The Testing and Standards Engineer exists to help assure fast and reliable delivery of production fabric, accurate analysis of test results, problem resolution, and effective communication of fabric status throughout the production process. Engineers are responsible for analyzing test reports sent by suppliers/outside testing labs, limited physical testing for correlation/confirmation purposes, analysis of variability, production approvals & problem solving -- all within a demanding environment created by our simultaneous commitment to quality, innovation, cost containment, delivery and environmental improvement.
Essential Job Functions:
o Input all test data into an Excel database allowing for analysis of variability and historical reference.
o Manage all production testing and approvals. Communicate results & recommendations to Development, Purchasing, Product Management & the appropriate teams.
o Establish an on-going Quality Assurance programs with all vendors using adequate submit systems, and if necessary, in-plant inspections.
o Communicate the quality and delivery status of all production fabric to Fabric & Product Development, Production & Purchasing.
o Interface with Color Department to ensure correct comments are communicated to fabric suppliers.
o Work in conjunction with field quality personnel and fabric mills to resolve issues in the cutting facility.
o Validate marketing claims, utilizing testing methods if necessary.
o Evaluate garment constructions as appropriate, including tests of all seam taped mockups in development and prior to production.
o Analyze finished garment performance in comparison to competitive products as required.
o Evaluate, test, analyze, and resolve raw material issues in customer returns.
o Actively participate in the development, utilization, and maintenance of lab equipment and fabric information systems.
o Stay current in new technologies, processes, industry trends and changes in test methodologies. Re-evaluate appropriateness of test requirements for intended end use of fabric styles as needed.
o Participate in trade shows, tours and clinics as needed.
o Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time.
o Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
o Good color correct vision.
o Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor within a flexible and (at times noisy) work environment.
o Ability to travel domestically and internationally utilizing various methods of transportation.
o Comfortable working in factory and warehouse environments.
Minimum Job Qualifications:
o BA or BS in Textiles.
o Working knowledge of fiber characteristics, textile processing and textile testing, gained through college curriculum skills and/or equivalent work experience.
o 3+ years experience in a Quality Assurance or garment industry role.
o Basic understanding of Quality Management and Statistical Quality Control concepts and practices, based on work experience or study.
o Working knowledge of personal computers with experience in the use of such programs as Word, Excel and Outlook.
o Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
o Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
o Exceptional analytical and organizational skills.
o Able to work independently as well as part of a team.
o Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers and vendors.
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