Fabric Technologist (9-12month FTC)

Quality and Technical Market Harborough, Leicestershire


Give your career a breath of fresh (countryside) air.

For the colourful and carefree who make the most out of life, Joules is the British country lifestyle brand that encourages all of life’s adventures.

At Joules, we design clothing, accessories and homeware for all the family. Alongside a whole lot more. We are inspired by nature. We have fun. And we care.

It’s been quite a journey from when we started way back in 1989. And thanks to staying true to our roots, and a team that is always wanting to do better, we’re pleased that the adventure is as exciting as ever. We think it’s your time to join in the fun.


The role of Fabric Technologist sits in our wonderful Technical & Quality team where you will create and drive the fabric sourcing strategy to deliver better quality fabrics; improving durability, performance & longevity; consolidate key fabric bases to achieve better prices/margin; drive innovation and deliver the sustainability targets are the key responsibilities for this role. This individual must be a strategic thinker, strong interpersonal skills with a passion for sustainability to drive the business forward

Day to day as a Fabric Technologist:

  • Collate roll ups and business level review.
  • Input into strategic seasonal cross costing projects on core programs globally and input into departmental strategies.
  • Be part of the team to review all key lessons learnt from the previous season related to fabric and ESG.
  • Support colour & fabric development process from Design through to Supply Chain supporting Design, Buying & Technical Teams.
  • The fabric must be risk assessed to ensure commercial viable and performs at the highest standard for the Joules customer.
  • Identify and establish key fabric trends for the upcoming season.
  • Actively source and manage the fabric supply base and expand the respective network in China & globally in line with the sourcing strategy.
  • Focus on margin improvement and fabric consolidation across core ranges. Ensuring minimum parameters are set and monitored.
  • Prepares key trend presentations to the buying and design teams.
  • Actively manages the fabric sourcing critical path.
  • Collating information ahead of weekly CP meetings and highlighting any risk, recommending solutions.
  • Supports the Senior Fabric Technologist to deliver new sourcing routes to land sustainability, profit and quality KPIs.
  • Monitor the execution of the day to day fabric sourcing requests.

What we need you to have:

  • Has over 5 years experience working in the industry either on the retail or supplier side
  • Has an understanding of commodity markets and can support buying team with fabric costings
  • Understands Joules quality requirements for print execution and fabric standards
  • Be part of the team to deliver fabric negotiation and savings on core fabric lines for business
  • Understands minimums and surcharges
  • Understands print techniques, cost and capabilities
  • Understands textile processes – spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing
  • Understands technical fabrics to support our ‘Right as Rain’ product ambitions
  • Good fabric negotiating skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good level of data collection and analysis for reporting purposes
  • Experienced at working cross-functionally with different business areas
  • Great level of experience using the Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)

What you’ll get from us:

  • 50% Staff discount
  • Clothing Allowance
  • Extended holiday (including Family and Volunteering leave)
  • Flexible working
  • Pension
  • A bold and vibrant place to work with bold and vibrant people

There’s plenty more on offer, but let’s get the ball rolling first – send us your CV.

We believe in equal opportunities and celebrate diversity. EVERYONE is welcome, EVERYONE is included, EVERYONE is free to bring their true self to work in a safe space where we can set each other up for success.