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Analytical Textile Technologist

What is the job? Analytical technologists carry out tests on products to:• solve technical questions relating to manufacturing of products• check the quality of the material• analyse faults and test fitness for purpose• check the fabric contents are listed correctlyThey may work...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Beamer

What is the job? Beamers will be involved in setting up the machines according to production instructions, working out the correct quantity of yarn needed for each job, checking the yarns for defects or knots and recording the number of yarn breaks. In some companies, beamers will also be respons...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Blender

What is the job? Blenders are responsible for mixing the fibres to the correct ratio to achieve the best quality blend, which can then be spun into yarn. They should also keep the ‘hoppers’ full and sweep any excess fibres away from around them. The blended fibres will then be stored re...

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Buyer

What is the job? A buyer may be involved in the following activities:• Forecasting trends• Planning ranges• Sourcing fabrics and trims• Sourcing suppliers and factories• Negotiating prices and deliveries• Following and facilitating the full production process of gar...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Carder - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? A carder will be responsible for the carding machine. They will need to check the machine is running correctly, clear away waste fibres, check for blockages and clean the machine.At the end of the process the fibres are combined to form loose strands of soft yarns, which are wound o...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Carpet Designer - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? Today, much of a carpet designer’s work will be created using computer aided design (CAD) systems. These are much quicker and more accurate than hand-drawing techniques and can be transferred to computer aided machinery (CAM) for production.Typically, a carpet designer would p...

Apparel; Textiles and Technical Textiles

Chief Innovation Officer

CIOs are responsible for the following tasks:• negotiating with customers, suppliers and sales teams• creating innovation plans and producing prototypes• researching new products and manufacturing techniques• working with scientists, researchers and technicians• assessing th...

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Clothing Alteration Hand

What is the job? Clothing alteration hands are involved in fastening new zips, taking in or letting out seams, shortening or lengthening hems and replacing trims. They might also work on specialist pieces, such as bridal gowns. Alteration hands will meet with the customer to take measurements and...

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Clothing Alteration Hand

What is the job? Clothing alteration hands are involved in fastening new zips, taking in or letting out seams, shortening or lengthening hems and replacing trims. They might also work on specialist pieces, such as bridal gowns. Alteration hands will meet with the customer to take measurements and...

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Clothing Machinist

What is the job? Much of the work may be carried out using standard sewing machines, whilst certain tasks require the use of specialist computerised machinery. When using computerised sewing machines, the machinist would be responsible for loading the garments, usually collars and cuffs, into the m...

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Clothing Manfacturing Engineer

What is the job? Clothing manufacturing engineers look at each new garment design to calculate the number of machines needed for each operation. They are typically involved in overseeing the handling of garments by sewing machinists at each level of the production process to eliminate unnecessary w...

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Clothing Packer

What is the job? Clothing packers will wrap the garments in tissue or bubble wrap before folding and packing them into the appropriate container. They then prepare the order and organise delivery notes. When working in mass-production, clothing packers will load packing machinery with garments an...

Apparel; Laundry and dry-cleaning

Clothing Presser

What is the job? In manufacturing, clothing pressers press fabrics or garments during the production process (known as under-pressing) as well in the final stages of production (usually in a garment-finishing department). In larger companies, pressing can be their main duty. In small dry cleaning o...

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Collar Linker

What is the job? Although the work sounds simple, the job can be very challenging, requiring a great deal of manual dexterity. A collar linker must feed the garment and the collar onto points of a linking machine evenly to ensure that a neat shape is created. As well as linking collars, a linker wo...

Design; Apparel

Costume Designer

What is the job? Costume designers are integral to defining the overall ‘look' of films, and their role requires a great deal of expertise alongside the ability to stick to strict budgets, and tight schedules. Their creative work ranges from designing original costumes, to overseeing the purc...

