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Furniture Design Engineer - 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 Senior 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 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, 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.

Furniture Designer - Shropshire - up to £36,000 (V04161)

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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 excellent 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.
 
Main duties for the Furniture Designer include: 
  • Production of accurate working drawings
  • Production of design concept drawings to be used in the sales process
  • Managing and co-ordinating makers and subcontractors
  • Occasional working on-site, site surveying, fitting and construction
 
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
  • Min of 2 years’ experience within furniture or woodwork manufacturing 
  • Good hand-sketching ability would be helpful
  • Good problem-solving skills
In return you will be working with a very friendly team of people who love creating beautiful projects for their clients. To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920486125.
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Location:
Shropshire
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£32,000 - £36,000 per annum
Benefits:
bonus + 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.

Project Manager - Furniture - Somerset - negotiable (V04176)

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Our client designs, manufactures and installs bespoke interiors for the high-end residential market and have a current vacancy for a Project Manager. All their designers, cabinet makers, project managers, veneerers, finishers and fitters are experts in each of their fields and work with new modern facilities through continual investment back into the business.

They are looking for candidates that can manage high-end joinery projects from £100k - £6m to the company’s high standards and processes. You will be maintaining and building client relationships whilst holding projects at the highest financial value possible. It will also involve managing two other Project Managers.

Responsibilities of the Project Manager include to:

  • Plan all elements of the project and deliver to set timescales
  • Identify resources and assign responsibilities
  • Carry out 3 monthly reviews and yearly appraisals for the two other members of staff in your team
  • Manage all financial aspects of the projects and report monthly to the Commercial Director
  • Issue all price variations in relation to design, specification changes
  • Identify timeline requirements of the project and make sure specialist materials are ordered in time for manufacture production periods
  • Issue bi-weekly timeline to the client teams and manage the compliance to timeline
  • Ensure the projects are run to all Health and Safety requirements


Skills and Experience needed from the Project Manager:

  • Project management background within the cabinet making / interior design industry
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and the coordination required with other trades
  • An understanding of AutoCAD and able to read and amend drawings for manufacture
  • Understanding of basic revenue models, profit/loss and forecasting
  • Ability to develop, manage and implement agreed strategy
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong IT skills in all relevant software
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Strong motivation, leadership and team management skills 

And in return:

Alongside a competitive salary package they hold social events and gatherings after work and free Friday lunches for the whole team. In addition there are opportunities to take on more responsibility for ambitious individuals with full, professional training provided. 

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

Location:
Somerset
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
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.

Furniture CAD Technician - Kent - negotiable (V04174)

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Our client has their own unique approach to creating handmade truly bespoke kitchens, bedrooms, studies, wine rooms and other bespoke furniture. With a strong design and manufacturing team they encourage customers to visit the showroom and workshop where they are greeted with enthusiasm, an in-depth knowledge of materials and finishes, and a company able to offer a truly bespoke service.

They are now currently looking for a CAD Technician to produce Sales Drawings using Autodesk Revit for bespoke high-end joinery for 6 to 12 months’ maternity cover. You will be joining a company with a very low turnover of staff and a friendly and helpful team. This will be a full-time office based role.

Skills and experience sought for the CAD Furniture Technician:

  • You must be computer literate, proficient with AutoCAD and ideally Revit. Full training will be provided for the right candidate which may include a period of working alongside their current CAD Technician as required
  • Experience with architecture and fitted furniture
  • Able to think for yourself and come up with practical solutions
  • Good communication skills, fluent in English
  • A real team player, happy to take on any job whether small or large


The salary will be dependent on experience and CAD literacy. They are an equal opportunities employer and accept applications from all qualified candidates.

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

Location:
Kent
Job Type:
Contract
Salary:
negotiable
Benefits:
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 - Wiltshire - up to £35,000 (V04145)

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Our client is an award-winning, growing company with craft at the core of their designs. Each kitchen is hand-made to order using traditional joinery techniques and the finest materials, ensuring it is built to last a lifetime.
They have created a new role for a Furniture Designer with the potential for the position to develop into so much more for the right person. The role will have involvement in the finer details of furniture manufacture, detailed drawings, procurement and installation. 
This role can be based near their workshop in Wiltshire or up near the Harrogate office.
 
