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U & I Recruitment Ltd




16 Castle Blvd, Nottingham NG7 1FL


0115 948 7979


The Company

Our client is one of the most versatile and innovative fabrics printers in the world.  They produce some of the finest quality prints for many design-led home furnishings and apparel brands available in the market today. They create styles that celebrate a passion for colour, texture, craftmanship and innovation. They are a global leader in interior design and proud to manufacture, market and distribute brands around the world. They now have an exciting senior opportunity based in the North West of the UK.

Senior Design Manager – The Role:

  • Report into and support the Design and Sales Director, providing cover when necessary.
  • Increase the scope of the on-site designs for sales for customers.
  • Lead, motivate and inspire the Design team.
  • Manage & foster the design direction in line with customer strategy, helping to adapt, evolve and grow with the changing textile print industry.
  • Create inspiring and commercial collections which can be immediately sold into the market place.
  • Translate market trends into design ideas.
  • Exploring new ways to improve product designs to customers & new markets.
  • Manage creativity in a collaborative team work environment to facilitate the creation of high quality designs.
  • Manage and develop the team of textile designers, including new graduates.
  • Oversee analysis & research industry trends & customer preferences to aid produce development.
  • Proactively respond to changing business trends in a timely manner.
  • Create sales kits to support sales growth.
  • Manage innovation with onsite team.
  • Track design sales performance and ensure in line with business strategy.
  • Support commercial development of Sales and Marketing strategy.
  • To work with the Group to support development of Group synergy.

The Candidate:

  • Degree in Textile Design or related field.
  • Outstanding technical textile design skills including surface pattern and weave.
  • Proven experience at senior designer level and a minimum of 10 years experience within design and colour development.
  • Strong conceptional skills to work up ideas, knowledge of trends and fabrics essential.
  • Commercial experience of the interior fabrics market UK & Export.
  • Excellent technical knowledge of print & woven textiles.
  • Strong planning, presentation & analytical skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of the market and trend analysis.
  • Excellent technical knowledge of print and woven textiles.
  • Strong planning, presentation & analytical skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proven experience of managing and development teams.
  • Knowledge of separation processes & technicality of textile printing.
  • Prior experience in designing for digital, rotary & flatbed printing operations
  • Exceptional computer skills including Photoshop & AVA.
  • Ability to travel.
  • Previous experience at managing a Design Budget & Marketing.

The Package:

  • Highly competitive package that reflects the position.

Please note that due to the anticipated interest in these roles only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

By applying for this role you will be asked to consent to the u&i Recruitment GDPR Policy.

Please send your CV to call 0115 948 7979

01484 346500

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