PDR

Design Advisor (Design Management) Vacancy

Through the National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR) Cardiff Metropolitan University and Design Wales, has a long history for the delivery of effective knowledge transfer and business support in relation to the awareness, understanding and application of design within industry; particularly within SMEs.

In a joint bid, led by Swansea Metropolitan University and supported by National Centre for Product Design & Development Research (PDR)(where Design Wales is based), a proposal has been approved by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) to deliver a support programme under the title of the Institute for Sustainable Design (ISD) that will promote and support the use of design in Welsh industry, primarily in the Convergence funding area of Wales.

Two Design Advisors will be based at Design Wales; one will focus on supporting the development of businesses in the professional design sector (this post is already filled) whilst the other will encourage the effective management of design within wider industry.

The post holder will be required to provide one to one advice to individual businesses. The nature of this advice will vary greatly depending upon the nature of the business, their current trading condition, the experience of the personnel involved and the available financial and operational resources.

As well as drawing upon their experience and knowledge of design a key factor in the successful delivery of the advisory service is the ability of the advisors to develop a constructive, professional and trusting working relationship with individual client companies and to quickly understand the issues they need to address.

The provision of one to one advice may be given over the phone or via e-mail or face to face over the longer term and requiring several visits to their premises to understand and help address more complex issues. The Design Advisor will then be required to advise and facilitate the client company in achieving the action plan by making full use of their experience but short of actually undertaking the design work itself.

More details can be found via www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/jobs