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Senior Garment Technologist - Apparel

Employer
Fred Perry
Location
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

Job Details

Triple Wimbledon champion Fred Perry founded his brand in 1952. He was the son of a cotton spinner, who played and fought his way through, always with style – and despite the establishment. Today, Fred Perry is a global community of over 370 employees, all inspired by the Laurel Wreath and what it represents

PURPOSE:

This position is within the Quality (Technical) Department, reporting to the Technical Manager of Apparel. Please note that this role is a maternity cover position on a fixed-term contract for up to 12 months.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Using technical expertise to collaborate with and influence decision-making at the earliest stages of product concept.
  • Development of new specs when required while maintaining consistency of fit and adherence to established blocks.
  • Ensuring master brand standards for colours, embroidery, and constructions are aligned across the supply base.
  • Reviewing all bulk lab dips and accurately communicating colour feedback to ensure consistency and continuity across the range and supply base.
  • Advising key component and construction detailing to design and development packs to facilitate the production of prototype samples.
  • Assessing all samples during the earliest stages of the development process in collaboration with the designer and product developer, pro-actively influencing decisions where necessary.
  • Maintaining accurate product packages, setting up initial prototype packs, and fitting through all stages of development in collaboration with design and product development.
  • Full ownership of the product from the SMS stage to bulk production, fitting and approval of graded size charts for production, and approval of all fabric and trim testing.
  • Updating tech packs with comprehensive fit comments, construction comments, and providing technical instructions to the supply base.
  • Assessment, risk analysis, and management of all potential new fabric and trim developments, as well as bulk fabric, prints, and trims, managing and influencing suitability and compatibility.
  • Reviewing base and bulk test reports of all fabrics and trims and maintaining legal and accurate fibre analysis for care labels.
  • Liaising with suppliers and factories during production to ensure technical issues are supported by the team with clear and timely decisions to ensure shipment dates are achieved.
  • Assessing production and shipment samples to ensure they meet all quality, labelling, and packaging requirements. Assessing final AQL inspection reports and liaising with the production department to facilitate the maintenance of required ex-factory dates.
  • Working closely with the product development teams to review responsible fabric and trim alternatives and review necessary certification needed, maintaining accurate validity of all certificates for responsibly sourced fabrics and trims in the range.

THE PERSON:

  • Strong technical knowledge of construction and manufacture across a wide range of products.
  • Extensive knowledge of fitting, grading, and construction.
  • A sound technical knowledge of a wide range of woven and knitted fabrics, with the ability to assess style compatibility and viability.
  • ability to effectively communicate across internal departments and external sources.
  • Extensive knowledge of lab testing and commercial assessment of results.
  • Responsible sourcing: knowledge of certifications, standards, production, and finishing.
  • The ability to work in a structured and timely manner under pressure within a team environment.
  • Motivated to improve the product at every stage, striving for the highest achievable quality through the implementation of the most effective processes.
  • A proven track record of quick learning and exhibiting versatility and flexibility in a variety of temporary positions.
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Teams (knowledge of Adobe Illustrator).
  • Experience with PLM and Interlink systems.

 

HOURS:

We actively encourage our teams to have a good work/life balance and so we are pleased to offer flexible working shifts at Fred Perry HQ. Our core shift hours are from 10am – 4.30pm and so employees can choose to start and finish early, or start and finish late. (i.e. work 8:00am-4:30pm, or 10:00am-6:30pm etc). We also have 30-minute early finish on Fridays.

As we continue to work in a more flexible way, the Head Office acts a brand hub, where we can all connect and collaborate with one another. This role is a mix of office based (London) and remote working. We will expect the employee to come into the office regularly for face-to-face meetings and to work alongside their team on collaborative projects.

BENEFITS:

We are proud to offer a wide range of benefits to all our staff, and continue to reassess what our community needs from us to thrive. We don’t want to be a good company to work for, we want to be a great one. Here are some things we currently offer:

  • Generous staff discount and regular sample sales
  • Generous pension scheme with 8.5% company contribution
  • Option to buy an extra 5 days holiday annually
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity packages
  • Life insurance
  • Private healthcare
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Early finish Fridays
  • Season ticket loan
  • 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Annual Birthday vouchers
  • Regular opportunities to attend gigs / events

We actively welcome applications from people of all different backgrounds. Your CV will be submitted to hiring managers with all personal details hidden to ensure anonymity.

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