Jobs: The Bristol Weaving Mill

The Bristol Weaving Mill is looking for two full-time weave design/textile graduates to join their growing team. A Sales and Design and a Production and Technical role.

Both positions are for immediate start.
Location: Bristol
Salary: £18,000 PA starting wage.
Submission deadline: 2pm Friday 14th July 2017.

Sales & Design Role
The Bristol Weaving Mill are looking for a confident and driven sales person with a solid technical understanding of weaving and excellent design skills to help us establish, nurture, and maintain client relationships for The Bristol Weaving Mill through pro-active and responsive communication and design development.

This job will involve working closely and strategically on sales, building upon the existing client database for the Bristol Weaving Mill. Each of their client relationships is based on offering a service catered to their individual needs, with most of the customers seeking not only the small-batch and locally managed production capabilities of the mill, but also looking to them to provide input and direction creatively, offering technical advice where necessary.

The creative and technical elements of this role are essential to the main sales element.

– Maintaining communications with existing clients remotely, via phone and email;
– Managing client lists and contacts;
– Meeting with existing and new clients in-house and on sales visits;
– Identifying and targeting new potential clients in the UK and worldwide;
– Co-ordinating the aesthetic development of client projects through trend research and hand- weaving trials;
– Product development for our own branded fabric and products through CAD and hand- weaving;
– Working with the production team at The Bristol Weaving Mill to be able to inform clients about the viability, scope, and limitations of their proposed projects and the different options open to them for any given project;
– Communicating pricing and lead time information to clients;
– Contributing to the development of our in-house fabric collection including personal design
input of trends and hand-loom swatches. Requirements:
– A BA degree in Textiles (specialised in woven constructed fabrics);
– Confident hand-weaver (practical and technical);
– Professional and diverse creative portfolio;
– Excellent interpersonal skills;
– Sales experience preferred but not essential;
– Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office;
– Full UK drivers licence.
Production & Technical Role
The Bristol Weaving Mill are looking for a passionate, practical, and highly organised weaver to join their production team on the mill floor to facilitate the daily running of their busy and widely diverse weaving schedule.

Working closely with  their technical director, this role will involve lots of manual and hands-on production tasks such as the set-up and weaving of client orders on our AVL handloom and our industrial Dornier power loom, as well as admin-based production management duties such as supply chain management, materials sourcing and organising our out-of-house processes. This is a job for a true passionate weaver, someone who loves working with machines and will take pride in a well ordered and maintained production schedule.

The ability to calmly and level-headedly troubleshoot problems, both technical and logistical, is essential for this job role.

– Supply chain management; liaising with yarn suppliers to help manage price, lead times, stock and ordering of materials;
– Organising sub-contractors for warping, finishing, and other external processes like cut and sew and embroidery;
– Hand-woven design for industrial application; responding a client-led brief whilst taking into consideration end-use, appropriate structure and fibre use, technical production limitations, price-factors and maintaining the customer aesthetic;
– CAD work for technical notes and data archiving;
– Hand loom and power loom processes including sectional warping, knotting-on, creating
punch-cards, calculating materials and wastage, as well as on-loom quality control;
– Off-loom quality control;
– CAD work using weave software to create accurate design annotation.
– A BA degree in Textiles (specialised in woven constructed fabrics);
– Confident hand-weaver (practical and technical);
– Strong creative portfolio;
– Excellent organisational skills;
– Experience hand-weaving larger pieces/lengths preferred but not essential;
– Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office;
– Full UK drivers licence.

Please apply by email with CV and images of your portfolio to

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