Design & Development Roles

Garment Technologist

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The Role

The Garment Technologist’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Play a key role in one or more product development projects that take products/garments from inception to launch
  • Contribute to the concept-creation, detailed specification, prototyping, testing, detailed design and transfer to production of a new product solution
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, garment/fabric technologists, designers and development managers
  • Liaise with the client’s own development and testing resources as part of the development process
  • Carry out specific development tasks that include:
    • Design and development both in a CAD environment and in the labs/workshop
    • Create patterns for new garments/articles at the interface between CAD and practical experience
    • Define and implement appropriate tests to demonstrate adherence to specification
    • Write status and test reports as required to inform decision-making
    • Produce prototypes to test ideas, test performance and to support user trials and pre-production demands

JOB ROLE: Garment Technologist
LOCATION: Battersea, London
SALARY: Competitive (based on experience) 

  • Our Offer to You

    You will be:

    • Playing an important project role in an organisation with great potential for expansion and growth
    • Working on exciting, ground-breaking product developments with global sports brands
    • Enjoying a great office atmosphere of collective endeavour, exploration and mutual support
    • Immersed in a range of leading-edge prototyping and production solutions at the interface between the plastics-processing and fabric/garment industries
    • Developing not just new products but new, ground-breaking processes, capabilities and knowledge
    • Engaging in a role that will require formal, and informal communications with our high-profile customers and commercial partners
    • Working in a fast-paced, interesting, and very current sector
    • Working alongside highly experienced senior staff
  • Who we are looking for

    We are looking for someone who:

    • Has a good technical and/or design degree from a top college/university
    • Has at least 3 years of graduate experience in a product development environment, is organised, has excellent attention to detail, and can be relied upon to deliver
    • Is a natural problem-solver with excellent, practical hands-on skills that match their theoretical prowess
    • Has experience of pattern making and the wide variety of techniques available to make-up and finish garments especially using high-performance ‘sports’ fabrics
    • Has had some experience of leading/managing other designers as well as managing their own workload
    • Has a track record of successful collaborative working with suppliers and manufacturers in the clothing sector
    • Appreciates the critical role of specification, testing and validation as part of a structured development programme
    • Has experience of design control, data/file management, documentation version/control
    • Will be flexible and adaptable as demands and priorities change and remains good-humoured under pressure
    • Is keen to get involved with different aspects of the product development process
    • Is genuinely excited by the high-performance sports apparel sector
    • Is motivated by learning and developing
    • Is proactive and takes responsibility for tasks whilst having a positive, can-do attitude at all times
    • Can think critically and creatively
    • Cares about the detail as well as the big-picture and recognises the critical role of quality in design and production
    • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Is highly proficient in using Microsoft Office
    • Is available to travel to meet with customers and development partners – most likely in North America, Canada, mainland Europe and Asia
  • About RHEON LABS

    RHEON LABS has developed a revolutionary mouldable material that is capable of absorbing high levels of energy in impact. It uses a property known as “strain-rate dependency” to allow this material to be flexible in normal wearing, but to stiffen instantaneously and temporarily at the moment of impact. This material can be moulded directly onto clothing and is both breathable and washable. The technology is patent-protected and emerged from research work carried out at Imperial College, London where the business operated for its first few years. See www.rheonlabs.com for further insight into this sports-focused proposition.

    Poised now for rapid growth, RHEON LABS is building a team to widen the commercialisation of this exciting technology. Whilst the initial focus is on the sports-apparel sector, there are significant opportunities in several other sectors such as electronics, healthcare and defence. As part of its sports strategy, RHEON LABS is building the RHEON ingredient brand which will be carried by its key customers on their product labels.

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