Design Manager

Design Manager Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Design Manager job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

Remember that every job is different. Instead of including all keywords on your resume, identify those that are most relevant to the job you're applying to. Use the free Targeted Resume tool to help with this.

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  • AutoCAD
  • Engineering
  • Product Development
  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Product Design
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineering
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  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Design Management
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Project Engineering
  • PTC Creo
  • Graphic Design
  • Design
  • Project Planning
  • Trend Analysis
  • Interior Design
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
  • Design Engineering
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Art Direction
  • Concept Development
  • Space Planning
  • Design Strategy
  • Construction
  • Design Research
  • Construction Management
  • Sketching
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Brand Development
  • Interior Architecture

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Resume Skills: Product Management

  • MS Project
  • Smartsheet
  • Slack
  • Asana
  • Jira
  • Trello
  • Basecamp
  • Agile/Scrum
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Six Sigma
  • Quality Assurance
  • PLM Tools
  • Agile/Scrum methodologies
  • Confluence
  • Google Workspace
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Resume Skills: Design Tools

  • AutoCAD
  • Creo Parametric
  • SolidWorks
  • Fusion 360
  • Rhinoceros
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sketch
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • XD
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design)
  • Corel Draw
  • SketchUp
  • Rhino 3D
  • InVision
  • Figma
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Invision
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)
  • Webflow
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Resume Skills: Prototyping

Resume Skills: Programming

Resume Skills: UX/UI Design

  • User Research
  • Information Architecture
  • Wireframing
  • Prototyping
  • User Testing
  • Heuristic Evaluation
  • Usability Testing
  • Interaction Design
  • Visual Design
  • User-Centered Design
  • Color Theory
  • Typography
  • Layout Design
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Resume Skills: Prototyping & Wireframing

Resume Skills: Simulation & Analytics

Resume Skills: Software & Systems

Resume Skills: Design Approaches

Resume Skills: Design Techniques

Resume Skills: Fashion Business

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: UX/UI Technologies

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Compare Your Resume To These Design Manager Skills (ATS Scan)

Paste your resume below and our AI will identify which keywords are missing from your resume from the list above (and what you need to include). Including the right keywords will help you get past Applicant Tracking Systems (i.e. resume screeners) which may scan your resume for keywords to see if you're a match for the job.

Sample Design Manager Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

Add keywords directly into your resume's work experiences, education or Skills section, like we've shown in the examples below. Use the examples below as inspiration.

