Garment Technologist, Manchester

Ricky Jennings
06/01/2022

Main Accountabilities…

  • To manage the fit, size & function of styles from concept to launch.
  • Establish fit blocks and technical standards for the Represent brand.
  • To provide accurate size charts with consistent size grading which form part of the tech packs to suppliers.
  • To stick to the critical path with the product team, to execute a well-balanced and commercial range plan. Ensure all timelines are met including tech packs and sample deadlines.
  • Bring to market, world class, fit for purpose product, built and engineered to Represent standards.
  • To attend prototype review meetings, size set , PP and production sample meetings and take the lead in all fit sessions. Fitting garments to a high standard , gathering accurate feedback to provide detailed comments to the factories.
  • Work with the rest of the product team to create new garment specs and collaborating to determine best fabric and trim combinations.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day Garment Tech operational tasks, to deliver the goals and objectives as set by the Head of Menswear – in line with the company vision. 
  • Independently plan and organise allocated workload . To ensure that all tech-packs are of the highest standard and can be accurately translated by the factory into the best quality 1st
  • Co-ordinate daily communication with all suppliers including chasing samples.
  • Manage any relevant testing and test reports. Approval of care labels. Communicate any issues and find solutions to any problems that may arise .
  • Thorough checks of all samples submitted to ensure they meet Represent’s high fabric and construction standards.
  • Be confident that the current supply base is compliant and transparent.
  • Provide technical skills and expertise to ensure that all garments are fit for purpose.
  • Ability to understand, recommend, and execute commercial construction solutions
  • Maintain & update the sample tracker report- accuracy is critical!
  • Request and analyze all AQL reports and act on any issues.
  • Request and analyze customer returns reports (REBOUND) to gain an insight into any potential problems.
  • Regularly visit the warehouse to randomly check all production to check for any issues, before goods are released to the customer.
  • Be prepared to visit factories including international travel, independently or with a co-worker.
  • Awareness of all factory shipment dates.

Key skills

  • Collaborative, non-political approach
  • Hugely creative in menswear design.
  • Appropriate qualification in apparel sector or equivalent work experience 
  • Substantial experience working in Product creation function
  • Experience working with global Activewear / Sportswear apparel brands
  • Excellent garment construction and engineering skills
  • Sound understanding of fabrics
  • Knowledge of pattern making an advantage but not essential
  • Demonstrate a pro-active approach to problem solving
  • Flexible and open to evolving business needs and priorities
  • Strong commercial awareness with an ability to identify risk and confidently provide solutions
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Extensive knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Excel, PowerPoint &Word
  • Ability to analyse Costing Bom’s and offer viable solutions and ideas
  • Hands on when required. Be prepared to assist at all levels
  • Experience in dealing with target prices & obtaining initial cost prices.

Experience

You have…

  • 2-3 years Design & Development experience.
  • A passion for menswear design and the branded market.
  • A relevant degree.
  • Travelled to factories and key style capitals.
  • Excellent garment construction knowledge

 You might have…

  • Branded apparel experience.
  • Knowledge and passion for sustainability.

 We would ideally like you to …

  • Flexible and open to evolving business needs and priorities
  • Own the role and make things happen.
  • Strong commercial awareness with an ability to identify product risk and confidently provide solutions
  • Experience in a fast-paced environment
  • Love Product!

Benefits

  • 22 x days holiday per year
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Staff discount
  • Gym membership

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