Footwear Technologist

London (Central), London (Greater)
up to £42k + benefits
02 Aug 2019
30 Aug 2019
Job Type

My Client a leading High Street Womenswear Fast Fashion Retailer is looking for a Footwear Technologist to join their team.
The role reports into the Head of Technical Services and will work across two brands.

Tasks & Responsibilities
▪ Work with Buying & Merchandising to establish optimum product value
▪ Strive to reduce customer returns by reviewing on a monthly cycle and actioning any
changes with suppliers
▪ Establish effective working relationships with suppliers to drive and support product
▪ Work with suppliers to achieve and/ or maintain QA/DA status
▪ Conduct supplier reviews on a 6 monthly basis
▪ Liaise with the DC on a daily basis with regards to QC holds and communicate issues
quickly and effectively to B&M teams and suppliers
▪ Identify and analyse any problems, propose solutions and make logical decisions
▪ Build and maintain positive working relationships with a wide variety of people
including B&M, suppliers and the technical team
▪ Strive for continual improvement and promote the technical team
▪ Have responsibility for fitting and sealing process including wearer trials and fit test
▪ Review factory evaluations from suppliers and passing information onto Technical
▪ Review and drive the technical strategy and ensure that this is constantly in line with
the Brand strategy
▪ Regular competition shopping to ensure awareness of high street trends

Key Experience, Skills & Abilities
▪ Experience within a retail/manufacturer environment within flat, heel, boots and wide
fit areas across fabric, leather and non-leather fabrications.
▪ Knowledge and construction of bags would be advantageous
▪ Commercially aware with a solid understanding of the high street
▪ Conversant with fabric testing as well as fitting and sealing
▪ Can demonstrate initiative, problem solving and negotiation skills
▪ Capability to work in a fast paced, high pressured environment
▪ Excellent communication skills and the ability to converse with a variety of people
▪ Knowledge of working to ethical guidelines