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Senior Product Designer

Job Details
  • 4386
  • Zest 4 Leisure
  • Saltney
  • Permanent, Full Time
  • Salary of £40,000+ (negotiable, level based on experience)

Head of Product Design and Innovation (Senior Product Designer)

Are you a strategic and visionary professional with a background as a Senior Product Designer, Product Design Manager or Design Engineer, looking to take the next step in your career?

This opportunity will see you develop and lead a talented team to create innovative product ranges for a top brand in the garden leisure industry, helping the business to achieve its aspiration to become the number one choice for outdoor living within its target market.

Leadership skills and your passion to build and motivate a team will be key to your success in this role, as you make your mark and help Zest 4 Leisure grow our reputation for outstanding products.

The Company

Zest 4 Leisure, winner of the Best New Product Overall award at Glee 2020 (the UK’s leading garden and outdoor living trade show), is part of the P&A Group of Companies, a successful multi-award-winning family run business based in North Wales.

We have been manufacturing and selling high quality timber products for thirty-five years across several business streams including Zest 4 Leisure, P&A Pallets & Packaging and The Woodworks Garden Centre and Café and each one is dedicated to delivering a high level of customer satisfaction and top-quality products.

The Role – Head of Product Design and Innovation (Senior Designer)

Based in our brand new state-of-the-art Design Shed in Saltney, Chester, and reporting to the Managing Director, you will lead, inspire and manage a passionate young team (currently consisting of two designers), with duties to include, although not limited to:

  • Bringing the company vision to life by applying user-centric design (UCD) and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA) principles to consistently improve product ranges and develop innovative new products from concept to manufacture
  • Leading, coaching and mentoring your team to enable them to flourish and make their best ideas a reality through practical application
  • Creating and implementing a realistic and achievable annual product design plan
  • Presenting monthly reports of design activity and progress
  • Working with Marketing and Sales to ensure designs not only meet the needs of the target market but stand out from the crowd
  • Attending regular meetings with the Sales Team to exchange knowledge and insights to drive continuous product improvement
  • Chairing the annual New Product Development Team meetings and effectively project manage the development and delivery of new/improved products within seasonal timelines
  • Developing the library of technical drawings across full product range to ensure consistent standard of manufacture and production across the supply chain
  • Liaising with manufacturers/suppliers regarding prototyping and initial production set up
  • Ensuring all changes, benefits and features are effectively communicated to key stakeholders to ensure effective marketing and product launch once new/improved products are signed-off

Requirements - Head of Product Design and Innovation (Senior Designer)

  • Proven experience of leading a product design team within a commercial setting, with experience of delivering product design from concept to manufacture
  • Strong knowledge of CAD design
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Commercial awareness and strong market orientation
  • Excellent planning, project management and communication skills
  • Driven to deliver to high quality standards
  • Willingness to occasionally travel overseas as required to meet with suppliers (subject to Covid restrictions)

The Package

You’ll be part of an award-winning business with a strong focus on staff development, progressive improvement and consistent delivery on our values. We think of our employees as our most valuable asset and encourage every member of the team to use their skills and knowledge to ensure a successful future for the company.

As the Head of Product Design and Innovation, you’ll benefit from:

  • A salary of £40,000+ (negotiable, with the level dependent on experience)
  • 33 days holidays (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Discretionary profit share scheme
  • 20% discount at the Woodworks Garden Centre and Woodworks Café
  • Long service awards
  • Permanent contract, working 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with potential for some home working for the right candidate

All applications for this Head of Product Design and Innovation (Senior Product Designer / Product Design Manager / Design Engineer) vacancy are to be submitted online.

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