Product Technologist - Activewear


Our Client, a leading High Street Retailer, based in West London is looking for a Product Technologist specialising in Activewear to join the team.

The key responsibilities include;

• Deliver the BU product innovation strategy driving commercial customer focussed benefit and in line with Design and Innovation Brief priorities

• Keep abreast of the latest technology trends in materials, fabric, fibre construction techniques etc. and feed these into the product development process

• Manage adherence to product safety, compliance and ethical standards in line with legislation and corporate policy

• Deliver clear specifications on Design Tech packs to include fit, fabric quality, made well standards, construction & components

• Approve fits and contract seals (where relevant) ensuring construction and consistency is achieved in line with standards

• Working with the Fit Development Studio and design to ensure that relevant blocks and patterns are in place

• Carry out ongoing cost engineering at development stage to ensure all products are optimised commercially whilst still meeting quality, fit and aesthetic standards

• Manage fabric / raw material approval requirements and ensure quality and innovation is embedded into the fabric / raw material strategy

• Accountability for signing off the BOM (Bill of Materials) and ensuring that all relevant product technical documentation (legal, testing, safety) is present on system at contract seal

• Benchmark product against high street competitors ensuring a market leading position and feeding into our Product development strategy

• Monitor the voice of our customer around Quality and Fit and build into ongoing product development strategy

• Maintain integrity of product data within the department on systems, working with sourcing offices to ensure suppliers are compliant in providing complete and accurate information as required to enable reporting

• In the event of Quality failure in the UK manage and co-ordinate with UK offices, Supply base and Sourcing Office colleagues to resolve

• Manage knowledge to share and product / fit training of store colleagues to enable more informed selling and service

Skills and experience required

• Expert in the field of activewear technology including manufacturing of fabric / raw materials

• Excellent communication skills within GM technical function, design and buying, supply base and global Sourcing Offices

• Able to manage Blue Sky thinking for newness and project delivery of innovation

• Multi tasked orientated working to tight deadlines while maintaining entrepreneurialism

• Capable of interpreting customer data to shape future product development strategy

• Experience of briefing and specifying direct design sourced product, working with Buying and Design teams to create Tech Packs

• Ability to manage departmental data and leverage systems to enable strategic reporting

• Ability to work across multiple sourcing models


For more information or to apply, contact 0845 226 8323