The Textile Institute

Materials Technologist

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



Function:      Supply Chain – Global Materials

Location:      Nottingham

The role:

 As part of the Global Materials function, this role will partner with key stakeholders globally to manage and communicate day to day activities including provide material input, conduct material development, risk assessment and problem solving.

Ensure materials are conform with brand’s expectations on both materials and product form. Maintain Material data integrity through a thorough data management process.

Support company’s ambition to deliver sustainable materials and products.

 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 you’d play:

  • Communicate and manage relationship with cross functional team
  • Manage day to day activities with material suppliers
  • Seasonal material development based on request from brand stakeholders
  • Coordinate with Product Assurance on in-house testing needs
  • Support product/material risk assessment and root cause analysis
  • Manage and maintain material database (PLM), ensure completion of the information
  • Collate seasonal colour request to create lab dip tracker
  • Work closely with design team to ensure all lab dip requests are accurate and accommodate any changes
  • Conduct lab dip approval (for European mills)
  • Order required materials for the tech room
  • Maintain material physical libraries
  • Update sourcing tracker with logistical information required by category

 The must haves:

  • Degree in Textile Chemistry, Textile Technology or related fields
  • Have experience in managing materials development, material standards and testing
  • Understand design and product engineering
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritise work and multi task with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills both written and spoken with proven experience working internationally across global teams.
  • A desire to work collaboratively across the Business
  • Able to identify, work with & influence key stakeholders.
  • A passion for performance brands

 Key stakeholders:

  • Brand Product & Design
  • Product development & Assurance
  • Material suppliers
  • Planning
  • Sourcing

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