Product Trim Developer

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About Rapha

Founded by Simon Mottram in London in 2004, Rapha makes the world’s finest cycling clothing. For 15 years, our products have redefined comfort, performance, and style for cyclists from absolute beginners through to WorldTour professionals.

Born from a love of the sport, Rapha regularly organises and sponsors unique rides and events. The Rapha Cycling Club was founded in 2015 to bring cyclists together, and today there are already more than 17,000 members worldwide. Our 21 Clubhouses across Europe, North America and Asia have become hubs for RCC members and local cyclists, offering a café space and stocking the latest products.

Rapha is proud to have worked with the sport's best athletes from its earliest days. First, as title sponsor to the British UCI Continental team Rapha-Condor from 2005 to 2012, then as clothing supplier to Team Sky from 2012 to 2016. We continue to work at the top tiers of professional cycling with the women’s UCI WorldTour team CANYON//SRAM since 2016, and, after publishing a two-year study on the state of the sport titled the Rapha Roadmap, we have returned to the men’s WorldTour with EF Education First Pro Cycling from 2019.

Job Description

Please Note: Interviews will commence in the New Year

Colour & Trim manage the colour development process from launch to production, working X Functionally internally & externally with our key partners in Europe & Asia.

Working across all ranges, we’re looking for an experienced Trim Developer to support and guide new development & consistency within our team.

Key Responsibilities

  • To develop & deliver resolved & considered trim within the critical path, quality requirements & budget
  • Responsible for guiding supplier placement for new Design briefs & concepts
  • Builds & maintains working relationships with new & existing suppliers to understand their technical capabilities, MOQ requirements & an awareness of dye techniques
  • Drives consistency within Trim & supplier placement – covering elastics, grippers, zips, buckles, heat transfers, webbings & labels
  • Feeds into Design concept meetings, to understand new season updates, range needs and direction from initial sketch stage
  • Organise and refine trim packs across all ranges to support range & business needs
  • Manage communication with trim suppliers and manage costs in both set up & bulk production
  • Responsible for creating and maintaining all data, pricing and testing of trims and ensuring accurate update of technical information is uploaded onto the PLM with the support of the team
  • Build internal trim library for our Product Engineering & Design Team
  • Actively seeks vendors for new innovations and ideas
  • Research and development knowledge of trim and competitor product
  • An interest ad awareness in sustainability
  • Knowledge & experience in trim testing & standards

Prerequisites

  • Self-motivated, very organised & inquisitive
  • Creative & flexible – thrives on change & problem solving
  • Enjoys creating and maintaining a high level of presentation – in boards, presentations & spreadsheets
  • Has a passion and interest in trim, along with an eye for detail – This could be through textile design and/or sportswear/outerwear
  • Interest in textile technology & functional components
  • Eager to learn & tackle all tasks with a positive attitude
  • Experience in using a Mac and the Adobe suite
  • An approachable communicator and a flexible team player with the ability to work cross functionally with Design, Product Engineering & Supply Chain
  • Resourceful & adaptable with the ability to manage workload in a busy environment
  • Knowledge of trim testing & standards

Benefits

We are continuously looking into ways to invest in our employees and build a better working culture and environment. Here are just some of the internal benefits we offer.

  • Flexible working hours
  • Support ad-hoc remote working during the week
  • No meeting Fridays - giving you time back for things like personal development
  • Free barista coffee and Friday afternoon social drinks in the office
  • Monthly department social events and quarterly office social away days
  • We offer a flexible riding benefit to allow you to go out riding on a Wednesday morning with colleagues or learn to cycle to cycling through our Getting Started Scheme.
  • We offer all our employees a 50% apparel discount
  • An annual clothing allowance Discounted membership to the Rapha Cycling Club
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Enhanced Parental Leave
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