My Client a leading High Street Retailer is recruiting a Product Technologist for Bedding & Bath.
The Product Technologist position is permanent and ideally 4 days a week but can work with 5. The Product Technologist reports to the Technical Lead and has one direct report.
Key responsibilities include;
Deliver the product innovation strategy driving commercial customer focused 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 performance requirements, materials specification, quality standards, construction & components
Approve contract seals (where relevant) ensuring construction and consistency is achieved in line with standards
Carry out ongoing cost engineering at development stage to ensure all products are optimised commercially whilst still meeting quality 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
Monitor the voice of our customer around Quality and performance 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
Requirements for the role include:
Expert in the field of 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 (CIU, Bizarre Voice, QPI’s, Star ratings online) 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
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