• Apparel Engineer - Innovation

    Location UK-Sunderland
    Job ID
    Position Type
    Permanent Full-Time
    Pentland Brands

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    Building a family of brands, for the world to love, generation after generation


    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. Last 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.


    For further information, please visit www.pentland.com.


    Key Purpose of Job:


    As part of the Applied Innovation team reporting directly into the Head of Applied Innovation, you will work closely with the Brand and Innovation Concept designers to engineer our new and progressive Outdoor apparel that help deliver better product solutions than what exists currently in market.


    This will be a highly collaborative role, working closely with the Innovation Concept and Brand Design team to define the design intent, as well as the Operations teams to ensure that the most promising concepts and designs can be engineered brilliantly into our commercial propositions that make it to market.


    With a focus on the thermal comfort and water management performance needs you will also need to work closely with our Research team and external experts and athletes to ensure our engineered solutions meet the standards and expectations we aim to deliver


    Engineers outdoor garment/apparel with a focus on the high performance and unmet consumer needs in the outdoors environments.



    • Engineers the garment/apparel with input from the Innovation Research and Brand team to define the product performance needs.
    • Define how the garment/apparel can meet performance requirements working closely Materials Manager (Apparel) and Design.
    • Build relationships with athletes and mountain and outdoor experts for input and evaluation of the product during development. Implement the global Innovation Product Development plan, to enable the delivery of key products and technology platforms in line with the Innovation R&D plan against agreed commercial objectives, timelines and brand strategies.
    • For defined commercial Brand projects, achieve commercialisation on time and in full against target investment and margin parameters, exploiting cross-functional opportunities at all times.
    • Grow and exploit the Berghaus IP portfolio in association with the Pentland legal team
    • Be an Innovation ambassador and work closely with the Brand Marketing team to ensure full global marketing and PR value is achieved from new product technologies
    • Coordinate with the Innovation Research Lead to collaborate with external development and research partners, identify new opportunities to create competitive advantage
    • For commercial Brand projects, manage fit and amendments following wearer trials of pre-production samples and approve production samples, grades and all size sets.
    • Create patterns, prototypes and full documentation to support handover from Innovation to Operations and continually explore best practice to in doing so.
    • Maintain the Outdoor Apparel Innovation samples library
    • Define and develop product quality and performance standards and liaise with Operations to ensure these are maintained through production of commercial products.
    • Responsible for achieving the product specific Swim Engineering OGSM, KPI’s and Milestones.



                             What you need to have


    • Experience in contour product development within or for a global sportswear brand or similar industry
    • Demonstrable understanding of the challenges involved with Outdoor activities
    • Experience in the delivery of commercial, product development activities at a global level
    • Experience in establishing and successfully implementing time critical plans and meeting strategic objectives
    • Experience of working with product manufacturers from across the globe
    • Experience in working with and fitting consumers and conducting appropriate wearer trials
    • Proven technical knowledge of applied products and their construction
    • Experience in application of computer programs to an appropriate level for the purpose of creativity, development, data management, presentation, report writing and communication
    • Proven ability of working with external individuals, institutes and facilities to support product development
    • Experience of cross functional team working and integration
    • Proven ability to manage and deliver multiple projects on cost, on time and in full
    • Experience of interpreting designs, creating patterns, manipulating stretch materials and working with garment manufacturers.

                        What we need to see in you


    • Highly collaborative and keen to push themselves and the team forward in positive way.
    • Driven to make things better than they are currently, but patient enough to know this sometimes takes time and team work.
    • Curious to explore new ideas and question the norm.
    • Willing to move outside their comfort zone to push the envelope of what can be done.
    • Comfortable with “failure” as a means to progress.
    • Flexible and adaptable to changing conditions.
    • Able to remain calm in times of pressure.
    • Able to balance what would be incredible with what is achievable.
    • Creative with strong problem-solving skills.
    • Eagerness to learn, yet able to firmly convey their knowledge and expertise within the team



     This overview gives you a feel for what you’ll be doing day to day but it’s not an A to Z.


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