Aldena Associates LTD

Commercial

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Product cad designer

16 January England - Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Perm €28773.48 - €33200.16 per annum

Our client are a global fitness company specialising in the design and manufacture of fitness and sports equipment.

Who We're Looking For

We're looking for a leading designer to work within our UK based Technical team. The successful applicant will have a love for design, being able to balance creative flair with a commercial mindset and lead a team of creative talents.

The Role Itself

You will be responsible for the design and early development of fitness products and prototypes. You will be required to work independently to pre-agreed project timelines.

In addition the role will require you to:

* Think creatively to design and develop new product ideas and concepts
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Liaise with factories to practically implement design ideas
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Actively engage in the integration of proprietary technologies into our product design e.g. Aeroready, Climacool, Speedwick or similar.
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Establish a creative working environment to facilitate innovative design work.
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Be responsible for ensuring all design policies are maintained and re-validated routinely.
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Have line management responsibility for 1-2 people
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Propose innovation, or design concepts for consideration by NPD team for future projects
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Join regular Technical Management meetings
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Make process improvements to benefit the company e.g. colour approvals, ensuring we always remain precise and relevant in our design proposals
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Conduct milestone reviews for all design projects, ensuring major milestones requiring sign off by Technical Director are well prepared for.
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Ensure approved templates are used throughout all design work, by the entire team.
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Ensure all equipment and software remains appropriate and valid for the team to operate optimally.
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Conduct (or commission, where appropriate) patent investigations to ensure design proposals are unique and avoid existing patents in the specified territories.
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Influence, document and control brand and corporate design guidelines
* Present product concepts to both internal and external stakeholders ▪ Engage in market research and competitor analysis
* Maintain awareness of costing and pricing of consumer products
* Ensure design trends and future thinking is encapsulated in concepts ▪ Understanding of manufacturing processes advantageous
* Provide good quality re-touching of imagery
* Interface with internal sales, marketing, logistics and finance teams
* Provide support at European trade shows as required
* International travel e.g. Asia, for sample review, sign off or gaining insight

Skills required

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University qualification with at least one years' experience in design role
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Very good command of written and spoken English
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Good command of Microsoft Office suites, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.
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Confident with SolidWorks CAD software
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Creatively minded
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Proactive, positive and constructive.
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A team player.
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A passion for sports and fitness.