In order to strengthen and further develop the organization around innovation and product development we are looking for a Design Manager to a newly created position. The Design Manager will have a central position in DesignMaster, Gabriel’s department for design and product development. The vision of DesignMaster is to be the preferred design and development partner for Gabriel’s key customers. We design and develop upholstery textiles, upholstery solutions and furniture components, focusing on key customers’ needs and requirements. The design and development projects cover all phases from research to production and launch of the final product, and as part of a competent development team, you will work closely together with our customers and suppliers.
You will be part of a design management team, which besides you will consist of the Creative Director and the Business Manager for DesignMaster. The Design Manager will report directly to the CEO.
The position will be based in Gabriel’s headquarters in Aalborg, Denmark, and you will have approx. 40 travelling days per year.
Lead of the design direction and the customer interaction process
The Design Manager will contribute to establish a strong and successful design management team, where you will work on a strategic management level. You will also work closely together with the Textile Designers and Engineers.
The main responsibilities and tasks are to:
Strong textile designer, communicator and sparring partner
You might have experience as a manager, but this could also be your first manager position. Your solid background as a designer and your focus on quality makes you a great sparring partner for your customers and colleagues. You take lead, seek influence and have a natural authority. You are a valued team member and a strong facilitator with a coaching approach. Great empathy, a creative mindset, your ability to think out of the box and develop new concepts and ideas gives you the ability to build up trusted advisory partnerships with customers.
You have a relevant education in design and maybe experience from a similar position, or you may have worked as a freelance designer with focus on upholstery textiles and similar products. You have a broad knowledge of materials and you have experience with developing and visualizing design concepts.
You have experience in involving customers or users in the design process, and to develop new designs from a customer perspective. By analysing and understanding the customer’s needs and requirements and sharing approaches to this with the team of designers, you will be able to be a part of defining the global trends and directions for future development projects.
You are a strong communicator who enjoys engaging in dialogue with colleagues, customers and suppliers in an outgoing role where the user, the application and the presentation are a natural part of the design. You are comfortable communicating and making presentations in English. International experience is an advantage.
What we offer
This is a central position in an innovative, ambitious and growing global company with strong values and a highly respected image. The importance of this role is significant since innovative product development is crucial to the brand and the business.
You will be a part of a company with a strong environmental profile, focusing on innovation and quality. Gabriel works closely with some of the world’s leading furniture manufacturers and has both great responsibility and influence on the customers’ product development.
High quality, strong credibility and relevant design influence is both our strategy and our working life in the company.
Innovation and value-creating partnerships are fundamental values at Gabriel, Europe’s leading supplier of furniture fabrics. The Company employs more than 950 people in a number of different countries, and has its head quarter in Aalborg, Denmark. With one point of contact for our partners, we develop and sell furniture fabrics and components, aesthetic and functional solutions and services to furniture manufacturers across the world. Gabriel is a modern listed company with over 165 years of tradition behind it.