Careers with Parker Knoll

Who we are

Ever since Frederick Parker created the business back in 1869, Parker Knoll has been renowned
for designing and developing the best of British furniture of the highest possible quality. Over
time, with the help of his sons the business was very quickly established in the UK, leading to
exhibitions at the British Industries Fair where the brand was frequented by royalty.

With the help of Willi Knoll, Parker continued to develop a highly innovative business that broke
the boundaries of design and sought to enhance the everyday sitting experience. Today at Parker
Knoll these founding principles remain at the core of our business and our dedicated team of
craftsmen and women bring their experience and high standard to production today.

Working for us

With a current workforce of over 200 employees based in the East Midlands we are looking to
expand our team. If you would like to work for one of the leading consumer furniture brands in
the UK and are interested in any of the roles advertised below please send your CV along with
a covering letter to [email protected]

Latest Opportunities


Pre-production Co-ordinator

Position: Full-time
Location: Nottinghamshire
Experience: N/A
Closing date: Tuesday 25th July 2017

Reporting to the Design Manager and supporting the Design and Development team you will:

  • Develop a full understanding of the current design, development and production processes within the business.
  • Create, manage and update key documents, bills of materials and specifications for each new model as it is developed, supporting and driving an accurate package of information.
  • Compile foam technical specifications, working with the CAD teams and Upholsterers within the Design and Development department and send to suppliers to obtain quotes.
  • Be responsible for consolidating and uploading all model specifications to the file management system and keeping the system up to date.
  • Liaise with key suppliers during the development process, negotiating prices and agreeing standards.
  • Coordinate the full handover of product and their relevant specifications from Design to Development and Development to Production, ensuring compliance to an agreed schedule.

We are looking for a hard-working, self-motivated person who is looking to become part of a progressive and successful manufacturing company. As a key member of the team you will be required to be flexible and have a methodical approach to work, with the ability to work on your own initiative and to tight deadlines.

Essential skills:

  • Good communication and IT skills including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • A methodical worker with good attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritise workload according to deadlines and able to work unsupervised as well as part of a team.
  • Able to work at speed to a high accuracy, and be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • A positive and proactive attitude with willingness to learn.
  • Good organisational and problem solving skills.

Desirable skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics AX would be advantageous, but training can be provided.
  • Basic understanding of simple CAD drawings.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please send CV and covering letter to Emma Thrall, Group HR and Training Executive,
[email protected]

International Customers

To view the products available outside the UK please click here to be redirected to the Parker Knoll International Website.

The UK products on this site are only available through retailers in the UK.



The best of British quality and timeless design

Handcrafted in Nottinghamshire, our extensive range of beautifully designed upholstery combines stylish pieces, with sumptuous comfort

Quality & Craftsmanship for Over 148 Years

Established over 148 years ago, Parker Knoll are renowned for designing and developing Sofas and Chairs of the highest possible quality. All the Sofas and Chairs at Parker Knoll are handcrafted in Britain to an extremely high standard, with each piece characterised by its distinctive design and attention to detail.

Originally from a small workshop in London, Parker Knoll is now firmly based in a state of the art manufacturing facility in Nottinghamshire as a high quality upholstery manufacturer, dedicated to providing you with the ultimate in comfort. Using 148 years of furniture making expertise, along with innovative and market leading design initiatives, Parker Knoll bring you a unique collection of elegant chairs and classic sofas to suit the requirements of stylish everyday living.

Parker Knoll Collections Available Nationwide

Parker Knoll Sofas and Chairs are available at furniture retailers nationwide. Find your nearest Parker Knoll stockist by entering your postcode on our Find a Retailer page. Alternatively, come and visit us at our extensive showroom located in Harrington Mills, Long Eaton, to view and experience our entire collection.