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The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. Sales & Design Manager Maternity Cover Role

 

Role to commence in March 2022 under a fixed-term contract, 35 hours per week.

Salary £21,000 per annum.

 

We are looking for a creative and technically confident woven textile designer with product development and sales experience, and the ability to manage project timelines with meticulous attention to detail. The successful applicant will work to nurture and maintain client relationships through pro-active and responsive communication and design work. This role involves overseeing and managing sales, design, and manufacturing schedules for new and on-going projects.

                                                                 

At Bristol Weaving Mill we work across both fashion and interiors, designing, developing and manufacturing woven products and fabric for a variety of outcomes. End uses include but are not limited to Ready to Wear and Couture Menswear and Womenswear fabrics, finished shawls and scarfs, interior drapery, tapestry panels, upholstery fabric and finished interior soft accessories and products such as throws, blankets and cushions. From our largest commercial client to our smallest personal project, each of our client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs. Most of our customers seek not only the small-batch and locally managed production capabilities of the mill but are also looking to us to provide input and direction creatively, offering technical advice where necessary.

 

This job will involve working closely and strategically on sales, building upon the existing client

relationships and establishing new ones. In particular, the role will involve management of key client accounts and overseeing commercial design and manufacturing of finished woven products for home interiors. The successful applicant will need to be an excellent communicator and extremely organised with impeccable attention to detail and quality. As a designer, the ability to assume the aesthetic identity of a wide range of clients is essential. They should be able to handle multiple projects at once, while maintaining excellent communication with customers and colleagues. The ability to self-motivate and work independently as well as in a team is essential.

 

A thorough grasp of the technical elements of weaving and woven fabrics is needed to support the

design and administrative elements of this role. These skills are vital for accurate, relevant product

development and the subsequent costings and prices for client projects, as well as enabling clear

communication with the mill production team, suppliers, and subcontractors. A real passion for hand-weaving and woven design is essential for this opportunity to contribute to a small but growing creative business.

 

Bristol Weaving Mill Sales & Design Manager Maternity Cover Responsibilities

 

Organisation & Project Management:

  • Working directly with the Head of Product Development to organise and monitor production schedules and associated tasks, prioritising and problem solving where necessary.

  • Working together with the Production Team at BWM and suppliers to determine critical paths for client projects.

  • Together with the BWM Production Team, to oversee work being completed by existing BWM sub-contractors.

  • Researching and implementing new supplier relationships when necessary.

  • Maintain the systems and procedures which ensure efficient and consistent productivity standards in the mill, including project management schedules and project documents.

  • Effectively communicating any changes to project critical paths to clients.

 

Design and Product Development:

  • Align any personal design style with the BWM house style and successfully assume and amplify individual client aesthetics through design work.

  • Work closely with clients to develop their design ideas through meetings, trend research, mood-boards, CADs and handloom samples.

  • Hand-weave design samples for clients and overseeing other members of the BWM team to weave client samples.

  • Design CADs for clients and projects using Pointcarre weave software and Photoshop, including simulations of products and fabric, and developing original peg-plans and weave structures for client sampling.

  • Thorough and organised digital documentation of design developments including technicalsheets, weave plans, and photographs with physical cuttings of design samples.

  • Prepare designs for production including creating full product CADs, calculating yarn quantities required, creating product spec sheets and accurate production paperwork, in communication with BWM production team.

  • Occasionally more general practical weaving tasks including warp winding, threading and reeding, as well as help with product finishing, cutting and labelling products, or mocking up sample products for client approval.

  • Collate any new supplier information and research with particular focus on supply chain, traceability, product information, certifications and testing.

 

Client Sales & Market Growth:

  • Handling customer inquiries for the mill, maintaining communications with existing and new clients remotely by phone, video chat and email.

  • Initiating digital meetings and telephone calls with clients and meeting with existing and new clients in-house and at customer premises.

  • Planning and organising of samples (yarn and cloth) to show customers.

  • Updating clients on project progress throughout.

  • Manage client accounts, including issuing Quotes, Order Confirmations and Invoicing.

  • Research potential clients, nurture new relationships and secure new business, focusing on identifying clients who share similar values and market position to BWM.

 

Training is provided for operation of in-house looms and CAD software, but a thorough understanding of hand-weaving and woven construction, and previous experience with some weaving software is essential for the role.

