17-Product and garment designers

Job Title: 

Product and garment designers

Job Description: 

Combine artistic talent with research on product, materials or textiles use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.


Product and garment designers design and develop products, materials or textiles for manufacture and prepare designs and specifications of products for mass, batch and one-off production. They are particularly interested in interested in pattern and surface decoration and opportunities to be creative and able to translate ideas into products. Industrial/product designers design a wide range of items, from everyday things like mobile phones to household appliances to cars, to larger things like industrial tools, equipment and machinery, as well as medical products.


Job activities and tasks include:

  • determining the objectives and constraints of the design brief by consulting with clients and stakeholders
  • formulating design concepts for clothing, textiles, industrial, commercial and consumer products, and jewellery
  • harmonizing aesthetic considerations with technical, functional, ecological and production requirements
  • preparing sketches, diagrams, illustrations, plans, samples and models to communicate design concepts
  • negotiating design solutions with clients, management, and sales and manufacturing staff
  • selecting, specifying and recommending functional and aesthetic materials, production methods and finishes for manufacture
  • detailing and documenting the selected design for production
  • preparing and commissioning prototypes and samples
  • supervising the preparation of patterns, programs and tooling, and the manufacturing process

Higher specialized knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in field of work, discipline and/or professional practice

  • Advanced knowledge of analyzing, planning, managing and establishing ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Higher knowledge of research principles and methods
  • Higher knowledge of high level governance of systems, processes and procedures including legislative, regulatory, standards, codes and conventions
  • Broad knowledge of recent developments in the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in management, economics, finance, statistics and fiscal disciplines related to the field of work and/or professional practice
  • Broad knowledge of political, government, legislative and regulatory systems related to the field of work
  • Broad knowledge of laws, regulations, standards codes and conventions of the UAE and specific Emirates related to the field of work, discipline and/or professional practice and more general subjects including OHSE and cultural understanding and awareness
  • Broad knowledge of principles, concepts and techniques in sensitively managing complex ethical issues
  • Leverage information technology, management information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal field of work performance and/or professional practice
  • Skills in research, analysis, consultation and synthesis of information to evaluate ideas, policies, strategies, projections and/or conditions and produce recommendations and/ or relevant options
  • Manage higher level relationships and organize related activities of respective stakeholders
  • Higher skills and experience in broad based policy analysis, formulation and research, plus planning in sensitive and confidential environment
  • Develop concepts and convey strategic suggestions from the spectrum of development experience
  • Broad level negotiation cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills
  • Use of information, tools, resources to support broad-level and complex work achievement
  • Work sensitively and effectively in a multi-cultural environment
  • Work with others to develop creative solutions to complex predictable and new contexts problems
  • Communicate with effect, and a proven record of developing and maintaining active partnerships across an organization and with diverse external clients and other key stakeholders
  • Highly developed higher oral and written communication, interpersonal and representational skills, and a proven ability to use these skills to prepare and present clear, concise, high quality advice
  • Highly developed leadership and effective management skills, with capacity to implement and sustain improvements within a team environment, as well as the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as a member of a team
  • Personal drive and integrity, the ability to self-manage and the capacity to identify and effectively control risks associated with change, as well observe ethical standards related to complex ethical issues
  • Achieving results within tight timelines, and capacity to set and implement new policy directions
  • Highly developed broad organizational skills, including the ability to organize priorities and meet tight deadlines.
  • Work Context: 

    Work within and alongside industries such as fashion, automotive, interior design and technical textiles. They may also work within a studio environment alongside other designers, or as freelance designers working with a customer base.


    Diploma in applied design and technology, visual arts or relevant discipline, higher qualification or equivalent.

    Required Work Experience: 

    5 years and a above

    Probable Employers: 

    Al Tayer Group, AL Futtaim Group, Shalhoub Group

    Occupational Size: 
    Less than 5,000
    Expected Earnings: 

    Industry average

    Projected Growth: 
    Alternate Titles: 

    Examples of job titles:
    Costume designer - Fashion designer - Industrial designer - Jewellery designer
    Examples of some related occupations:
    Engine designer - Building architect - Landscape architect - Interior designer - Apparel fashion designer - Clothing designer - Dance costume designer - Historic clothing and costume maker - Product engineer - Design engineer - Product designer - Mechanical designer - Product development engineer - Engineer - Product design engineer - Project engineer - Industrial textiles fabricator

    UAE Industry Groups: 
    International Careers(ISCO): 
    Source Of Info: 
    Occupations and Careers Handbook for UAE Nationals(Copyright NQA ). Referenced from New York University, Abu Dhabhi