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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

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Job Type:
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.

Lighting designer jobs are posted at Careers in Design by companies of all sizes and from all over the world. Each new vacancy is carefully vetted by our team of recruitment experts and then hand-matched to the candidates who have registered with the site.

If you’re a lighting designer looking for work, or if you have experience in other areas of the design industry that you hope to segue into the lighting design sector, then you have come to the right place. At Careers in Design we don’t just log your details into a database and trust a computer to match you with your ideal position. Every new candidate has his or her CV looked over by a member of our experienced and professional team, who will help you present yourself in the best possible light to a prospective employer. We also go through the various vacancies posted by our corporate clients from all across the globe to find the job that’s right for you.

As a lighting designer, there are many opportunities available across many sectors. In the world of landscape, architectural, and interior design our clients want designers who can produce something aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional, combining the talents of a designer and a space planner. In today’s environmentally responsible business world, you will also be expected to implement lighting solutions that are ecologically sound, and energy efficient.

While some positions will have you working solo, some larger companies may expect you to work as part of a close-knit team with their architects or their engineers. In either case, good communication skills are a must, whether you are answering to a section head, or having to make presentations about your latest lighting design.

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