Assistant Designer

Coventry Store Support Centre - Walsgrave and Home


Coventry Store Support Centre - Walsgrave and Home



Contract Type



Competitive plus benefits

Areas of business


Job ID


Google Map of Northview Walsgrave TriangleCoventry Coventry CV2 2SJ

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd, Northview Walsgrave TriangleCoventry, Coventry, CV2 2SJ

Job Description

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented Assistant Designer to join our award-winning team working with Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat. You will support and assist the Senior Designer in their mission to develop and deliver successful product ranges across Homewares and Furniture

You’ll be assisting the delivery of inspirational designs that support the values of the category vision and ambition. Working with the Senior Designer to build relationships with suppliers and the design teams behind the suppliers to create original, exclusive product.

You will assist in delivering key seasonal trends and help to deliver newness throughout the range. With a capable hand in photoshop and illustrator you will be able to deliver innovative and commercial product for our broad range of customer types. 

As well as being a good communicator helping to representing the team in front of key stakeholders, you’ll manage your time effectively ensuring deadlines are always met.

What I need to do

  • General design admin and support for Design team
  • Awareness of the strategic direction for design department
  • Bought sample management
  • Material swatch library management
  • Assisting designers in formulating concept, colour and trend boards for presentations and meetings
  • Responsible for the creation of project briefs
  • Emailing/posting all Design specs to relevant suppliers in line with the critical path
  • Responsible for upkeep of design/artwork files
  • Responsible for maintenance and update of colour/theme/trend and bay boards for relevant meetings
  • Work closely with our Product Development Team to land and deliver new product
  • Assist with preparation for selection, sign-off, review and trading meetings
  • Liaise with the Designers and buyers ahead of selection and sign off meetings
  • Raise orders for design stationery where relevant
  • Visit stores, trade fairs and press shows where appropriate and compile reports.
  • Visit new build properties to understand customer interior needs and compile reports.
  • Conduct competitor shop reports and update on internet fashions and feedback to team
  • Creative input – have an excellent eye for colour and trend with an ability to create artworks and palettes
  • Working collaboratively with designers and buyers to agree key developments for shopping lists.
  • Attending weekly trade meetings.
  • Represent the design team at graduate shows and events that Sainsbury’s Argos Home engage with externally.
  • Assist designers in ensuring PR & Marketing have all the correct assets to tell the story behind each range. 
  • Mentor graduate work placements

 How I will succeed

  • By Effectively supporting the Design team
  • By being willing to help and delivering information when needed
  • Being a self starter - determined and confident - overcoming obstacles
  • Beginning to display strong potential creative acumen

 What I need to know

  • Ability to use Outlook, Word, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Effective communicator and team player
  • Minimum of 1 year Work experience within a design studio desired
  • Relevant Degree in the Creative Industries

 What I need to show

  • Ability to use Outlook, Word, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Effective communicator and team player
  • Work experience within a design studio, suppliers or store helpful


 Resources available to me

  • Design Systems support and relevant training
  • Guidance and objective setting from line manager
  • Opportunity to attend trading, studio and supplier meetings where relevant

 What decisions I can make

  • Input on departmental processes and team meetings
  • Responsible for sending Design specs to relevant suppliers in a timely fashion


Work-life balance is important to us, so we offer our colleagues as much flexibility as possible in line with the needs of their role. We trust them to decide how, where and when they work, combining remote and collaborative working with a flexible approach to hours, giving them plenty of time and space for life outside of work whilst delivering against our business goals.