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Gaye has over 25 years experience in management, people & business development, and training. As well as being the Managing Director of Rag Trade Recruitment, Gaye also owns a successful change management consultancy – Xpand Management.
Phone: 09 522 5001
Rosina began her career in garment manufacturing for the export/tourist markets at age 19. She has built a solid career in the fashion & textile industries thereafter, including 17 years as hands-on owner / operator within the high fashion retail sector.
Phone: 09 522 5002
As a company, Ragtrade Recruitment do things differently from most recruitment agencies. Our consultants are not based on commission, they work hard as a team to find the best people for our roles – we are not in this business just to put ‘bottoms on seats’. We have a number of resources at our disposal and are always on the look out for new opportunities to cement our place in the industry.
RTR has an extensive candidate data base that has been built up over our years in business. Due to the fact we are a specialist agency in the fashion industry our data base contains a detailed listing of available candidates, their skills, work experience and field of expertise. A valuable resource, at RTR we run a fully integrated system that ensures we can make our clients aware of the top available candidates in the industry without the expense of advertising.
We keep our clients informed weekly and monthly, by e-mail and newsletters, of our best current candidates in the market place.
One of our very successful profiling tools in recruitment is the use of the Life Colour Keys Profile system which is on offer to our clients. Using this method enables people to understand how and why they process life in a particular way. The colours categories reveal the person’s priorities and methods of processing life. For employers this can reveal information on potential employees talents and skills, interaction with others and employing the right person for the right role.
Print Media: RTR currently utilizes the services of most national and suburban print media. We ensure that our brand is continually in the market place.
Digital:With access to both SEEK, Trade Me and our RTR website, RTR offers competitive rates for existing clients looking to cast the employment net a little wider. We can put together a punchy ad, have it posted and administer the responses. With our own recruiter resources on all of our sites we have already set up systems to source the best possible applicants for you.
Fashionz With listings on Fashionz website, we ensure that visitors to this fashion industry website are fully aware of our current listings and can apply to us on line or link to our site directly. Apparel Magazine Regular monthly articles in Apparel Magazine ensure that potential candidates and clients are fully informed of the latest issues facing the industry in relation to recruitment and human resources.
RTR recruits throughout New Zealand in each of the main centres, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. An RTR representative can interview and canvass for both roles and people in each of these main centres. So where ever you are in the country, RTR has the processes in place that can assist you in your job search.
With links and information listed on the New Zealand Retailers Association website, RTR ensures that we are canvassing potential industry personnel on these sites. We also are kept informed with regular updates from both sources on the latest current events in the retail industry. Check out our retail information page for these resources.
Developing strong relationships with our education providers, RTR is pleased to continue with seminars dispensing industry advice to High Schools, Polytechnics and Universities within New Zealand. We ensure that we know who are the ‘up and coming’ graduates and like to give a little back to those beginning their careers in fashion with an overview of the industry and the roles that are applicable.
Fashion Offshore Production Coordinator
Men’s wear fashion
Advanced level – Fashion Experience/Degree essential
Our client is one of the top New Zealand fast moving fashion manufacturers with a focus on innovative product development and trend forecasting selling to the retail market. This role will be responsible for the management, co-ordination and preparation for offshore production of all orders secured by the Sales Team or New Catalogue Ranges.
Your Keys Tasks will be:
Supplier & customer order correspondence
Set up critical paths internally
Management and tracking of purchase orders
Manage the production schedule and production meetings
Monitor and Manage WIP with mills and factories achieving smooth chain of supply.
