Careers

Alex Begg currently employ over 100 people in a wide variety of areas, such as Weaving, Mending, Warehouse, Finance, Marketing and Design. We have a great team who have generations of knowledge and experience, they truly are the key to our continued success.  Our People live our values:

  • Quality: We create products that are best in class. Quality is the foundation for everything we do.
  • Passion: We have pride and believe in what we do. We strive to be the best.
  • Craftsmanship: We use our insight, knowledge, skills and experience to create our products.
  • Integrity: We act fairly, responsibly and with honesty in all that we do.
  • Working Together: We build relationships for mutual long term benefit with customers, colleagues, suppliers, our community and our environment.

We are keen to hear from candidates with the attitude and energy that reflects our values. In return we can offer you a fulfilling career with a growing company that you can be proud to work for. Surrounded by a great team, we can share our experiences to develop your skills in premium textiles manufacturing.

Current vacancies are detailed below, to apply, please send a Job Application to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk, unless you are informed otherwise on the advert. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received we are unable to respond to unsuccessful applications.

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Loom Tuners & Other Experienced Textile Operatives

We are always happy to hear from people with experience in textiles who would be interested in finding out more about working with us. If you have strong experience in textiles then please do not hesitate to contact us at recruitment@moorbrooktextiles.com, or call 01292 267 615 and ask to talk to HR

Warehouse Manager

Purpose and objective of the role

To Lead a team of operators to oversee the efficient receipt, storage, value-add activity & deliver quality product, on time to meet customer orders.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for planning and executing work orders in your dept to meet customer demand, including shifts, creating and maintaining targets, continually reviewing results to learn and adjust capacity of department.
  • Responsible for delivering product which meets customer specifications whilst continually reviewing to reduce non-value add activities throughout.
  • Manage the complexity of low volume, high mix product ensuring customer labels and consumables are in house on time to meet customer demand.
  • Managing stock & ensuring inventory accuracy is maintained with analysis of information and owning investigations when required.
  • Responsible for ensuring safe and secure working environments and practices for department in accordance with legal and company requirements.
  • Manage the consumable process of purchasing and storing in an efficient and in an effective manner.
  • Gain/maintain technical and operational knowledge of your department to understand the capacity of different SKU and aid with best flow.
  • In depth knowledge of warehouse KPIs and use these to produce weekly/monthly reports and business updates for Production Manager.
  • Ensure open and transparent communications with other department managers to create positive flow of product to ensure on time despatch.
  • Coach and lead using appropriate management style to engage and empower team; creating and developing targets aligned to business objectives and clear communication of priorities.
  • Manage warehouse staff by co-ordinating recruitment, cross-training and training of new staff in line with HR policies and company procedures.

Knowledge of lean practices to identify and increase capacity and ensure and efficient utilisation of people process and equipment.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills experience and attributes

  • Previous experience in warehouse management procedures and best practises, stock control and executing a plan.
  • Leadership skills and ability to manage staff in multiple areas.
  • Strong organisational and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to implement process improvement initiatives.
  • Collaborates with other dept heads to achieve common objectives.
  • Manage direct reports. Ensuring clear expectation and measures of success.
  • Energy, drive and innovation to lead and inspire to achieve outstanding results.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft packages and ERP system.
  • Strong planning and organising skills.
  • Confidence and ability to manage conflict.
  • Knowledge and experience of continuous improvement methodology including lean, 5S and Kaizen.
  • Coach and develop staff to ensure high performance and motivation.

 To apply please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk

Closing Date: Friday 15 February 2019

Woven Textiles Designer – 1 Year Fixed Term Contract 

We are seeking to appoint a Designer to work with our established Design Team.

About Us

Alex Begg produces luxurious cashmere scarves and throws for the Begg & Co brand as well as for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. With generations of knowledge and experience, our talented people are the key to our continued success.