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Your Name
Design Coordinator
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded May 2019 - Present
Senior Design Coordinator
Strategically guided a team of 10 in the implementation of innovative design solutions, propelling overall project success and efficiency by 45%
Leveraged Building Information Modeling (BIM) and AutoCAD to prepare detailed construction drawings, enhancing project accuracy and reducing revisions by 20%
Implemented value engineering measures in the designing phase, saving the company a total of $50k in construction costs
Achieved consistent contract management, resulting in a 95% client satisfaction rate
Orchestrated successful procurement strategies, ultimately reducing the material procurement cost by 30% January 2017 - April 2019
Design Coordinator
Increased project efficiency by 20% by effectively coordinating with various teams and implementing project planning strategies
Devised innovative architectural designs using Revit and CAD, leading to an award-winning project in 2018
Successfully led refurbishments of commercial spaces, showcasing expertise in interior design and boosting sales by 30%
Parsons Corporation June 2014 - December 2016
Junior Design Coordinator
Contributed to the creation of impressive construction drawings supporting civil engineering projects, which were commended by senior management
Collaborated in the execution of high-end commercial projects using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, leading to a 10% increase in client base.
Resume Worded Institute December 2013
Master of Arts in Graphic Design
Selected Courses: Interface Design, Typography and Corporate Identity
Resume Worded University May 2012
Bachelor Degree in Interactive and Visual Design
Emphasis on User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) Design
Award: Dean's List 2012 (Top 5%)
Design Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD
Web Design Technologies: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap, WordPress
User Experience Design: Wireframing, Prototyping, User Journey Mapping, A/B Testing
Project Management Tools: Jira, Trello, Asana, Airtable, Slack
Certifications: Certified Professional in Web Design (2020), Certified Graphic Designer (2016)
Volunteering: Design Lead for local Non-Profit 'Art for Everyone'– 2018-2020
Projects: Designed complete UI/UX overhaul for 3 major e-commerce websites; seen 15% increase in user engagement
Memberships: Member, AIGA (Professional Association for Design), User Experience Professionals Association
Your Name
Design Supervisor
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2016 - Present
Design Supervisor
Streamlined design management workflows across multiple departments, increasing operation efficiency by 35%
Managed construction designing phases using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and AutoCAD, yielding 100% project execution within budget
Oversaw project coordination, reducing delivery timeline by 15% for key construction projects
Successfully handled commercial management operations, achieving a 10% increased in profit margin within the first 12 months
Designed and enforced a procurement plan that reduced project material costs by 25% January 2013 - January 2016
Senior Design Coordinator
Conceptualized and implemented creative design solutions paving the way to successful project delivery, enhancing client satisfaction by 20%
Exercised contract management skills to monitor regulatory compliance, maintaining a 100% adherence to company policies and industry regulations
Implemented architectural design approaches using CAD and Revit to streamline project execution, leading to a 30% shorter project cycle.
Jacobs Engineering Group December 2009 - December 2012
Design Coordinator
Contributed to construction illustrations and technical drawings, improving project planning precision by 10%
Assisted in developing refurbishment strategies that rejuvenated commercial spaces, resulting in a 20% increase in foot traffic.
Resume Worded University September 2011
Master of Fine Arts – Graphic Design
Member of Resume Worded Alumni Network
Resume Worded Institute July 2009
Bachelor of Design - Visual Communication
Dean's List 2007–2009
Member of the Resume Worded Graphic Design Club
Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat), CorelDraw, Sketch, Microsoft Office Suite
Programming: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Bootstrap
User Experience: User Interface Design, Interaction Design, User-Centric Design, Wireframing, Prototyping (InVision, Framer)
Design: Print Design, Web Design, Corporate Branding, Typography, Photography
Certifications: Certified User Experience (UX) Designer - Interaction Design Foundation (2018)
Leadership & Volunteering: Mentor at Designers Foundation, Guided 10+ budding designers in their career path (2017 - Present)
Projects: Rebranded a local start-up's logo and marketing materials (2016)
Awards: Best Creative Design, Resume Worded Design Contest (2019)
Your Name
Design Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded January 2018 - Present
Design Manager
Spearheaded design management efforts, improving design processes' efficacy by 25%
Championed construction management processes, leading to a reduction of project overruns by 15%
Used advanced tools like AutoCAD and Revit to optimize architectural designs, culminating in a 15% improvement in project execution processes
Inculcated a value engineering approach to project planning, successfully diminishing project costs by 20%
Stewarded commercial management initiatives leading to an impressive 40% in business growth June 2014 - December 2017
Senior Design Coordinator
Facilitated seamless project coordination, executing projects 20% faster than average project timelines
Undertook successful refurbishment of spectrum of commercial spaces, enhancing aesthetic appeal and generating a 17% increase in foot traffic
Leveraged computer-aided design (CAD) for precise construction drawings, thus, implementing projects with higher accuracy.
AECOM March 2011 - May 2014
Design Coordinator
Participated in crafting innovative designs using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, elevating company's branding image
Aided in contract management processes, ensuring all commercial contracts delivered high value for money.
Resume Worded Institute June 2017
Certificate in Leadership in Design Management
Courses in Advanced Visual Ideation, Brand Strategy
Resume Worded University May 2012
Master of Fine Arts - Graphic Design
Concentration in Interactive Design
Graduated Cum Laude
Design Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Sketch, Figma, Invision
Prototyping & Wireframing: Axure, Balsamiq, XD, Marvel
Project Management: MS Project, Agile/Scrum methodologies, Jira, Confluence
UX/UI Principles: User-Centered Design, Information Architecture, Color Theory, Typography, Layout Design
Certifications: Certified UX Designer - Interaction Design Foundation, 2016
Awards: Winner - A'Design Award & Competition, 2015
