Design Manager

Job title: Design Manager

Reference: E113407

Location: Macclesfield

Duration: Perm

Start date: ASAP

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience

Industry sector: Manufacturing

Experienced Design Manager required for a successful, specialist manufacturing business based in Macclesfield.

The successful Design Manager should already be leading a team of technical designers that offer technical excellence to all areas of the business. The current team are all fully trained in either Solidworks and/or AutoCAD. Therefore, the successful candidate should have an experienced background in both with a career in both Mechanical and Design engineering.

Working with the Operations director, the key deliverables for this position will be, but are not limited to:

  • Managing a team of existing technicians / designers to create a multifaceted team who are able to work on all elements of design work.
  • Resource planning, allocating jobs to individuals and being responsible for completion of workloads in a timely manner and to tight deadlines.
  • Ensuring the accuracy of all detailed general arrangement and technical manufacturing drawings issued to both customers and supply chain.
  • Working closely with the team to ensure that all future R & D programs are followed and targets hit, in relation to completion dates etc.
  • Building and maintaining a close relationship with the operations team.
  • Implementing and maintaining set KPI’s as agreed with the senior management team.
  • Leading Continuous improvement across the business.
  • Helping to develop existing products to improve quality and increase profitability

The successful Design Manager should have the following skills & experience


  • Proven experience of supervising/leading/managing a team.
  • Mechanical / Design drawing experience and qualifications
  • The ability to read, interpret and understand technical specifications and drawings.
  • Good understanding of resource planning and training team members.
  • Knowledge of Solidworks 3D CAD (specifically weldments, sheet metal and drawings)
  • Solidworks official certifications as proof of software proficiency.
  • Experience in a low-batch, high-variation manufacturing environment, although all applicants and backgrounds will be considered.
  • Ability to communicate confidently with customers, suppliers and group staff.
  • Self-motivation in personal and departmental development.
  • Excellent technical aptitude in steel and timber fabrication.
  • A creative approach to product design.
  • A methodical, well-researched and pragmatic approach to engineering.
  • Commercial awareness and a solid understanding of the cost implications of design decisions.


  • In depth knowledge of Solidworks custom properties, automation and API.
  • Exposure to Solidworks Visualise Professional for creating high-quality rendered images and animations.
  • Experience designing products for public spaces
  • Extensive experience designing for OEMs.

On Offer is a negotiable salary depending on experience, a package including, health cover, company pension, death in service benefit, ongoing training & support and 23 days holidays plus the bank holidays.

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