In this role you will liaise directly with our customers, many of whom are top luxury brands. You will produce designs to their specifications and create innovative design developments. You will be supported with an in-depth training schedule.

Domestic and occasional international travel will be required.

This role will suit a creative designer who:

  • Has an eye for excellent design and a passion for woven design
  • Has strong commercial and trend understanding
  • Can create designs from customer briefs and in-house brands

Our ideal candidate will have the following technical skills/experience:

  • CAD software experience with both dobby and jacquard designs
  • Calculating cloth sett
  • Working with current and developing new woven structures and cloth

A degree-level qualification in textile design, with at least 1 years’ experience working in a design studio is desirable, however graduates will also be considered.

Please note this position is a 1 year fixed term contract. 

To apply for this position, you should submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk by 24th May 2019.

 

Product & Process Engineer

About Us

Alex Begg produces luxurious cashmere scarves and throws for the Begg & Co brand as well as for some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses. We have a talented team who have generations of knowledge and experience, who are key to our continued success

About the Role

We are currently looking for a positive and enthusiastic Product & Process Engineer who will be a great addition to our team.  You will be joining the team on a fixed term basis reporting to the Technical Director.

You will be responsible for reviewing, developing and maintaining robust product and process specifications for the beautiful products we manufacture.

A further key component of the role is managing the costing process to achieve and maintain an accurate ‘digital-twin’.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Critically reviewing current practices in conjunction with appropriate technical & operational resource, reflecting resultant changes in process and system documentation.
  • Perform selected work study analysis of key operations.
  • Analysis of product and process variances, and providing guidance & assistance to department managers in root cause analysis & corrective actions.
  • Manage build-up of costing from development through to approved product, accurately reflecting operational activity in product standard cost.
  • Ongoing analysis of actual costs against standard, and reflecting necessary adjustment to standard costs.
  • For all New Product Developments (NPD), manage cost forecasts & expectations from conception through to completed development.
  • Support preparation for the installation of a replacement ERP system.
  • Actively communicate with internal teams to ensure appropriate stakeholders are collaboratively involved in activities.
  • Work to support safe working environments and practices for self and others.

About You

Essential to this role:

  • Significant experience in a similar role in a manufacturing environment.
  • Well-developed influencing skills to gain information and ways of working from existing staff in all areas of the operation.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Numerate, with a strongly developed analytical ability.
  • Strong excel/data manipulation skills.

You will enjoy being part of a fun, friendly environment where people enjoy working with each other, while working hard and having the desire to be the best they can be.

If you would like to apply for this position, then please submit a CV and covering letter to HR detailing why you are suitable for this role.

Closing Date: Friday 14th June 2019

Key Account Manager – Scotland based

We currently have a vacancy for an experienced Key Account Manager.

In this role you will be responsible for managing the ongoing growth and development of an established business collaboration. You will help to develop and implement a targeted growth plan, increasing business in current channels, and exploring other potential new avenues for opportunity.

Based at our weaving mill not far from Glasgow, you will travel regularly in order to manage the customer relationship with this leading global luxury fashion brand. You will oversee our luxury client’s bespoke woven accessories projects as they progress through each department from design, to production, and despatch.

As you will also work closely with our client’s various teams including design, sourcing and product development, an understanding of the design and product development process will be beneficial. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with those for whom English is a second language, is a must.

This role will suit someone who is:

  • Proactive, energetic and driven
  • Highly organised
  • A creative thinker
  • Positive about tackling problems
  • Willing to collaborate openly, demonstrating good communication skills
  • Able to influence and build rapport

Our ideal candidate:

  • Has a sales track record
  • Has a degree-level qualification
  • Has previous experience in the fashion and textiles industry
  • Has solid computer skills
  • Non-essential, but preferred: Italian or French speaking

Based in Scotland, this full-time role involves travel to Milan and Paris, sometimes at short notice. Reporting to the Design and Sales Director.

If you would like to apply for this position, then please submit your CV and covering letter to HR along with a statement detailing why you are suitable for the role.

