different sources / suppliers to prepare costings
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and able to read construction drawings
  • PC literate - Word / Excel / PowerPoint
  • Excellent communication skills and analytical thinking
  • Ability to navigate Aconex, Sentryk, Asite, V4P etc.
  • Experience of managing Kitchen, Wardrobe and other joinery packages
  • Good presentation skills with the ability to understand a brief and to explain and present ideas
In return the salary range on offer is £40k to £45k with full business travel expenses paid and a company pension. There will also be full product and company training provided in London and in Italy.
 
To find out more and apply, please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.
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Location:
London
Design Field:
Furniture
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£40,000 - £45,000 per annum
Benefits:
plus pension
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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.

Workshop Manager - London - up to £45,000 (V04089)

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This full-service interiors studio and supplier of bespoke cabinetry and specialist joinery has successful collaborations with prominent private and commercial clients both in the UK and abroad.
 
The company is in the process of acquiring and setting up a new workshop and are seeking a Workshop Manager who relishes a challenge. You will be working across a variety of machinery and processes and will be involved at the ground floor level of an exciting new operation to service a large existing customer base.
 
Key skills of the Workshop Manager:
  • An ability to interpret sketches and drawings
  • Strong planning and organisational skills in order to project manage the production of furniture and cabinetry
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and team-working skills
  • An ability to set up and operate machinery, including panel saws, surface planers, mortisers, thicknessers, tenoners, spindle moulders, rip saws, pillar drills and band saws to cut and shape a variety of wood and wood substitutes
  • Have an understanding of the finishing / spraying / oiling processes
 
Salary and Benefits:
  • £35k to £45k dependent on experience and skills
  • Inclusion within the company profit share scheme
  • Long service holiday award
  • Pension scheme
  • Training and career development opportunities

To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.

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Location:
London
Design Field:
Furniture sector
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£35,000 - £45,000 per annum
Benefits:
pension and profit share scheme
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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 Designer - London - up to £40,000 (V04086)

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This creative design studio work with high-net-worth clients on both historical and contemporary interiors, bespoke furniture and uniquely designed fabrics.
 
Rapidly growing with an extensive waiting list of clients this vibrant studio is currently seeking a Furniture Designer to join their team. You will be working from concept all the way through to completion and installation on bespoke collections for private clients.
 
Furniture Designer position overview:
  • Developing a piece of furniture through the 2D, 3D and rendering processes
  • Taking responsibility for manufacturing procedures and specifications
  • Producing technical drawings for all hand-drawn sketches
  • Researching specific materials and finishes appropriate to the design and research of specific proportions
  • Dealing with suppliers, workshops, fabrics and negotiations
  • Following the production process and solving any issues as they occur
 
Skills and Experience Required for the Furniture Designer:
  • Degree or equivalent in Furniture Design
  • 2 to 4 years of experience working as a furniture designer or a furniture technician
  • Experience working on all stages of a project from conception to completion
  • Experienced with 3D CAD packages, Rhino would be an advantage
  • Strong concept skills
  • Administration and time-management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
A good salary and package is on offer which we are happy to discuss with you before proceeding. If this vacancy sounds of interest then please send across your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.
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Location:
London
Design Field:
Furniture
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£32,000 - £40,000 per
Benefits:
Negotiable
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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 Designer - Shropshire - negotiable (V04085)

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Our client has been designing and making bespoke furniture, antiqued mirror and specialist finishes for more than twenty years for the high-end London and international markets. They work for leading interior designers, architects and private clients all over the world.
 
They currently have an opening for a Furniture Designer with a strong technical knowledge of furniture construction to join their design team. They are seeking an individual who is a strong team player with a positive, can-do attitude. Knowledge and experience of VectorWorks is preferable but they will consider other similar CAD programmes.
 
They are also looking for cabinetmakers and specialist finishers due to a strong and full order book.
 
Skills and Experience needed for the Furniture Designer role:
  • Strong knowledge of both furniture manufacturing techniques and materials
  • Site installation experience is desirable, as well as practical cabinet-making or bench skills
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience within furniture or woodwork manufacturing
  • Good hand-sketching ability would be helpful
  • Strong analytically regarding budget awareness
  • Good problem-solving skills
 
In return you will be working with a very friendly bunch of people who love creating beautiful projects for their clients. Competitive salaries are on offer which can be discussed with us before proceeding. To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.
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Location:
Shropshire
Design Field:
Furniture
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
£competitive salary plus pension
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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.

Creative Designer - Somerset - negotiable (V04078)

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Our client specialises in interior architecture for historical and period properties and have become leaders in their field. They have worked in a variety of beautiful period buildings across the UK and abroad, everything they design is completely bespoke, each property offering the exciting challenge of how to fit them for modern life without compromising their historic elegance and value.
They are currently seeking a Junior / Midweight Designer to join their busy design team.
Main Responsibilities for the Creative Designer:
  • Assisting in the development and preparation of design schemes, through research and communication of design ideas
  • Gathering content for internal design reviews
  • Developing sketch ideas using 2D and 3D software
  • Assisting with in-house documentation for new business enquiries, client presentations, specification sheets, appliances and schedules
  • Producing 3D printing files for mock ups and ergonomic testing
  • Administrative project support
Skills and experience needed from the Junior Designer:
  • Degree or equivalent in Interior Design, Furniture Design or Architecture
  • Creative with an eye for detail and colour
  • Experience of residential interiors, bespoke kitchens or joinery
  • Able to use MS Excel and Word
  • Proficient in AutoCAD and the Adobe CS
In return you will have the chance to work on some truly amazing and interesting projects and they offer a generous salary, pension and staff luncheon scheme. 
To apply and find out more please email us your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.
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Location:
Somerset
Design Field:
Furniture sector
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
pension, staff luncheon scheme
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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 Engineer - Norfolk - negotiable (V04075)

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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.
 
