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Sewing Society Production Assistant

We are looking for a new Sewing Society Production Assistant to join our friendly team here in Moseley, Birmingham.

This can be a full or part time position Full-time hours are 40 per week but we will consider anyone looking to commit between 30 to 40 hours per week, spread over 4/5 days. Working days are Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.30pm with a 30-minute lunch break.

Guthrie & Ghani is a renowned name in the sewing community, known for its dedication to quality, creativity, and community engagement. Established by Lauren Guthrie, a former contestant on "The Great British Sewing Bee," the company has grown into a beloved destination for sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels. Joining Guthrie & Ghani means being part of a passionate, creative, and supportive team dedicated to excellence in the world of dressmaking.

As the Sewing Society Production Assistant at Guthrie & Ghani, you will play a key role in the preparation and assembly of our monthly dressmaking kits. Your attention to detail and passion for sewing will ensure that our customers receive high-quality, inspiring kits that will invigorate their sew-jo!

We are seeking a dedicated individual who can commit to 30 to 40 hours per week over 5 days (Monday to Friday). We offer flexibility in how these hours are worked, provided they fall between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm.

Key Responsibilities:

Kit Assembly:

  • Check deliveries of stock
  • Handle heavy fabric bolts and rolls, moving them around the g&g site.
  • Organise and prepare materials such as fabric, thread, patterns, and notions according to kit specifications.
  • Assemble monthly dressmaking kits, ensuring all components are included and properly packaged.

Quality Control:

  • Identify and resolve any issues with kit components, such as fabric faults, defects or missing items.
  • Conduct quality checks on assembled kits to ensure they meet g&g standards.

Packaging and Shipping:

  • Prepare kits for shipping, including labelling and packaging.
  • Coordinate shipping with the g&g order fulfilment team

Process Improvement:

  • Suggest improvements to the kit assembly process to increase efficiency and quality.
  • Participate in team meetings and contribute ideas for new kit designs and offerings.

g&g order fulfilment support:

  • Support the shop floor team in picking, packing and posting online orders
  • Assist shop floor team during busy periods or to help cover staff absences

Working Conditions:

  • Environment: This role will require standing for extended periods, heavy lifting and lone working. This is not a customer-facing role
  • The workshop: Although the workshop is on the g&g site you will be the sole worker in the workshop for extended periods of time.
  • Hours: Part or full time; 30 to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday

This position offers an opportunity to be part of a creative and dynamic team, contributing to producing high-quality dressmaking kits that delight and inspire customers.

Guthrie & Ghani takes pride in the development of its staff, offering opportunities for growth based on the needs of the business and the individual skills and experience of the successful candidates

Experience:

Essential experience:

  • Working in a production environment that involved working efficiently to specific deadlines or timelines
  • Taking part in quality control
  • Data entry
  • Communicating effectively with the team

Skills:

  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Basic sewing knowledge and familiarity with sewing tools and materials.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment.

Attributes:

  • Enthusiasm for dressmaking.
  • Ability to work well in a team and communicate effectively.

The tasks and duties in this job description are subject to change at the manager's discretion and the business needs.

This is an entry-level position in the business and the rate of pay will be at the National Living Wage level by your age. Applicants must be 16 years or older.

How to apply

If you would like to discuss this role further or ask any questions, please contact our Operations Manager Kate by calling the shop (0121 449 8419) or emailing [email protected]

If you would like to apply please email [email protected] with a cover letter (max 1-2 pages) and your CV as an attachment. Contact details for two references must also be provided.


In the cover letter we are looking to hear why you would like to work with us, why you are suitable for the role along with what you feel you would enjoy most about the role and building the Sewing Society kits.

Please note, emails not containing a cover letter and CV as an attachment will not be considered for short listing.

The closing date for submissions is 9.00 am Friday 19th July 2024.

As we will be unable to respond to all applicants, if you have not heard from us by Monday 22nd July, unfortunately you have not been shortlisted this time.

Please note that for short-listed candidates, interviews will take place on Tuesday 23rd July 2024.


The interview process will involve a typical interview question and answer discussion with Operations Manager, Kate and business owner, Lauren. Following that you will then be asked to complete a practical taster session to experience what the job will involve daily and will allow us to assess your practical skills in efficiency and accuracy.