 

COVID-19: We have followed all government guidelines and undertaken the necessary risk assessments and safety precautions with regards to limiting employees’ potential exposure to the Novel Coronavirus and will continue to update our practices as the situation progresses. 

 

To apply please email your CV together with a covering letter and your digital portfolio in PDF format to juliet@bristolweavingmill.co.uk by 6pm on Monday 24thth January 2022.

The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. Production Assistant Role

 

Full time role 35 hours per week to commence in February 2022.

Salary £18,000 per annum.

 

We are looking for an organised and proactive weaving mill Production Assistant with advanced knowledge of woven textiles, and meticulous attention to detail. Reporting directly to the Production Manager this role requires a confident and skilled hand-weaver with an interest in industrial manufacturing and sustainable textiles. The successful applicant will have excellent communication skills, be self-motivated and hard-working, able to follow instruction and work well in a dynamic small team.

 

At Bristol Weaving Mill we work across both fashion and interiors, designing, developing and manufacturing woven products and fabric for a variety of outcomes. End uses include but are not limited to Ready to Wear and Couture Menswear and Womenswear fabrics, finished shawls and scarfs, interior drapery, tapestry panels, upholstery fabric and finished interior soft accessories and products such as throws, blankets and cushions. From our largest commercial client to our smallest personal project, each of our client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs.

 

A thorough grasp of the technical elements of weaving, woven fabrics and handlooms is needed to support the technical and administrative elements of this role. These skills are vital for accurate project sampling and production, as well as enabling clear communication with the mill design team, suppliers, and subcontractors. A real passion for hand-weaving and woven design is essential for this opportunity to contribute to a small but growing creative business.

 

Production Assistant Role Job Description:

 

Supply Chain:

  • Assisting the Production Manager with procurement in line with project timelines, including issuing Purchase Orders, monitoring the status of deliveries, and weighing in and out of BWM raw materials and stock.

  • Communicating with sub-contractors for spinning, warping, weaving, finishing and other external processes such as cut-and-sew, labeling and embroidery. Providing technical direction for each stage, following up and communicating with the Production Manager and Product Development team to keep projects on track.

  • Preparing finishing sheets, Quality Control management and recording.

Organisation and Logistics:

  • Assisting the Production Manager with outsourced logistical operations including transportation of client orders and materials between sub-contractors and suppliers in line with project timelines.

  • Packing and distribution of fabric rolls, yarn and products in line with project timescales.

  • Assisting with organization of stock and annual stock checks.

  • Archiving of finished projects including technical files and samples of woven fabrics and finishes. General archive management.

  • General house keeping – regular tidying, keeping space organized and manageable.

 

Technical and Weaving:

  • Assisting the Production Manager with the creation and organisation of CAD files and weave tickets for in-house and outsourced production designs.

  • Under the direction of the Production Manager and Product Development team, working on hand-woven samples ready for industrial application.

  • Hand-weaving of production lengths and products, ensuring targets are met and projects are kept within the critical path timescale.

  • Practical weaving tasks such as setting up of weaving looms from warp winding to threading and reeding.

  • Checking and mending loom-state fabric.

  • General maintenance and upkeep of hand-weaving looms to ensure the looms are weaving in an optimal way.

  • Product make-up processes to client specifications, including sewing labels and cutting blankets and scarfs.

 

In-house Industrial Operations:

  • With the support of the Production Manager, working on the general set-up and operation of in-house industrial loom.

  • Creating, checking through and assembling punch-cards for industrial weaving loom.

  • Assisting with the organization of warps for the in-house industrial weaving loom in line with project scheduling, including yarn ordering and accurate preparation of warping information.

  • Record, file and archive swatches and technical information sheets for each project including loom setup, fabric or product specification and production sheets.

  • Continued training and development in industrial loom operation and maintenance including attending training sessions from loom manufacturer, study of technical handbook.

 

Training is provided for operation of in-house looms and CAD software, but a thorough understanding of hand-weaving and woven construction, and previous experience with some weaving software is essential for the role.

 

COVID-19: We have followed all government guidelines and undertaken the necessary risk assessments and safety precautions with regards to limiting employees’ potential exposure to the Novel Coronavirus and will continue to update our practices as the situation progresses. 

 

To apply please email your CV together with a covering letter and your digital portfolio in PDF format to juliet@bristolweavingmill.co.uk by 6pm on Monday 24th January 2022.