Product Design Manager

Location
England, Wiltshire
Salary
£40000 - £42000 per annum + 25 days hols plus BHs + pension
Posted
18 Jun 2018
Closes
16 Jul 2018
Ref
V03652
Contract Types
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Product
Job Functions
Design Management, Designer

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
  • Responsible with the senior management team for the implementation of new product development and launch
  • Undertaking commercial reviews of new product lines 
  • Researching 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
  • 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
  • Leading supplier negotiations on prices and purchasing terms

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 an advantage but not necessity
  • APMP or Prince 2 Training would also be preferred but not a necessity
  • The ability to manage the delivery of a number of complex projects simultaneously, thriving under pressure
  • Commercially aware with a with strong presentation and communication skills
  • An excellent knowledge of materials and industrial manufacturing processes
  • Excellent data handling and analysis skills
  •  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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