Supplier cost requests
Manager all quality control requirement with factories to minimise quality issues
You will have the following abilities:
Excellent time management & organisation skills
Initiative and good communication skills
Able to multi-task with great attention to detail
Experience with supplying to major retailers
Able to negotiate FOB prices
Intermediate to advanced computer skills – MS word, outlook & excel, some database experience would be beneficial but not necessary
High level of knowledge of garment construction, patterns and textiles
Experience dealing with off-shore production from Asia and India
If you have had the above experience in an apparel/fashion house and are now at a senior level wanting to join a happy and productive team, please email your CV to email@example.com
Garment Tech Street wear Fashion
Fantastic established Streetwear Brand
Advanced technical experience required
This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced Garment Tech to join one of New Zealand’s leading Streetwear brands.
This is no ordinary Garment Tech role – Huffer is looking for an experienced Garment Tech who will bring their ‘A’ game every time – has an eye for street wear, and a passion, dedication and work drive that matches no other. Huffers’ team is full of stars and they need another star to join them on the ride.
You will be joining a small team who relies heavily on one another to deliver outstanding results. This role is integral to Huffers’ design team and will work closely with the Head of Women’s Design and Production. With your strong communication skills and technical garment knowledge you will be completing garment spec’s and sample prototypes, utilizing your experience in specifications, grading and garment fits.
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
Great attention to detail
Ability to draw using computer software
Relevant qualifications and advanced experience with spec’s
Excellent communication skills, including liaison with off-shore production
Ability to complete and problem solve garment specifications
Time management skills and ability to multi task
We are looking for a candidate with:
Passion – the love of Huffer and Streetwear
Someone who is hardworking – a small team commands greatness
A positive attitude – the ‘yes I’ll give it a go’ goes a long way in Huffers business
Competent skills in Illustrator or InDesign
If you have the above attributes, skills and experience then don’t miss out on this opportunity to build on your career and to play a key role in our client’s friendly and successful team then we’d love to hear from you.
Email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
APPAREL VISUAL MERCHANDISER Manager
- Christchurch based
- Leading NZ Outdoors apparel Brand
- Implement new branding and retail concepts!
Our client is a leading developer of outdoor/adventure wear for the NZ and International markets.
Would you like to work for a market leader in the apparel industry, with a reputation for high quality and a unique style? This company has seen amazing growth over the last few years and plans are set for this to continue.
We are seeking a team player to join this dynamic company in a key position. You will be responsible for creating the exciting new look and feel for this company’s retail environment. Whilst maintaining the key brand values you will also develop new business strategies and continue the brands established industry relationships.
You will be in control of store development including designing store layouts and coordinating store fit-outs whilst working to budgets. A key task will be design and development of window displays and point of sale material which changes seasonally. Brand integration will be essential so you will also be responsible for catalogue design, model searching, styling shoots, posters, ticketing, swing tags etc. This would suit a candidate who has been involved in intermediate to senior level management and visual merchandising for a large retail group. Be quick to secure this role.
Contact Rosina on 09 522 5002 or e-mail email@example.com
Fashion Textile Designer
Great fashion textile product
Fun & Busy team in Auckland central location
Advanced photoshop and illustrator skills
A maternity leave cover for 1 year opportunity has arisen with a company which supplies apparel fashion forward fabrics to the New Zealand and International markets. We are seeking a commercially aware (advanced intermediate to senior) and talented fabric designer with proven skills in interpreting current, and predicting forward market trends, who has a thorough understanding of colour and fabric. You will have relevant tertiary qualifications and experience working in the fashion/apparel industry and/or in textiles. You will be responsible for the complete fashion textile range development and your responsibilities will include:
Seasonal and directional research
Innovative and on trend fabric/print design
Complete sourcing, buying and reviewing of fabric selections
Setup of new products
Presentation of the range, costings
You could currently be a Merchandise Manager with great fabric and photoshop knowledge. You’re creative with a keen eye for detail and have a passion and enthusiasm for the apparel industry. You have excellent communication skills, are also ambitious, loyal, self motivated and a team player. If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity please contact us today!
Email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Apparel Garment Technician
Iconic Brand and great team environment
Advanced Garment Tech Experience Essential!
Our client is looking for an experienced garment technician or apparel product technician to work for their successful apparel company and iconic brand.
