I have over nine years experience working within the footwear industry, whilst pursuing my career I have also gained various qualifications to further my knowledge and understanding. I am currently a Mens and Childrens designer at Goldline UK since September 2013. The designs I create are for the two accounts I am working with, Tesco and BHS. Before this I was a part-time lecturer at De Montfort University teaching footwear design. I delivered lectures regarding design illustrations and development, my other duties were to develop and assist students in creating their designs from patterns through to the final finished products. I have also had work experience in a Ladies Footwear factory based in Leicester. Prior to my lecturing position I completed a Masters degree in Design Innovation in Footwear at De Montfort University in the Leicester. I researched and developed ladies fashion footwear that had elements of sustainability and innovative production concepts. My other qualifications are a BA honours in footwear design also gained at the same university in 2007 where I designed and developed high fashion commercial ladies footwear. I completed a technical and design course at Leicester College in 2003, which gave me an in-depth understanding of traditional and conventional footwear production methods. Before my master’s degree I was a footwear designer for two years at D.R Shoes, a footwear company specialising in men’s casual fashion footwear. I designed footwear for their brand Nanny State, together with licenced products for brands such as Aldo, Topman and Barretts. As a Technical Assistant with Clarks International in 2004, I had been trained in-house as a technician, gaining last-making skills together with the Clarks shoe fittings standards. After undergoing this I was employed as a technician for Clarks ‘fashion footwear’ (Ravel) section for a year. Working in a footwear factory called Karasons Shoes for five years in Zimbabwe until 2000, my initial upbringing within the footwear industry gave me hands on experience of footwear manufacturing together with development and designing of its products

Work Samples

  • Speecz

  • Ndebele

  • Stelthenie

Work History

    • Goldline UK

    on going) - Junior Footwear Designer * Creating designs for retail outlets such as BHS and Tesco Mens UK. * Meeting customer market needs and ensuring the product outcome meets their standards * Articulating product specs and development to the various supplier factories in China through clear and concise communication. * Market research, trend analysis and product development are key aspects which his been involved with. J A Allen Footwear (UK) - 1 month work experience -

  • Footwear Technician

    • Clarks International (UK)

    Employed as a technician on the Clarks International Diploma Programme. Duties included the following: * Last model making and pattern cutting 43 Bowhill Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 8TT ): 0044 7908 432 407, : sandeep_1001@hotmail.com 1 Sandeep Bhikha CV 25012014 * Operating the Lectra Last modulation CAD system and Shoe Master CAD * Responsible for the Ravel brand childrenʼs technical assessments * Carried out product assurance and material testing * Clarks children's fitter * Carried out shop floor assessments * Handled customer development queries

  • Production Supervisor

    • Kara Sons Footwear Ltd (ZIM)- Africa

    A footwear manufacturing company specialising in the design and exportation of men's casual shoes. His roles and responsibilities included: * Ensuring that products conformed to specification * Organizational skills in production planning and arrangement * Successfully reduced lead-time from concept to production. * Made products more reliable through rigorous testing and use of designing and creating tools/ techniques. * Been instrumental in testing and solving of problems of all its products. Key Skills * IT literate in many packages including, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and CAD CAM programs such as Shoemaster & Crispin together with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook * Has a clear understanding of the processes from conception to route to market Multilingual in English, Hindi, Gujarati and Ndebele (Zulu)

Education

  • De Montfort University

    • MA Design innovation - Footwear Art and Design
    • 2010 - 2011
  • De Montfort University

    • BA Hon Footwear design Art and Design
    • 2005 - 2007
  • Leicester College

    • BTec - Diploma Footwear Design and Technology - PDC Level 6
    • 2002 - 2003
  • City College Birmingham

    • IT GNVQ Information Technology
    • 2001 - 2002

Specialties

Awards

3D Design Award at Bristol Design Festival 2009, Runner Up www.bristoldesignfestival.com Finalist of the De Montfort University’s CEO business award for a footwear brands business plan, 2011 The Enterprise Inc award for small business start up, 2011 http://northamptonmuseums.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/shoe-of-the-month-nandi-boot/

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