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Various RGU partner locations, AB10 7AQ
£22,000.00 - £24,500.00 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time
37 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate in textile design, or a strongly related field, to fast-track their career development as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in Textile Design & Technology (Wovens).

KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative high-profile projects. You will undertake a 2-year collaborative project between HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES and Robert Gordon University (Gray’s School of Art and School of Creative and Cultural Business). The post will be based at the company premises at Shawbost Mill, North Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis. You will design and innovate in new woven fabric development that will test the current business model and manufacturing processes to facilitate step-changes in design, manufacture and branding, to produce new fabrics that minimise seasonality and maximise sustainability.

You will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain marketable skills, broaden your knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable experience from industrial and academic mentors. You will also benefit from a Personal Development Budget of £4,000.

You must ideally possess a Master’s degree in Textile Design or Textile Technology within woven textiles, or a strongly related discipline. However, those with a First Class Honours degree in the above disciplines are welcome to apply. You will be expected to be located on the Isle of Lewis and should be self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines within a dynamic and small team environment. In addition, they must have experience of working in the textile industry, in particular designing within the woven lambswool market. Knowledge of international markets (in particular European, Far East & US) would be an advantage.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, as the ideal candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a range of different individuals. i.e. technical, academic, business and customers. Team working and flexibility will be a key requirement.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Whilst working on company premises report to and take direction from Ruth Masson, Marketing Manager and Callum Iain MacLeod, Production Manager.

Whilst working at Robert Gordon University report to and take direction from Josie Steed (Gray’s School of Art) and/or Karen Cross (School of Cultural and Creative Business).


PURPOSE OF POST:  Transfer knowledge of Woven Textile Design and Technology to HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES.

Provide guidance as required to staff at HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES.

Develop technical and personal skills (verbal and written) as required with increasing responsibility as experience level develops through the duration of the project.


Deliver the project objectives as detailed in the KTP project proposal.

Dealing with problems that may affect the achievement of project objectives and deadlines.

Undertake assessment of company.

Explore, understand and critically evaluate existing products/process at Harris Tweed Hebrides Ltd.

Take a leading role in developing and evaluating technical challenges from existing methodologies; processes map; methodologies report.

Technical requirements, challenges and recommended solutions report.

Literature review of woven fabrics; design trends and innovation in the high-end woven market.

Maintain an up-to-date project plan and provide a progress report for presentation at regular Local Management Committee (LMC) meetings.

Deliver presentations1 to immediate project team members and technical experts.

Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the project and knowledge transfer.

Any other duties that maybe reasonable, assigned by the Academic Supervisor/ Company Supervisor.



Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First Class Honours degree in Woven Textile Design and/or Textile Technology (or similar).

Knowledge and skills

Excellent knowledge of technical and design of (Dobby) woven textiles, development expertise and a good comprehension of testing requirements.

Ability to undertake independent research and development analysis.

High-level of creative thinking and vision with experience of designing and developing from initial concept through to production.

Knowledge of digital on-line design presentation and communication.

Ability to meet deadlines.

Ability to make informed decisions in a changing environment.

Able to present in both written format & verbally where report writing, and  experience of delivering presentations.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: must be able to communicate effectively with a range of different individuals. i.e. technical, academic, business and customers.

Willingness and ability to learn fast.

Self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines within a dynamic and small team environment.

Interest in island culture and living.


Experience in Woven Textile Design and/or Textile Technology related discipline/s.

Strong technical skills within woven textiles.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Master’s degree in Woven Textile Design and/or Textile Technology


Knowledge of and experience of the Circular Economy and /or textile waste management is desirable.


Experience of working in the woven textile industry, in particular designing in a high-end textile design business together with knowledge of international markets would be an advantage.

Experience of managing projects covering multiple aspects is desirable.


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