The work in an automotive Colour and Trim has some peculiarities that require specific skills. This is why I decided to create an hypothetic job description tailored on what the market seems to seek most. The job description below is based on the standard CMF designer job description a collection of the most common skills required for many job offers on-line.

Job description

As a CMF Designer at (Company name), you will be part of a creative team that is responsible for designing the future of transportation.

  • You will work to translate trends into award-winning designs that inspire customers throughout the world.
  • You have a passion for colours, materials and finishes and how it communicates a message about the brand.
  • You have a keen eye for aesthetics, design details and understand the luxury market (or others specifically market that the Company needs)
  • You’re highly creative, open to pushing new boundaries, work extremely well in groups, anticipate and plan ahead.
  • You seek to inspire and be inspired.
  • You enjoy both the creative and production process.
  • You know how to take an idea from concept and see it through to production.
  • You collaborate with suppliers, engineers, manufacturing and design to stretch the envelope and develop new processes and approaches

Job requirements

  • BS/BA degree in Product Design, car design interior, industrial design, Art
  • xx + years of experience, preferably with a significant amount of that time spent in the automotive industry
  • Expertise and understanding of manufacturing
  • Mass production experience
  • Processes and materials
  • Exceptional visualisation and presentation skills
  • Skilled and passionate in the art of negotiation: Ability to push, pull and drag ideas through the production process when there is little budget (or corporate appetite) to do so. (skill suggested by Shawn Campbell Colour & Materials Designer at Aston Martin Lagonda)
  • High colour acuity
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, KeyShot, Alias Studio, Mockup360, VRed or relative software for automotive industry used internally (
  • Passion for Colour, Material, Finish and new Technology.
  • Experience in design and development of consumer products ideally within the aviation/transport industry
  • Demonstrate high aptitude of information gathering and analysis, directing and managing the researchers.
  • Communicate with internal and external functions, forging international relations and networks with manufacturers.
  • To bring fresh and innovative ideas, with a passion to scout emerging technologies.
  • Reporting research results to design leads regularly.
  • International travel on industry exhibitions, clients, and suppliers

Job responsibilities (depend on of the automotive Company)

  • Manage a small team of designers in the ideation, concept development and execution of final colour, materials and finishes designs of interior and exterior.
  • Collaborate with exterior and interior designers in developing appropriate CMF palettes
  • Provide solutions and details with principal materials as fabrics, wood, metals, plastic
  • Work closely with suppliers, engineering and manufacturing to implement production
  • Colour trends research and colour trends analysis for plastics, metals and their manufacturing process
  • Colour checking of gold samples from factory
  • Develop supplier relationships and generate new resources for materials
  • Track trends and apply the information toward advanced designs (2-4 years previously)
  • Design and execute trend boards and mood/inspiration boards presentation
  • Contribute to the building of a materials library and implementing new processes
  • Promote growth and develop talent within your design team

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