KTP Associate - Fashion, Accessories and/or Product Design

Job Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious designer or strongly related field graduate to fast-track their career development as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in Fashion, Accessories and/or Product Design or design-related field. KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative high profile projects.


As a KTP Associate you will undertake a 2-year collaborative project between MONTROSE ROPE AND SAIL and Robert Gordon University (Gray’s School of Art). The post will be based in the company at Montrose, and you will innovate and present design-led initiatives in new product development that will test the current business model and manufacturing processes


In return you will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain marketable skills, broaden knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable experience from industrial and academic mentors. Additionally you will benefit from a Personal Development Budget of £4,000.


Candidates must ideally possess a Master’s degree in Fashion, Accessories and/or Product Design, or a strongly related discipline. However, those with 1st Class Honours degree in the above disciplines should also apply for this post. The candidate should be self-motivated with an ability to work independently and to tight deadlines within a dynamic and small team environment. In addition, she/he must have experience of working in the fashion and accessories industry, in particular designing in a luxury brand design studio together with knowledge of both European and Far East markets would be an advantage. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, as the ideal candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a range of different individuals. i.e. technical, academic, business and customers. Team working and flexibility will be a key requirement.


Salary Range: £25,000 with a review after one year


Position Type: Full Time, Fixed Term 2 years, with potential for further permanent employment within Montrose Rope and Sail Co Ltd upon contract completion.

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