Training: Advanced course in Design Thinking - IDEO, 2020
Publications: Authored 'The Modern Design Manager: A Blend of Art and Management' in Medium, 2019
Your Name
Design Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Apple Inc. June 2018 - May 2023
Senior Design Lead
Managed strategic priority projects and led a cross-functional team of 20+ in the product development phase, utilizing AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS, resulting in a 30% increase in project efficiency
Implemented new trend analysis methods in design consideration phase which enhanced the product design process, leading to a 45% reduction in product conceptualization time
Involved in manufacturing audits that led to the optimization of processes, thus contributing to 20% cost savings yearly
Samsung Electronics May 2013 - June 2018
Design Engineer
Developed prototype models using PTC Creo, significantly reducing design time by 30%
Introduced rigorous Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing techniques, improving accuracy and tolerance of manufactured parts by up to 15%
Managed the project planning phase of product development, ensuring 100% on-time delivery across 12 major projects
Visualized design ideas using Adobe Creative Suite to generate graphic presentations, facilitating better team understanding and collaboration
Resume Worded Academic Center January 2015
Master of Science in Engineering Design
Completed part-time while working at Samsung Electronics
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Engineering - Electronics
Specialized in Digital System Design
Awards: Top 5% of graduating class
Design Software: AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, Fusion 360, Rhino 3D, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp
Programming Languages: Python (Proficient), C++ (Intermediate), JavaScript (Intermediate)
Prototyping: Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Model Making, CNC Machining, Injection Molding
Product Management: Agile/Scrum, Jira, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Quality Assurance, PLM Tools
Certifications: Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, Certified Professional in Engineering
Leadership & Volunteering: Mentor, Youth Engineering School; Volunteer, Tech for Good
Professional Affiliations: Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; Member, Industrial Designers Society of America
Publications & Projects: Published research on 'Innovative Design Strategies in Electronics' in Journal of Design Engineering (2021), Lead Designer of Apple 'Project Aegis'
Your Name
Senior Product Design Engineer
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded February 2019 - Present
Senior Product Design Engineer
Bridged the gap between Engineering and Design departments, leading to a more streamlined process in product development
Leveraged knowledge of CAD technologies to develop and refine product designs, leading to increased efficiency by 40%
Conducted regular reviews of the manufacturing process using trend analysis and engineered necessary adjustments, leading to a reduction of production errors by 15%
Spearheaded the creation and implementation of a comprehensive design management strategy that improved team productivity by 30%
Strengthened product lifecycle management using PTC Creo to drive down costs by 25%
Tesla, Inc. January 2015 - February 2019
Mechanical Design Engineer
Implemented Computer-Aided Design (CAD) techniques to enhance overall design efficiency, achieving 35% reduction in design time
Executed geometric dimensioning & tolerancing in mechanical assemblies, improving the precision of finished products by 20%
Led a team in project engineering tasks and facilitated cross-functional collaborations, which resulted in an on-time project completion rate of 98%
Resume Worded Institute January 2015
Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
Concentrations in design and product development
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Minors in Mathematics and Physics
Awards: Dean's List 2011 (Top 10%), Resume Worded Research Grant Recipient
Design Tools: AutoCAD, Creo Parametric, SolidWorks, Fusion 360, Rhinoceros, Autodesk Inventor
Simulation & Analytics: ANSYS, MATLAB, Mathematica, Simulink, Microsoft Excel
Prototyping & Testing: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Test Equipment, Data Acquisition
Software & Systems: Python, C++, Java, MS Office Suite, Linux, Windows
Certifications: Certified Design for Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
Leadership & Volunteering: ASME - Local Chapter Board Member, Engineers Without Borders - Volunteer Engineer
Projects: Redesigned key components of Tesla Model S contributing to a 5% increase in overall efficiency
Publications: Published research on 'Advanced Material Selection in Sustainable Design' in the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering
Your Name
Design Engineering Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE March 2020 - Present
Design Engineering Manager
Integrated and optimized SOLIDWORKS for 3D modeling processes in the design phase, improving time efficiency by 25%
Oversaw a team of 10 Design Engineers for ensuring 100% project delivery by coordinating the project planning phase effectively
Succeeded in decreasing manufacturing errors by applying rigorous geometric dimensioning & tolerancing techniques, resulting in cost savings of 18%
Leveraged Adobe Illustrator to transform CAD drawings into detailed design presentations, increasing client satisfaction rates by 35%
Exhibited proficiency in trend analysis to forecast and integrate new design styles into the product range, which witnessed a surge in customer engagement by 40%
Ford Motor Company May 2014 - March 2020
Mechanical Design Engineer
Engaged in the iterative design process using AutoCAD and engineering principles, resulting in a reduced prototype development time by 30%
Applied effective project engineering techniques to ensure a consistent on-time delivery record of 95%
Reduced material wastage by 20% by enhancing the product design process through innovative methodologies
Resume Worded Institute February 2020
Certified Design Manager
Focused on Integrated Design Management techniques
Resume Worded University April 2014
Master’s in Mechanical Engineering
Specialization in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Thermodynamics
Engineering Software: AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, MATLAB, ANSYS
Project Management Tools: MS Project, Smartsheet, Slack, Asana
Design Approaches: DFMA, Pugh Matrix, QFD, FMEA, Lean Design
Programming: Python (Intermediate), C++ (Intermediate), Java (Basic)
Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Leadership & Volunteering: Active Mentor, SOS Children’s Village, Volunteer Fire Fighter
Conferences and Workshops: Regular attendee, International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Projects: Led project to redesign pickup truck chassis, resulting in 5% increased fuel efficiency

