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Soft Goods Designer

  • Reference: 388912
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Salary: Competitive remuneration package

  • Location: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

About Stokke

Stokke develops products that are designed in the best interest of the child. Stokke’s award-winning collection is recognized worldwide for superior solutions for children. For over forty years, Stokke has combined the passion for Scandinavian design with the ability to challenge the ordinary and make beautiful products that nurture family bonding. Based in Ålesund, Norway and with offices in Europe, US and Asia, Stokke can offer a truly international work environment.

Soft Goods Designer

On behalf of our client, Stokke, Nigel Wright is searching for an experienced Soft Goods Designer to handle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and New Product Development (NPD) activities, including optimization of product manufacturing processes. The positions are based at Stokke’s headquarters in Ålesund, Norway. 

Main job responsibilities

  • Develop new textile/soft good solutions for products in projects 
  • In collaboration with design team, develop textile part of new product based on factors as market and user needs, design requirements, safety, durability, and cost
  • Create prototypes and evaluate solutions using Stokke’s textile workshops.
  • In partnership with suppliers create and refine patterns and construction specifications from initial sewing samples through to final production.
  • Describe and communicate the products in specifications, cut patters and textile trimming.
  • Give feedback to suppliers for sample revisions to meet final approved standards
  • Execute on part approval process for textile products
  • Dialogue with supplier during product development projects to secure transition into mass production
  • Technical product responsible for textile products in given categories
  • Responsible for continuous improvement and ensure the right balance between cost and quality 
  • Keep the technical specification and documentation updated in Stokke’s PLM system for given products
  • Give technical support to operation manager in move production projects and other operational issues

Desired characteristics and qualifications

To succeed at Stokke, you will need to have a high level of energy and passion, both for the products and the work. We are searching for ambitious, driven and result-oriented individuals who thrive in a dynamic environment and want to contribute to taking Stokke to the next level. Further, we believe you are a team-player who enjoys collaboration and possess strong communicative skills.
Other characteristics and qualifications: 

  • Textile engineer education or equivalent relevant education combined with min. 3 years of relevant industry experience. 
  • Technical sewing skills for constructing soft goods for products, and knowledge about industrial sewing techniques as well as the process from fibers to finished goods. 
  • Pattern drafting skills to generate prototype sewing patterns, as well as final manufacturing production patterns.
  • Strong aesthetic sense, with ability to evaluate and make material/quality recommendations.
  • Self-motivation, excellent communication and commitment to follow up.  
  • Computer skills, specifically in MS Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop and Illustrator. Experience with PLM system is a plus. 
  • Fluent in English and with the ability to travel internationally.

Why join Stokke?

You will be a part of a company that creates smart and sustainable premium products, that through bonding between child and parent stimulate the child’s development. Our company values define who we are, what we believe and what we stand for. At Stokke, we are truly better together as ONEStokke. We take pride in our social happenings, celebrating our international and diverse atmosphere with events such as Christmas or a summer party. Our offices are close or in the heart of the city (e.g. Ålesund, Sindelfingen or Shanghai office) with a modern working space. Flexibility is important to all of us. Stokke is providing a hybrid working model which gives you the opportunity of working up to 3 flexible and 2 days from the office (applicable for office-based position). The Stokke Academy takes care of your career development which starts with a global onboarding training introducing you to the Stokke family. 

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