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Garment Tech Manager

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£40 – 50k for a 40 hour week.

 

We create, empower, innovate, inspire, push the boundaries and most important of all, we practise what we preach.

Designed to enhance performance, Sweaty Betty workout wear is the perfect fusion of fashion and functionality. Tailored to sports from yoga to run, ski to swim, gym to tennis, our luxury activewear combines design innovation, technical fabrics and feminine style.
 
Born in 1998 in London’s Notting Hill, Sweaty Betty now has 37 boutiques including concessions in world-famous department stores Harrods and Selfridges, plus two boutiques in the USA. With a new mobile website, more international stores in the pipeline and a passionate, fitness-loving team at its helm, Sweaty Betty is growing exponentially. There has never been a more exciting time to join us.
 
Our Values: We bring out the best in each other. We push boundaries. We have a positive attitude. We love what we do.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING

An exciting new role sitting within our Product team where you will lead, coach and manage our garment tech team of two technicians and two assistants. Inspiring them to achieve business goals through forming & implementing relevant strategies and plans you will take full ownership for the quality area. Reporting straight in to the Head of Product you will work closely with our Buying and Design teams.
 
Specific responsibilities will include:
 
Development

Manage the development process of new products from a technical perspective and work with the garment technicians on creating measurement specifications at the beginning of each season to achieve the perfect fit and aesthetics on the initial proto samples within the given time frame.
Advice and support the designers on fabric and technology innovations to place Sweaty Betty one step ahead of the competition without compromising on quality standards or margin.
Attend meetings with store managers and customer care, taking their feedback on current season products into consideration when working on future seasons.
 
Production

Take ownership of achieving the highest fit standard for all Sweaty Betty’s clothing ranges and manage the fit process from proto stage through to sealing stage and production approvals. This includes ensuring the initial vision/idea of the product is maintained throughout the process, and any products lacking key SB elements are flagged to Head of Product.
Have a good understanding of the critical path and seasonally identify potential risk to deliveries or quality standards across the entire product offer, and together with Garment Technicians take steps to minimise/eliminate the risks, keeping all deliveries on track.
Oversee the wearer trial process to ensure that all products perform at a very high level and are fully functional for the intended end use.
 
Quality

Set and implement the long and short term strategy for the Garment Tech area including supply chain management, ethical code of practise, sustainability policy etc.
Visit factories abroad and carry out factory audits to ensure all factories live up to Sweaty Betty’s Ethical Code of Practice and legal regulations.
Seasonally review the supply base and together with the Garment Technicians work with the suppliers to get them to a “self-approving” level.
Keep the testing standards in Sweaty Betty’s supplier manual up to date and in compliance with legal regulations, and communicate the testing standards to the factories. Manage the seasonal testing process to ensure all fabrics and trims have been tested according to Sweaty Betty’s required standards and live up to the set standards.
Ensure all care labelling adhere to the legal regulations in the countries Sweaty Betty trade in.
Manage the QC process to prevent faulty goods from reaching the stores and carry out AQLs at the warehouse or factories if needed. Negotiate and settle claims on QC issues with suppliers.
Build and nurture strong relationships with suppliers and stores through frequent communication, visits and meetings.
Oversee the faulty returns process, identify trends and take corrective action to prevent the same issues in future seasons.
 
Team management

Lead and develop the technical team of four to deliver business objectives and personal growth goals.
Manage the recruitment and booking of freelance in house fit models.
 
Other

Undertake presentations of technical subjects to the rest of the business and suppliers as and when needed.
Support the Directors and Head of Product on new initiatives to continuously improve the quality, branding and fit of products.
Maintain a thorough understanding of the competition through comp shopping and continuously work on evolving and improving the Sweaty Betty product.
Gain a good understanding of the customer and her needs through stores visits, meetings with store managers, online reviews and brand ambassadors.

WHAT YOU'LL HAVE
Established senior garment technologist or technical manager.
8+ years of experience in garment manufacturing and quality assurance management, preferably in sportswear sector
Experience in people management
Excellent Microsoft office skills, especially in Excel.

WHO YOU ARE
Good at building relationships with suppliers and team
A strong communicator and negotiator
Detail oriented and highly organized
Proactive and thrive in a busy environment
Approachable and friendly manner
Strong problem solver
Excellent aesthetic sense
Most importantly you are in love with the Sweaty Betty brand and live the lifestyle it endorses

WHAT WE DO FOR YOU
Generous clothing allowance, 50% off SB all Sweaty Betty merchandise, lots of office workout classes, free on site gym, sample sales, cycle to work scheme, company bonus scheme…and lots more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
HOW TO APPLY                                         

Please email your CV and covering letter, telling us why you'd love to work at Sweaty Betty to iwanttowork@sweatybetty.com.

 
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