Louis Poulsen: Product Design Development Manager
Founded in 1874, Louis Poulsen (LP) is a Danish lighting manufacturer born out of the Scandinavian design tradition where form follows function. The function and design of our products are tailored to reflect and support the rhythm of natural light. Every detail in the design has a purpose. Every design starts and ends with light. We believe in passionate craftsmanship that produces quality lighting and design products that are pleasing to the eye and to the light.
In close partnership with designers, architects, and other talents like Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Øivind Slaatto, Alfred Homann, Oki Sato, and Louise Campbell, we have established ourselves as one of the key global suppliers of architectural and decorative lighting. Defying traditional product categories, our products serve and span the professional and private lighting markets for both indoor and outdoor applications.
We are represented all over the world and now we are looking for a Product Design Development Manager for the Product & Design (P&D) department in Copenhagen.
About the Role
You will be a key part of the P&D team, where you will manage product development and design, from when a project enters the engineering stages until product launch. You will make the relevant P&D decisions for the projects in the development phases in alignment with and reference to the P&D Director.
We offer a full-time position, where you will have flexible working hours. You will mainly work from our office in Copenhagen and from time to time in our office in Vejen and at home. You can expect 20-40 days of travel during the year, where you will be expected to attend relevant fairs, design weeks/festivals, design/trend seminars, etc. You will work closely with the P&D Director, the P&D team, and cross departments such as R&D, Sourcing etc. to ensure that the output is delivered at the highest standard and on time.
- Manage P&D’s responsibilities in the product development
- Deliver material for approvals with funds and heirs concerning design rights, relaunches, and product changes
- Suggest product improvements and approve product samples
- Be curious of, monitor and expand knowledge of marked trends and competitor market
- Continuously research of and advance insights in design, crafts, technologies, innovation, sustainability, new material, and finishes
- Provide product related information to the Design Committee and Product Steering Committee
- Provide R&D with inputs for mounting instructions and light sources for products
- Assist with internal product launches
- Proofing visuals and texts
This position requires a bachelor’s degree in design, architecture, industrial design etc. or equivalent combination of education. A master’s degree in design, architecture or related discipline is preferred. We expect that the right candidate has at least 5 years of experience in a similar position at a design-led company such as furniture, lifestyle, tech etc. Extensive production method, light technology and technology insight and understanding is preferred.
Personally, you excel at managing activities of all stages of the product development process. You are curious and continuously improving own competencies within managing product development and its processes. You have a great attention to and knowledge of design and design history/contemporary design industry, and a great understanding of design details, finishes and quality.
You have a proactive natural drive and can consistently keep enthusiasm and dedication for the development projects over a long period of time. You can steer progress in the optimal direction – even when solving hard problems are a part of the game. You can work independently while also being a team player. You are great at building strong relationships across departments and have a proactive get-it-done attitude.
We expect that you have a solid background in basic IT tools, particularly with MS Office and preferably also Adobe Creative Suite.
You have excellent communications skills; the position requires English, both written and spoken. But Danish language skills will be a plus.
We offer a challenging job in a dynamic but informal organization. An organization that emphasizes good employee conditions and relations. We ensure that you get the necessary knowledge of our company and products through introductory and training programs, where you will learn more about our lighting philosophy, as well as learn about the products and their history.
At Louis Poulsen we value diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.
If you have any questions, please contact
Director, Product & Design
Application deadline: Ongoing
Louis Poulsen is a part of Design Holding. Design Holding is the largest global high-end design group with a European heritage. Founded in December 2018 and jointly controlled by the two leading investment firms Investindustrial and The Carlyle Group, Design Holding aims to further grow globally through acquisitions as well. Today the Group brings together a collection of powerful and complementary iconic companies: B&B Italia, Flos, Louis Poulsen and their subsidiaries.
Additional information is available at www.louispoulsen.com