This is an advanced position; applicants must have offshore production experience and be able to complete specification sheets for offshore suppliers. Good garment construction knowledge is essential along with excellent communication, computer and time management skills, with the ability to adhere to strict deadlines.
With your previous garment tech experience in the fashion / apparel industry you will be experienced and must be able to liaise with the design, merchandising and suppliers to maintain consistency and high standards across product ranges. Creating and maintaining product specifications, managing the development of product, providing technical support and ensuring development packs are completed accurately and in accordance with critical path. You will also be required to undertake regular international travel to Asia.
If you have the technical expertise, Illustrator, and the above skills and experience then we would love to hear from you. Please contact us to find out more.
Sales with Design Input – High Fashion Textiles
Design Flair necessary
We are looking for a Sales/Business Development person with a passion for Design and Fashion. This role will see you visiting with fashion designers guiding them with your trend knowledge in their fabric choice for their fashion ranges. This is a consultative sales role and you will need to have a background and understanding of fabrics and their behaviours. You have been in sales however you may have been a merchandise manager/assistant or have a fashion design degree and a love of textiles. Our client is looking for this role to bring the sales team closer to the design team when engaging in presentations to the clients.
As well as developing and nurturing the existing clients you will have a proven record of business development, to grow the Auckland Area. If you are a results oriented business development/ account manager wanting to use your flair and design skills,
If have this experience and you’d like earn a great base salary, have a vehicle provided and the ability to earn much more in incentives, then we would love to hear from you.
Email your CV to Rosina@ragtrade.co.nz
Accounts Office & Fashion Operations Management experience required
Fantastic Fashion Company and team
Our client is a successful high fashion women's wear company and they are seeking an experienced Office Manager to join their fantastic team. This will be a blend of roles managing day to day office activities, staff and the overall functionality of this small business. This is an excellent opportunity to use your accounts and administrative experience in a dynamic and busy Office Managers role with lots of variety.
Some of your Key Responsibilities will include:
Accounts Payable (including a good phone manner)
Processing basic journals (ie an understanding of debits and credits)
Knowledge of GST
Knowledge of Payroll and PAYE
Staff Management and HR
Proficient with Excel and working with spread sheets
You will be responsible for office management and the day to day processing for the company; you will also need to act as support to the Company Director/Designer. Your business acumen will be highly prized and there will be great opportunities for you in this growing and successful business. This role requires relevant skills and experience in a similar position i.e. Accounts Assistant or Office Manager, ideally in the fashion industry. You need to be a good communicator who is accurate and efficient in your work with strong computer and administration skills.
To find out more about this role please email your CV to email@example.com
Previous experience in the Apparel industry essential
We are seeking an experienced sales support candidate with a fashion/apparel or textile background to come on board with this well-known Textile company. In this role you will be providing essential support to both customers and the sales team ensuring that the input management of customer order requirements is undertaken in a structured and timely manner. Working with the International Account Manager, Sales & Marketing Manager, Planning team Operations and R&D teams you will be a key point of contact. As you will deal with an extensive and diverse clientele you will need to have exceptional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships.
In addition to the above you will also be required to:
Ensure all sales order are actioned in a timely manner and monitored for on-time delivery
To assist with marketing activities, implementing initiatives as required
To assist with customer-specific product development programmes as required
This is a sales support and administrative role, however there is potential to for career advancement to International Sales within this progressive company.
Your eye for detail and advanced skills in Word and Excel will be put to use producing and maintaining accurate record and reports assisting the above departments in maintaining and growing existing markets and uncovering new opportunities. Your motivation, reliability and can-do attitude will ensure your success in this position.
