Footwear and Accessories Technologist (12 month FTC)

Ref: MON10039
Salary: Competitive salary & attractive benefits
Department: Technical Services
Location: Notting Hill Village, London (W11)
Position type: Interim
Hours / Duration: 37.5 hours per week

Looking to join a global retailer who values people?  Then look no further.  We are committed to developing our people, last year we made numerous promotions across the business. We have raised and spent over £5m through our Monsoon Accessorize Trust. The Trust allows us to support 19 projects currently and “give back to the communities we trade in”. We are a strong brand with many talented people in the business along with a loyal customer base who knows our heritage.  We put people first and pride ourselves in attracting, developing, retaining and inspiring our talent.


A great opportunity has arisen within our Monsoon Accessorize Technical Services team for an Interim Product Technologist specialising in ladies’ footwear for a period of 12 months. 
Reporting to our Technical Manager, you will be responsible for the development of footwear and a variety of accessories products for our Monsoon Accessorize brands.  The wide breadth of product is what makes our role interesting and diverse!  You will provide sound technical support to the business, ensuring consistency of product quality in line with business requirements; contribute to technical strategy to support & deliver the business; support in developing supplier relationships & performance; work alongside the Technical Manager, Design and Buying to ensure that all products are developed in line with Company standards for quality, legal and safety.  If you are an experienced footwear technologist from a multi-accessories background looking for a new challenge, then we would love to hear from you!


What will you do as an Interim Product Technologist?

• Defining the technical strategy for your product area(s).
• Working with the Technical Manager, Designer and Buyer to determine key looks for the season.
• Working with the buying team to determine most cost-effective production methods, ensuring requirements are clearly communicated to the supply base.
• Actively adopting a Quality Assurance approach to all areas of the product development cycle.
• Working to develop the supply base to comply with Company standards and developing action plans to improve where required
• Encouraging suppliers to take ownership of critical path.
• Developing and ensuring that all products are developed within the required critical path and issues are highlighted to the relevant senior managers.
• Risk assessment of products and making amendments to ensure a safe and legal product in line with current legislation.
• Taking ownership to ensure all products are effectively managed through the appropriate testing, care and safety labelling requirements.
• Offering component technical guidance to buyers and designers and ensure the risk-free management of new components into the business.
• Managing the chemical compliance of products to meet the requirements of our global market


What you will need to succeed as an Interim Product Technologist?

We are looking for an experienced product technologist with experience of dealing with multi-accessories in particular ladies footwear.  You will have proven experience in managing across multi-regional supply base.  You will have a collaborative approach to range development with a strong understanding of buying, merchandising and design functions.    You will have had experience of risk analysis and of dealing with overseas suppliers and factories. The role requires constant liaison with the Buying, Sourcing and Design teams as well as suppliers and International offices, so you will need to have great interpersonal and communication skills, an eye for detail and will appreciate working on beautiful product.  You will be a pro-active team player, with the ability to use your own initiative, coupled with excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

What are we like to work for?

If you're ambitious, Monsoon Accessorize is a great place to be.  We're still growing which means there are more opportunities than ever before.  We're also committed to developing our talent.  Last year we made numerous promotions across the company. This year promises to be no exception.  You will enjoy a fantastic benefits package which includes an amazing discount across our brands, performance related discretionary bonus, pension, life assurance and an interest free season ticket card loan.  We also provide a great range of Voluntary benefits with external companies that you can take advantage of such as discounts on gym memberships and theatre shows, tailor made dentist plans and the opportunity to ride a tax-free bike to work to name a few!

If you feel you have the potential to become an Interim Product Technologist, please apply now!

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