Due to continued expansion they are seeking a full time, experienced Design Engineer. An individual who is able to draw on their experience in the furniture and joinery industry to support and steer the design phase of a project and to engineer work which is fit for manufacture, assembly and installation.
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Skills and Experience sought for the Furniture Design Engineer role:
  • Excellent design and 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, manufacturing processes and the use of timber and associated materials
  • Able to work collaboratively as part of a project team and contribute to best practice
  • 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
 
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.
To discuss salaries and find out more please send us your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.
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Location:
Norfolk
Design Field:
Furniture sector
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
profit share, pension, relocation allowance
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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.

Joinery Production Engineer - Somerset - negotiable (V04073)

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Our client specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of fine fitted furniture and architectural joinery. Much of their work is installed into period country houses, many of which are listed and therefore of local, regional, and national interest. Therefore, it is important that the detailing of this type of work is designed respecting the interior architecture of the building.
 
They currently have an opening for a Production Engineer to be responsible for taking 2D design drawings and a brief into a fully worked up 3D Inventor model with every detail resolved. You will then prepare and issue manufacturing drawings to the makers and remain responsible for the technical aspects of the project through to installation. You will also be assisting with the programming of the carcass parts for the CNC, all within the budgeted hours.
 
Skills and Experience required for the role of Joinery Production Engineer:
  • Ideally proficient in Inventor, AutoCAD and FusionCAM or InventorCAM. If you are missing one of the above, then you will still be considered
  • You'll have come from a cabinetmaking background and/or have a good understanding of manufacturing and assembly processes, materials selection and presentation
  • You'll have the ability to work from drawings and specification sheets
  • Knowledge of timber, wood veneers, wood finishes and finishing techniques, cabinetmaking and joinery will be needed
  • Knowledge of period architectural styles, building techniques, mouldings and geometry will be an advantage
  • An understanding of mechanical and electrical services required to be connected to fitted furniture, kitchens and bathrooms
In return they are offering an excellent negotiable salary (can be discussed with recruiter before proceeding) along with a staff luncheon scheme, annual bonus payment, pension and 24 days' holiday plus bank holidays. 
They are commutable from Bristol and Bath, to find out more and apply please send us your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com.
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Location:
Somerset
Design Field:
Furniture sector
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
staff luncheon scheme, 24 days hols, pension, bonus
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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.

Design Engineer - Wiltshire - up to £30,000 (V04072)

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Our client is a growing, family-run business who design and create luxury, bespoke kitchens and interiors, specialising in period houses of all sizes. They have a personal, end-to-end, bespoke service that starts with the architecture of the space, working with clients looking at every detail through to making it in their own workshop and the final installation.
 
They are currently recruiting for a Junior / Midweight Production Systems Design Engineer to help in converting kitchen and other furniture bespoke customer project designs into the format required for efficient, high quality and on schedule in-house manufacture.
Skills and Experience sought for the role of Production Systems Design Engineer:
  • 2D/3D modelling design experience in an engineering / manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of furniture manufacture and cabinetmaking would be an advantage
  • Practical understanding of CAM / CNC
  • Good problem-solving ability
  • Team orientated with good interpersonal skills
  • Drive, determination and a positive attitude
In return they are offering a salary of £24k to £30k plus 21 days holidays + bank holidays and can help with relocation expenses. 
To apply and find out more please send in your CV and some examples of work to recruit@careersindesign.com
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Location:
Wiltshire
Design Field:
Furniture sector
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£24,000 - £30,000 per annum
Benefits:
pension, relocation expenses
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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.
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As the UK’s foremost recruitment agency for the design sector, Careers in Design has details of vacancies for first-rate furniture design jobs across the country and overseas.

To successfully apply for a position as a furniture designer, you will be expected to demonstrate your creative skills, your technical ability, and your commercial awareness of this sector.

Most furniture designer posts require you to produce designs and manufacturing drawings for either fitted furniture and joinery or freestanding pieces of furniture.  It will be expected that you can work to a brief, whilst retaining your own creative mark. You should be able to sketch out ideas for initial brainstorming sessions, as well as produce more technical design work, often utilising CAD software.

While some firms will be looking for designs that have broad appeal for a mass market, others will be creating more bespoke or limited edition pieces to be produced in small batches. Whichever end of the scale your position falls, you must show that you understand the commercial aspects of your market.

Some positions require only your design skills, where others might involve your skills as a craftsperson, producing the items, as well as designing them.

You may be working solo, or you may be part of a team, either of other furniture designers, or designers in other disciplines such as interiors, kitchens or architecture. In these positions, you are expected to show flexibility and teamwork, as your design must become part of a cohesive range.

Register with Careers in Design today for a totally different approach to job searching. We will go through your CV by hand, helping to accentuate your strengths to give you the best chance of success. We will then scour our extensive list of furniture design job vacancies to find those most likely to suit you.

Our wide range of clients include retailers, consultancies, and manufacturers – large and small – all on the lookout for top furniture designers, like you. Use the menu filters at the top of this screen find your ideal furniture design job today.

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