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Fabric Researcher And Buyer

Overall Purpose of the role

You will be part of a core Fashion team that develops Contrado’s fashion, especially Athleisure. By the virtue of this role, sourcing fabric, managing the technical and quality process of clothing, accessories and other lifestyle products while working closely with design, buying and other production departments will be key essentials.

Principle Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Finding best in class fabrics especially athleisure
  • Testing fabrics
  • Adapt designs to suit production methods
  • Develop and size pre-production garments to meet necessary standards
  • Monitor and record product status using the critical path within our product lead system
  • Ensure production methods meet legislation guidelines.
  • Source trimming fabrics and accessories
  • Undertake quality evaluations of materials and check the quality of the final product
  • Respond to product queries, that includes complaints from wholesalers and customers.
  • Budget conscious while garments are produced
  • Oversee fabric testing and fittings of first samples
  • Analyse product returns and faults
  • Suggest changes to clothing pattern designs
  • Efficiently work closely with designers, graders and pattern cutters.
  • Direct liaison with buying team, Designers and other departments
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by the company for the successful completion of the role or for the benefit of the company

Essential Skills and Experience

  • 4 years of experience in fabric research and Garment Tech
  • Ability to identify likely suppliers and a integrate into our supply chain including first round sapling pricing and continuity negotiation
  • Excellent understanding of manufacturing, textiles and garment construction
  • Have the ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Demonstrate an understanding of pattern cutting, construction and manufacturing techniques.
  • Technical knowledge gained preferably within fast paced commercial or supplier environment.
  • Flexible approach to be able to adjust to the constantly changing needs of the business.
  • Ability to convey technical information clearly in layman’s terms.
  • Exceptional eye for technical detail to consistently ensure the correct documentation is used and followed.
  • Applied technical knowledge of fabrics and threads
  • Highly organised with good prioritisation skills.
  • Confident and clear communication skills; both verbal and written to work productively alongside other departments
  • PC literate with experience of working with Microsoft office

Job Type

Full-time, Part-time, Permanent

Salary

£30,000.00-£32,000.00 per year

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Contrado Imaging Ltd - The Company:

Welcome to Contrado, a rapidly expanding custom lifestyle, fashion and homeware Company. We are changing the way people buy these products. We seek another talented person to help. Our technology driven company was founded in 2002. Now we are a diverse team of 120 awesome people in West London designing and making a variety of sought after creative clothing, gift and home products. Excitement is guaranteed as we design, print & make products on demand. We sell direct to consumers through our websites, with expanding worldwide reach. And we’re growing fast. That’s where you come in.

We are worldwide: UK, France, Germany, USA, Italy, Spain, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Ireland, Australia, and United Arab Emirates, Canada, with more to come.

Please see our web sites to get a feel for our service. Apply now and help change how people buy lifestyle products.

Benefits Include

  • Enjoyable atmosphere, fast-paced, fun, and creative environment
  • Competitive salary to skill level with potential 10-15% overtime bonus. Every minute you work is paid.
  • On site fully equipped company gym (Technogym)
  • Breakout and social games areas with trampoline, pool table, table football, table tennis
  • Up to 35 days of holidays incl. Bank Hols
  • Flexible working hours (for most roles)
  • Occupation sick policy
  • Subsidised season ticket loan
  • 50% preferential staff discount
  • Free fruit, bottomless ground coffee and fresh orange juice
  • Bike park for cyclists
  • Ongoing training; online, internal, conferences and books
  • Team outings, BBQ's, events
  • Eye care vouchers

We have a great culture of teamwork and friendship through hard work and positivity. We enjoy an inclusive, warm atmosphere, and we seek individuals who thrive in that environment. We offer flexibility, concise and swift decision making and less hierarchy. If this works for you, apply now for this job opportunity.


We Offer: Competitive salary to skill level. Exciting meaningful challenging projects. Excellent working atmosphere. Up to date technology and ongoing training.


Inclusivity, Diversity & Fairness Statement 
We are a united and mixed bunch here at Contrado. We find and nurture talents in so many people for the benefit of all. In addition we work hard to create a representative, inclusive and friendly team. We share different experiences, varying perspectives and backgrounds, and combine them to make for better lives and workplace. A positive approach to fairness, creates a better experience for our customers too, because we are a reflection of each one of them, and they like us more for it. We are fair and even in all areas such as gender, race, disability, colour, religion or belief, national / regional origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status.

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Apply with your CV and cover letter explaining how you can contribute.


  • Enjoyable atmosphere, fast-paced, fun, and creative environment
  • Competitive salary to skill level with potential 10-15% overtime bonus
  • On site fully equipped company gym (Technogym)
  • Breakout and social games areas with trampoline, pool table, table football, table tennis
  • Flexible working times
  • Subsidised season ticket loan
  • 28 days holiday (inclusive)
  • Pension scheme
  • 50% preferential staff discount
  • Free fruit, bottomless ground coffee and fresh orange juice
  • Free car parking, bike park
  • Ongoing training; online, internal, conferences and books
  • Team outings, BBQ's, events

We have created a great culture of teamwork and friendship through hard work and positivity. We enjoy an inclusive, positive atmosphere, and we seek individuals who thrive in that environment. We offer flexibility, concise and swift decision making and less hierarchy. If this works for you, apply now for this job opportunity.

  • Enjoyable atmosphere, fast-paced, fun, and creative environment
  • Competitive salary to skill level with potential 10-15% overtime bonus
  • On site fully equipped company gym (Technogym)
  • Breakout and social games areas with trampoline, pool table, table football, table tennis
  • Flexible working times
  • Subsidised season ticket loan
  • 28 days holiday (inclusive)
  • Pension scheme
  • 50% preferential staff discount
  • Free fruit, bottomless ground coffee and fresh orange juice
  • Free car parking, bike park
  • Ongoing training; online, internal, conferences and books
  • Team outings, BBQ's, events

We have created a great culture of teamwork and friendship through hard work and positivity. We enjoy an inclusive, positive atmosphere, and we seek individuals who thrive in that environment. We offer flexibility, concise and swift decision making and less hierarchy. If this works for you, apply now for this job opportunity.

  • Enjoyable atmosphere, fast-paced, fun, and creative environment
  • Competitive salary to skill level with potential 10-15% overtime bonus
  • On site fully equipped company gym (Technogym)
  • Breakout and social games areas with trampoline, pool table, table football, table tennis
  • Flexible working times
  • Subsidised season ticket loan
  • 28 days holiday (inclusive)
  • Pension scheme
  • 50% preferential staff discount
  • Free fruit, bottomless ground coffee and fresh orange juice
  • Free car parking, bike park
  • Ongoing training; online, internal, conferences and books
  • Team outings, BBQ's, events

We have created a great culture of teamwork and friendship through hard work and positivity. We enjoy an inclusive, positive atmosphere, and we seek individuals who thrive in that environment. We offer flexibility, concise and swift decision making and less hierarchy. If this works for you, apply now for this job opportunity.

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