Garment Technologist – 20 hours a week

Job Overview:

Manchester Central

Supporting Design, Sales & Merchandising Team through all stages of product development, from design to manufacture.  As a Garment Technologist you are required to provide comment on CAD drawings from Design Team, oversee the chosen fabric & accessories, sizing, fitting, testing and safety compliance matters of the pre-production garments to ensure full visibility of product at the initial stage.  Other responsibilities will include analysing product returns & faults. 

Carry out a range of technical, investigative and quality control work on all clothing, textiles & accessories, ensure products perform to specifications.  Work closely with Designer, Merchandiser, Sales & Manufacturer to improve quality & production efficiency and liaise with those involved in the production process.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversee CAD drawings, assist on technical specs to be sent to factories.  All technical information will need to be kept up to date & all necessary alternations are made following reviews by customers;
  • Before sampling, provide advice on specs;
  • Liaise with designers, adapt designs to suit production methods, advice on fabrics & accessories, undertake quality evaluations of materials, ensure the correct garment construction methods to be used;
  • Check samples throughout development process, ensure samples perform to specs;
  • Keep up to date with technical innovations. The selection of materials we work with is wide, including natural & synthetic textiles – cotton, linen, metals & plastics;
  • Ensure quality in areas such as strength, durability, colourfastness and water & chemical resistance;
  • Work with internal term to analyse / resolve fabric issues;
  • Work with Design Team to create size specs for sampling & costings;
  • Oversee fabric testing & sizing by attending all internal fit samples, identify & reflect findings/issues to Designer/Merchandiser & update factories overseas, provide update on specs.  Ensure relevant stakeholder understands what you want to achieve;
  • Check quality of the final product & responding to product queries, including complaints from clients & customers;
  • Carry out technical investigative work to ensure product is of the best standard;
  • Ensure Design/Merchandiser’s critical path data is managed & met on time;
  • Be the key contact point for both clients & factories to make sure all samples & products are made as specs;
  • Request & approve test reports for all products;
  • Assist Designer/Merchandiser for in-house testing.