Product Design Expert
 
JOB TITLE: Product Design Expert
EMPLOYER: Reserves Management Center DUTY STATION: Azerbaijan
PUBLISHED: 2019-09-06 LAST UPDATED: N/A DEADLINE: 2019-10-06

Position title: Product Design Expert
Location: Baku
Duration of the contract: October 1st, 2019 – September 30th, 2020

INTRODUCTION:

Reserves Management Center (RMC) under the State Tourism Agency is launching a new project to create competitive product lines for crafts and souvenirs based on new design approaches in Sheki, Basgal and Lahij. The project aims to provide the local crafts producers new business opportunities using new design and packaging elements and at the same time preserve the traditional craft techniques.

The project also aims at increasing awareness in product development and crafts design in the design schools of Azerbaijan in order to motivate the new generation of designers to develop relevant product lines in future. It will be done through lectures, workshops, creative competitions among relevant target groups in Baku, etc.

An international expert will lead the project as a Lead Designer. RMC is now looking for a qualified candidate to take the position of Product Design Expert during the mentioned project period.

MAIN DUTIES:

1. Assist the Lead Designer to realize the Product Development Project in the towns of Lahij, Bascal and Sheki by following tasks:
- Mapping of regional creative industries by conducting baseline research of producers and suppliers in the mentioned regions;
- Assist in creation & development of new crafts and souvenir product lines
- Development and elaboration of the Craft Design Master Plan
- Liaise with the Lead Designer to comprehend the outcomes of the local producers capacity assessment and formulate a production plan including prototyping processes, product adaptation based on marketing forecasts, manufacturing and quality control processes, packaging, etc.
- Under the supervision of the Lead Designer and in close collaboration with RMC, coordinate the manufacturing of the prototypes, providing technical guidance to the teams of craftsman during the prototyping phase and a complete follow up of the new models.
2. Assist the Lead Designer in Product Development and Awareness program in Baku by following:
- Organizing lecture series at local universities
- Coordinating and organizing workshops for creation of new souvenir lines
- Organizing creative competitions among young desingers and students

REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Advanced university degree in product design or other relevant discipline.

Technical and Functional Experience: A minimum of 3 years of practical experience in the field of product design and product development. Previous experience in assessing technical capabilities and production capacities of craftsman.

Competencies and values:

1. Integrity
2. Professionalism
3. Respect for diversity
4. Results orientation and accountability
5. Planning and organizing
6. Communication and trust
7. Team orientation
8. Client orientation
9. Ready to travel regularly to the project areas (preferably with your own car)

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Software Skills:

- PhotoShop
- Ilustrator
- Ryno or 3dMax or other 3d programs

Application documents:

Please send the following documents to job@tourismboard.az till October 06th, 2019:

- CV in English
- A presentation with 10-20 product designs developed by you or under your direct supervision within the last 3 years of your professional experience.
- Salary expectation

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