Design Room Assistant

This is an exciting opportunity to join the design team and build a career in the most successful textile company in Scotland.


About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the design team and build a career in the most successful textile company in Scotland.

Our Hawick-based design studio is situated in our knitwear mill, where we have the latest state of the art Shima Seiki knitting machines and a significant technical development and sampling resource, allowing you to see designs being produced at all stages of the process. We are recognised as the go-to Scottish manufacturer for the world’s leading couture houses and are continually progressing our own brand journey at the same time.

By joining our busy and dynamic design team, you will be able to build a successful career in design in a growing and globally recognised family owned company.

You will be

  • assisting our 3 Senior Designers with style developments on private label and Johnstons of Elgin collections
  • providing administrative support for the team
  • logging samples and taking stock inventories including updating spreadsheets accordingly
  • colour matching and sourcing other direct materials including zips, threads, ribbons etc. when required
  • preparing and updating shade cards and colour charts
  • maintaining fabric development and garment/accessory archive areas
  • finding and arranging product for sale stock and amending stock lists
  • quality checking and measuring finished samples when required

This a full time, permanent role working 39 hours a week Monday to Friday or 34 hours Monday to Thursday. You will be working on site from our Hawick Mill.

About you

You will:

  • have technical knitwear knowledge, with a minimum of 3 years industry experience following a design (or other relevant) degree to support this
  • have a flexible, can do approach
  • be enthusiastic and willing to learn new skills and techniques
  • have excellent IT skills in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Microsoft
  • have the ability to manage several tasks and projects simultaneously whilst prioritising workload.
  • have excellent organisational skills with a high attention to detail
  • be a confident communicator that enjoys working with a variety of people

About Us

Johnstons of Elgin is an innovative, luxury clothing brand with 225 years of experience in working with the world’s finest fibres. Across three centuries, our family–owned company has carefully sourced cashmere and fine woollen fibres from around the world, applying the latest technology and highest quality craft expertise in our own vertical Scottish mills. Employing over 1000 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.

The company supports the principle of Equality and Diversity in employment wholeheartedly and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

All applicants must be able to provide evidence of their right to remain and take up paid work in the UK.

Closing date – Friday 12th August

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