Job Title

Product Development Technologist (All Boys Outerwear)

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Job Description

Duties & Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities     

  1. To research, source and develop new and existing product in accordance with Company strategy
  2. To compile and issue product standards and specifications
  3. To implement standards and specifications in accordance with the critical path to ensure consistent compliance across all departments and suppliers
  4. To source develop existing product suppliers locally and abroad in accordance with Company strategy
  5. To perform Scanning, Digitizing, 2D patternmaking and 3D rendering activities as part of the product development process

Knowledge, Skills and Experience          

Knowledge required:

Essential:

  • Relevant legislation (e.g. Country of Origin Labelling Act, Including Health & Safety requirements)
  • Knowledge of SABS standards (area specific)
  • Supplier base knowledge (capabilities and areas of specialization)
  • Related services – Distribution Centres, Customer Care, Marketing, Stores, Information Technology, Shipping, and Packaging

 

Preferred:

  • Clothing & 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
  • Previous experience in supervising and/ or managing direct reports

 

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
  • Excellent accuracy and attention to detail
  • Negotiating skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Good interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Sound planning, organizing & time management skills
  • Being a contributing team member
  • Be able to work independently with the ability to create structure in your day to day activities
  • Good conflict management skills
  • Networking skills (multi-product) & the ability to be resourceful
  • The ability to:
    • Be assertive
    • Be creative and innovative
    • Work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
    • Be self-motivated
    • Work independently, as well as be a team player
    • Mentor and guide direct reports to best practice
  • Proficient in 2D patternmaking and 3D rendering
  • Coaching & mentoring skills
  • Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, etc.)

Desired Experience & Qualification

Essential:

  • A Grade 12 Certificate/Matric

 

Preferred:

  • Diploma or Certificate in Pattern Making OR
  • Bachelor’s Degree with specialization in clothing OR
  • Relevant qualification in clothing management or fashion design, preferably with the following subjects:
    • Pattern Making & Garment Construction
    • Fabric construction, characteristics of fabrics and performance and Dyeing & Finishing processes