How do I add skills to a Design Manager resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Design Manager posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing and Product Development are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Adobe Illustrator and AutoCAD.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Engineering, Product Design and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Art Direction, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing and Graphic Design - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Highlight leadership and management skills.

Hiring managers often want to see evidence of leadership and management on a Design Manager resume, so try to include any examples of where you led a project or managed other people.

Showcase your design and creative skills.

A popular skill set for a Design Manager is creativity and design, so try to include evidence of them on your resume.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Design Manager, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Design Manager Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Design Manager job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Design Manager Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you add to a Design Manager resume?

On top Design Manager resumes, skills like AutoCAD, Engineering, Product Development, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Product Design, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering and Adobe Illustrator appear most often.

Depending on the exact role you're applying to, skills like Adobe Creative Suite, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing, Graphic Design, Art Direction and Design Management can also be effective keywords to include on your resume.

How do resume skills compare between an Instructional Design Manager and a Computer Aided Design Manager?

Popular skills we often see on resumes for Instructional Design Manager positions include:

  • Instructional Design
  • E-Learning
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Blended Learning
  • Articulate Storyline
  • Learning Management
  • Captivate

In comparison, skills we see on Computer Aided Design Manager resumes include:

  • Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • AutoCAD
  • Construction
  • Revit
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Civil Engineering
  • MicroStation
  • Construction Drawings

What are good resume skills to include for different Design Manager roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Product Design Manager: Product Design, Interaction Design, User-centered Design, Wireframing and User Experience Design (UED)
  • Computer Aided Design Manager: Computer-Aided Design (CAD), AutoCAD, Construction, Revit and Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Instructional Design Manager: Instructional Design, E-Learning, Learning Management Systems, Blended Learning and Articulate Storyline
  • Graphic Design Manager: Graphic Design, Art Direction, Graphics, Logo Design and Page Layout

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It is personalized to your resume, and is the best way to ensure your resume will pass the automated resume filters.

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