Duties D eveloping manmade fibers and quality assessing natural fibers; S pinning fibers into yarn, and knitting or weaving yarn into fabrics; P roducing nonwoven materials; identifying the latest fabric trends, developments and innovations; O verseeing the dyeing, printing and finishing processes; E nsuring quality in areas such as strength, durability, colorfastness, and water and chemical resistance; A dvising commercial colleagues on technical aspects of the business;
Education N eed a degree in a subject such as: textile technology textile science materials science or technology chemical or physical sciences production or manufacturing engineering.
Abilities A high level of technical knowledge and strong practical skills; T he ability to work as part of a team and to liaise with colleagues in other functions; S trong negotiating skills; T he ability to priorities and to switch between different tasks as required; P roblem-solving skills and decision-making ability; O rganizational skills, to ensure time schedules are adhered to and deadlines are met; A n interest in, and understanding of, computer technology.
Personal Qualities K nowledge of physics and chemistry A n understanding of computer technology G ood team working skills L eadership skills A n understanding of manufacturing processes K nowledge of textile properties.
Salary S tarting for assistant or junior positions: £16,000 - £18,000. F or technologists with a few years’ experience: £25,000 - £35,000. F or those with management research development responsibilities: £40,000 - £50,000.
Locations and Availabilities All over the world Especially in big city like Los Angeles, New York, London, etc. 1. Moving away from technical management into managing a whole department and possibly progressing up the management ladder; 2. Becoming a technical specialist in an area such as ethical trading standards, or in a technical service area.