Everything starts with the Client at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. We harness our creative skills and invest in craftsmanship in order to bring innovative ideas into their hands. Working across different departments our focus is on strong teams where every opinion is valued. It is only when expertise, highly professional creativity and a drive for perfection are united that we can shape the future together. At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars you will find a diverse group of passionate individuals who strive to follow the adage of Sir Henry Royce - “Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”
The Lead Bespoke Designer creates and steers desirable and profitable design projects as part of existing and new model developments in line with Bespoke project and brand requirements. Working from within the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Design team the design work is led by the Head of Bespoke Design and coordinated and managed by the Bespoke Project Team who steer the bespoke business. Design work can be modifications to existing features or from a blank sheet of paper and can derive from customer requests or be pro-actively offered as individual features or part of a project vehicle. Compelling theme development creates a strong framework of desirability for customer and proactive project vehicles and there is a need for both 2D graphical and 3D product design skills. Whilst there are specific Colour and Trim Designers within the team an appreciation of colour and materials is expected.
Outstanding creativity and presentation skills are required using both traditional sketching skills as well as digital techniques (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator). Self-management skills are needed to work towards practical solutions with demanding deadlines and also to co-ordinate and steer inputs from others. Strong independent design judgement is needed along with a high level of negotiating skills. A broad awareness of contemporary design is expected.
Confidence and experience in dealing with, and presenting to, colleagues at all levels from Board level down is expected. Excellent interpersonal skills (both verbal and written) are required in order to pursue design solutions and ‘sell’ ideas both internally and externally.
The Lead Designer needs the ability to juggle multiple demands, whilst delivering attractive and customer focused design solutions in a timely fashion. There is a need to understand technical and packaging issues and concepts must have a high level of practicality as designs can move from concept to reality in short timeframes.
B.A or M.A. in Industrial Design or Automotive Design or equivalent with proven skills by way of portfolio and CV. Relevant design experience is expected within either the automotive industry or related field and preferably the super luxury market. Technical understanding and acumen to make decisions on practical solutions within short time frames and manage personal time effectively as well as that of others. A high level of understanding of different methods of manufacture suitable for low and medium volume supply is required and a solid understanding of regional markets and related UHNW customer expectations. Knowledge and familiarity of luxury trends (both current and emerging innovations) is appreciated.
• Strong personal presentation skills • Project leadership and leadership of other designers • Outstanding visual imagery to sell ideas - Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator • Experience of 3D modelling/visualisation tools is an advantage (eg VRED, Blender, Autodesk Alias) • German language skills desirable
*Please submit a portfolio of previous work in PDF format with your application (up to 12 MBs)