Apparel and Accessory Designer

Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd specialise in the design and marketing of technical outdoor equipment. Our experienced and enthusiastic team develop innovative designs, manufactured to the highest standard and brought to market throughout the world.

We’re looking for someone who’s a team player and passionate about our products and the outdoors. The ideal candidate will have an enthusiastic ‘can do’ approach, a love of great gear and bring a wealth of experience to the role. This is a fantastic opportunity to work for a successful company that’s really going places. Reporting to the Design Manager you will be responsible for the following:

Key responsibilities:

• Work with the Apparel team to design commercial product options
• Be involved in the design process from start to finish, from the initial design concept through to prototyping to salesman samples
• Conduct appropriate research into trends via media, relevant trade shows and retail visits
• Produce master style fits/product briefs required to manufacture the garment
• Liaise with factories in the far east to ensure the quality is consistent and in line with master style documents
• Visit and work at factories overseas to ensure the quality standards are achieved and maintained
• Pattern cutting and grading
• Be involved in the sourcing of fabric from overseas
• Work on two key seasons collections per year (Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter)


• Experience using the following software; Excel, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and CAD
• Have a creative flair, a good eye for detail and the ability to work accurately whilst under pressure
• A passion for the outdoors and a knowledge/interest of outdoor clothing and equipment
• Team commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
• Ability to prioritise and meet multiple deadlines

Experience & Qualifications:

• Must be able to demonstrate at least 3-years’ experience in a similar position
• Be a skilled product developer with involvement in the design process from start to finish
• Must have previous experience of liaising and visiting factories in the far east
• A relevant Design qualification would be preferable, but not essential

Applicants should apply by sending a CV and covering letter, clearly stating your current salary and salary expectations to Donna Evans, HR Manager. Email or post to:

Donna Evans
HR Manager
Equip Outdoor Technologies
Wimsey Way
DE55 4LS

The closing date for applications is Monday 10th December 2012.

22 Nov, 2012
If this was an industry / area I was interested in, any suggestions on how to get in? Uni course first?
26 Nov, 2012
Yes Uni course is a good place to start. You have two options. 1. Falmouth Uni offer a Ba in Performance Sportswear Design then go and do a master but you now have to to mainland europe for this as Derby ceased to offer the origonal PSD course. 2. A fashion design Ba + Ma abroad If you need any further contacts for the course drop me your email and i will pass it on to the relevant people. cheers, hope it helps Tony

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