Footwear & Accessories Technologist - Head Office

Footwear & Accessories Technologist - Head Office

Cape Union Mart | Cape Town, WC, ZA

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Footwear & Accessories Technologist - Head Office
Cape Union Mart
2023-01-10 Cape Town CBD

Job Ref #: CUMG-7433
Industry: Retail
Job Type: Permanent
Positions Available: 1
An opportunity has become available at our Head Office (Cape Town) for a Footwear and Accessories Technologist.The successful incumbent will be responsible for the measurements, fits and grading of all Leisure and Outdoor Footwear and accessories and act in an advisory capacity to the Department. The purpose is to manage and improve on footwear quality standards and enhance the Footwear ranges.



Job Description


An opportunity has become available at our Head Office (Cape Town) for a Footwear and Accessories Technologist.

The successful incumbent will be responsible for the measurements, fits and grading of all Leisure and Outdoor Footwear and accessories and act in an advisory capacity to the Department. The purpose is to manage and improve on footwear quality standards and enhance the Footwear ranges.

Our ideal candidate should possess a distinct passion for footwear and accessories with sound attention to detail. The successful candidate will have the ability to align with the company vision, be self-motivated and actively involved in the footwear merchandising process in the applicable area of responsibility. In addition, the successful candidate should have the high energy levels, resilience and confidence required for this fast-paced, exciting and dynamic retail environment.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Footwear Measurements

Assessment and feedback of samples from Suppliers
Technical elements of the fitting and quality throughout product development and the approval process
Risk assessment of product quality standards/ production issues (including safety/ wear trials/ performance/ make-up and construction) and potential production issues
Developing new silhouettes and approving fits with the Buyers
Footwear grading to be consistent and accurate across categories and seasons

Fit Sessions

Schedules and arranges fit sessions with models and relevant buyers
Lead fit sessions from initial sample through to final production.
Ensuring clear and concise fit comments are communicated to suppliers or factories.
Work closely with the Buying team to support the fit development process from a technical perspective.
Provide advice on construction, pattern and fit for the buyers’ consideration

Supplier Management

Implementation of new procedures to ensure supplier base conformance
Managing the day to day relationships with the suppliers to ensure that they deliver and are operating to the required technical standards
Supplier returns, recalls and cancelation analysis
Assessment and feedback of samples from Suppliers
New vendor assessment in correlation with buying team

QA Reports

Bulk audit assessments
Management of technical processes during the manufacturing process
Fittings and technical assessments for footwear
Upfront technical assessments on new developments to ensure speed to market and minimal re-sampling

Off Bulk/Shipment Samples

Footwear from off bulk/shipment samples to be measured and compared to approved PP sample and/or graded spec
Raise grading issues with the relevant buyer for further action

Store Quality queries

Store visits to assess the quality of products delivered
Conduct the investigation and supply the relevant buyer with relevant information

Tech Pack Templates

Creation of seasonal tech packs templates
Compile technical briefs and communicate clearly on all technical-related issues
Approval/ rejection of fabric /material and other relevant testing procedures
Communicate changes to overseas Suppliers
Development of technical manuals in accordance with the company’s processes and standards
Amendments to the tech pack is made accordingly after fit sessions.

Research and Development

Research and development of new components to ensure best commercial quality
Volume and repeat line material and component testing and evaluation
Implementation of new procedures and reports to eliminate risk and improve supplier performance
Work closely with the Buyer to ensure product specifications and technical packs meet aesthetic and technical expectations
Work with industry on new product developments and introduce innovation into existing ranges (Product)
Monitoring and continuously improving quality

Analysing customer feedback to improve product reliability


Job Requirements


Knowledge, Experience & Qualifications Required

Matric & Graduate qualification in a related field
3 - 5 years related industry/ retail footwear /manufacturing work experience
Extensive experience across Ladies and Mens Footwear is essential
Extensive experience across accessories is required
In-depth knowledge of pattern/ lasts/ outsole moulds and fitting
Strong commercial eye to identify fit for purpose
Knowledge of footwear manufacturing, testing methods and standards
Good knowledge of and experience in working with vendors
Exposure to in-house systems (e.g. Product Life Cycle Management (PLM)) or internet- based systems
PC Literate - MS Excel (Intermediate)

Job Related Competencies

A passion for keeping up to date with product trends
Good articulation with excellent English written & verbal communication skills
Sound numerical, analytical thinking & logical problem-solving skills
Detail oriented
Strong merchant, trader and commercial mentality
A Team Collaborator with strong strategic and forward thinking
Strong planning, organizing, administrating and coordinating skills
Ability to work independently, self-lead and use initiative
Methodical, detail-orientated and accurate
Deadline and outcomes focused
Resilient and tenacious in a pressurized, fast-paced and ever-changing environment
Ability to resolve conflict
Ability to build and maintain relationships with all levels of the organization
An eagerness to learn

Please note: The Cape Union Mart Group is committed to transformation. Appointments and promotions will be made based on candidates who best meet the requirements for the position. Preference will be given to candidates who will enhance the diversity of the team, aligned to our Employment Equity plan.