We want to create good homes by making home improvement accessible for everyone. Our ambition is to become the leading home improvement company. To deliver our ambition, we need to become ONE company, which we will do by building on the already strong local identities, teams and communities across all our retail brands and functions. We are investing in working better together, to make the most of our scale and to better serve our customers.
One of the ways we'll achieve our ambition is by developing a complete, Unique and Unified Home Improvement offer based on customer insights.
We're looking for a Creative designers with retail experience that understand product design (industrial design), range building and product development.
You and your team will develop:
Designed and Technically achievable products, from category briefs from 'across the home'.
Create directional product specific orientation books.
Deliver clear phases of the design process, from research, sketch, illustrate, render and present.
Expected to research internally and externally (the market place) and shows.
Develop and present a clear understanding of the solutions for customer needs.
As a Designer you will be responsible for:
Managing more than one category for product briefs
To be accountable for a team of designers who are responsible to deliver a project.
To be conscious of coordination with others to maintain a 'look and feel' across all product developments where products might overlap, work together or be manufactured together irrelevant of their category.
To work with Product Leads for each category
Responsible to adhere to the brand guidelines for product style and 'police' the CMF guides.
To coordinate and correspond with the style team, engineers and innovation teams.
To liaise and manage certain external design studios.
Leading a high performing team and creating a talent pipeline (portfolio of externals and interns)
To create and or manage critical path for projects
Keeping up to date information on the progress of each project you are accountable for
You will be part of the Kingfisher OSC Team: The Design Studio. You will influence Senior Designers, Designers, Junior Designers and Interns. You will work closely with the Head of Design – Product, Head of Design – Product CMF & Style Direction and the Head of Engineering – Product & Engineering.
Strategic capability and leading the design and development of product briefs.
Ability to understand and respect the critical paths for product developments
3 to 6 years' experience in range & product design and development
Truly international and fluent in English and French if possible.
Ability to understand and interpret deep customer insight
Understand how to develop products that surpass customer's needs
Able to design products taking into account cost and conditions for production and for suppliers
Build quality from the start in product development, and critical factors for maintaining this
Understanding engineering. We have a large team of Engineers.
Experience of integrating sustainability into the product
Know how to implement successful ranges
Make use of packaging as a competitive advantage
Leadership capability to lead different core competencies, both managers and specialists
Able to co-operate and collaborate with all companies operating within Kingfisher
Has an eye for design: function, form and colours, value for money
Apply with your porfolio & CV