Furniture Designer/Design Researcher £26,000-£28,000

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Dry Sandford
£26,000 per annum
14 Oct 2017
01 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About Us

We build things out of wood and show people how they can build things too. We have 1.5 million views on our websites and videos each month. We are a team of six and we are moving into a brand-new studio/workshop in Abingdon. We are a small company and while we give specific responsibility to each staff member all new recruits should be willing to contribute widely and help out wherever needed within our company.

The aim of this role is to have someone responsible for the design of our furniture projects from inception to completion. This means researching projects at a basic level and keeping track as layers of detail and complexity are added and ensuring that clarity and accuracy is maintained. This will allow us to present a more unified design concept across our range of furniture while also streamlining the process of presenting projects to our audience. The successful candidate will also need to work work between metric and imperial measurement systems. An understanding of this from the outset would be an advantage but not necessary.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Researching each project in advance to ensure we have good levels of data before we begin working to design the projects
  • Putting together rough CAD outlines and cutting lists in preparation for prototyping and testing designs
  • Working with those creating the prototypes to refine the design and make any adjustments needed
  • Refining and finalising CAD and sitting in on filming sessions as the project is filmed to discuss how the design is best presented
  • Creating user-friendly drawings that can be easily followed by the online participants students
  • Answering customer questions about the various elements of our designs and construction methods

The successful candidate should:

  • Have in-depth understanding of CAD
  • Research capabilities as well as the ability to communicate their findings effectively with our team
  • The ability to convey the designs to our end-users in a relatable and appealing way
  • The ability to stay organised while working on different projects at different phases
  • Have a degree in design and/or previous experience in a similar role


While our company is tech-heavy we also believe that you can’t grasp a concept without getting 'hands-on’. We have a fully-equipped workshop and studio with wood and woodworking tools. We expect that the person who fills this role will put what they learn into practise and will manually go through some of the processes involved in making the designs in order to gain better insight and understand the subject in great depth.