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Bulk Fabric Technologist


Posted by Kathmandu Ltd. on 11/21/2019

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Lifestyle, Outdoor

Job Categories: Sourcing

Company Type: Accessories, Apparel/SoftGoods, HardGoods/Equipment


City: Christchurch

Country: New Zealand

Required Experience:

Job Type: Full Time


Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

*This role is based in Christchurch, New Zealand, Kathmandu offers relocation packages for the right candidate*

Kathmandu is looking for an experienced Bulk Fabric Technologist to join the Product team at Kathmandu. The successful candidate will be a subject matter expert who ensures that the bulk material approvals meet or exceed Kathmandu quality standards in line with critical path. You will be responsible for coordinating bulk testing of materials with mills & working with mills and the Materials Development Manager when fabrics fail to meet performance criteria.  

Based at our support office in Christchurch, reporting to the Materials Development Manager, this key position will have overall responsibility for:

  • Setting up seasonal bulk trackers and initiating testing requests to mills. Prioritising bulk fabric approvals in line with seasonal production schedule
  • Working with the Materials Development Manager, Mills, Product Suppliers, Production, Sourcing & Merchandising teams where fabrics fail to meet aesthetic or physical performance criteria & finding a suitable and timely solution for remediation
  • Contribute to the fabric testing process to ensure that textile standards are adhered to at all times and laboratories are evaluated for accreditation under the Kathmandu Laboratory Accreditation (LAP) Program
  • Fabric supplier DIFOTIS (Delivery in Full on Time in Spec) is monitored in conjunction with Production Team
  • Leading the compliance process for materials to ensure that Kathmandu performs all due diligence testing and certificates of compliance are received for all products that have a legislated mandatory requirement, particularly for sale in markets outside AU/NZ
  • Manages Kathmandu lab, developing SOP’s and deploying training to team.
  • Working on QA materials related projects in line  with business needs

This is not a job; it’s a career opportunity for a candidate who will thrive in a fun, fast paced but professional environment. You will have;

  • Graduated from an NZ or overseas institution with degree/diploma in Textile Clothing, Textile Sciences or similar disciplines
  • Minimum 5-6 years’ experience in a relevant field
  • Strong knowledge of Performance Textiles, Yarns, Fabric Manufacturing & Chemical Processing
  • Strong understanding of International Standards ASTM, ISO and others
  • Strong understanding of global compliance requirements CPSIA, Prop 65, REACH etc.
  • Knowledge of testing requirements for non-apparel products (equipment)
  • Good level of computer literacy such as excel, word, PowerPoint etc.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to interact effectively across Kathmandu’s operations
  • Ability to work to set deadlines and adhere to these

The right personal attributes that align with Kathmandu’s friendly and open culture and values is paramount; we are our Brand, and have affinity for travel and adventure lifestyle pursuits, we want you to understand our passion too.

If you are looking for a role with a forward thinking, innovative, sustainable company where you can have a real impact on direction, this is the role for you. Kathmandu offers a competitive remuneration package commensurate with level of experience, a relaxed and a friendly team environment, all in a 5 star green rated building.

About Kathmandu Ltd.

Kathmandu is an inspirational iconic brand synonymous with adventure, innovation and passion. Our core purpose is to ‘inspire and enable people to live their dreams of travel and adventure’. At Kathmandu we see our team as integral to our business, and endeavour to provide opportunities for our employees to develop skills and live the life they dream.>