Technologist (Footwear/Accessories)

New Look

London, England, United Kingdom

Full time



Aug 11

We’re New Look and we’ve been at the forefront of British high-street fashion since 1969. Over the last 50 years, we’ve grown to be a global, multichannel brand offering on-trend, value-driven fashion for women, men, girls and boys.

Our passion is feel-good fashion at feel-good prices – and we truly believe that all starts with us. Our values inspire us every day: we play to win, we’re customer-obsessed and we work as one to give each and every one of our customers That New Look Feeling.

We are seeking a highly motivated and detail-oriented professional to join our dynamic team as a Technologist looking after Footwear/Accessories. In this role, you will be responsible for managing Footwear & Accessories from first fit through to delivery, ensuring the development and management of a range that not only meets customer requirements but also maximizes sales and profit opportunities while minimizing returns. For this role, we are looking for someone with technical experience within Footwear.

Accountabilities and Responsibilities

Taking responsibility for fitting and sealing of multiple departments.

Maintaining departmental quality, fit, testing and grading standards to uphold manual compliance.

Working with buying, design and supply base to develop blocks, basic fit and quality standards to achieve right first time sampling and support customer trends.

Sharing ideas and developments with other product areas to ensure brand / product consistency.

Conducting comprehensive product risk assessments and resolving issues before production.

Managing the product development process from first fit through to production, liaising with design, buying, merchandising, suppliers, franchise, international, supply chain and E-Commerce as required

Developing the right product with the right supplier capabilities.

Understanding product construction and suitability for mass production.

Understanding how to adapt product to minimise costs.

Negotiating effectively with external and internal teams to achieve desired quality/ fit objectives for the right price and timescale.

Managing packaging and labelling requirements to ensure consistency of brand and international legal compliance.

Conducting regular New Look store visits to identify faults and action improvements.  

Providing quality and fit input to SP packs.

To be responsible for the motivation and development of direct reports

Supporting with the development of fellow colleagues, delivering relevant training and support when required

Communicate effectively with all internal and external teams

Technical Skills

Ability to develop a product range with consistent quality and fit

Ability to put together a comprehensive and clear design brief including measurements and fabric/ trim specifications

Thorough understanding of product testing with the ability to review failed results commercially in line with the product.

Understanding of size grading and how to adapt for styling

Understanding of fabric and trim specs to ensure suitability for product type

Knowledge of all the elements that make up the cost of a product

Understanding of supply chain processes to aid right first time sourcing (Product lead times/ supplier capability/ factory set up to/ etc)

Understanding of factory processes to identify potential issues and cost saving opportunities (lay planning/ construction/ line flow/ etc)

Ability to conduct a factory audit report, identifying shortfalls & implementing action plan

An in-depth knowledge of how to review returns data to determine department strategy

Developing and implementing departmental and business strategy

Understanding of packaging and presentation of a product and the legalities

Understanding of New Look brand and sub-brand strategy

An in-depth knowledge of the current competitive market place (comparative shopping)

Why New Look?

The amazing people, the love for fashion- there are so many reasons to love working at New Look. We prioritise development, offering training to support your progression, so you can be at your absolute best and achieve your goals. You’ll also receive these amazing benefits, to name only a few:

40% staff discount

Monthly 25% off privilege vouchers for family and friends to enjoy

Quarterly sample sales

Season ticket loans

Our colleagues balance their time between home and office – we believe this is the best way to maintain a flexible but collaborative and social way of working.

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