Designer - Homewares

Last updated one month ago
Job Type:Full Time

About Kmart

With more than 235 stores and employing over 34,000 people, Kmart is proud to be one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest and most successful retailers.

Serving the needs of Australian and New Zealand families is at the core of who we are as a business, that’s why we are driven to be the place customers rely on for low prices and making every day living brighter.


You’ll be joining a dynamic team with a fantastic culture where diversity is openly celebrated, and you’ll be challenged and supported to achieve personal and business goals. Expect a work environment that is highly collaborative, fast-paced, inclusive and progressive - with no two days the same! Our values – Think Customer, Take Care, Live Integrity, Grow Together and Reach Higher will resonate with you deeply and you’ll enjoy being part of a growing, iconic Australian business that has a fantastic culture that is non-hierarchical, diverse and inclusive.

What we’re looking for?

Based in our Head Office in Mulgrave, Melbourne an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Homewares Designer to join our Design team on a 12 month Maternity Leave contract This successful portfolio focusing around Home product for Kitchen, Dining and Living will see you quickly become part of a highly regarded successful team, so we are seeking a well-qualified, trend focused candidate who is capable of jumping in and hitting the ground running in this fast paced environment.

About You

To be successful in this role you need to have had experience in these 3 areas:


As a home wares designer , you will be responsible for designing commercial, on trend home products including tableware, glassware and table accessories as well as bathroom accessories and storage that will excite our discerning trend savvy customers, from trend concept to sign off.

Essential to your design repertoire will be your strong understanding of product, materials, shapes, details, print, pattern and colour and your ability to complete finished artwork and make amendments.


The role has a strong trend component and given we are a Design led model, your knowledge and opinions will be valued! You will use your expertise to collaborate on trend forecasting key items, details, shapes and will have strong ranging skills and be capable of pulling together a cohesive, commercial range.

You will bring to the role a strong understanding of range architecture, entry/exit prices, cost prices, profit margins, volume and how to drive category growth and will possess commercial handwriting that fits in with Kmart’s everyday day low price (EDLP) strategy.


Collaboration is key! Working closely with the Buyer, part of your role will include account management which will see you influencing situations and outcomes. You will require strong stakeholder management skills coupled with the ability to manage up and down and will have prior experience partnering with a Buyer. Teamwork is a given as you work in partnership with various departments across the business including our Asia Sourcing team.

Your success in this role will be measured by your ability to ensure speed to market, understanding of market trends and product differentiation from competitors. You will have already made a strong impact in previous roles and your sound background in home product design will be integral to your success. You will have a structured approach, be incredibly well organised with strong time management skills, deadline driven and process orientated.

You will be afforded autonomy and accountability in your role and have access to development opportunities across both Kmart and the Wesfarmers Group, excellent remuneration, inclusion in company bonus scheme & access to Wesfarmers share plan (both for eligible team members), free parking and benefits program including a discount card for Kmart, Coles, Target and Officeworks.

At Kmart we aim to ensure our teams reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate.

Candidates interested in this position should apply directly to this advertisement as we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies.

Please upload CV and Portfolio as part of your application. If you haven't designed homewares before, please design a mini- range to showcase your talents.