Senior Designer


  • Coventry  
    Competitive plus benefits
  • Company
    Start date
  • Closing date
    14 December 2021  
    Posted on
    14 October 2021  

We are currently looking for a Senior Designer to join our team within Print, Pattern and Trend Forecasting based from both our Coventry office and at Home. You will support and assist the Design Manager, whilst having responsibility for the creation and development of successful product ranges, leading a team of creative designers, identifying current trends and identifying the next big vison to grow our design strategy across Home and Furniture.

You will be a manager and a mentor to junior members of the team, owning your category and developing others. An experienced eye for delivering key seasonal trends will be second nature ensuring your ranges are full of newness. You will be capable of delivering innovative and commercial designs for a broad range of customer types.   

 As well as being a good communicator capable of representing the team in front of key stakeholders, you’ll also confidently manage the critical path ensuring deadlines are always met. 

 As a Senior Designer, your responsibilities will include:

  • Design commercial, competitive, quality and functional product for the Sainsbury’s group of brands inclusive of Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat
  • Identify creativity within the team to share innovation, product trend and lifestyle
  • Manage the development of trend, print and pattern from concept design to launch.
  • Liaise with product development team, Technologists and Buyers ensuring that the critical path targets are met
  • Adhere to safety, quality and legal requirements, regularly engaging with the technical & legal teams
  • Coach our colleagues where appropriate to grow talent and identify potential
  • Utilise analysis of market data to inform design decisions
  • Have a very strong awareness of market trends and competitor ranges, and be able to produce commercial and forward thinking relevant trends each season for the Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat brands
  • Produce design packs to an agreed standard and level in line with the critical path
  • Produce briefs for the Product Development team to successfully source
  • Create project briefs and top briefing sheets
  • Be an expert in colour, trends and fabric swatches
  • Deliver and present across selection meetings, sign-off, review and think tanks
  • Visit stores, trade fairs and press shows where appropriate and compile reports to distribute to the wider team
  • Represent the design team at graduate shows and events that Sainsbury’s Group engage with externally
  • Ensuring PR & Marketing have all the correct assets to tell the story behind each range

Your experience will include:

  • Recent, relevant design experience in a comparable product design and development organisation
  • A minimum of 4 years in a similar creative role at senior level
  • Computer literate with the ability to use Adobe Creative Suite
  • Relevant technical experience for given product range within Home and Furniture and knowledge of manufacturing processes and working with suppliers
  • Experience identifying innovation and trend for the homewares sector
  • Understanding of commercial issues and proven creative ability
  • Customer and market knowledge
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast moving dynamic retail environment
  • Ability to deliver results as an individual and within a team
  • Confidence to influence and engage, building relationships with key stakeholders
  • Effective communicator, presenter, and team player
  • Strong organisational, planning and executing skills
  • Commercial Product knowledge
  • Demonstrates a passion for the Sainsbury’s brand and clear focus on the customer
  • Up to date knowledge of retail and consumer trends
  • Critical path management
  • Builds relationships with key stakeholders including product development
  • Ensuring customer feedback is used to influence decisions made
  • Manages open and honest conversations and acts on feedback
  • Identifies missing opportunities and implements within product category
  • Cross functional working

What I need to show:

  • A strong portfolio of relevant design work 
  • Ability to build & lead relationships with key stakeholders 
  • Creative problem solving and use of knowledge to develop practical solutions  
  • Takes advantage of every opportunity to communicate relevant information and is always approachable and visible  
  • Flexible mindset (Open to trying new ideas or ways of doing things) 
  • Ensuring customer feedback is used to influence decisions made 
  • Manages open and honest conversations and acts on feedback 
  • Identifies missing opportunities and implements within product category 
  • Uses processes to get results and recognising when to go outside of the process when the issue requires it 
  • Team working skills 
  • To be articulate and a good communicator in the team environment. 
  • Cross functional working 

Resources available to me:

  • Design Systems support and relevant training 
  • Guidance and objective setting from line manager 
  • Opportunity to attend trading, studio and supplier meetings where relevant 
  • Assistant Designer where relevant 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Packages & 3D software

Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals. 

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