Closing date: 28th June 2019
 

Management Accountant

June 2019

 

The Business:

Moorbrook Textiles Ltd is a Scottish-based manufacturer of premium woven accessories.  It operates under the brand names Begg & Co and Alex Begg from its manufacturing plant in Ayr.

The Company manufactures premium accessories such as scarves, stoles, throws and blankets woven from the finest luxury fibres including cashmere, silk, merino wool and angora.  These are sold via the Alex Begg name to some of the highest profile global premium brands.  Over the last few years, we have also developed our own Begg & Co brand, with ambitious plans for further growth.

Moorbrook Textiles annual turnover has grown from £8m to £18m over the last 5 years and is budgeted to grow another 50% over the next 3 years.  The Company employs about 150 people and exports around 85% of its products worldwide. The ultimate holding company is Lindengruppen based in Sweden who have invested heavily in the business in recent years, both in terms of people and infrastructure, to support the ongoing growth strategy.

 

The Role:

Due to retirement, we are recruiting a Management Accountant.  This is an established role, with responsibility for management reporting and business support.  The Company has utilised the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution since 2012, but will migrate to a more current ERP solution over the next 12 months.  Most financial transactions are performed within the operation, with a small Finance team running AP, AR and bank.  This role takes responsibility for the integrity and reporting of the numbers.

 

This represents a great opportunity for the right candidate to become a key member of the team and to develop their skills and experience in a growing and vibrant business.  The role reports direct to the Finance Director, with key interfaces with Operations & Sales management and with the rest of the Business Services team.

 

 

Job Description:

Although operating in a traditional sector and having a significant history, the Company is now a complex business recording its financial transactions and commitments on a sophisticated ERP system.  This role carries responsibility for maintaining the integrity of the Ayr financial reporting, analysing performance and working with local management to improve it.  The tasks include:

 

  • Daily monitoring of ERP transactions/balances for exceptions & errors
  • Production of periodic management accounts and related commentaries
  • Calculation of standard costs for operations and products
  • Analysis of operational financial performance and variances
  • Analysis of sales & margins by product/customer/region
  • Work with Operations teams to optimise financial performance
  • Periodic HMRC reporting – VAT, PAYE, etc.
  • Preparation of business cases for capital expenditure proposals
  • Preparation of budgets and forecasts
  • Support for other members of the Finance team
  • Preparation and submission of funding support applications to Scottish Enterprise
  • Other ad hoc projects and duties as required

 

Person Specification:

Incorporating a blend of management and financial accounting, the role demands a flexible and accomplished individual with strong people skills and ability to manage multiple tasks.

Experience in a manufacturing environment is essential, and some exposure to the fast-paced multi-disciplinary demands of a growing medium-sized business would be beneficial.

It is likely that the successful candidate will either have at least a couple of years post qualification experience (CA/CIMA/ACCA) or be a significantly experienced QBE (qualified by experience).

Experience of modern ERP systems is essential and any exposure to Microsoft Dynamics AX would be an advantage.

A committed and tenacious approach to improvement of business processes and performance is essential, as is the ability to communicate and operate effectively at all levels of the business.

A summary of the key characteristics is as follows:

 

  • Professional qualification or very significant relevant experience
  • Previous experience in a manufacturing environment
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and to prioritise appropriately
  • Keen commercial awareness, ideally gained within a growing, mid-sized company
  • Experience of operational process development and implementing financial controls
  • Excellent IT skills with a sound knowledge of ERP systems and MS Excel
  • Creative thinker with excellent problem solving and analytical abilities
  • Confidence and strong interpersonal skills, especially when interfacing with senior management and non-finance business partners
  • Energy, drive, tenacity, professionalism and commitment
  • Flexible approach to working hours in line with the needs of the business

To apply for this position, please should submit your CV and covering letter to recruitment@alex-begg.co.uk by Friday 14th June 2019.