Sample Machinist

Country :
United Kingdom
Region :
East Midlands
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Category :
Production - Quality
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Availability :
Full time
Experience :
2 to 5 years
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Company description

Founded in Nottingham in the 1970’s, the Paul Smith collections have become internationally recognised and Paul Smith is one of Britain’s most renowned and successful designers.

Up until the age of 16, Paul had wanted to be a professional cyclist, but a serious accident set him on a different path. Once out of hospital Paul fell in with a group of art students. They talked constantly about art, architecture and design and Paul found himself longing to be part of that exciting world. From its origins in one small shop in Nottingham in 1970, Paul Smith has grown into a global business, selling in six continents.

Comprising of complete clothing, shoe and accessory collections for men, women and children; representation is further extended by associated product licenses where the potential of the brand has been recognised by key licensees in the fragrance, eyewear and interior businesses.

Through his five press offices in London, Tokyo, Paris, Milan and New York, Paul Smith is able to engage with international media, maintaining a leading profile in fashion, business and lifestyle press around the world.

In honour of his achievements in fashion design Paul Smith received a CBE by HRH The Queen in 1994 and later, for his services to the British fashion industry, Paul Smith was awarded a Knighthood by HRH The Queen on November 2000.

Job description

Our new Sample Machinist position is ideal for those who are a cut above the rest.Located at our Head Office in Nottingham, this technical, yet highly creative role, involves cutting out and producing samples, toiles and factory examples to required specifications as outlined by the Designers and Management Team.


• Select suitable fabrics for the varying samples and toiles to be made, whilst maintaining stock levels. 
• Travel to the Paris runway show on a bi-annual basis to assist with any required alterations.
• Inform Pattern Cutters, Graders and Technical Design Assistants of any problems encountered in the making of samples etc., advising on any practical improvements if required.
• Assist with the preparations for the selling shows wherever necessary. 
• Train colleagues on how to use the sewing and pressing equipment within the department.
• Document the work and time carried out by any mechanics.  

Essential Experience and Skills Required: 
• Educated to GSCE grade C or above in Maths and English, or equivalent qualifications.
• Demonstrated experience of sample/development machining across Men’s and Womenswear collections. 
• Excellent knowledge of garment construction, with meticulous attention to detail.
• Creative when producing prototypes, toiles and shop/show samples.

About You:
• Committed and hard working.
• Comfortable working as part of a team.
• Confident liaising with other departments. 
• Flexible and adaptable to changing daily and weekly deadlines. 
• Able to remain calm under pressure. 

In addition to the annual salary this role attracts -
• A generous Clothing Allowance
• Discretionary discount on PSL goods
• Pension
• Flexi-time
• An annual leave entitlement of 28 days, inclusive of Bank Holidays increasing by one day per year up to a maximum of 33 days