CMF Design Manager

Date Posted: 23-Jan-2023

Location: Crewe, GB

Company: Bentley Motors Ltd

About the Role

We are seeking a CMF Design Manager to join the business on a permanent basis at our Crewe Campus (with hybrid working). Reporting directly to the Head of Colour and Trim, the CMF Design Manager will be responsible for creating and leading the generation design solutions for Bentley’s new products. The role offers an experienced CMF Designer the opportunity to influence the materials creative on Bentleys product portfolio, be involved in the supplier directive and to drive a sustainable flair into the materials used to create Bentleys growing and globally recognised product quality.   


The role will coordinate and deliver proposals and concepts, integrating the Brand values and the Design strategy developed into concrete design alternatives in 2D, 3D and digital media as well as develop and present formal and functional solutions that integrate innovation and creativity in future Bentley product proposals, achieving a high visual quality design, fulfilling the agreed technical and ergonomic requirements. The role leads Design development proposals in house or in co-operation with external partners.


The CMF team bring Bentley’s automotive surfaces to life through the emotional connection with extraordinary colour, materials and finishes. We provide continuous innovation, incorporating our Bentley Sustainability strategy, collaborating with innovation partners, delivering unique craftsmanship ideation, strengthening design strategies throughout Design, and across the VW Group.

The role offers an exciting opportunity at a pivotal time in Bentley’s history to undertake a senior role within a forward thinking design team, playing an integral part in developing the company’s future product portfolio.


 Key responsibilities include:

  • Design development (CMF focused)
  • Delivery of projects
  • Problem solving
  • Developing designs in 3-Dimensions
  • Working in collaborations with an immediate team, the wider functions and external suppliers to achieve the set design objectives


About the Person

The successful candidate will have experience gained from a CMF Design environment –  experience gained from a materials environment within the luxury sector would be advantageous. You will have the ability to design and develop forward thinking and innovative design proposals using your CMF specific design experience to influence the product portfolio. Additionally, you will be a good communicator that can liaise at business level with internal business areas as well as external suppliers to ensure project millstones are met. You will have a degree in design/equivalent or equivalent experience.


 You will demonstrate:

  • Previous experience of CMF Design
  • Ability to solve complex problems and provide creative solutions
  • An understanding of feasibility and production methodology along with 2D and 3D IT skills such as Photoshop and 3D CAD software skills
  • An understanding of financial budgeting coupled with a good business acumen


 About the Brand

Bentley Motors has an extraordinary history and an exciting journey ahead in becoming the creators of the world’s most luxurious performance motor vehicles.

We are a global organisation operating in 59 countries with over 125,000 customers worldwide. Bentley is a unique place to work, with people who are all driven by the same ideal: being the most successful luxury car brand in the world.

About the Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, you will have access to the following benefits:

  • A brand new car (VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda) every 6 months
  • 35 days’ holiday inclusive of bank holidays.
  • 10% pension contribution
  • Flexible working hours with flexi time options
  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme, based on your contribution and the performance of the company and trade union agreement.
  • Discounted gym membership.
  • Starbucks & Costa onsite.
  • Free onsite parking.


If you’re seeking a challenging and rewarding career as part of an extraordinary business with ambitious plans for the future, then what are you waiting for? Apply now.


Closing date is 6th February, may close early if a high volume of applicants is received.