Design Innovation Manager

Coles Supermarkets  Hawthorn East 


Requisition ID: 20046 

Employment Type: Fixed Term 


Good things start here


This could be the very first step towards an exciting new career with us – a fresh beginning. At Coles Group, these are moments we live for.


Starting good things is what drives our purpose: to sustainably feed all Australians so they can lead healthier, happier lives. With a team of 120,000 people and an iconic portfolio of Australia’s most trusted brands, we’re perfectly positioned to turn a promising start into a whole lot more.

About the role

With over 2500 retail locations around the country, our Property team looks after one of the most dynamic portfolios in Australia. Working with teams across the business, we provide a range of services from site acquisition, leasing and renewals, through to development, construction and asset management. We’re growing too, so it’s a great time to jump on board and build your career.


We’re looking for an exceptional Design Innovation Manager to join our team on an initial 12-month contract.


What you’ll be doing

You’ll be at the forefront delivering world-class step change design improvement to our Coles and Coles Local Supermarkets. Working with cross-functional business teams you’ll aim to deliver Category, Proposition and Format Innovation to improve the full customer journey in support of renewal and strategic plans.


Other ways you can make an impact include:

  • ensuring all solutions are better for customers, simpler for team members and cost-effective for the business
  • end to end financial assessment of items designed, considering life-cycle cost analysis versus short term cost gains
  • collaborating with and driving external design agencies to deliver design solutions and document standards
  • project managing innovation projects ensuring they’re on time and within budget


Good things you’ll need

  • a background in architectural/interior/product design combined with relevant tertiary qualifications
  • working knowledge of industry trends in retail and graphic design
  • several years’ experience managing retail design projects and teams from brief to concept to implementation
  • strong proven track record of design delivery and documentation, standards production plus building and costing knowledge
  • the ability to deal with and influence senior leaders up to GM level
  • build and manage relationships in fast pace environments sharing knowledge as necessary
  • pro-actively manage external consultant base on project by project basis to deliver objectives
  • experience in on-site work where correlation between design, detailing and construction has been fully realised
  • comfort managing external design consultants/agencies
  • experience with AutoCad/Revit or equivalent, Adobe creative suite, Sketchup Microsoft suite of Office tools as well as 3D model experience

Why Coles?
We’re committed to making this a great place to work, from day one. From flexible working arrangements to discounts across all our internal brands (including 5% off at Coles supermarkets!), there are plenty of reasons to love working here. Explore all this and more at our Coles Careers website.


For everyone who shares our passion
We encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. We’re happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs – so reach out to us at www.careers.colesgroup.com.au > Careers for everyone > Disability employment.


We’d love to meet you
If you have the skills, experience and motivation to succeed in this role, please take the next step and submit your application.