- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- business management skills
- leadership skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- customer service skills
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to organise your time and workload
- to be flexible and open to change
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- working with design and sales teams, buyers and quality control departments
- visiting factories and managing orders from retail and wholesale customers
- attending conferences and exhibitions to build contacts
- dealing with suppliers in the UK and overseas
- setting and checking quality standards, prices and delivery times
- helping to create and promote your brand
You could work in a factory or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be noisy and you'll travel often.
You could move into senior supply chain jobs, business development or marketing.
You could also find work with companies that specialise in technical textiles, like carbon fibre and aerospace materials.
You can find out more about careers and training in textiles production from The Textile Institute.