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Product Designer Job Description

Overview

A Product Designer designs products that people use in their daily lives; from mobile phone and personal computers to the development of industrial and specialist equipment.

Their key responsibilities include coming up with new design ideas, drawing sketches, producing and testing prototypes and coordinating with engineering teams to make changes to existing products or to develop new ones. Designers make sure that the products that are brought to the market are user-friendly, functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Professionals working in these roles are primarily employed in the manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Day-to-day activities and responsibilities

  • Working across all areas of design including specification, prints, sourcing, prototyping, testing 3D modelling, presenting and delivering of products
  • Meeting with clients to establishing the user specifications and project scope
  • Coming up with new design ideas
  • Making sketches and drawings by hand and on the computer
  • Producing and presenting prototypes to clients and other professionals
  • Using specialized software including CAD, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Working closely with other departments, professionals and suppliers
  • Conducting market research
  • Keeping up to date with the latest developments and trends in the industry

Workplace and working hours

The working hours within this role are typically 9-to-5, Monday – Friday. However, individuals working in this role are often expected to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and may be required to work extra hours in busy times in order to meet tight deadlines.

Product designers are often based in offices, studios or workshops, commonly within close proximity to the production site. They will spend a considerable time in the factory where their product is being made, working closely with manufacturing and engineering professionals.

Salary

Junior designers starting salary tends to range between £18,000 and £25,000, depending on the location and the size of the organization.

More experienced designers can earn up to and in excess of £45,000, depending on their previous work experience, skills and portfolio.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Entry requirements

In the current competitive market, employers expect applicants to hold at least a foundation or full degree in a design-related subject, including in Product Design, 3D Design or Product Engineering.

Many employers also expect to see some form of previous work experience and/or portfolio that can showcase the applicant’s skills and abilities.

Any additional qualifications or voluntary work experience will support a strong application.

Job likes and benefits

  1. Self-employed: With the right experience and knowledge, it is easy for an individual to become self-employed; ultimately giving them the opportunity to decide their own working hours and project commitments.
  2. Variety of choice: This role gives an individual the opportunity to work and specialise in numerous areas; designing home accessories, mobile phones, cars, furniture, etc. Designers eventually tend to specialise in one area and take that forward.

Job challenges and disadvantages

  1. Extra Hours: During busy times, all professionals working within this sector are expected to work additional hours to ensure that everything is completed on time. Even though this may not happen often, it is to be expected, especially during the early stages of an individual’s career.

Job progression and career prospects

Job progression is possible within large companies, with individuals being given the opportunity to head teams and work on large design and/or production projects.

Many also choose to become self-employed, giving them the opportunity to become their own boss. This comes with its own risks, including the lack of regular work, running one’s own business, and marketing one’s own products and services to attract clients and contracts.

According to government statistics, jobs in this and closely-related roles are projected to grow by 5.3% over the period to 2024 (Source: LMI for All).

More information

Charted Society of Designers
http://www.csd.org.uk/

product-designer

OVERVIEW

  • SALARY RANGE
    £18.000 – £45.000
  • ENTRY
    Degree and Work Experience
  • WORKING HOURS
    38+ hours per week

Competencies

  • Design Skills
    Producing excellent designs that meet user requirements
  • Computing Skills
    Ability to use a computer and design programs effectively to accomplish tasks
  • Precision
    Being able to identify and specify a measurement, lines and borders with precision and working with it accordingly
  • Creativity
    Ability to “think outside the box” and come up with novel products
  • Interpersonal Skills
    Excellent interpersonal skills to build business relationships
  • Attention to Detail
    Ensuring that no “small details” are overlooked

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