Packaging Design
& Manufacture
Packaging Design
& Manufacture

Assistant Designer

Assistant Designer / Technical Designer
Location: Heywood, Greater Manchester
Package: Up to £25,000 plus bonus & company benefits
Sector: Packaging (Transit Packaging for E-Commerce & Industrial)

The Company
Macfarlane Group PLC is a forward-thinking business and well invested industry leader. Achieving year on year sales and profit growth via organic sales and strategic acquisition, we offer a dynamic range of packaging solutions to a significant portfolio of major leading brands. We are now seeking to hire an Assistant / Technical Designer to join our brand-new Innovation Lab in the Northwest.
The Assistant Designer Role
As part of the design team, your role will play a critical part in the delivery and success of the Macfarlane Packaging Innovation Lab. You will provide innovative and tailored design solutions for both our existing and potential customers. Working within the Innovation Team you will ensure not only direct cost savings are achieved, but also indirect cost savings are met, through constantly striving to make improvements in productivity for our customers.
Assistant Designer – Key Skills
Reporting to Head of Design, your core responsibilities will include:- 

  • Taking briefs and using various design software you will be creating solutions for customers
  • Produce finished customer samples and ensure these are logged and sent out in a timely manner
  • Produce colour proofs, 3D visuals and presentations
  • Conduct testing and issue test reports
  • Manage facility inventory of consumables, materials and samples
  • Providing tailored solutions to all our customers, whilst ensuring you take a caring approach to their business requirements and challenges
  • Working with our customers you will ensure goals are met, whilst considering branding, safety, and cost implications

Do you have the correct profile?
You will be enthusiastic and motivated – enjoying the buzz and challenge of a fast-paced environment. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication skills and be IT literate with strong time management and prioritization skills. You will have a real team spirit and be able to build relationships with internal and external partners. Please note that to apply for this role, you must possess a degree level qualification (or above) in Product Design (2:1 or above) and ideally a minimum of 12 months commercial workplace experience. From an IT perspective, you must have an excellent grasp of MS Office and Adobe Illustrator, but also ideally some working knowledge of either Solid Works or SketchUp Pro. Any additional experience of using Artios, or Kasemake would also be a huge bonus (although not essential as training can be provided).
Our Benefits
We provide a competitive basic starting salary and operate a range of rewarding bonus/incentive schemes. Our flexible employee benefits package can include: – 

  • 25 days annual leave (rising to 27 days with service) plus all public/bank holidays
  • Additional Holiday purchasing scheme (run annually)
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Geographical salary weighting available at certain specific locations
  • Free parking at most of our site locations
  • Annual (company paid) volunteering day
  • Range of company cars or cash allowance (including hybrid/electric) for qualifying job roles
  • Employee assistance program to support & advise with well-being & any issues
  • Extensive range of training/development & potential progression opportunities
  • Employee discount scheme (discounts on several major retail/leisure brands)
  • Simply Health/Dental Cover option or BUPA cover for qualifying roles
  • Enhanced HR policies relating to various employee rights & entitlements
  • Long service awards (5-40 years)
  • Charitable giving options
  • Financial support with eye-tests/purchasing glasses (DSE users only)
  • O2 Mobile discount scheme (up to 25% off)
  • Candidate referral scheme (awards £750 for referring successful applicants to Macfarlane
  • job vacancies)

Macfarlane Group is also dedicated to maximizing every employee’s potential, by providing career development plans and pathways in an environment that fosters personal growth and continuous improvement.
Next steps/How to apply
To make an application please simply click ‘apply’ ensuring that your CV is up to date and relevant.
All applications will be acknowledged, shortlisted applicants normally hearing from us within a week or two with the first stage of our process being a video-interview. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified at the end of our process, although if you haven’t heard from us within 2-3 weeks of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.