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Footwear Technologist, Lacoste

Footwear Technologist, Lacoste

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Permanent Full-Time
UK-London, Finchley (Global Headquarters)
Customer Operations

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LACOSTE is above all a legend


The legend of a fantastic tennis player, René Lacoste, a member of the famous French "Musketeers" Davis Cup Team and a star of the courts at Wimbledon, Forest Hills and Roland Garros.


The true story of "the Crocodile" dates back to 1927. René Lacoste liked to recount how this nickname came about and ultimately became a brand of worldwide renown.


“I was nicknamed "the Crocodile" by the American press, after I made a bet with the captain of the French Davis Cup Team. The public must have been fond of this nickname which conveyed the tenacity I displayed on the tennis courts, never letting go of my prey.”


In 1933, René Lacoste founded a company to manufacture the perfect tennis shirt. The original “1212” pique polo shirt featured the now legendary embroidered crocodile on the left breast - Lacoste was born and revolutionised sportswear and branding within sport.


Pentland is the name behind some of the world’s best sports, outdoor and fashion brands.


We own Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Speedo, Boxfresh, Ellesse, KangaROOS, Mitre, Prostar and Red or Dead. We are also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear, the UK licensee for Kickers, and are shareholders in other companies such as Hunter, Butterfly Twists, Heidi Klein and Tracksmith.


We’re a third-generation, family-owned business – and we retain strong family values. We care about people, and that’s what drives our day-to-day work. This year the Great Place to Work® Institute recognised Pentland Brands the 11th Best Workplace in the UK and the 16th Best Workplace in Europe. Our global headquarters is in the UK and we employ 2,000 people across 20 countries around the world.


We believe that doing business the right way, with respect for people and the environment, is essential for ensuring our long-term sustainability - generation after generation. The Pentland values are at the heart of what we do and how we interact with the world around us.



In 1991 Pentland became the worldwide licensee for Lacoste footwear and in 2018 the two will come together to leverage the global reach of both brands for the growth of this iconic brand.


The JV aims to be renowned for its premium quality and innovative footwear, with an emphasis on sports-influenced styles.


As Footwear Technologist you will:


Manage within the pre-season and seasonal product creation process - Last developments, Fit & Wear Testing & pre-Tech 3 commercialisation approval keeping to Critical Path dates and gates and importantly ensuring conformance to Lacoste standards.


  • Provide input to seasonal development research to support category and design to allow inclusion of innovation and differentiation in new seasonal briefs.
  • Provide technology input to product direction, enabling Lacoste to deliver stylish premium products.
  • Regularly liaising with Development & Design Management teams.
  • Maintain good working relationships both internal and external to Lacoste (Asia Production and Commercialisation teams, Last makers, SATRA, BLC, Intertek etc)
  • Introduce & Govern procedures and standards to assure conformance to all product creation & testing from concept to commercialization.
  • Ensure conformance to the critical path for all Last Developments, testing and Tech I & II commercialisation.
  • Ensure Lacoste Standards for comfort and quality are achieved during product development and commercialisation by carrying out detailed footwear fitting across all product segments.
  • Accountable for developing and approving all Last Developments (New and amendments) to agreed Lacoste Standards.
  • Accountable to approve all Tech I & Tech II fit samples.
  • Track and report on seasonal fitting, prepare fit samples and arrange fitting sessions for effective turnaround within agreed timelines, all communicated with detailed and thorough fit reports being sent to UK development and P&C Asia teams.
  • Accountable for identifying foot measurements close to Lacoste standards and keeping fitting model database up to date at all times.
  • Identify a panel of wear testing and fitting persons so as to manage the fit and confirmation process, ensuring that all products meet brand values and requirements in respect of fit and fitness for purpose.
  • Monitor consumer and customer returns/complaints with an aim to suggesting fitting improvements for current and future seasonal developments.
  • Accountable for carrying out any Wear Trials and effectively reporting back findings to Development.
  • Advise any Lab testing that may be required and in conjunction to development ensure test results are effectively interpreted and acted upon.
  • Keep abreast regular technological improvements with in industry both with in Competitor base and supplier.
  • Liaise with MOMs & P&C Teams to ensure that common objectives are efficiently met.
  • Occasional development trips to Asia to assist in efficient engineering of complex product briefs.
  • Co-ordinate regular catch up meetings with Development.
  • Participate in product and continuous improvement based projects.
  • Budget accountability for technologist related activities with input from Development Manager.


What you need to have :

  • Footwear product development and industry relevant experience within the footwear industry
  • Strong Microsoft office skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Excellent knowledge across competitor & supplier sector
  • Design and development packages – Adobe Packages & BP, 3D packages.
  • Inter-personal skills
  • Technically knowledgeable on
  • Foot measure and assessing skills
  • Last making and measuring knowledge
  • Understanding of terminology and various sizing systems used globally
  • Detailed understanding of pattern cutting, manufacturing processes and materials properties
  • Understanding of different footwear styles and related manufacturing
  • Knowledge of footwear anatomy – variances between geographic regions
  • Understanding of specifics & requirements for – Women’s, Men’s Kids etc

What we need to see in you:

  • Personal stature that will inspire confidence through drive and enthusiasm
  • Committed to the brand, passionate, honest
  • Able to manage and work to deadlines
  • Self-sufficient and comfortable working with minimum of supervision and demonstrate strong initiative
  • Team Player
  • Ability to liaise with Senior Management
  • Fitting Experience
  • An ambassador for the business
  • Confident, professional and articulate
  • Pro-active, exceptionally well organised and able to prioritise
  • Ability to challenge management & cross functional colleagues.