Product Innovator - Home Textiles

Job Reference : 002253
Closing Date : 23/08/2018
Salary : Competitive + Excellent benefits
Department : Design, Technical and QA
Hours Per week : 36.17

JD Williams / N Brown group have been trading in the heart of Manchester for over 150 years. Our vision is to become the universally loved exerts in fashion that fits by helping our customers’ look and feel amazing through our trusted family of brands

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Product Innovator to develop products to exceed our customer expectations – Fit, Quality, Value on time and to the standard required. 

 

What you’ll do:

  1. In partnership with the Digital Fit Innovation team, effectively use Size data in the development of products to ensure products are fit for purpose for relevant Customer brand across all of the Product range.
  2. Innovating Product and construction to develop USP’s and exceptional products for customer brand requirements with emphasis on sustainable materials and new manufacturing techniques
  3. Working closely with buying and where applicable Suppliers to evaluate and develop the product range to deliver exceptional quality for the customer, ensuring it is on time and from the right supplier for the product type.
  4. Effectively engineer products, where applicable, to support net margin improvements for your dept.
  5. Communication – engage with the wider business team both internal and external to drive innovation forward and effectively promote product benefits to the customer.
  6. Specify, review and act upon required Product Test, Chemical, environmental Compliance and product safety requirements.
  7. Growth in Profitability – reduce returns rates due to improved Quality, Value and Customer perception with less quality issues at source, reduced sampling, reduced defects and reduced non-compliance.

 

What you’ll get in return:

  • Play a key part within a department that has annual sales of over £12M
  • The role will focuses on Home Textile design and product development using innovative technologies and materials.
  • Focus on sustainable materials to develop cutting edge products.
  • New CAD software being introduced to support design and development in 2D/3D (e.g. Optitex)
  • Extensive travel opportunities to supplier/factories to implement new design (Far East & Europe)
  • Opportunity to work with Design & Buying teams on key trends – to develop new products
  • Mentoring of Trainee/student placements
  • Link into University’s to drive product innovation
  • Opportunity to work for a fast paced, forward thinking company that is employee focused with lots of personal benefits