The Textile Institute

Materials Technologist – Hard Goods

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Posted: 07/09/2022
Deadline: 07/10/2022

Function:      Supply Chain – Global Materials

Location:      Sunderland

About Pentland:

Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation.

We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.

We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the global licensee for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK.  We also have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear.

All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have more than 1,400 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future.

We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter – being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do.

At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way:

  • Success is a team game
  • With clarity and courage
  • Better as standard
  • In good conscience

To find out more go to or follow @pentlandbrands on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook.

The role:

As part of the Global Materials Team, you will collaborate with our Footwear and Backpack Development, Design and Innovation teams as well as external partners, to research, source and develop new materials.

You will act as a technical support throughout the product creation process to advise on material selection, ensure performance standards are upheld and identify new opportunities to advance materials across our lifestyle and performance ranges.

The role you’d play:

  • Drive the sourcing and development of new Footwear and Backpack materials
  • Build vendor relationships and identify opportunities to evolve supplier network
  • Work cross-functionally to uncover new opportunities and advance Footwear and Backpack materials
  • Coordinate materials testing internally/externally ensuring performance standards are met
  • Analyse test reports and provide recommendations for improvement where requied
  • Collaborate with development and design teams on material selection, acting as technical support to ensure materials are fit for end use
  • Manage Footwear and Backpack material database using our PLM system
  • Develop and maintain Footwear and Backpack materials library in line with Global Standards
  • Assist with Footwear and Backpack Innovation Projects when required
  • Work with the Materials Manager to implement sustainability strategy and acheive wider business goals
  • Stay up to date with new technology/advancements in materials

 The must haves:

  • Degree in Textile Technology, Textile Chemistry or Related fields.
  • 2+ years material research, sourcing and development experience
  • Understanding of polymeric materials and how they are applied in design and product engineering including familiarity with moulding and foaming.
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritise work and multi task with strong attention to detail
  • A desire to work collaboratively across the global business
  • Able to identify, work with and influence key stakeholders.
  • A passion for performance brands and curiosity to explore new concepts
  • Excellent communication skills both written and spoken with proven experience working internationally across global teams.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required

What you’ll get in return  

  • SMART Working*
  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Brand and retail perks
  • Financial perks
  • Travel perks
  • Time out perks
  • Wellbeing commitment

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