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Cutting Room Manager

What is the job? A cutting room manager would normally be involved in planning the work for the month ahead, overseeing the work being carried out, making sure production targets are met and creating production forms. Cutting room managers often work closely with warehouse staff, cutting room staff...

Apparel; Design

Dressmaker

What is the job? Discuss the design and fabric requirements of each piece with the client before taking measurements and creating a pattern. Pattern pieces are then cut from the pattern and tacked together for a fitting with the customer. The sizing would then be checked and the pieces stitched t...

Laundry and dry-cleaning

Dry Cleaning Worker

What is the job?A dry cleaning worker is likely to be involved in dealing with customers, labelling garments, checking the garments for stains and choosing the best method of cleaning. They will then begin the process of ‘spotting’ where individual stains are removed, followed by cleanin...

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Fashion Designer

What is the job? Fashion designers may spend their time: • collecting ideas and looking for trends• sketching ideas or using a computer programme to draw designs• developing ideas into patterns and making samples What’s it like? Fashion designers are usually based in a stu...

Design; Footwear and leather

Footwear Designer

What is the job? The work of a footwear designer depends on the nature of the company, or if freelance, the market level. When designing for couture markets, a designer will spend much of their time working on the production of one-off shoes. When working for a high street retailer the designs ...

Apparel; Design

Freelance Designer or Maker

What is the job? A freelance designer or maker will have expertise in their chosen area matched by a high level of creativity. They will work for themselves, selling their work to galleries, shops, private customers and sometimes large manufacturing houses. Freelancers will spend much of their time...

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Games Designer

What is the job? Game designers formulate the concept and vision for a game. They devise the world, setting, story, characters, and all other game elements and design details, and then communicate this to the rest of the development team who create the art assets and computer code that allow the ga...

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Garment Technologist

What is the job? A garment technologist is involved in choosing an appropriate fabric and design so that a garment can be produced within budget. They then work with the pattern graders to oversee the sizing, fitting and testing of the pre-production garments and are also responsible or analysing p...

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Hand Intarsia

Hand intarsias are typically employed by luxury cashmere companies in favour of knitting machines which cannot interweave the yarns to achieve the same quality or patterns. A hand intarsia works at a knitting frame picking up the yarns by hand and placing them in precisely the right position to crea...

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Hand Sewer

What is the job? In the UK clothing sector, hand sewers tend to work in factories that specialise in high value merchandise, so accuracy and great attention to det ail are essential qualities for the role. The job of a hand sewer is quite varied and your work could involve all aspects of ‘fin...

Apparel; Textiles and Technical Textiles

Head of Innovation

What is the job? The head of innovation may be involved in investigating problems with current products, product development and liaising with suppliers and senior management. They may also research and develop new technologies and write technical reports. The normal working hours would be arou...

Apparel; Textiles and Technical Textiles

Knitting Machinist

What is the job? Many garments and textiles are knitted, from jumpers to tights, and a number of different yarns are needed for each item, including natural and ynthetic fibres. A knitting technician will need to know which yarns to use for each type of garment and how these are set up on the mach...

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Knitting Technician

What is the job? Many garments and textiles are knitted, from jumpers to tights, and a number of different yarns are needed for each item, including natural and synthetic fibres. A knitting technician will need to know which yarns to use for each type of garment and howthese are set up on the machi...

Apparel; Design

Knitwear designer

What is the job? Designers are required to be involved with overseeing the product throughout development and manufacture. They therefore need knowledge and experience of both design and the technical side of production and usually have good IT skills to enable the necessary use of CAD throughout t...

Design; Apparel

Knitwear Designer

What is the job? Designers are required to be involved with overseeing the product throughout development and manufacture. They therefore need knowledge and experience of both design and the technical side of production and usually have good IT skills to enable the necessary use of CAD throughout t...

Laundry and dry-cleaning

Laundry Maintenance Engineer

What is the job? The engineer's work revolves around ensuring machinery for washing and drying clothes for a commercial laundry is working efficiently and effectively. They may also be responsible for testing the water to make sure it is of good enough quality for clothes washing and generating ste...

