PEP: Fabric Technologist

Company PEP
Reference # FabTech001
Published 21/09/2020
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Parow Industria, Western Cape, South Africa
Are you seeking for that special career opportunity that you need to bring your fabric knowledge, technical skills and textile flair to life. Do you see yourself working as part of a cross functional team that is determined to give our customers the most wanted product at desirable prices?

We are looking for the first fabric technologist to bring technical leadership to the fascinating art and science of fabric technology. Do you have an appetite to identify opportunities to implement changes and improvement then this is the perfect role for you.

If you are a dynamic, forward thinking and innovative fabric technologist, we have the ideal opportunity for you to join our newly created sourcing department.

Job Functions Retail
Industries Retail

Implement an integrated Fabric Sourcing strategy within the framework of the Product Group strategy and aligning this to PEP’s value positioning. Ensure product delivery that exceed customer expectations of value , quality and sustainability


Manage and implement the fabric development and execution process in line with the business strategy
Provide input into the seasonal fabric/supplier strategy process.
Continuously assess opportunities for value engineering with clear tracking and measurement.
Keep abreast of local and overseas raw material developments in line with key trends of the season.
Guide and Influence fabric decisions in line with volume business needs as well as fashion trends in industry
Review new fabric developments in industry and customise for value retail
Manage and implement the fabric development and execution strategy
Evaluate fabric standards and set new standards where applicable
Monitor and track fabric standard within our supply base, critical path and authorise qualities
Development and maintenance of Resource centres (includes the upkeep of the fabric library)
Liaise with PEP laboratory to ensure fabric complies with PEP standards
Manage specifications and technical packs to ensure product meets technical performance & quality
Assist Quality Assurance department with any fabric related queries or quality issues that arise


Degree or Diploma in relevant clothing related field (preferably fabric technology)
5 – 8 years Fabric Sourcing and technical experience in retail and/or manufacturing.(Essential)
Understanding of the International and South African fabric industry. (Essential)
Knowledge of fibre and yarn manufacturing (natural and synthetic)
Knowledge of manufacturing processes (wovens and knits)
Knowledge of end to end process – fabrics
Understanding the garment manufacturing process (factory exposure advantageous)
Experience in problem solving issues arising at fabric / manufacturing process
Willingness to travel (local and international travel))

Devotion to quality, performing under pressure, persuasiveness, flexibility, initiative, drive, integrity, innovating, service oriented and market orientation.

CLOSING DATE: Monday 28 September 2020

If you do not hear from us within 4 weeks of the closing date of this position, please regard your application as being unsuccessful.
PEP strives for equal opportunity in terms of its employment equity guidelines.

Job Closing Date 28/09/2020