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Textile Development Technologist: Textiles, Materials & Substrates: Ackermans-Western Cape

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An exciting and challenging opportunity, based at our Support Centre in Kuils River, has just become available for a Textile Development Technologist within the Ackermans Product Technology Team.

We are looking for a resilient, efficient, and driven individual who can provide technical support by researching, sourcing, and developing consistent quality of textiles, material and substrate products and maintain and enhance business processes, in support of the Company’s product strategy.

Qualifications

Essential:

A Grade 12 Certificate/Matric

Preferred:

Diploma in Textile Technology OR

Bachelor’s Degree with specialisation in textiles OR

Relevant qualification in clothing management or fashion design, preferably with the following subjects:

Fabric construction, characteristics of fabrics and performance

Dyeing & Finishing

Certificate in Fibres, Polymers and Fabrics

Certificate in Colour Technology

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Certificate in woven, non-woven and knitted fabrics

Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Essential:

Relevant legislation (e.g. Country of Origin Labelling Act)

Knowledge of SABS standards (area specific)

Supplier base knowledge (capabilities and areas of specialisation)

Related services – Distribution Centres, Customer Care, Marketing, Stores, Information Technology, Shipping, and Packaging

Preferred:

Fabric production processes

Business critical path – buying cycle

Business processes (S.O.P.’s)

Departmental (Product technology) processes and standards

Product Technology objectives and strategies

SKILLS required: 

Excellent command of the English language

Sound problem-solving and decision-making skills

The ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, business expectations to suppliers; technical information to non-technical audiences and effectively represent the company to external customers, suppliers and stakeholders

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Excellent accuracy and attention to detail

Negotiating skills

Decision-making and problem solving skills

Analytical skills

Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills

Sound planning, organising & time management skills

Good conflict management skills

Networking skills (multi-product) & the ability to be resourceful

The ability to:

Be assertive

Be creative and innovative

Multitask

Work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

Be self-motivated

Work independently, as well as be a team player

Computer literacy

Systems skills (such as Centric, PLM or any relevant buying process management system, including 3D engineering)

Coaching & mentoring skills

Key Responsibilities

To research, source and develop new and existing textiles, materials, and substrates in accordance with Company strategy.

To compile and issue textile, materials and substrate standards and specifications.

To implement standards and specifications in accordance with the critical path to ensure consistent compliance across all departments and suppliers.

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To source new and develop existing textile, materials and substrate suppliers locally and abroad in accordance with Company strategy.

To source and on-board suitable (local and international) testing facilities and to maintain service level agreements.

To develop and maintain the physical and digital textiles, materials & substrates libraries.

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