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Design manager
at Haberdashery London

Haberdashery London is seeking a design manager to join its sculpture department in London.

Haberdashery London is an award-winning east London-based consultancy who converge art, design and technology. We make lighting-based sculptures, products and experiences for a range of high profile cl­­ients.

We are looking for a design manager for the sculpture department who can liaise between studio partners to drive the creative process. Maintaining the house style of work produced by the studio in collaboration with the creative director and the CEO and working with the production manager to aid in the management and operational aspects of multiple, concurrent projects.

You will need to be a creative who strongly believes in a narrative-driven design approach and be confident giving constructive direction and guidance.

We design, assemble and install all of our work, manufacturing it using a vast number of different suppliers. So proven experience of managing projects and working with design teams is essential. As well as experience working closely with manufacturers, quality checking and excellent time management and organisational skills.

Experience with both bespoke commissions and the high-end/luxury market is essential.

Haberdashery pride ourselves on our staff retention and we are always looking for great and diverse talent to join our expanding studio.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • maintaining forward movement through the design process. Effectively communicating the agreed design direction and client expectations to the design team
  • producing all key presentation and communications documents
  • attending client briefings, design review meetings and site visits and recording meeting minutes
  • obtaining explicit design, budget and schedule approvals from the client
  • maintaining a progressive design direction in keeping with the Haberdashery portfolio and client expectations

Working with the production coordinator:

  • effectively managing the scheduling of work and projects taking into account all other projects and studio and supplier capacity (space and people and time)
  • accurately estimating time and expenditure for jobs in advance
  • managing staff time and expenditures over the course of the project to hit targets
  • maintaining department financial information

Required experience/skills:

  • a minimum of three years’ work experience managing design related projects preferably within the high-end/luxury markets including some experience with managing logistics and manufacturing and cost estimating
  • an interest in lighting and its application
  • demonstrable experience with interpreting creative direction and putting together client facing sales documents/mood boards
  • experience with presenting work in a clear and inspiring way to both external clients and in house teams
  • management of design teams
  • having a strong interest in and knowledge of design trends
  • excellent written and verbal communication
  • Adobe suite, MS Office, G-Suite (google mail, drive, calendar etc.). Proficiency in InDesign is an essential requirement
  • some experience of Project Management software
  • having rigorous attention to detail and quality control

Interview requirements:

  • CV and cover letter
  • portfolio and presentation examples

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to prepare a mood-board presentation on a theme set by the creative director.

You must be eligible to work in the UK. Salary dependent on experience.

  • Applications have closed.