Contracts Kitchen Designer

Location: London Contracts Hub

Hours: 40 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 14 February 2020

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Contracts Kitchen Designer

At Howdens we invest in our people and provide thorough on the job training and excellent career progression opportunities. We have been awarded a top 10 place in the top 30 Best Big Companies to Work for in the Sunday Times for recognition of excellence in the workplace.


Howdens Joinery, a trade only business with over 600 depots, has built a reputation that builders can trust through offering best local price and providing product from local stock. Our unbeatable service and product has led to us becoming a market leader, which is why we were awarded the Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen in 2015 for our quality and excellence. Despite its scale, Howdens remains a local business with traditional values.


We are proud of our substantial growth and remain committed to success through the expansion of our local depot network. We are seeking talented people to help us continue to grow our business and are now looking to recruit:

Kitchen Designer - Contracts Division

Based in Wimbledon.

In order to meet the ever growing demands and success of our contract division we are now looking for an experienced Contract Kitchen Designer.

Based in our purpose built Hub in the Wimbledon area of London and reporting to the Office Manager, you will be designing kitchens for our contract clients who come from a variety of backgrounds including Housing Associations, Construction/New Builds and Developers etc. From the specifications provided you will bring to life our customers’ expectations with regards to meeting their needs within budget, therefore you will need to be experienced in contract kitchen design.

Responsibilities in brief:

  • To provide a support service to the Regional Contracts Managers by designing and quoting kitchens that meet the customers needs, specifications and timescales
  • Read through tender enquiries to produce high quality and accurate kitchens that match the customers specification
  • Support the office in the effort to achieve targets, particularly with regards to output, efficiency and turnaround time
  • Ability to process accurate estimates to the kitchen plans and design specification
  • Amend designs to meet customers’ needs and find commercial solutions to challenges
  • Develop commercial and product awareness to continue to produce cost-effective solutions
  • Incorporate latest design trends and demonstrate flair and creativity

Personal attributes and skills

  • Proven experience in designing using CAD within the Contract Kitchen industry
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to deliver within budget and strict time restraints
  • Commercially astute with an understanding of high volume contract requirements
  • Experience of producing high volume accurate kitchen designs and estimates
  • Ability to communicate and influence effectively at all levels
  • Experience in producing creative and innovative kitchen designs for a multitude of end-users including commercial, industrial and disabilities
  • Strong planning and organisation skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Self-starter who is flexible, approachable and a team player

Howdens deeply value team working and reward our people in line with individual and team success through a competitive package of benefits including;

  • Competitive salary
  • Bonus (profit related)
  • Matched contribution pension scheme
  • Team incentives and outings
  • 24 days holiday, rising to 26 days after 5 years
  • Staff discount on Howdens products
  • Share awards and prize draws
  • Long service awards

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