How do you turn 10,000 ideas into 1 good idea?
Give them to RB’s New Technologies Group, the wildest innovators I’ve ever worked with.
“You’re a designer, you don’t need to use the template!”
Words of liberation from Avijit Das.
Avi always had the right anecdote, life lesson or seemingly common-sense explanation. I spent the first three months trying to fit into a mould that worked well for an organisation of chemists, engineers, and project managers.
Once I expressed my work through my strengths, colleagues found new ways to use them they hadn’t realised were possible. The skills I had became more refined, and combined with a newly found appreciation of project management, were applied across 20+ of RB’s top brands.
In the process, I got to present to global VPs, design for mass-manufacture, and taste pre-market lube. What I learned working in this fast-paced, margin-squeezing environment has impacted everything I work on.
Every week we’d prototype, test and analyse hundreds of technologies and ideas that could affect people’s lives across the world. I learned to shortlist and assess: intellectual property; external proposals; academic papers; specialist press and potential partners.
Two paths to innovation:
Gathering insights through focus groups, quantitative research and in-house trials.
Connecting ideas and implementations from disparate industries to create unique experiences.
If you’d like to work for Air Wick, get used to the smell.
From the day I started until I left, every manager gave me life lessons that taught me the power of mentorship.
MATERIALS & SUSTAINABILITY
RB reached its Carbon20 goals 8 years early. I was NTG’s representative for the initiative during my time there.
I hired & managed multiple placement students and junior designers who I maintain personal relationships with.
The team knew how to make everything from vacuum cyclones to healthcare formulations, and it rubbed off.
Samples could fall under a microscope in one meeting and under a hammer in the next.
Working here gave me the confidence to create experiments and prototype anything, while building a workshop envied by other departments.
How do you explain the benefits of layout skills to chemists?
DESIGN FOR CHEMISTS
Teach them to make Powerpoint their secret weapon over a couple of lunchtimes, and help them shock their bosses.
The impact of our team can be seen on supermarket shelves to this day.
Products influenced by NTG reached consumers in nearly 200 countries.
Tech Sourcing Assistant ➔ Tech Sourcing Associate (Industrial Designer)
COURSES COMPLETED: Solidworks Certification, Condom manufacturing, Design for Manufacturing: Injection moulding, blow moulding etc.