I manage a Product Design team and contribute at all stages of the design and development process, from brief interrogation and development to CAD for factory release and off-tool sample feedback. I’m responsible for the management of design and development of in-house projects, as well as the management of 3rd party design agencies, from Far East base development companies, established design consultancies and individual freelance designers, in line with the company’s NPD process. Working closely with the Product Management team, I ensure design work is on brief and meets the required financial criteria regarding project budget, unit cost and manufacturing investment. I communicate extensively with our FE based engineering team to integrate and approve manufacturer’s feedback during the DFM stages and have developed a knowledge based awareness of China based manufacturing. I also work alongside a Project Manager to ensure critical paths are managed correctly to ensure key development and sales samples/in-stock dates are met, with our QA team to ensure functional and legislative certification is achieved, and carry out IP management with patent attorneys. I've 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, DKB Household. I manage a Product Design team and contribute at all stages of the design and development process, from brief interrogation and development to CAD for factory release and off-tool sample feedback. I’m responsible for the management of design and development of in-house projects, as well as the management of 3rd party design agencies, from Far East base development companies, established design consultancies and individual freelance designers, in line with the company’s NPD process. I work with a range of production methods and materials including injection moulding, wood turning and machining, metal casting, pressing and fabrication, cast ceramics, glass and turned stone. Soon after starting 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, increased the visual appeal of adopted projects and compiled and integrated measures to increase the efficiency of the NPD process. Working closely with the Product Management team, I ensure design work is on brief and meets the required financial criteria regarding project budget, unit cost and manufacturing investment. I communicate extensively with our FE based engineering team to integrate and approve manufacturer’s feedback during the DFM stages and have developed a knowledge based awareness of China based manufacturing. I also work alongside a Project Manager to ensure critical paths are managed correctly to ensure key development and sales samples/in-stock dates are met, with our QA team to ensure functional and legislative certification is achieved, and carry out IP management with patent attorneys. • 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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