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Commercial Upholsterer

Commercial Upholsterer

  • Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Working Hours: Full-time
  • Length of Employment: Perm
  • Reference: PS3134SO
  • Sector: Manufacturing
  • Vacancy First Advertised: 17th Nov 2020

P+S Personnel are pleased to be working on behalf of our clients, who are currently seeking a Commercial Upholsterer to join their team based in Lowestoft, on a full-time permanent basis.

Upholstery is currently outsourced by our client. To improve costs and lead times, and offer a wider range of options for customers, they are starting an in-house upholstery workshop. The successful applicant will be responsible for setting up this workshop and upholstering the company’s products.

Key responsibilities:
• Specifying, sourcing and installing necessary equipment for an upholstery workshop and the ongoing maintenance of equipment and work area to a high standard
• Production planning/management to meet order deadlines
• Batch production of upholstered office seating and panels using techniques described in ‘Skills and Attributes’ section
• Operation of machinery where necessary
• Reporting on stock levels and production
• Packaging and assembly
• Quality control
• To possess and understand Health and Safety Requirements – reporting any issues/dangers/concerns to management and assisting with Risk Assessments

Skills and Attributes:
• Dexterity for grasping, manipulating, and assembling objects
• Strength for manual handling/lifting of objects
• Ability to match or detect differences between colours and textures, including shades of colour and brightness
• Ability to make templates/patterns
• Lay planning for optimum fabric usage
• Accurate stitching within small tolerances, accurate cutting of foam and fabric to correct measurements, accurate nailing/stapling/gluing of foam and fabric
• Ability to make soft furnishings like cushions
• The ability to tell when something is wrong, or likely to go wrong and understand the correct channels to highlight and resolve
• Ability to use Microsoft Windows OS and learn to use the company’s ERP software
• An understanding of technical drawings
• To have good communication skills
• To be self-disciplined, and ability to work without constant supervision, to have excellent time management skills, finishing tasks within agreed time frames
• To be a problem solver, able to use initiative to troubleshoot and overcome problems
• To be organised, planning production to make best use of resources

• Proven experience in a commercial upholstery position is essential
• Advanced upholstery techniques e.g. fitting zips, piping, fringing, buttons, Velcro
• Making products with webbing or springs
• Designing custom pieces e.g. booths or sofas
• Ability to carry out other manufacturing processes e.g. woodworking
• Operated advanced machinery e.g. drawstring upholstery system, CNC cutting machinery
• Knowledge of computer software relating to upholstery e.g. using lay planning programs

If this is a role you are interested in, please apply online ensuring your CV is up to date.

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