Job: Marton Mills | Woven Textile Design Assistant

Marton Mills is a traditional British family owned and managed weaving mill steeped in heritage and driven by innovative design. Nestled in the heart of Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, Marton Mills produces premium fabrics for a range of end uses including fashion, interiors and uniforms. They offer creative solutions underpinned by traditional Yorkshire values – where consistent quality and exemplary service are provided as standard.

Job description
To be an integral part of the design team, liaising with customers to understand their needs and guiding them through the design process, providing CAD designs and excellent communication. Working directly with the Head of Design on any in-house design projects, including new collections, drawings and mood boards. Assisting with show set ups and keeping the design area clean and tidy. Helping any other department in the mill with any queries to ensure the smooth running of the production of cloth.

Duties and responsibilities
Design and Product Development:

  • Bespoke customer developments including customer liaison and CAD work
  • Provide consistent support to the Head of Design, responding to briefs quickly and creatively and translating concepts into commercially viable products
  • Produce market and trend research
  • Preparation and presentation of seasonal ranges
  • Co-ordinate fabric photography and any marketing collateral for online content

Communication and Organisation:

  • Assist with trade show setups and sample hangers
  • Ensure all customers receive an exceptional standard of service at all times
  • Assist and handle customer design inquiries for both existing and new customers by phone and email
  • Collate and match yarn shades to fit individual customer briefs
  • Analyse yarn usage and stock levels for new designs
  • Meticulous attention to detail is required to ensure all work is accurate, timely and most efficient for the weaving mill
  • Assess and approve completed fabrics to production quality standards
  • Assist any other member of staff who may require help with a design or weaving issue
  • General archive management
  • General housekeeping and administrative tasks as required

Qualification and skills required

  • Woven textile design degree BA(Hons) or BSC(Hons)
  • Previous experience working in industry is desired
  • Thorough technical understanding of dobby weaving capabilities and woven construction is essential. Developing original peg plans and analysing existing fabrics is necessary for the role
  • Computer literate with woven CAD design software, ideally Scotweave and the ability to learn in-House systems
  • Ability to use Photoshop and InDesign to create moodboards and marketing material
  • Experience in managing social media accounts is desirable, including Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Creative flair and ability to adapt creative handwriting to different briefs
  • Interest in environmental sustainability and awareness of textile industry innovations
  • Strong communication skills and customer service skills
  • Must be able to self-motivate, work on several projects at once and meet deadlines, with the confidence to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Impeccable attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Being polite, courteous, and professional at all times

To apply, please email your CV together with a covering letter and your digital portfolio in PDF format to by 6pm on Sunday 10th July

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