Helmond, The Netherlands

Job purpose:

To foresee and prepare our clients long-term future in textile and fashion innovation and sustainability. To ensure that the brand has a rolling 5 year pipe-line of new product development.

The company

Our client is a Dutch design and textile printing company. Influenced by Indonesian Batik, designed in the Netherlands, it’s history and design style is a multicultural mixture of beauty and industrial craftsmanship. Founded in 1846 by Dutch entrepreneurs, It is one of the world’s most dynamic fabric design companies with a reputation for surprising creativity and global exchange. Within this exchange is the story of African women — entrepreneurs and tailors who took the prints into their hearts and culture; creating meanings around the designs and beautiful garments to express their individuality

They have been designing and manufacturing distinctive fabrics loved by African women since 1846. The specially crafted fabrics – Wax Hollandais, Super-Wax – continue to be made with time-honoured methods and materials in Helmond, the Netherlands.

Key Tasks:

  • Long term research into macro and industry trends
  • Manage New Product Development pipe-line
  • Set sustainability objectives
  • Experiment with new textiles and fashion
  • Build and manage a team

Standards of performance:

  • Research should include inputs from the latest thinking of academics and relationships with forward-looking educators will be established.

  • There will be a clear programme for the introduction of new products and the management of the product life-cycle. New products will include development of textile substrates and printing effects and design as well as (potentially) garments and new market/product segments.

  • The KPIs around sustainability will conform to globally required standards. Research will highlight the leaders in the textile and fashion field. The aspect of slow fashion and the use of sustainable materials will be paramount.

  • A practice of experimentation and market trials will become the norm and a system for analysing results will be in-built.

  • The team will include high-calibre individuals in their fields with an analytical, conceptual and creative ethos.


  • Bachelor degree in Design and/or Branding (any field)
  • Up to date in brands, trends and sustainability knowledge
  • You are a design driven person and visionair
  • Curiosity and ability to explore and find opportunities that suit the African context
  • Good team worker, autonomous and organized
  • Prepared to travel, notably to Africa

Location: South of the Netherlands

Do you fit to the described profile, and are you ready for an exciting next step in your career? Please apply now with an English resume!