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Contract Design Manager

Company Overview

Edmund Bell is internationally recognised for domestic and contract interior textiles. Established in 1855 and family owned, Edmund Bell has had continued international expansion. As part of the companies continued development and investment an excellent opportunity has arisen for experienced Contract Design Manager to join the team.


Max salary - Negotiable dependent on experience
Full Time
Based: Rochdale
Years experience: Minimum 2 years experience
Qualifications: Textile Design related degree

This exciting and varied role requires you to:

  • lead all design and product development for the contract sector covering Healthcare, Education, Hospitality and Leisure.
  • have an excellent sense for colour and a good understanding of printing and weaving techniques.
  • have an understanding of the technical requirements for fabrics developed for contract applications.
  • be responsible for leading the creation of the overall vision for the contract product and execution for commercially successful design led contract fabrics for Drapery, Upholstery and bedding.
  • be responsible for working with internal departments to drive the product development process.
  • keep up-to-date with trend research and development across a wide variety of fabric qualities for drapery, upholstery and bed linen.
  • attend international & UK trade fairs
  • work with textile mills across the world, on new product developments.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • A highly creative and innovative designer with the ability to create own art work, colouring and commercially execute “bought” art work.
  • Interested in design industry trends.
  • Fluent in CAD and general IT skills. Knowledge of AVA would be ideal, although not essential as training will be provided.
  • A self-starter, confident with excellent organisational skills capable on working on multiple projects to deadlines.
  • Comfortable with working independently and as part of a larger multi discipline team.
  • Commercially astute.

It is essential for the role that the candidate has gained significant experience working within contract textile or associated sector.

Interested in this position?
Please email your CV to or call Diane Harding on 07912 379739.