Laundry and dry-cleaning

Laundry Worker

What is the job?The duties of a laundry worker will vary depending on the size of the employer. Duties may include: sorting items and checking for stains, loading items into a machine and finishing by drying, folding and packing. Those working in a small, high street laundry may also be involved in ...

Footwear and leather

Leather Craftworker

What is the job?A leather craftworker would usually work from a hand or computer-drawn design pattern to hand cut leather pattern pieces. These would then be joined together using hand, machine techniques or glues. The craftworker would then attach linings, buckles and eyelets before applying a fini...

Footwear and leather

Leather Technician

What is the job?The processes a leather technician can expect to be involved in are cleaning the hide by removing hair and body fat, tanning the hides in pits or drums, re-tanning and dyeing the hide – to further colour and soften the leather, drying the hide and adding colour, pattern and fin...

Footwear and leather

Leather Technologist

What is the job?The work is both scientific and technical and a leather technologist may be involved in the process of turning the raw animal hides and skins into leather. These processes can be found in the leather technician profile. Technologists will also be involved in the scientific side of le...

Design

Lingerie and Swimwear Designer

What is the job? Lingerie and Swimwear design is an exciting and demanding career in a competitive industry. Designers need to be able to visualize their own designs, produce and fit samples using technical skills. The job involves designing items of clothing for a wide range of brands & reta...

Apparel; Footwear and leather; Laundry and dry cleaning

Marketing Manager - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? The marketing manager will be required to use a wide range of creative techniques to communicate with the customer and maximize the publicity of the company.The marketing manager will be responsible for organising all of a company’s printed literature, including websites, sig...

Design; Apparel

Milliner

What is the job? When creating bespoke hats or small ranges a milliner meets directly with the client to discuss their requirements and take measurements. Those working for a high street retailer often spend much of their time liaising with overseas suppliers. Milliners are also typically be involv...

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Pattern Cutter

What is the job? There are three main ways in which a pattern can be made. The most common technique is to develop the pattern from a standard pattern ‘block’ which is made of cardboard. This can then be changed and developed to fit in with the new design. The second way is to adapt a p...

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Pattern Grader

What is the job? A pattern grader’s work is sometimes carried out using hand drafting techniques and size charts, although computerised technology is more commonly used. This typically involves placing the pattern on a digitised table and tracing the outline. The traced pattern can then be ad...

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Product Tester - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? The job of a product tester is very varied as different products require different tests. Shoes may need to be tested for strength or durability, which may require the use of a pulling or twisting machine. Washability and colourfastness may be tested by washing the item at differen...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Production Engineer - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? A production engineer’s work is normally split into three main areas: maintenance, optimisation and installation. The maintenance aspect involves working with technicians to deal with unforeseen problems with the machinery. Optimisation involves improving efficiency and mon...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Production Manager

Responsibilities Production Managers are in charge of the expenditure of the 'below-the-line' budget. In pre-production, Production Managers work closely with the Producer, Line Producer and First Assistant Director to break down the script page by page, and to prepare a provisional schedule. Produ...

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Production Manager - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? As the UK fashion industry operates in a global environment, production managers are increasingly responsible for the management of supply chains across several countries.Typical responsibilities include overseeing the production process, liaising with suppliers about the quality, ...

Apparel; Footwear and leather

Project Scientist - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? Project scientists will usually be responsible for:• conducting tests and evaluations and then reporting the findings• producing prototypes and technical briefs for sales and marketing teams• devising new products to meet performance specifications• overseeing t...

