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    Product Design & Development Engineer

    Location:Bath UK
    Department:New Product Development
    Manager: Paul/Bonny
    Hours:37.5
    Salary: TBC

    Lovehoney was established in 2002 and has since become the largest sex toy retailer in the UK. Now we’re taking on the world. We have nine regional websites serving customers across the globe, and warehouses and call centres in Brisbane, Atlanta and Bath, UK. We’re not just a retailer - we also develop, manufacture and distribute hundreds of own-brand products.

    Do you want to be part of this amazing business and help us spread our message of sexual happiness?

    This role will ensure that Lovehoney is at the forefront of design developments in order to consistently bring innovative ideas and technologies to our product offering, thus giving our customers the very latest in available technology. The role is responsible for improving current products to enable continuous improvements in all areas of the customer journey - from opening the box to the use, care and maintenance of the item

    The Product Design & Development role will also manage the development teams within our supply chain with a clear brief, overseeing and supporting them to ensure projects are delivered on time and within budget. It will also support with new product related communication across the business

    Key Responsibilities

    • Working closely with the product team to take concept product ideas through to 2D images and 3D renders and prints
    • Collaborate with other business functions to translate customers' needs and market requirements into defined product specifications
    • Create detailed design briefs and impart that to suppliers and work with their development team along a specified timeline (stage gate process), thus ensuring product is delivered on-time and on-budget with no surprises
    • Present design, cost, changes and budgetary information effectively to the Product Director and provide regular progress updates
    • Drive forward product development, innovation and ‘think outside the box’ to generate engineering advantage for customers, thinking creatively to develop new/improved solutions
    • Supervision of full life-cycle of product development including design, prototyping, testing, manufacture and implementation
    • Responsible for the investigation and introduction of innovative new materials and Identification of new production processes to ensure Lovehoney remains a market leader in the manufacturer of sex toys
    • Understand industry trends, within our business scope and outside, through competitor analysis and benchmarking
    • Responsible for the day to day management of design activities including Request for Quotations (RFQs), Design freeze / release, Design Failure Mode Effect Analysis (DFMEA), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Design Verification/Product Validation (DV & PV) testing and Computer-aided engineering (CAE)
    • Coordinate product evaluation and testing, including human testing, prior to mass production to ensure it's designed for manufacture, compliant with the relevant legislation and - most importantly - fit for purpose
    • Consult with internal stakeholders to comply with internal quality management systems as an authority on product, component, packaging and material risk assessments
    • Oversee pilot and pre-production runs and ensure all corrective action plans (CAP’s) are implemented prior to mass production
    • Work with the Quality and Technical Manager to implement a continuous product improvement plan to review issues and problems with existing products and implement corrective actions
    • Review/monitor existing suppliers to ensure that procedures are adhered to and that the current manufacturing base is stable and performing as required
    • Audit potential suppliers and oversee corrective actions in order to bring these suppliers up to standard and, if successful, closely monitor the initial development process and again work to a stage gate process.

    There are some things you need to bring to the table and these include:

    • Ideally degree qualified in a relevant field
    • A minimum of 4 years Industrial/Product design engineering experience, preferably with good mechanical background/knowledge
    • 2D experience is essential in order to rapidly produce sketches for clarification/communication of the brief
    • Expert in using 3D Mechanical design engineering packages (Solidworks experience would be an advantage, however not essential. Other similar 3D packages will be considered such as Inventor, Pro-E, Desktop or any similar 3D package)
    • Mechanically biased engineer, with basic electrical competency and be confident generating your own BOM’s and seeing products through to the manufacturing process

    The following person skill specification shows the skills that are required to conduct the role effectively:

    Can do Attitude Use own initiative Work flexibly as part of the Team Methodical
    Attention to detail Communication Negotiation Relationship-building
    Problem-solving Highly creative Project management Innovative
    • In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary, pension scheme, health cash plan, generous staff discounts and be part of a fantastic annual bonus scheme. You’ll be working at our offices in the beautiful city of Bath in a fun and friendly environment where hard graft, attention to detail and the ability to meet a tight deadline is amply rewarded.
    • If you wish to apply for this role then please follow this link:
    • https://forms.gle/yUN6VEak25M6f9kp9

    Closing date 5th September 2019.

     

     


    Junior Lingerie Designer

    Location:Bath UK
    Department: New Product Development
    Manager: Senior Lingerie Design Manager
    Hours:37.5
    Salary: Circa 26-28k per annum

    Lovehoney was established in 2002 and has since become the largest sex toy retailer in the UK. Now we’re taking on the world. We have nine regional websites serving customers across the globe, and warehouses and call centres in Brisbane, Atlanta and Bath, UK. We’re not just a retailer - we also develop, manufacture and distribute hundreds of own-brand products.

    Do you want to be part of this amazing business and help us spread our message of sexual happiness?

    The role will work closely with the design and technical team to deliver the collections needed to drive the Lovehoney Lingerie brand forward. The role will have a responsibility to identify trends within the area, design both commercially and to a budget, and have a knowledge of production and manufacturing.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Assist the Lingerie Design Manager in trend research, design and range building
    • Take on collection designs as briefed in by the Lingerie Design Manager
    • Research new innovations in design and fabrications
    • Create CADs from hand sketches using Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop
    • Create technical drawings using Adobe Illustrator
    • Create technical specification pack to send to factories
    • Liaise with suppliers and factories
    • Liaise with fabric suppliers
    • Attend fit meetings with fit models
    • Attend photo shoots to assist with model dressing
    • Assist with fit feedback for concept samples
    • Attend trade fairs and regular comp shops to keep ahead of the trends

    There are some things you need to bring to the table and these include:

    • Relevant degree within Fashion and Textiles
    • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
    • Have at least 2 years experience working within a fashion design team with proven commercial success
    • Experience of working to tight deadlines, following critical paths, identifying fabrics suitable for lingerie
    • Experience in lingerie construction

    The following person skill specification shows the skills that are required to conduct the role effectively:

    Use own initiative Work flexibly as part of the Team ‘Can do’ attitude Highly organised
    Prioritise workload Multi-tasking Attention to detail Time- Management
    Meet deadlines Collaborative Innovative  
    • In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary, pension scheme, health cash plan, generous staff discounts and be part of a fantastic annual bonus scheme. You’ll be working at our offices in the beautiful city of Bath in a fun and friendly environment where hard graft, attention to detail and the ability to meet a tight deadline is amply rewarded.
    • If you wish to apply for this role then please follow this link:
    • https://forms.gle/bgr3auEPUGT2cvQn6

    Closing date 19th August 2019.