Location: Durban North

Our manufacturing client is looking for a Sample & Design Manager to join their team.




  • Manage Sampling department.
  • Interact with sales to receive brief for new developments and ensure all info received – logos, pantones, quantities etc.
  • Understanding sublimation process.
  • Technical knowledge of garment construction.
  • Ensure all new visuals are ‘achievable’, taking into consideration CMT, construction, costs, fabrics used, colours based on quantity, and budget needed etc.
  • Sourcing fabric and order fabric, ensuring PO is done on system.
  • Handing over information to coordinator when sampling.
  • Liaise with suppliers – printers, embroiderers, headwear, fabric, buy-ins, jersey suppliers, socks, buttons etc.
  • Keeping track of all suppliers – samples, swatches, prices, reference numbers etc.
  • Dying up of fabrics – lab matches etc.
  • Source & order trims.
  • Sourcing outwork prices, handing over to coordinator when sampling.
  • Liaise with customers occasionally.
  • Complete spec sheets & style sheets – recording suppliers of all fabrics and trims etc. keeping samples, swatches, reference numbers, prices etc.
  • Ensuring plots and branding details received with prices and necessary information.
  • Ensure measurement specs are done and 100% accurate.
  • Advising which patterns to use for new ranges - existing ones and new ones.
  • Examine samples and make sure they meet specifications and quality as per client specifications before they go off to clients.
  • Organise invoice if samples are chargeable.
  • Calculate and determine all costings.
  • Assist production when changes are needed.
  • Liaise with clients.
  • Communicate with suppliers.
  • Proofread all flyers, catalogues, order packs and other literature going out.
  • Liaising with & briefing production team once samples have been handed over, troubleshooting with any issues coming up once in Production.
  • Keeping track of Department monthly cost per garment.
  • Liaising with CMT downstairs if extra help is required.
  • Ensuring samples are correct when sending to QA downstairs.
  • Pick fabric and trims if in stock.
  • Liaising with grader / marker when other sizes are needed, troubleshooting re specs, pattern issues etc.
  • Fabric Library.
  • Taking photos of all sample once ready to be sent to Sales.
  • Prices for buy-ins when doing costings.




  • Degree/Diploma in Design would be advantageous.
  • Experience in design software e.g. CorelDraw, Illustrator etc. will be advantageous.
  • Literate in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • ERP & PLM system experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication in English
  • Organization skills and a positive attitude.
  • Team Player

Please note: shortlisted candidates will be contacted within 5 days for interview. If not contacted, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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