Fabric Development Manager

  • Job Reference: AW4763
  • Date Posted: 16 September 2021
  • Recruiter: u&I Search Ltd.
  • Location: Devon
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Angela Wilkinson
  • Email: angelaw@uandisearch.com

Job Description

Our client is a market leading manufacturer of both woven and knitted fabrics. As a result of continued business growth they are now seeking a Fabric Development Manager to join their stretch fabric team which focuses on their automotive applications.

Fabric Development Manager – The Role:

  • Promote/Sell Company as technically advanced supplier to existing, new and potential customers
  • Identify new market potential for our products within existing customers and new opportunities
  • Design and develop new fabrics for the above
  • Establish strong working relationships with key customers
  • Identify new raw material sources
  • Devise specifications for customers on new products, sometimes on existing products
  • Compile and monitor weaving specifications for commercialised products
  • Compile and monitor weaving specifications for development, quality, segregation needs
  • Manage development yarn and fabric stocks to ensure they remain at a suitable level
  • Sign off development products for commercial use
  • Managing weekly Development Meetings
  • Regular technical input for troubleshooting/firefighting and dealing with complaints/substandard fabrics
  • Regular input to prioritise & set work for development of new textured yarns
  • Regular role in facilitating continuous improvement (waste reduction, cost down, efficiency improvements initiatives

Fabric Development Manager – The candidate:

  • Degree in Textile/Material Science or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of fabric design and an understanding of fibre technology are essential. Ability and knowledge of textile calculations is a great asset.
  • Comfortable presenting to customers.
  • Knowledge of the textile industry in terms of what can be achieved with fabric design, yarn selection and finishing processes
  • Use of spreadsheets, word processing and databases are essential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to drive

Fabric Development Manager – The package:

  • Competitive Salary DOE
  • Excellent Benefits