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REQ ID: 101596
JOB TITLE: Lead Designer, Colour & Materials ( 12 Months FTC )
SALARY: Competitive
POSTING END DATE: 19/08/2022
LOCATION: Gaydon
 
We’re re-examining our vehicles and what a vehicle means in the emerging world of automation, connectedness, electrification and the shared economy. New ideas, new technology, and new approaches to mobility are our business. Join a team of next generation thinkers.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

 

To be part of a world class design team delivering the Jaguar Land Rover new global strategy. A sustainability-rich reimagination of modern luxury, unique customer experiences, and positive societal impact. With an aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions across our supply chain, products and operations by 2039.

 

This role has the lead responsibility for designing and developing sustainable colour and materials content for Jaguar Land Rover Core and SVO and Bespoke programmes. As a Colour and Materials Lead Designer you will create and realise innovative proof of concepts and material solutions for both interior and exterior applications from Concept through to Job 1 and beyond.  This role will be focused on Creation and Realisation. Delivering more sustainable material initiatives and methods of make is key to the role.

 

WHAT YOU’LL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR

 

  • Research trends, consumer insights and competitor benchmarking to be aware of the current market and insights for next generation vehicles and help to create vehicle line material strategies for future implementation
  • Research and develops new colours and materials, create mood boards and create and realise material concepts
  • Design, develop and implement colour and material design proposals for concept vehicles and design vision properties - present ideas for direction and create multimedia presentations to demonstrate these
  • Project management of vehicle builds, and development related to colour and material design
  • Support Interior and Exterior teams with property builds (including – developing material proposals, assisting business office to secure materials, collaborating with Interior teams to define their callouts, being on location to monitor the builds)
  • Co-ordinate and collaborate with external suppliers. Both automotive and non-automotive and grow the network for material innovation within the Colour and Materials team but also the wider business.
  • Translates material concepts from 2D to 3D product / Support and management of the production of components to specification.
  • Share best practice with the team and offer direction as appropriate, delegating for the manager as and when required.
  • Identifying consistency issues and undertaking root cause analysis to solve problems
  • Develop and implement recommendations for the team
  • Act as a source of expertise to others and contribute to discussions in own area.
  • Lead on projects and key flagship programmes
  • Mentor and coach others in design process and methods
  • Undertake any other work as directed by their line manager in connection with their job as may be requested

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

 

Essential:

  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience preferred   
  • Creative and presentation skills, including advanced use of Adobe package software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign software and ability to use internet resources appropriately for research purposes.
  • A good understanding of product, interior, the design industry in general and automotive design combined with good aesthetic judgement, colour vision and colour perception.
  • Knowledge of automotive materials, processes and suppliers with a high degree of competitor awareness
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to relate to and liase at all levels
  • Capable of working with minimal supervision to meet objectives and implement design on their own.
  • Passion for Colour and Material Technology and Design as evidenced by up to date in field literature, innovations and Trends.
  • Proven ability to plan and undertake projects to a strict deadline.

 

Desirable:

  • Proven ability to adjust to changing design, feasibility and cost requirements
  • Additional software skills like VRED
  • Additional video editing software skills such as Final cut pro.

 

Personal Profile

 

Essential:

  • An individual with a customer first mindset who is easy to do business with and makes people feel special, driven to deliver experiences that are personalised, transparent and dependable
  • An individual, who works independently, is results driven, demonstrating tenacity, drive and perseverance with the ability to deliver operational plans in a complex, highly demanding environment.
  • An individual with the capability to combine a short term, pragmatic focus with medium term planning.
  • A resilient and enthusiastic person who responds constructively to new ideas and inputs.
  • A good communicator with the ability to communicate complex ideas.
  • An effective and reliable team player, actively develops and assists team members.

 

Desirable:

  • An individual with the ability to dispute existing thinking in a positive way whilst building credibility and trust through experience and personal style

 

SO WHY US?

 

Bring all this to the home of premium innovation, and you’ll find the opportunities to further your career with a world-class team, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, membership of a competitive pension plan and performance related bonus scheme. All this and more makes Jaguar Land Rover the perfect place to continue your journey.

 

This role may offer the opportunity for hybrid working where you can split your time between working from home and in the office. At Jaguar Land Rover, hybrid working is a voluntary, non-contractual arrangement providing employees with more choice and flexibility around how, when and where they work, if suitable for their role. Further details can be discussed with the Hiring Manager at interview stage. 

 

Please be aware that we may close this vacancy for applications before the stated deadline if we receive a high volume of interest. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

 

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportunity for all.

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