Product Development Manager

England, Kent
£32000 - £35000 per annum
28 Jun 2018
26 Jul 2018
Contract Types
Full Time
Design Disciplines
Furniture, Product

This company is a specialist creator and provider of contract furniture into spaces with demanding needs. Their furniture is designed to enhance challenging environments, from high-traffic footfall areas such as receptions and waiting rooms to high security buildings such as psychiatric units or prisons.

They are current recruiting for a hands on Product Development Manager that can project manage the delivery of new products to enhance the Company's product range.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Managing the design and development process and effectively running many different projects simultaneously
  • Using Inventor / SolidWorks for manufacturing drawings
  • Keeping projects on track and on schedule and using initiative to overcome any set-backs or delays
  • Maintaining relations with suppliers and prototype providers, modifying or adjusting prototypes as needed
  • Liaising with Quality Control to ensure that the products developed conform to the required quality standards
  • Regular contact with customers to retain an in depth knowledge of needs and desires
  • Achieving efficient working and meeting agreed launch deadlines for new products
  • Managing overheads to keep costs within any specified budgets

Person / Experience Required:

  • Design degree or equivalent
  • Project management experience with excellent organisational and sourcing skills
  • Experience with manufacturing / engineering drawings and AutoCAD
  • SolidWorks / Inventor would be a distinct advantage
  • Previous experience working with plastics techniques such as rotational moulding and injection moulding is an advantage but not a necessity
  • Proficient in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Self-driven and confident personality, with an assertive management style
  • Proven supplier management skills, with willingness to travel abroad when required

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