Your work as a Furniture Designer will involve:
  • Using AutoCAD for technical drawings and design work
  • Facilitating the development of sign-off, setting out, procurement and production of furniture, including cabinetry, metal elements, stone elements and other custom materials and features
  • Mechanical and electrical drawings and installation drawings to aid site trades
  • Liaising with the design team and project managers
  • Working with private clients, architects, developers and interior designers
  • Occasional travel mostly to the showroom / studio in London and often to project sites, in order to attend meetings and to carry out site surveys and checks
Skills and Experience needed for the Furniture Designer:
  • A good understanding of high-end custom furniture
  • Minimum of 3 years' relevant work experience
  • Fluent in 2D AutoCAD
  • Experience in 3D work and 3D visualisation is a bonus but not essential
  • A proactive person with a 'self-starter' attitude and strong time-management skills
  • Own car and Driving Licence
Salary on offer will be between £28k and £35k plus pension. 
 To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920486125.
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Location:
Wiltshire
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£28,000 - £35,000 per annum
Benefits:
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.

Project Manager - London - up to £45,000 (V04169)

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Our client creates diverse projects, spanning from one-of-a-kind art pieces to a substantial number of bespoke furniture items and decorative panelling for larger projects. As a Project Manager, you will play a pivotal role in bringing these unique and varied projects to life. Managing multiple projects concurrently, including high-profile superyachts and international residential developments, you will bring your exceptional organisational, project management, and creative skills to ensure the successful delivery of each unique project.

Key Responsibilities include to:

·    Collaborate with directors and the design team to identify project requirements, delivery timelines and costs.
·    Develop detailed project schedules and budgets, adapting them based on changing needs and requirements.
·    Identify and assign project tasks, overseeing day-to-day project management.
·    Liaise with technical draftsmen to ensure manufacturing drawings align with design intent, are on time, and within budget.
·    Check and issue manufacturing drawings for production, assisting with 3D models when necessary.
·    Manage logistics in the UK and internationally, sourcing new suppliers and materials.
·    Coordinate and oversee installations on superyachts or residential sites.


Skills and Experience needed from the Project Manager:

·    Strong organisational, project management and people skills.
·    Proficiency in 3D modelling and rendering software, including Rhino.
·    Proficiency in the Adobe CS, AutoCAD and Excel.
·    Excellent presentation skills with meticulous attention to detail.
·    Passion for creativity and commitment to utmost quality.
·    Experience in furniture, interiors, or superyacht sector.
·    Understanding of various production methods, including traditional cabinetmaking and composite construction.
·    Ability to travel.


In return they are offering a salary of between £40k and £45k plus pension, travel expenses and 25 days' holiday (plus bank holidays). To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920486125.

Location:
London
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£40,000 - £45,000 per annum
Benefits:
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.

Workshop Assistant - Essex - up to £25,000 (V04165)

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Our client specialises in Experiential Design, Production and Installation and are proud to count large brands and leading marketing agencies amongst their clients. Their range of services cover everything from exhibition stands, product launches and bespoke sampling stands to PR stunts, sampling bins and giant props.
 
Based near the borders of Essex and Hertfordshire, within easy reach of London, they currently have a vacancy for a Workshop Assistant. This is a hands-on role helping out in the production workshop and general cleaning, organising and maintaining of tools, equipment, supplies and work areas on a daily basis. You might also be required to drive the company van. 
 
The role will include the development of practical skills such as receiving deliveries, filling, sanding production build elements ready for finishing, stock taking materials and hardware. General health & safety compliance in the workplace is an essential part of this role. 
 
There will be the opportunity to learn skills associated with workshop machinery, including their CNC machine along with basic carpentry and spray paint finishing.
 
