Design Manager

Location: Colwick

Hours of work: Full time

Closing date: 7th September

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About the role

Manage the Hillarys in-house Design Studio, leading a team of six working across on and offline, five brands and nine websites. Projects include advertising, on-site, display, email, social media, brochures, PoS, exhibitions, packaging and corporate. Lead the creative output of the team across all brands and channels as well as manage resource allocation ensuring delivery to a consistently high standard, to deadline and on brand. The team will work to internal briefs and work closely with the marketing and web development teams. This is a hands on design role and design output will also be required.


Duties include:

  • Manage a team of in-house designers
  • Lead the creative development of brands and campaigns
  • Ensure cross-channel consistency
  • Develop and evolve brand guidelines and visual identity as appropriate
  • Manage resource, projects, workflow and change
  • Motivate, mentor, support and train team members and develop their skills
  • Manage external resource as required
  • Ensure all work meets brief and deadlines, is on brand and conforms to relevant standards
  • Develop in-house standards and capabilities
  • Oversee HTML email, website maintenance, CMS system support, photography, social media, e-commerce, website design
  • Confidently liaise with key internal clients and external stake holders, developing strong relationships
  • Create, implement and develop processes


About you
The ideal candidate must have:

  • Strong print / web design with examples
  • Fluent in full Adobe Suite (InDesign – A MUST, Photoshop – A MUST)
  • Ability to generate ideas and concepts
  • Strong people management and leadership skills
  • Brand and campaign experience
  • Experience of direct marketing/ responsive driven creative/ marketing
  • Significant industry experience
  • Innovative, with creative flair
  • Ability to manage resource, set priorities, report on progress and deliver on time
  • Ability to resolve problems
  • Work well under pressure
  • Strong communication skills
  • A creative, enthusiastic and self-motivated attitude


Desirable skills:

  • Good commercial awareness
  • Print production knowledge
  • Exceptional organisational skills; own and manage multiple design projects
  • Have an understanding or interest in photography
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Digital, print, advertising, packaging, PoS, branding
  • University Degree in a design related discipline
  • Experience working with content management systems, some experience of Magento, Umbraco
    and Wordpress
  • HTML & CSS Code with examples
  • Contribute to UI/UX design and development
  • Web Design with examples
  • Flash, Dreamweaver

Any questions or to apply email recruitment@hillarys.co.uk 

Why Hillarys?

Hillarys are the UK’s largest provider of windows dressings and furnishings. We have come a long way since the company was established in 1971 and we’re proud to do things differently. From start to finish, we strive to give the highest standards of service across all we do. At Hillary’s we understand that our people are our most important asset. We know that we will only prosper and grow if everyone works together to provide top-class products and customer service.

We work hard to attract and develop the best people at all levels, with challenging and rewarding careers. Hillarys is a great place to work whether you are talking to our customers, making our blinds or planning our marketing activity. Lying at the heart of our business are our “Signature Service” values:

  • Trustworthy – “We keep our promises and act with Honesty and Integrity”
  • Supportive – “We take responsibility and accountability for what we do”
  • Positive – “We work as a team to ensure we delight our customer”
  • Focused – “We get the job done right first time every time“
  • Caring – “We believe in what we do and take “Pride” in everything we do"

Hillarys offer great benefits to their employees including generous holiday entitlement, a pension scheme and staff discount.

Hillarys are an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equality regardless of race, creed, colour, nationality, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief.