Our client are designers and makers of bespoke luxury lighting, furniture and hardware for the world’s most beautiful interior spaces. The company has grown substantially in recent years and is ready to invest to continue that growth. They have a strong market position and a team that work together creating bespoke pieces, mostly in non-ferrous materials.
They are currently looking for a Designer to join their team in Eastbourne.
Main function of role:
To design and manage a number of concurrently running manufacture projects from order stage through to completion. This will involve being the main point of contact for the client/production team and occasionally sub-contractors. You will be responsible for the issue of project programme information to all parties.
The Design element to the role is key. Designer will create client drawings for bespoke lighting, hardware, and furniture projects, working to tight deadlines, good time management is important as you will need to juggle multiple tasks and projects. Hands on involvement in new product development. Generation of initial ideas, developing and engineering solutions to the set design briefs.
- Creation of client and production drawings using SolidWorks CAD software
- To aid the design process the Designer has use of the 3D printer, this can be used to prototype designs and used as a tool for communicating the design to the client. It can also be used to create patterns for issuing to production to create moulds and cast from.
- During the design stage it will be your responsibility to liaise with the workshop and subcontractors to arrange material samples for the client’s approval. Control samples must be kept on file.
- Active involvement in the design and development of new products, working collaboratively with all departments. Create concepts for new products to align with NPD briefs. Project manage NPD production of prototypes and final products ensuring that the approved design is realised as intended.
- Project research and development should be recorded to allow R&D reports to be created, it may be necessary for Designers to attend R&D meetings to discuss projects.
- Designers need to work closely with purchasing and the production team to ensure outsourced work is arranged and managed and that subcontractors are working within the production time frame, and budgets, and that all information necessary had been provided to them. Once specialist outsourced work is received, outsourced items will need to be inspected and quality approved by the Designer.
- It will be necessary to occasionally meet with clients at the enquiry stage, and throughout the project to ensure smooth running of the project and maintain good client relationships
- Good communication between the design team and the production team to pass all information required to meet client’s expectations
- Attend daily engineering/hand over meetings when required
- To liaise with production team to give clients project schedule updates
- Monitoring project costs
- All bespoke projects need to be inspected by the Designer on completion and signed off on inspection system prior to dispatch.
- The Designer must work closely with the Dispatch Manager to schedule delivery/ shipping of bespoke projects, ensuring that install team have all necessary information for installation of bespoke projects
- Liaise with marketing team to arrange finished product photography if required by client or in house
- Site visits and surveys may be required to gather required information
- Involvement or attendance to project review meetings. Record of this meeting should be saved in the job file on the company server. Drawings should be reviewed and amended to ‘as drawn’ if necessary, under Designers guidance by a Junior Designer or Design Engineer
Other significant responsibilities and skills
- Strong knowledge of Solid Works and other design packages (Adobe Suite)
- Ability to use Word, Excel and Outlook
- Knowledge of 3D Printing technologies
- Analytical Thinking
- Time Management
- Communication skills
- Management Skills
- Attending meetings/industry events
- Effectively communicate, both internally and to suppliers and clients ensuring interactions are ethical and build profitable long-term relationships
- Pro-actively develop own skills, knowledge, experience and contribute to the development of colleagues wherever possible.
- It may also be necessary for the Designer to accompany install teams to assist in ensuring that the client’s vision is realised.
Hours of Work
Monday to Friday – 9am to 5.30 pm – 40 hours (1/2 hour unpaid lunch)
IRO £28k – £32k – Dependent upon experience
20 days paid holiday per year plus Bank Holidays
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