Design Manager

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Leading design functions for a leading global manufacturer, distributor & installer of storage solutions for industrial application. They are enjoying sustainable growth across the UK and are supported by this HQ team from an easily accessible office location in Telford area.

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The Design Manager job role itself where you will ensure the design team are offering an excellent service level to all indirect and direct customers. The design team have a direct influence on our sales success therefore effective leadership of the design team is required to ensure we maximise our sales through accurate interpretation of customers’ requirements, effective communication at all stages, quality information and speed of response.

More specifically:

  • Allocating quotes and orders to an appropriately designer within your team based on skill set and capacity to achieve return dates.
  • Manage the resource and workload regularly to update sales, customers and project managers of progress.
  • Checking of quotes and orders for accuracy prior to submission.
  • Managing re quotes and customer changes effectively to ensure accuracy throughout the life cycle of the quote or order
  • Work closely with the bid manager to ensure bid timescales are adhered to.
  • Ensure we mitigate design risks and ensure any residual risks are documented correctly to adhere to CDM 2015 regulations.
  • Ensure 100% compliance of all HR processes for the whole design team.
  • Investigate all cost of failure to ensure processes are put in place to mitigate future errors.
  • Further develop the core capabilities of the engineering team through coaching and training to achieve career plans for members of the team.
  • Regular 1-1’s with designers to further develop them to achieve business and personal goals.
  • Regular meetings via teams with the design team in Winchester and Milton Keynes.
  • Monthly visits to Milton Keynes and Winchester.
  • Weekly meetings with sales team to identify new opportunities, workload, capacity and discuss any priorities.
  • Manage design KPI’s. Design KPI’s are measured by department errors (cost and quantity), achieving our agreed SLA’s and maximising our profit margins through value engineering.
  • To ensure that your team are working to the most efficient processes and make improvements where required.
  • Hold monthly meetings with the whole design team to report on design performance, business updates and any other business.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure a streamlined process throughout fulfilment to ensure the customer receives the highest level of service.

This role will be predominately based in Telford, Shropshire with occasional travel to other sites in the UK, including Milton Keynes and Winchester.

You will have

To be successful as Design Manager, you will have a healthy mix of the following:

  • Diploma/Degree in mechanical or general engineering with a focus on engineering maths, design and science
  • Full UK driving license Experience
  • Proven experience as a design manager or a similar leadership role in a fast-paced manufacturing and sales environment.
  • Previous experience in the storage industry, particularly racking, shelving and/or mezzanines would be desired.
  • Drawing software (AutoCAD packages)
  • IT literate including intermediate PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Strong knowledge of design principles, materials, and manufacturing processes
  • Commercial awareness  
  • Excellent mentoring and coaching skills
  • High level of professionalism
  • A positive mindset always looking for solutions rather than objections
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English at all levels of the business such as directors, customers and suppliers.

You will get

As Design Manager, you will enjoy a salary of £45K-£50K + Car + Package

  • Company Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Monthly STAR Awards
  • Long Service Awards
  • On-site parking
  • Branded workwear
  • On-site hot food canteen
  • Close to public transport links
  • Career development
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • Competitive salary
  • 33 days holiday per annum including bank holidays
  • 37 hours of work per week Monday - Friday

You can apply

To Design Manager by pushing the button on this job posting (recommended), or by sending CV in confidence to 


16 May 2024
Design Manager
England, Telford
£45K-£50K + Car + Package

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