Apparel; Footwear and leather

Quality Control Inspector

What is the job? Depending on the sector, a quality control inspector might be involved in a variety of different quality control processes. They may be involved in checking fabrics for flaws and defects, checking that the colours are correct and checking the strength of the final product. In the a...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Quality Supervisor Spinning Mill

What is the job? A quality supervisor in a spinning mill would be in charge of the other workers, such as the blenders, carders and spinners. The supervisor is responsible for continuously checking the quality of the fibres and yarn. The lab technician will assist the quality supervisor by conducti...

Footwear and leather

Saddler

What is the job? When working in a manufacturing environment, a saddler is likely to specialise in one specific aspect of production. Those based in a workshop are required to be multi-skilled in repairing as well as making new saddles, bridles, harnesses and other leather goods to the individual c...

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Sales Manager - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? Sales managers may also be responsible for recruiting sales representatives, setting sales targets and monitoring achievements and client feedback. They will also spend time analysing sales data to uncover any trends and identify new information.Sales managers sometimes have to dea...

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Sales Representative - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? For industry or technical sales representatives, you need a good working knowledge of your company’s products and services. Many purchasers may have specific requirements that they will expect you to fulfill. Sales representatives sometimes have to advise clients on the best ...

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Sample Machinist

What is the job? The sample machinist will work with the designer to achieve the desired end product. Once the construction has been agreed, specific production details will be given to the manufacturer.A sample machinist will follow the instructions of the designer, pattern cutter and garment tech...

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Sewing Machinist

What is the job? A sewing machinist would typically be involved in all of the sewing processes involved in creating an item. This may include using a buttonholer and overlocker (for edges of fabric) as well as a standard sewing machine. A sewing machinist would also be responsible for checking that...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Shift Supervisor - Wool Mill

What is the job? Wool is one of the main raw materials in the textile industry. It is used in clothing and carpets. Before it can be used it must be scoured. A shift supervisor in this area is responsible for ensuring that all the activities needed to clean the wool are carried out to meet quality ...

Footwear and leather

Shoe Repairer

What is the job?A shoe repairer would typically be involved in replacing and building up worn soles and heels, renewing stitching and welts, cleaning, polishing and staining shoes and replacing accessories, such as buckles and zips. Shoe repairers also maintain their own equipment and those who are ...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Spinner

What is the job? A spinner would be involved in operating a textile machine or spinning frame to form a yarn, while making sure the machines are loaded with bobbins of separated fibres. They would also need to check the fibres have been spun correctly and the process has been completed in the short...

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Tailor

What is the job? Tailors will first agree upon the style and fabric of the suit in consultation with the client, then prepare a costing and work out how long it will take to complete the work. They will produce a design, either by hand or using computerised programmes after which they will create...

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Technical Director - Fashion and Textiles

What is the job? A technical director’s key responsibilities would usually include: researching new processes and techniques identifying new technologies and technical developments advising on the introduction of new machinery and materials writing technical reports and cost estimates ...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Technical Textile Designer

What is the job A technical textiles designer would usually be responsible for the following: devising products to meet performance specifications developing prototypes using specialist Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to produce a range of designs testing new fibres and fabrics and reco...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Tufter

What is the job? Tufters are responsible for running the machines once they have been set-up for production. They would need to check the machine is threaded with the correct yarn, change the frames holding the yarn bobbins at correct intervals and checking for damaged yarns or changes in the quali...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Upholsterer

What is the job? A craft upholsterer may specialise in domestic furniture or antique furniture. A production upholsterer may work on just one aspect of an overall piece, such as the arm of the chair. Both types of upholsterer will need expert knowledge in this field. They may need to apply padding ...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Weaver

What is the job? A weaver may be involved in using hand-weaving looms, which can be physically demanding. They may also be involved in programming and operating computerised machines. These are more commonly used in modern factories as they can work at very high speeds. It is the weaver’s res...

Textiles and Technical Textiles

Winder

What is the job? A winder would be involved in taking the freshly dyed yarn and threading it onto a winding machine. They would then operate the machine using a computer-controlled programme to make sure the yarn was wound around cardboard cones correctly. Winders would also be involved in performi...