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Creative Colour and Materials Designer

  • Location
    • Leamington Spa, Bedfordshire
  • Schedule Full time
  • Posted


As a Colour and materials designer, you are part of a larger connected global design team working on leading, world class products in production design.

Your role is to see the future - researching, designing and creating proposals that demonstrate innovative exterior ideas and concepts from inception to implementation for automotive and mobility application. Understanding brand and strategy as the filter, you generate world exterior design concepts for automotive products in both 2D and 3D proposals. You must have exceptional visualization skills and can communicate your ideas to an audience. You have no problem refining ideas as you receive feedback. Working as part of a team you interface with multiple creative and non-creative stakeholders including suppliers to execute ideas and deliver world class products.

You have a passion for design, innovation and are highly creative as demonstrated in your portfolio. With a Bachelor’s Degree you have a major in Design (Automotive Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Exterior Design, Fashion, Textiles, Graphic Design or Architecture). You have a minimum 2-5 years of experience in automotive design.

You’re driven and eager to propel your career forward. A self-starter, your sophisticated communication skills will enable you to effortlessly build relationships. Comfortable in dealing with potential changes in direction based on what designs catch fire, you thrive in a team environment and display a strong ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines.

Take your next step in joining a world class design studio at General Motors.

This Colour and Materials Designer will create fresh, innovative designs for multiple General Motors Branded vehicles or other products utilizing electronic design tools. Coordinate the work of other design personnel to achieve design goals. Follow design process from the sketch form to the final release clay model. Work duties involve a considerable amount of perception, design taste, judgment and creativity as well as a definite degree of skill, accuracy, and coordination. Provide insight and recommendations to supervisors and leadership while possessing willingness and acumen to act upon general guidance.

·         Develops two and three-dimensional mock-ups of proposed design solutions

·         Research Design Trends and develop a future Colour and Materials vision

·         Works with studio engineers, modelers, other designers, and service and fabrication personnel in the development of new ideas in both two and three-dimensional form

·         Makes presentations of new thoughts and designs, both orally and visually

·         Frequent contact with cross functional partners outside the work group

·         Experience working with Premium brands is a plus

Additional Job Description:

Basic Required

·         Ability to communicate new ideas

·         Good understanding of colour, automotive materials, and future finishes.

·         Good drawing skills

·         Demonstrated creative proficiency

·         Demonstrated proficiency utilizing electronic tools to communicate 2-D ideations

·         Oral and written communications skills

·         Relatively high level of analytical ability where problems are complex

·         Demonstrated ability to work independently with others

·         Competent interpersonal skills and the aptitude to work effectively with others

·         Knowledge of computer and ability to effectively use as it pertains to engineering

·         Bachelor degree with a major in transportation design, industrial design, or a related field


To be considered for this position, you will need to submit a portfolio in addition to your resume and profile. You may include a link to your online portfolio in your resume OR if your portfolio is not available online, please follow the instructions below to upload your portfolio as a separate attachment as you did with the resume.

1. Save your portfolio as a pdf document
2. Name your portfolio your LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. Example: Candidate name is John Smith. Portfolio pdf file name is: Smith, John.pdf
3. Upload as an attachment - you may have to condense the file.
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DISCLAIMER: The Works included in your Career Portfolio must not be subject to any non-disclosure and/or confidentiality agreement. If the Works in your Career Portfolio are owned by your current or former employer, or by any other Third Party, there must be an express written consent from the Owner allowing the Works to be included in your Career Portfolio for sharing with General Motors (“GM”). By sharing your Career Portfolio, you grant to GM the right to quote, paraphrase, reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use all or any portion of the Career Portfolio for purposes of making a hiring determination. By sharing your Career Portfolio, you also agree to release and discharge GM, and its licensees, successors, and assigns, from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that you may have regarding any use of the Career Portfolio, including (but not limited to) any claims based on the right to privacy, the right to publicity, copyright, libel, defamation, or any other rig

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