Product Design Manager

Location
England, Wiltshire
Salary
£40000 - £42000 per annum + 25 days hols plus BHs + pension
Posted
16 Jul 2018
Closes
13 Aug 2018
Ref
V03652
Contact
Pippa Baker
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
  • Working with the senior management team to establish and take responsibility for the implementation of new product development and launch
  • Undertaking intensive and thorough commercial reviews of all new product lines with key stakeholders in the business
  • Instigating and undertaking research into 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
  • Working alongside the Operations team to implement product improvements in response to feedback from installation 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, including project managing external test procedures
  • Leading supplier negotiations on prices and purchasing terms with new and existing manufacturers / vendors

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 a significant advantage
  • APMP or Prince 2 Training is desired but not a necessity
  • The ability to manage the delivery of a number of complex projects simultaneously, thriving under pressure
  • Commercially aware with a good understanding and acceptance of the business of product design
  • Strong presentation and communication skills
  • A wealth of materials and industrial manufacturing process knowledge
  • Excellent data handling and analysis skills (experience of using Microsoft Excel for this purpose would be an advantage)
  • 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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