Email your CV in application to firstname.lastname@example.org
A leading wholesaler of uniforms is looking to recruit a Garment Technologist Manager to work in their Auckland Head Office. Working closely with design and production the successful candidate will be responsible for the development of outerwear and managing a team of Garment Techs. This is an excellent role for candidates skilled in fit, sizing and garment construction. Candidates must have relevant experience in multi-product outerwear and a keen eye for detail. A sound understanding of supplier procedures, the critical path process and a good understanding of pattern construction is essential for this role.
This is a comprehensive and exciting role and you will need to have excellent communication skills to continue and develop close working relationship with the technical, sales teams and brand managers.
A brilliant opportunity to work with a top team and a growing apparel company, utilising your technical garment expertise along with your knowledge of off-shore production management.
If your experience and skills reflect the above and are interested in hearing more please email your CV to email@example.com
This is a fantastic opportunity for a fashion trained candidate who is also constantly on the pulse of the continuing changing world of social media. You will have completed your fashion degree and have 1 to 2 years’ experience within the apparel industry. This is a blend of roles where you will be a Merchandise Assistant as well as managing the company’s on-line profile.
In this role you will be responsible for, researching and determining social media opportunities, maintaining and updating the company’s website, managing inventory, customer service, as well as developing and executing a social media strategy. You will liaise with off-shore suppliers, assist with product and range development and sampling.
To be successful in your application, as well as experience in social media you will also have the opportunity to develop your apparel skills further. You will have excellent communication and writing skills, be detail orientated with strong computer skills and experience in social media platforms.
If you are highly motivated with the above skills and experience then don’t miss out on this dynamic opportunity with a growing company and vibrant team.
Email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fantastic sought after opportunity to join a leading street wear company in a Design Assistant position. To be successful in your application a graphics or apparel degree is essential, ideally with a minimum of 1-2 years’ industry experience. You’ll have a good understanding of the apparel industry, social media platforms, advanced Photoshop and Illustrator, and a love of streetwear; photography skills would be a bonus. This is a small but dynamic team and a great opportunity to advance your skills around a product you love.
Graphic Design for campaigns, booklets, point of sale, look books etc.
Image manipulation with Photoshop.
Maintaining all online stores product content with buyers and web developer, including product information, imagery and promotion.
Managing weekly digital promotions and marketing for all entities. (Including social medias)
Assist the Designer with seasonal ranging, QA and production
What you’ll need
Illustrator and Photoshop - Advanced
A heap of creative skills
Solid apparel production knowledge – Some spec’s training and off-shore production.
You will also need to be super organized, focused, dedicated, with a strong attention to detail and the ability to work to deadline. If you’d like to join this small creative team and you are passionate about everything you do then email your CV to
email@example.com or call Rosina on 09 522 5002
Our client is one of the largest manufacturers, importers and distributors of work wear and uniform apparel in New Zealand. You will be responsible for the patternmaking and specification process ensuring that the design teams styling and fit requirements are accurately translated and meet a high standard within agreed timeframes and at a minimum cost.
You have a formal qualification in garment technology and a great understanding and passion for clothing and textiles. Ideally you will have minimum 2 years Lectra experience and have an eye for detail and accuracy. You will be accountable for developing pattern blocks, initiating design, generating original patterns and pattern grading. Your Word and Excel skills are second to none and you have great communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with design and production teams. A fantastic opportunity to work for this reputable company.
Wide apparel product variety
Graphic design in the fashion industry essential
Our client is a successful fashion/sportswear supply-house developing garments for major retailers and they are seeking a creative candidate with an apparel background in graphic design to take on this fantastic and varied role. The responsibilities include creating graphic design solutions across a wide variety of apparel product and mediums. Proven creative flair is essential in order to meet customer and market expectations whilst considering the commercial constraints, brand criteria and deadlines.
In the design field some key responsibilities include:
This is an excellent opportunity for you to put your creative mind and originality to use. As well as your creativity, computer – Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign - and apparel design skills you will have strong communication skills, excellent attention to detail and the ability multi-task, happily working on many projects simultaneously.
