Designer - Furniture at

The Opportunity

Job Description

About the role:


  • Passion & experience researching & identifying new & commercial trends & opportunities in Cabinet furniture which could include living, dining, bedroom including wood, veneers & foils selection, paint finishes, shape direction & hardware
  • Excellent presentation standards for mood boards that are clear and have creative flair
  • Supporting the creation of cohesive and coordinated design looks across Next Home
  • Passion for interiors
  • Designing for all Next home customer styles
  • Excellent CAD skills, Adobe and 3d Packages
  • Create clear findings and actions from inspirational shopping
  • Excellent hit rate - design to sample & design to sales
  • Updating core & volume lines
  • Work within the trading needs of the business, identify & designing into new opportunities from trade across the business


  • Extensive market and aspirational brand knowledge
  • Wide understanding of customer styles, using the guidelines to challenge & stretch product opportunities


  • Create detailed specification documents for accurate briefing to manufacturers
  • Excellent organisation and planning to deliver to deadlines and critical path
  • Designing products with relevance to price architecture, margins and selling prices
  • Engineering products within technical limitations
  • In depth knowledge and experience designing KD & assembled furniture
  • Liaise with suppliers on design, product and development, ensuring that products match initial design specification.
  • Working knowledge of current cabinet furniture production processes in Far East & other related regions
  • Experience designing products across different substrates, wood, metal, marble, resin, glass and beyond
  • An understanding of how to design products that will look great in photography


  • Excellent presentation skills, presenting at Director and Manager level including large groups, flexing style and content where appropriate
  • Excellent communication skills, clear, concise and dynamic
  • Excellent influencing & negotiating skills
  • Excellent range building skills, challenging and balancing newness and commerciality
  • Networking across Home / business
  • Liaising with key buying, merchandising & technical teams to realise briefs


  • Day to day management of an Assistant Designer, management also includes goal and objective setting, performance management, feedback and appraisals

About you:

  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in the industry
  • Qualified to degree or equivalent
  • Extensive gifting and stationary design experience preferably gained in a fast paced commercial environment.
  • Illustratration and drawing skills
  • Knowledge of type
  • Experience designing on different paper/card/canvas products
  • Considerable product development / travel experience
  • Passion, enthusiasm, curiosity, resilience & confidence

About Us

You know Next, but did you know we’re a FTSE-100 retail company employing over 35,000 people across the UK and Ireland. We’re the UK’s 2nd largest fashion retailer and for Kidswear we’re the market leader. At the last count we have over 500 stores, plus the Next Online and it’s now possible to buy on-line from over 70 countries around the world! So we’ve gone global!


  • 25% off a huge selection of Next, Lipsy & Victoria's Secret products
  • Company performance based bonus
  • Sharesave scheme
  • On-site Nursery available; OFSTED outstanding in all areas
  • 10% off most partner brands & up to 15% off Branded Beauty
  • Early VIP access to sale stock
  • Access to fantastic discounts at our Staff Shops
  • Subsidised restaurant, coffee shop and juice bar
  • Access a 24/7 digital GP and other free health and wellbeing services
  • Free on-site parking


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