Working over the group's three major kitchenware/homeware brands, I contribute at all stages of the design and development process through brief development and concept generation to CAD for tooling release and tooling sample feedback. I’m responsible for the design and development of in-house products in line with the company’s NPD process, as well as the management of 3rd party design agencies in the delivery of various projects. I also work to protect and evolve the brand’s design language, ensuring consistency of design language, branding, colour and material. I communicate extensively with the relevant Far East office staff, factories and suppliers to ensure that projects are developed on cost and on time. The brands utilise a range of production methods and materials including injection moulding, wood turning, metal casting, pressing and fabrication, cast ceramics and turned stone. Soon after starting in my current role I facilitated lower tooling costs, streamlined the design/CAD generation and development process, put into place tooling to increase quality levels where necessary and increased the visual appeal of adopted projects. I also proposed and run a scheme to allow continual improvements to the NPD process to be voiced, circulated and incorporated if relevant. My approach to the design process is very hands on, utilising hand sketching, sketch models and test rigs to prove out design concepts and receive sign-off on the development direction. Due to internal re-structuring, the Design Manager role became authoritative on the subject of product design, answering to Director level. I've recently spoken to Design students as part of Coventry University's Visiting Lecturer programme and conducted a portfolio review to their 3rd year students. I have also provided tuition on a range of design related software, including Adobe Illustrator and SolidWorks.

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Work History

• 2012-present: Design Manager, Cole and Mason, DKB Household Working for one of the group's major kitchenware/homeware brands, I contribute at all stages of the design and development process through brief development and concept generation to CAD for tooling release and tooling sample feedback. I’m responsible for the design and development of in-house products in line with the company’s NPD process, as well as the management of 3rd party design agencies in the delivery of various projects. I also work to protect and evolve the brand’s design language, ensuring consistency of design language, branding, colour and material. I communicate extensively with the relevant Far East office staff, factories and suppliers to ensure that projects are developed on cost and on time. The brand utilises a range of production methods and materials including injection moulding, wood turning, metal casting, pressing and fabrication, cast ceramics and turned stone. Soon after starting in my current role I facilitated lower tooling costs, streamlined the design/CAD generation and development process, put into place tooling to increase quality levels where necessary and increased the visual appeal of adopted projects. I also proposed and run a scheme to allow continual improvements to the NPD process to be voiced, circulated and incorporated if relevant. My approach to the design process is very hands on, utilising hand sketching, sketch models and test rigs to prove out design concepts and receive sign-off on the development direction. Due to internal re-structuring, the Design Manager role became authoritative on the subject of product design, answering to Director level. • 2011-2012: Product Designer, Zyliss, DKB Household Working under the Design Manager, I assisted in all stages of the design process with a large degree of autonomy, initially under the Zyliss brand of manual kitchen tools. Very quickly adopted the necessary design language, communication levels with our other offices and suppliers and incorporated the NPD process into my work. Heavily involved in the development of a new product range which saw the brand being first-time listed or relisted in a range of established, international retailers. I was later requested to increase my input to provide design and development support over all three of the company‘s main kitchenware brands. • 2004-2011: Product Designer, Designworks Windsor (consultancy) Started as a junior designer shortly after graduating. Carried out design work over a range of fields including toys and nursery goods, packaging and branding, soft goods and the medical industry. Contributed through hand sketching and creating visuals, sketch modelling, SolidWorks modelling and renders, and presenting to clients. Gained experience in commissioning prototypes and small volume manufacture as well as quote and costing work. Software Use • A confident user of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. • A confident user of SolidWorks for all modelling purposes, including curvature continuous surfacing to tooling release level, utilising SolidWorks’ capabilities to streamline CAD generation where possible. • Formal training using Microsoft Project for project management purposes. • Word, Excel, Outlook used to general standard. Education • Coventry University. MDes Consumer Product Design. • Injection Moulding Processing & Design. • Microsoft Project, Introduction/Intermediate. • Project Management Training.

Education

  • Coventry University

    • Consumer Product Design Product Design
    • 2000 - 2004

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