If you have the above and would like to be a part of a supportive company and fantastic team environment then please contact us today!
Only apparel background graphic designer applicants will be answered.
Contact Rosina on 09 522 5002 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Auckland Location
Well-regarded and established fashion retailer
Must have technical garment knowledge and computer skills
Our client is a successful high fashion retailer; they are seeking an experienced fashion tertiary qualified candidate with an excellent understanding of apparel onshore production to take on this varied role where you will be monitoring the sampling and production process; ensuring a high level of quality and delivery deadlines are met. You will be work as part of a collaborative design team in the creation of seasonal collections.
You have garment construction and fabric knowledge. You will have one or two years in the fashion industry with a professional portfolio of your current work and be used to meeting deadlines and taking care of all the details. You would like a new challenge now, a great role that will utilise the knowledge and experience you’ve gained and allow you to grow and develop.
You’ll utilise your admin and organisational skills, liaise directly with the Designer, suppliers, and clients. You’ll be part of a dynamic team in a well established branded company. Strong computer skills, loads of common sense and an efficient working style are a must. Email your CV to email@example.com
Our client is a leading homewares Manchester supplier to NZ’s large retailers and independents. They are a growing company and are currently seeking an experienced, dynamic Sales Executive with a textile background to take on this challenging and rewarding position. In this role you will be required to maintain a high level of customer service and sales to existing clients throughout New Zealand while also further increasing new business with your pro-active and driven approach.
This role is ideal for someone who loves to work autonomously and has a high level of enthusiasm and responsibility, is confident with a positive personality. If this sounds like you and you have the above experience and skills then call us today to find out more about this fantastic opportunity.
This is a dynamic fast paced role within a Multi-channelled Company specialising in fashion apparel and home décor products. As part of a talented and committed team, you will develop and provide revenue phasing projections, catalogue performance projections and forecasts for the business planning that contributes to the overall profitability of the company.
Your responsibilities will include:
You will be able to communicate complex information and will be an analytical problem solver with commercial acumen. Ideally you will have a qualification in business, statistics, mathematics or similar experience in merchandise planning. You must have advanced computer competence and exceptional relationship management skills. The successful candidate will enter into a fun team environment – if you wish to know more please email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rosina on 09 522 5002
· Auckland Location
· Designer Fashion Label
· Gerber Patternmaking and Merchandise Assistant
Our client is seeking a patternmaker with Gerber experience to join their growing and successful Designer brand. You will be responsible for the pattern specification process ensuring that the design teams styling and fit requirements are accurately translated and meet a high standard. With your formal qualification in garment technology, a minimum of 4 years industry experience, in both on and off-shore production, you will also have a great understanding of fashion with an eye for detail and accuracy.
Digitizing and grading patterns
Operating the Gerber system for Sampling and Production teams
On screen pattern amendments and Marker Making
Your Word and Excel skills are second to none and you have great communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with design and production teams.
This is your chance to work for a fantastic company and be a part of a great team environment. If you have the above experience and skills along with great time management and the ability to work under pressure, then please contact us today to find out more!
Contact Rosina on 09 522 5002 or e-mail email@example.com
opportunity has come up to work for a unique and successful retail group that sources
products and provides support for a number of independent retailers located
across New Zealand. This is varied role
where you will be supporting the Manager of Apparel/Footwear in a Personal Assistant
capacity, providing administration and buyers support as well as efficiently
coordinating the day to day activities of the merchandise divisions.
Some of your key responsibilities as well as supporting the Manager will include;
For this role we are seeking a great team player with outstanding clear communication skills coping with all levels along with computing and some administrative experience. Preference for proficiency in Excel and Publisher. Excellent organisation and multi-tasking skills are essential. Overall our client is looking for someone who can take charge of this role and fit in with their busy and friendly team. Your bubbly personality and fashion passion are the key ingredients for this role, however you must have had experience in retail or wholesale for apparel or footwear. Please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org