As a Junior Material Developer at Gymshark you'll source and develop fabrics, in alignment with the Material strategy and creative vision. You will work closely with the Design, Product Marketing, Product Development and Innovation teams ensuring the aesthetic, functional and commercial needs of materials are met in order to deliver world class products to the Lifting Community.
WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING:
Execute material developments and sourcing tasks with support and guidance from Senior Material Developers, attaining item validation and technical approval (buy-ready status) in line with Product Creation Calendar timelines, Design direction, Material strategy, Sourcing strategy and quality standards
Build and maintain close relationships with teams such as Design, Product Marketing, Product Development and Innovation
Work on multiple projects with competing deadlines, both within and external to the Product Creation Calendar
With guidance from Senior Material Developers, execute material consolidation in accordance with Material strategy in order to continuously improve material efficiency
Contribute to material selection meetings whilst executing the Material strategy
Ensure all materials are approved and tested during the material development process, attaining buy-ready status in accordance with Product Creation Calendar timelines and performance standards
Contribute towards the creation of the material toolbox to ensure information is clear and well presented in order for other teams to efficiently utilise when building product
Carry out general administrative tasks in order to support the efficient running of the Materials team
Partner with T1/T2 suppliers to source and develop materials from inception to production
Collaborate with Material Development counterparts in Regional/Liaison offices, working together to deliver against the Product Creation Calendar timelines
Work with and support teams within the Product department such as Sourcing, Product Development, Design, Product Marketing
Use data in various settings including quality and performance measurement, presentations, commercial based decisions and KPI measuring
Suggest correct material sources for new developments based on functional and aesthetic needs, whilst being aligned with Material strategy, Sourcing strategy/policies and financial targets
Strong understanding of the apparel design and development lifecycle
Excellent know-how of fabric application to support the aesthetic, functional, technical and commercial needs of the product
Strong knowledge of fabric physical properties and performance testing
Advanced technical materials knowledge, including fibres, yarns, knit and woven fabrications
Knowledge of textile manufacturing, dyeing and finishing
Experience working with performance fabrics is highly desired but not a must have!
SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE AT GYMSHARK…
Create, believe, lead the strategy and energise the organisation
Are comfortable with being uncomfortable
Understand and can operate in an environment where change is the norm
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Proven experience of material development experience
Experience working with performance fabrics is highly desired
Ability to anticipate problems, offer solutions, and address issues with materials
Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills including the ability to deliver presentations
Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and data management systems such as PLM
Collaborative and team orientated
Ability to build and maintain relationships and communicate effectively to get the most out of stakeholders
Ability to cope with change in a fast-moving energetic environment
Previous experience working at a global brand is highly desired
Previous experience working within the US sportswear market is highly desired
Ability to travel up to between 10-15% of the time
WHEN YOU’LL HEAR AFTER APPLYING:
We receive loads of applications for roles here at Gymshark. It’s a great problem to have, but it does mean it can take us a little longer to try and give every application the attention it deserves.
Rest assured, we read and respond to every application. After we’ve taken a look at your skills and experience on your application, there’s a number of things that could happen next:
We’ll let you know as soon as possible if it’s not meant to be this time.
If it’s looking promising, we’ll be in touch with an email and a short phone call and understand what sits behind the CV!
If it’s looking really promising, we’ll aim to put some faces to some names and arrange a first interview.
And then if it’s looking really, really promising, we’ll be inviting you in for a second interview and usually a project to assess your skills and capabilities!
Thanks and appreciate you understanding!