Senior Technologist - Women's Runway RTW

Department:  Supply Chain
City:  London
Country:  GB

INTRODUCTION

Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core.  Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations. Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward. Headquartered in London, Burberry is a design, marketing and retail led business with a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.

JOB PURPOSE

Lead and develop all aspects of Product Engineering for Women's RTW Runway collections.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Product

  • Partner with design and PD to translate design intent into product technical specifications
  • Implement standardization of fit across categories in partnership with technical design
  • Management of category model measurements ensuring they are aligned to fit standards
  • Establish construction standards for runway 
  • Identify opportunities for cost engineering improvement & raw material optimisation
  • Risk and safety management delivering product to the required technical standards
  • Management of non-compliant product
  • Establishment and management of blocks in conjunction with technical design
  • Management of product details and care instructions
  • Care & content label approval
  • Lead and manage team projects aligned to core objectives

Team

  • Develop relationships and effective communication with vendors
  • Enhance quality of communication between Burberry runway teams
  • Train and mentor team to elevate product quality
  • Establish and manage capacity and capability to deliver against the business requirements
  • Engage and elevate vendor technical teams

  Process

  • Implement and develop ways of working within the product engineering function
  • Lead category or departmental projects, coordinating and utilising skills sets where appropriate
  • Establish and manage the teams and vendors capability to deliver against the business requirements
  • Weekly reporting of quality (pp samples stage/testing and nc fields and hub’s)
  • Approve 100% pp samples. manage pp samples meetings and approval process. assist pp meetings in factory
  • Provide technical input for vendor selection& vendor on boarding
  • Provide technical input into product withdraw/recalls& root causes analysis from customer feedback

Systems

  • Develop and evolve the use of PLM for runway collections
  • Integrate the use of technology like 3d rendering and virtual simulations for fit and quality
  • Use data to make appropriate decisions regarding product quality

 

PERSONAL PROFILE

  • Strong Technical Design and Product Engineering skills (Pattern cutting, construction, size, shape & fit)
  • Relevant degree level and/or relevant experience in a similar role
  • Extensive years of experience within an apparel or related industry with key expertise in Women’s Wear products (Leather and Trims knowledge is also beneficial)
  • Experience in working on Runway collections or as Technical Design within luxury is ideal 
  • Fluent Italian is beneficial
  • Pattern cutting and grading experience
  • Proven knowledge of manufacturing and quality processes
  • Raw Materials and product testing knowledge is a plus
  • Experience managing an individual or team
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Effective and influential communicator
  • Efficient and motivated
  • Innovative and self-driven, especially on product elevation ideas and implementation
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment
  • Flexible and Agile
  • Independent decision maker
  • Technology savvy
  • Organised and structured
  • A Team player with ambition to grow within the team and organisation
  • Willing to travel as part of role


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