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.
A Grade 12 Certificate/Matric
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
Certificate in woven, non-woven and knitted fabrics
Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
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
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
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
Excellent accuracy and attention to detail
Decision-making and problem solving 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 creative and innovative
Work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
Work independently, as well as be a team player
Systems skills (such as Centric, PLM or any relevant buying process management system, including 3D engineering)
Coaching & mentoring skills
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.
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.