The inside view
What's it really like working in the New Product Development team at Joseph Joseph? Senior Product Design Manager, Chris, gives a personal perspective from inside the product innovation team.
What do you do?
I lead the strategy and development for a number of existing and future product categories. We’re a small, ambitious team who thrive on the challenge of bringing ideas to life right from an initial sketch through to product landing on shelves. Our goal is always to create products that people will love to own through distinctive, functionally excellent design.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Working on projects across all different stages of the design process makes every day exciting and a little different. My work ranges from identifying consumer insights, collaborating with internal and external designers, working with manufacturing partners to reviewing production samples. We are continually challenging what problems to solve and how we can attach these to solutions that will resonate with consumers. Today I split most of my morning between checking in with our suppliers, reviewing design concepts and clearing up a mess of 3D printed spaghetti from last nights build!
How do you work with the rest of the team?
NPD is a very collaborative team, sharing knowledge and perspectives on new ideas and working side by side with design freelancers and agencies. We work closely with the founders Antony and Richard as well as many areas of the business such as Packaging, Operations and Sourcing. An important part of my role is to ensure the original design intent is not lost as other teams become involved.
What is it you enjoy about working here?
We are an influential team operating in a global business which gives us great exposure and autonomy to break new ground. Our ability to think differently and challenge the expected brings projects with purpose and relevance. The Product Design Manager roles at JJ are unique and have a special blend of design, strategy and management that allow people to make a big impact in how we bring commercially successful products to market.
The studio is an inspiring place to be with state-of-the-art facilities and workshops for rapidly designing and testing new ideas. The beer fridge and foosball table are also pretty great!
What’s in store for the future?
The team’s mission is to keep delivering market defining innovation, fuelled by ambitious plans to become global leaders in homewares. This starts in NPD with our constant drive for newness across our established product ranges and future new categories.
What does it take to be part of the design team?
Our team is filled with people who are passionate about solving problems and the opportunity of bringing new ideas to market at pace. We are big thinkers who can turn big ideas into commercial products through a hands-on approach to design and development. The team are close knit and share an obsession for detail and challenging the conventional. Ownership of a two wheeled machine does also seem to be a bit of a rite of passage now…..but maybe not essential!
Why do you think someone should come and work for us?
Working with us will give you the exposure to dive headfirst into a range of career defining projects.
We offer a rare opportunity to be involved first hand in developing and delivering market leading products year on year.