Colour and Materials Manager








Competitive Salary + Benefits


Andreea Ion

01268 582900

Position Title: Colour and Materials Manager

Duration: Permanent

Location: Coventry

Job Purpose
- To support the Colour and Materials Director in the creation and delivery of a complete design proposal/s and their strategic plan, according to the design brief requirements.
- To take a hands-on and active role in the organisation and planning of the work streams and priorities within the Colour and Materials department.

Main Duties & Responsibilities
- Create and deliver complete design proposals according to design brief and project constraints in assigned programs.
- Analysing and forecasting colour and material trend
- Create colour design concept for all projects
- Coordinate and organise multiple projects and tasks in a quick and dynamic environment
- Provide Cover for the CMF Director for periods of absence and/or busy periods, which includes the line management of employees
- Produce creative and detailed design solutions fulfilling complex technical criteria.
- Develop concepts, which are translated into practical solutions in cooperation with external suppliers.
- Prepare presentation material for reviews as well participate in design reviews.
- Attend in project and engineering meetings
- Drive tasks and activity to completion in a timely and organised manner
- Work closely with other internal stakeholders such as Operations and Procurement to set up a C&M supplier base that is fit for purpose
- Represent colour & material in project related forums
- Work closely with other Departments, including but not limited to Digital and Visualisation designers, Studio Engineers and modelling team/trim shop.
- Collaborate and maintain good relationship with other stakeholders
- In conjunction with the Director, help to build a positive -brand- and excellent customer service approach for the Colour and Materials Department

Internal Stakeholders
- Colour and Materials Director/team Engineering
- Interior Team Design teams Operational teams
- Suppliers/other external teams


Adaptive Thinking
- Understands problems, situations and issues.
- Applying this analysis to improve business performance.

Continuous Improvement through creative solutions
- Solves problems in creative ways.
- Is willing to question established ways of doing things.

Engaging Teams
- Delivering high performance through effective team working.
- Supports a culture where the input of all is valued.

Focused Development
- Builds the skills and competencies of self and others.
- Contributes to improving organisational capability.

- Successfully builds support for ideas through effective and appropriate communication strategies.

- Undertakes work in a well thought out, timely manner.

- Builds internal/external networks in order to deliver business objectives.

Drive and Accountability
- Demonstrates drive and persistence to meet or exceed goals for self and others.

Commercial Acumen
- Understands the markets within which the Company operates.
- Strives to deliver outstanding business performance.


Knowledge & Experience
- Extensive- experience from automotive/transportation design ideally in a fast-paced environment.
- Proven track record from other OEM-s is an advantage, with production experience
- Deep knowledge about colour & material development.
- Used to working in a -Hands on- creative role, but is also capable of coordinating activity via the wider colour and materials team
- Experience of having worked in a Leadership role or a senior role within the same field

- University degree within Design and/or Fine Arts

Skills & Abilities (e.g. Teamwork, IT, Communication, Relationships)
- Skilled in Adobe Creative Suite with ability to visualise and communicate ideas effectively in 2D and 3D
- An eye for detail and an interest in the development of colour and materials and the research and development of future trends
- Strong drive, independent and confident as well as a good team worker.
- Structured, methodical and analytical with good planning skills.
- Ability to speak Mandarin is an advantage
- Experience in Substance Designer, After Effects and Premiere is an advantage.
- Where required, the ability to travel, mainly to China, to visit suppliers and the Company
- Research Institute as well as other facilities.

Personal Qualities/ Aptitudes
- Understanding of complete car development process.
- Strong drive, independent and confident as well as a good team worker.
- Flexible and able to work under constrained time schedules and frequently revised priorities
- The ability to plan and prepare in advance, in an environment that is constantly changing and evolving.
- A passion to deliver their best work and to strive to be the very best
- Resilient and used to managing multiple projects and work streams at any one time
- Established network of contacts in the industry.


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