Skills and requirements for the Workshop Assistant:
  • Good time-keeping abilities and good communication skills
  • Must be able to take direction, follow instruction and be sustainability aware 
  • Proactive with an enthusiastic, self-motivated and positive disposition
  • Show strong organisational skills along with the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Consistently be a team worker who is highly organised, flexible and ideally IT competent
  • Be health and safety compliant at all times
  • Able to perform practical tasks in the workshop
  • Able to drive a vehicle
  • Open to learning technical production skills
Salary will be c£24k based upon a 42.5 hour week. To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920 486125.
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Location:
Essex
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£23,000 - £25,000 per annum
Benefits:
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.

Furniture Design Engineer - North East England - up to £45,000 (V04154)

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Our client takes pride in crafting bespoke fitted and free-standing furniture that reflects their dedication to quality craftsmanship.  As they continue to grow and push the boundaries of design, they are in search of an experienced Furniture Design Engineer to join the team.
 
The successful candidate will join a hard-working and dedicated team and will work closely with the production team to take projects from concept through completion.
 
Responsibilities of the Furniture Design Engineer:
  • Modelling complex bespoke fitted and free-standing furniture
  • Preparation of production drawings
  • Design administration and preparation of BOM (Bill of Materials)
  • Keeping job files up to date
  • Participating in production meetings
  • Continuous improvement of product and manufacturing processes
 
Key Requirements for the role of Furniture Design Engineer:
  • Highly proficient in SolidWorks
  • Experience in SWOOD is a bonus
  • Post studies experience in furniture design and manufacture
  • Positive attitude towards technology and modern manufacturing
In return they offer the choice of working hybrid or on-site, they are based in the North of England.
  • Normal working hours - 40 per week
  • Annual salary - £30K to £45K experience dependent
  • 23 days' holidays per annum plus bank holidays
 
If you are a detail-oriented Designer or Design Engineer with a passion for furniture design and manufacturing, we encourage you to apply by either sending in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com  or giving us a call on 01920 486125.
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Location:
North East England
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£30,000 - £45,000 per annum
Benefits:
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.

Assistant Workshop Manager and Production Team - Essex - up to £30,000 (V04148)

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Our client specialises in Experiential Design, Production and Installation and are proud to count large brands and leading marketing agencies amongst their clients. Their range of services cover everything from exhibition stands, product launches and bespoke sampling stands to PR stunts, sampling bins and giant props.
 
Based near the borders of Essex and Hertfordshire, within easy reach of London, they currently have a vacancy to work within their production team. This is a hands-on role with tasks which could include: CAD drawing, carpentry, metalworking, head rigger, spray painting, scenic finishes, paint management, general production build, CAD interpretation, CNC & Laser cutter operation, vinyling, prop making, installation crewing, lead carpenter, sanding, filling & finishing.
 
The role includes development of practical skills including scenic, LX, sound and electronics and working in line with the Company sustainability policy, ensuring minimising wastage and organise off cuts of production material for use on subsequent jobs. Health & Safety compliance is essential as is quality control for all projects.
 
This position is based on set hours per week as there needs to be some flexibility as this industry often needs you to work different hours on-site dependant on the project. Salary will be £28k pa based on 40 hours per week plus BUPA and pension.
 
Skills and Experience needed from the Production Team / Assistant Workshop Manager:
  • Scenic and paint knowledge, carpentry and construction skills would be useful
  • Good time keeping and communication skills, and be able to work with an adaptable, flexible and accommodating attitude
  • Proactive with an enthusiastic, self-motivated and positive disposition and must be able to work well as part of a team
  • Strong organisational skills along with the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • IT competent, ideally able to use AutoCAD
  • Knowledge of CNC and Laser cutting would be useful
  • Driving licence

To find out more and apply please send in your CV to recruit@careersindesign.com or call us on 01920486125.

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Location:
Essex
Job Type:
Permanent
Salary:
£28,000 - £30,000 per annum
Benefits:
pension and 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.

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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