Textile Design Engineer
Bingen am Rhein
For 170 years, Gabriel has designed, developed and manufactured high-quality upholstery fabrics building a strong reputation world-wide for exceptional Nordic workmanship, a never-failing attention to detail and a strong environmental awareness. Today, Gabriel is the furniture industry’s preferred partner and supplier of exclusive upholstery fabrics, furniture components, upholstered surfaces and related services to customers around the globe. We are strongly committed to sustainability and consumer safety and meticulously document our environmental performance throughout our supply chain. Our products carry internationally recognised environmental labels empowering our customers to make safe and sustainable choices. The Company employs more than 1200 people globally, and has its head quarter in Aalborg, Denmark. Are you passionate about high-end textiles and product development? We are looking for a Textile Design Engineer who will support the current development team, focusing on integrating aesthetical and functional aspects in the design and product development process.In the position your focus will be to develop new products on the technology platform branded Shapeknit that manufactures knitted materials and components for office and home furniture. In the product development process, you will be in close dialogue with both our customers and suppliers to manage and execute a range of different development projects based on customer requirements. You will work closely together with a team of knitting programmers, textile designers and project managers, who all work together in the process of designing and developing new products and innovative solutions in close collaboration with our customers. Development and test of new fabrics and upholstery solutions As a design engineer in DesignMaster you will be a link between the customers’ needs and requirements and the development of new products. You contribute with your ability to understand the importance of both aesthetics and functionality in an integrated design process and will be responsible of the technical and functional testing of the new products. Your primary tasks will be: To work on development projects for new ShapeKnit products with responsibility of the total product solution, mainly related to the technical and functional properties. Preparation, planning and evaluation of prototypes and sample production. Defining, testing, and documenting product specifications and environmental profiles. Testing the fabrics through upholstery trials together with customers, and define and verify the functional properties of the products. Participate in customer projects, where you together with internal and external design teams develop new upholstery solutions for ShapeKnit. You will be based either in the headquarter in Aalborg, Denmark or the ShapeKnit office in Bingen, Germany, and will travel aprox. 40-60 days per year to both customers and between the two Gabriel locations.A solution oriented design engineer with a passion for product development and textiles The successful applicant is a textile design engineer with a relevant master’s degree within textiles, materials, or design. You have experience with product design processes and textile production or textile technologies (preferable in flatbed knitting or circular knitting) and preferable min. 2 years of work experience. You have knowledge about design and product development processes, with the experience of integrating aesthetical and functional product criteria through structured and systematic processes, and the ability to translate problems or challenges into new solutions. Your creative and technical thinking goes hand in hand. As a person you are solution oriented and are able to solve problems and manage complex projects, and you balance your expertise with a commercial business-oriented focus. You are a valued team player, who thrives in working closely together with textile designers and in cross-disciplinary teams. You are fluent in English and have strong communication skills: Colleagues and customers value your ability to listen, to bring in new perspectives and to present ideas. A solid value-based company with a strong and positive culture and a global growth mindset. An opportunity to work with several parallel projects and contribute to the development of new products and solutions together with some of the world’s leading high-end brands. Great possibility of professional development and further specialization within the textile business. An innovative and international company with a strong focus on both professional and individual development.