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Job Descriptions

The Role:

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Design Manager to join this exciting business that is being considered for Best Employer in the Norfolk Business Awards 2019

The Design Manager reports to the Director/Owner and Founder and takes responsibility for the small and talented design team of four, to achieve amazing things.

This is a concept to production role - they don't just design it they make it too. You will be expected to support, mentor and guide their designers to ensure that products are costed, designed and created in the most efficient and cost-effective way to meet customers’ expectations.

Package and Benefits:

•               £40,000 - £45,000 Dependent on Experience

•               33 days holiday

•               Your birthday off

•               Free parking

•               Plus, several other employee benefits

Design Manager Key Responsibilities:

To design and develop designs from design briefs supplied by customers/sales staff covering:

  • Innovative conceptual thinking / ideas
  • R&D of ideas for new products
  • R&D of systems and methods of production
  • Liaising closely will sales staff to understand and develop ideas
  • Direct contact with customers
  • Initial concepts / sketches
  • Initial design drawings for costing purposes
  • Produce 3D visuals and presentation documents
  • Overseeing production of prototypes
  • Value engineering of designs

To specify materials, fixings and construction methods and setting appropriate standards for these including:

  • Working closely with approved suppliers to specify/understand production methods
  • Understand material limitations and correct use
  • An understanding of cost management

To work with team to compile quotes including:

  • Producing and sending drawings direct to approved suppliers
  • Requesting costs direct from approved suppliers
  • Compiling costs and completing costing’s documents
  • Ensuring sound cost management principles are applied

To manage, organise and assist with any prototyping process for new products including:

  • Organise prototypes with suppliers
  • Liaise with production staff on assembly methods
  • Review and make changes as required

Design Manager Person Specification:

  • This is a hugely varied role and pressured at times. You must be commercially astute and a strong leader; skilled at building relationships with a full concept to production skill set.

  • The Design Manager will have around 10 years design experience with proven managerial skills. You will be familiar with a variety of production techniques as well as 3D CAD, preferably Solidworks

Commutable from Cambridge, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Wisbech, Kings Lynn, Wymondham