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Helen

Senior Garment Technologist – Menswear

Helen, Senior Garment Technologist – Menswear

  • What attracted you to Joules and why did you choose to work for us?
  • All my working life I have worked for small companies where I have been lucky enough to be involved in their growth. At the time I joined Joules it was a smaller business but you could see the potential as there was no one else on the high street quite like it. It is great to be part of that development.
  • Tell us about a typical day…
  • I usually start by answering any emails first thing. These are mainly from suppliers or our sourcing office in Shanghai and sorting out any questions that may have arisen over night due to the time difference. I will then discuss with my assistant what we need to do for the day ahead. We work on up to three different seasons at any one time and we need to be highly organised at all times. This can involve checking final samples for one season, working towards the development of Salesmen Samples for the next season or advising size charts for a future season with the designers. No two days are really the same, we work closely with the buyers and designers to help them achieve the garment they want which includes holding fit sessions, assessing returns information and attending any necessary meetings. We are constantly reviewing our garments to improve their fit and make up then liaising with our manufacturers to make sure they are aware of how to achieve the best garments for our customer.
  • What's the best thing about working at Joules?  
  • The people, I really enjoy the company of those I work with.
  • What’s been your biggest achievement so far? 
  • That is hard to define but I always get a great sense of achievement when I have worked really hard on a garment and I am praised for achieving ‘a great fit’ from Tom.   
  • What qualities make someone successful at Joules?  
  • Hard work and the right attitude. You have to get very involved and be persistent to get things right.
  • What do you think makes Joules unique as an employer? 
  • They trust their staff to do the best job in the best way they can and are open to any ideas to improve ways of working for everybody.
  • What would your advice be to someone considering joining Joules?
  • Look at what we do - if you like it you will love working here.

A bit more about you...

  • What is your favourite film or book? 
  • My favourite film has always been from many years ago which was ‘Pretty in Pink’. I loved the soundtrack and it was a typical film of that era (80’s). More recently ‘The Place Beyond the Pines’.
  • What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on? 
  • Again, I cannot pick out a single holiday but skiing holidays when the children were young and we all learnt to ski together. We still all ski but sadly they go on their own now.
  • What’s the best present you’ve ever received?  
  • I don’t think I do bests as nothing stands out in that way to me, but if you can count them as gifts, a bit soppy, but it’s my children. It might not seem like it but they never stop ‘giving’ however old they get.

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