Materials Technologist – Soft Goods

Job ID: 848
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As part of the Global Materials function, this role will partner with key stakeholders globally to manage and communicate day to day activities including provide material input, conduct material development, risk assessment and problem solving.

Ensure materials are conformed with the brand’s expectations on both materials and product form. Maintain Material data integrity through a thorough data management process. Support our ambition to deliver sustainable materials and products


The role you’ll play as Materials Technologist:


  • Communicate and manage relationship with cross functional team
  • Manage day to day activities with material suppliers
  • Seasonal material development based on request from brand stakeholders
  • Coordinate with Product Assurance on in-house testing needs
  • Support product/material risk assessment and root cause analysis
  • Manage and maintain material database (PLM), ensure completion of the information
  • Collate seasonal colour request to create lab dip tracker
  • Work closely with design team to ensure all lab dip requests are accurate and accommodate any changes
  • Conduct lab dip approval  (for European mills)
  • Order required materials for the tech room
  • Maintain material physical libraries
  • Update sourcing tracker with logistical information required by category

What you'll bring as Materials Technologist:

  • Degree in Textile Chemistry, Textile Technology, or related fields
  • Have experience in managing materials development, material standards and testing
  • Understand design and product engineering
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritise work and multitask with strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills both written and spoken with proven experience working internationally across global teams.
  • A desire to work collaboratively across the Business
  • Able to identify, work with & influence key stakeholders.
  • A passion for performance brands

About the Brand:

Founded by two friends, Peter Lockey & Gordon Davidson, Berghaus is one of Europe's original outdoor brands.


Since 1966, we have been on a mission to get more people outdoors because we believe that where the best of life is lived outside.


Our brand purpose guides us to ensure absolutely nothing stands in the way of someone experiencing all the awe and wonder of the outdoors. And when something does, we'll challenge it to make it right. Because, after all, the outdoors belongs to every one of us.


Berghaus is one of those rare brands: A pioneer in what we do. For over 50 years, we've been making great value, durable kit that gets you out and keeps you out. We're fortunate enough to look back on a rich history of innovations that have not only steered us into market-leading positions but have fundamentally changed the category for the better.


We're getting closer to consumers to create products that will be talked about, reconstructing how the brand shows up, showcasing our ranges like never before, and collaborating in new and original ways.


To propel us forward, we're looking for the very best talent to join our journey to transform one of the world's most iconic outdoor brands by putting the Berghaus back into Berghaus.


What you’ll get in return  


  • SMART Working* 

  • Competitive remuneration package 

  • Brand and retail perks 

  • Financial perks 

  • Travel perks 

  • Time out perks 

  • Wellbeing commitment  


* SMART Working is our approach to hybrid working at Pentland Brands. It’s about working smarter, not harder and ensuring that we come into the office with a clear sense of purpose and a desire to connect and collaborate. We have introduced “core office days” of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we’re asking everyone to be in our modern offices on those days. As long as you’re working your contracted hours, we don’t mind when you start and finish, but we want you to work when you’re feeling productive and accomplishing the most. 

About Pentland:

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

We are Pentland Brands, a global family business bringing some of the most loved active and footwear brands to millions of people around the world.

We own Speedo, Berghaus, Canterbury of New Zealand, Endura, Mitre, ellesse, Boxfresh, SeaVees, KangaROOS and Red or Dead. We’re the global licensee for Karen Millen footwear and Kickers in the UK.  We also have a joint venture partnership for Lacoste footwear.

All our brands have their own unique identities and every one of them is powered by Pentland. We have more than 1,400 employees worldwide and we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to help shape our future.

We celebrate differences and give everyone the freedom to innovate and develop, be it through creative working environments or learning opportunities. Our brands are there in the moments that matter - being there for more people, in more of those moments, drives everything we do.

At Pentland, we’re guided by four principles, we use these to make sure we’re not only doing a great job, but we’re doing it in the right way:

  • Success is a team game
  • With clarity and courage
  • Better as standard
  • In good conscience

To find out more go to or follow @pentlandbrands on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook.  

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