Design Consultant at
Kinneir Dufort

The Opportunity

At Kinneir Dufort our mission is simple – to Design a Better World. We work with a wide range of clients in a variety of sectors, including medical, consumer and industrial. We have a highly skilled and collaborative team that enables us to combine creativity, technical innovation and user experience to deliver world-changing products and services to our clients.

We are recruiting a Design Consultant.

You won’t just be a supplier for our clients – we’re looking for someone to be a consultant to them. You will help them to understand the opportunities for design, guide them, challenge them (if appropriate) and take them on a journey with you.

We are looking for individuals able to engage in the macro innovation process and influence big strategic thinking, as well as execute exceptional design details and having the technical knowledge to get products to market.

Deep down, you’ll be an ideas person. You’ll be able to communicate those ideas in either a scrappy or beautiful sketch, as well as you can use 3D CAD (we use SolidWorks and KeyShot). You can talk about those ideas and sell them to your colleagues or clients in an engaging way – and when needed, even write about them with flair.

We want candidates to be passionate about the variety of topics we work on. One week you’ll be exploring solutions to diagnosis serious health conditions, then the following week, talking brand values, deciphering knotty technical challenges and generating smart sustainable strategies – all in the name of ‘designing in a better world.’

Our designers are also expected to see the scope of opportunities beyond their team and understand the breadth of expertise at KD – you be able to talk to clients about our wider set of expertise and have the appetite to blend in and out of our other teams seamlessly. These include: Insight & Innovation, Engineering, Human Factors, Software & Electronics and Prototyping.


About you

You may be a rising star or an established professional with experience in a similar position, looking for a new environment and challenge. Either way, you’ll be talented, driven and ambitious, combining both humility and confidence in your ability to lead projects, deliver top quality work and collaborate with our multi-disciplinary team.

Your skills and experience

You will have:

  • A background in 3D design – Industrial or Product Design
  • Previous experience in a design consultancy, or equivalent environment (3+ years)
  • Evidence of stand-out creative thinking and execution
  • A strategic understanding for what creativity and user-centred design can achieve in the business context
  • A keen interest in, and ability to apply design methodologies appropriate to a range of client and project needs
  • A track record demonstrating an ability to translate user, brand and business needs in to compelling creative and technically sound solutions
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills and a proven ability to collaborate with peers, colleagues, clients and suppliers
  • Enthusiasm for and ability to work within cross-discipline teams
  • Commercial understanding – client and project management skills including the ability to assimilate knowledge, take briefings, prepare proposals, manage project resources; and deliver results on time and budget
  • Presentation skills including visual, written and verbal

About us

At Kinneir Dufort (KD) we combine creative, technical and user experience expertise with agility. This enables our collaborative teams to rapidly define, create, develop and deliver world-changing products and experiences.
We think KD is a special company to work for. Our team are intelligent, hard-working, fun, non-egocentric, and collaborate brilliantly together to produce creative solutions. We work with some of the biggest, best and most interesting international clients that you’ll find anywhere. We’re a multi-disciplinary team, with experts in research, innovation, human factors, digital UX, 2D and 3D product & packaging design, engineering, prototyping, and electronics & software, all uniquely integrated within one great company.
Our team are collectively driven to “design a better world” by creating impactful change and positive outcomes for our clients and the people we are designing for. Designing a better world is something we strive for, both in the work we do, and the way we work. We believe strongly in equality and fairness and try hard to do the right thing; we speak up for and support groups who are working to make a difference. Our official KD partners are the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa and The Big Bang. Many of our team are also involved in, or run, events in their local communities, making a difference to those around them.
Founded in 1977 by Ross Kinneir and Francis Dufort, the KD team are based in an iconic building in the vibrant city of Bristol. The characterful Grade 2 listed stone building was originally built as a sugar refinery around 1850 and was later used to store theatre costumes. It’s now completely refitted, and houses all of our staff plus our workshops, labs, the design studio, an HF usability suite, and client meeting spaces. The local area, “Christmas Steps Arts Quarter”, is full of independent shops and makers. It’s a short walk up to Park Street, or over to the Harbourside and St Nick’s Markets, both of which have regular street food markets.
We offer flexible working policies in terms of both location and working hours. During normal circumstances, staff are typically expected to work a proportion of their week in the office and can work flexibly around specific ‘available hours’ in the working day. Please contact us if you are thinking of applying and would like more information about how our flexible working policy might work for you in this role.


Why work with us?

At KD we have strong values which underpin everything we do. As a business and as individuals we are Curious, Open, Adaptable, Expert, Human & Inclusive.
We expect a lot of our team, but in return we think we offer a lot too.
We understand that we are only as good as our people, and we know how important it is to support our team.
We offer our staff:
• 25 days holiday a year (with extra days for long service).
• A matched contributory pension scheme.
• Company-wide bonus plus additional bonus opportunities for the business development team
• Private health care for you and your family; free employee eye tests plus an employee assistance scheme.
• Training and development opportunities, and regular lunch and learn sessions.
• Flexible working approaches.
• Regular opportunities to have your say, tell us what you think and influence how we develop as a team and as a business.
• Secure in-building bike storage and shower, discounted First Bus monthly and annual passes. (Bristol has a good Park & Ride bus network.)
• The opportunity to become involved in our work with the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa, The Big Bang.
• A cafe that acts as the focal point for the whole team to get together for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. There is always daily fresh fruit and usually cake! There are plenty of opportunities to socialise outside of the office too, including activities like staff-organised runs, cycles, yoga sessions, as well as regular team socials.

If you like the sound of us and you meet the above criteria, then we’d love to hear from you. Send your CV, along with a covering letter/email, including reference to KDDC-Jul2021 in the subject line.

If you think you might be the right person for us but want an informal chat first then get in touch.

At KD we consciously embrace diversity and proactively encourage this with our recruitment process. We welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria, from any background.

The deadline for applications is the 19th August.

All applicants invited for interview will be required to provide original documentary evidence of their right to work in the UK.


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