Helmond, The Netherlands

Job purpose:

To ensure that our clients unique design history is a constant source of inspiration for current and future creativity and to make the use of the design archive a strategic element in the designs.

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

  • Analysis of the brands design history
  • Using archive designs strategically to inspire new designs
  • Seeking commercial and creative understanding for re-interpretations of old designs
  • Creating a framework for the potential of archive designs in relation to the contemporary design world

Standards of performance

  • The largest print archive in the world must be comprehensively understood for its historical origins and its modern potential

  • Designs and elements of designs should be systematically discussed with designers to inspire new design directions

  • Contacts should be established to understand market reaction to archive designs and how they can best be commercially exploited.

  • A wide understanding of the print archive should be used to position the brand history as relevant in current, global design.


  • Bachelor degree in Design (any field)
  • Experience with material research, packaging and branding
  • Up to date in brands, trends and sustainability knowledge
  • You are a design driven person and a material expert
  • 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!