Design Manager

Manage and coordinate design projects within a company.
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What's it like to be a Design Manager?

A Design Manager is tasked to work closely with designers, engineers and other team members. They are in charge of developing and resourcing design strategies. They ensure that designs align with the company's brand, as well as growing customer needs and the changing industry landscape. Aside from allocating resources, they set timelines and design goals to guide the team in various projects. They provide feedback for designers to improve their work, ensuring that the designs are of high quality and meet the desired standards. Design Managers also stay updated with industry trends, new technologies and design methodologies. They explore innovative ideas and techniques to enhance the company's design capabilities. They may conduct market research and competitor analysis to identify opportunities and ensure that the company's designs are competitive in the market.

Tasks and duties

  • Managing and coordinating design projects within the company.
  • Working closely with designers, engineers, and team members to develop design strategies.
  • Making sure that the design suits the brand, as well as customer needs and industry trends.
  • Providing feedback to junior designers and helping improve design work.
  • Overseeing the design team, setting goals, establishing timelines and allocating resources for projects.
  • Ensuring that designs meet technical requirements, manufacturing capabilities and cost considerations.
  • Staying up-to-date with industry trends, new technologies and design methodologies.

How to become a Design Manager

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To become a Design Manager, you usually need a qualification in design as well as several years of experience.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in design, graphic design, industrial design, product design or a related discipline.

  2. Gain relevant work experience in a design team to apply the fundamental skills of design.

  3. Gain further design experience in a leadership capacity to prepare for this role. You could enhance your credentials by taking management courses online or at private institutions.

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Skills and experience employers are looking for

Mechanical Design
Mechanical Engineering
Google Sketchup
Autodesk Revit
Adobe Photoshop
Interior Design
Processing Plant Duties
Plc Programming
Team Work
Design Software
Communication Skills
Autodesk 3ds Max
Graphic Design
C++ Programming
Time Management
Microsoft Office
Project Management
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Latest Design Manager reviews

Latest review from 1 Design Manager surveyed on JobStreet.

Jun 2023
Throughout my tenure as a Design Manager, I have gained valuable insights, honed my leadership skills, and contributed to the creation of meaningful and visually captivating designs that resonate with users.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Less than a year
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Colleagues maintain an impeccable level of relationship and communication, occasionally resulting in deserving individuals being directly compensated by satisfied clients for their diligent efforts.
The challenges
The dynamics within the workplace can become challenging when management fails to show appreciation, fosters a culture of blame, and offers inadequate salaries to its employees.
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