Assistant Wet Finishing Manager

Mill Operations
Support the Wet Finishing Manager in leading the Wet Finishing department, delivering all key aspects of production management.

Responsible to:          Finishing Manager

About the Role:          Support the Wet Finishing Manager in leading the Wet Finishing department, delivering all key aspects of production management within the context of the Quality Cost Delivery Safety People (QCDSP) framework but by specifically delivering change to the department by implementing lean tools and techniques and by developing management information to fully explain team performance.  

This is a permanent, full-time position working on a dayshift Monday to Friday. Salary is starting from £35,000 per annum, dependent on experience.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Develop the team in Lean tools and techniques to support the delivery of the annual plan.
  • Develop the team’s performance through ensuring continuity of competencies for all roles.


  • Support the Wet Finishing Manager in optimising the finished quality of all products in the finishing team in line with customer specifications and company values, whilst looking to improve quality and implement new finishes.
  • Support the Wet Finishing Manager in looking to improve the quality of all products processed through the optimisation of machine settings.
  • Support the Wet Finishing Manager in implementing new finishes on fabrics through exploring new techniques and technologies to add value to our branded and customers products.
  • Implement and maintain standards of housekeeping and cleanliness within the department.


  • Support the Wet Finishing Manager in the management and control of all departmental costs in line with budget expectations and support the Wet Finishing Manager with preparation of forecasts.
  • Develop cost reduction plans to reduce costs of operation e.g. Labour, Energy, Quality etc.


  • Support the Wet Finishing Manager to effectively manage and improve departmental Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)to demonstrate performance and build improvement plans to increase productivity.
  • Deliver On Time In Full (OTIF) against the daily and weekly plan.
  • Ensure all Bill of Materials are up to date and correctly identify the right processing parameters.

Health & Safety

  • Manage your teams HS&E to ensure all necessary risk assessments are in place and are suitable and sufficient.
  • Ensure all your team are suitably trained to the right level of H&S competency.
  • Working with your team to implement plans to achieve zero injuries.


  • Provide strong production management skills and knowledge in leading the team.
  • Develop a high performing team culture which creates an environment where people can thrive and grow with the business using Lean techniques as part of the vehicle to deliver this.
  • Train and develop your team in the necessary competencies to meet business needs and optimise flexibility.
  • Provide leadership in living the companies’ values.
  • Provide regular communication to your team keeping them fully engaged with team and business performance.

About You

You will have -

  • Experience in Production management within the textile industry or other manufacturing businesses.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Microsoft proficient in Excel /Word.
  • Strong leadership and team building skills.
  • Experience with lean manufacturing principles/six Sigma methodology.
  • The ability to work independently and to take the initiative in problem solving.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills with the ability to prioritise a demanding workload.

Don’t meet every requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single requirement or qualification. At Johnstons of Elgin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but think your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

About Us

Founded in 1797, Johnstons of Elgin is an innovative, luxury clothing brand celebrating 225 years of experience in working with the world’s finest fibres. Across three centuries, our family-owned company has carefully sources cashmere and fine woollen fibres from around the world, applying the latest technology and highest quality craft expertise in our very own vertical Scottish mills. Employing over 1,000 staff, our valued employees and communities are at the heart of everything we do, producing unique, high-quality designs that are made to last. Our brand is focused on sustainability, working with natural, renewable, and biodegradable fibres and we are committed to maintaining a minimal environmental footprint.

Johnstons of Elgin is proud to be an equal opportunity employer wholeheartedly supporting the principles of equality and diversity to build an inclusive workforce. Our aim is to embed diversity and inclusion in everything we do to create an environment where our employees feel safe to be their whole authentic self without having to downplay or change parts of their identity. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, which goes beyond those characteristics protected by law to include everything that makes us unique, from our backgrounds and experiences to our personalities and ways of thinking.

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Please note all applicants must be able to provide evidence of their right to remain and take up paid employment in country job is based.

Closing date – 21st September 2023

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