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Elk has cultivated a work environment in which our employees are constantly challenged to do their best. Through a creative approach Elk have created a strong brand identity, and we nurture this quality in others by employing people who share our keen interest in design, our love of nature and simplicity and our commitment to ethical and sustainable business. Just as each piece in our range is carefully created; we seek out individuals to work at Elk who can bring their own life experience and inspired ideas to our company.

In return, Elk offers a unique work place and conducts induction and product training. We encourage our employees to integrate Elk product into their lives outside of work through offering product discounts. Staff members are informed about Elk products – from the design process, through the materials used-to craftsmanship and traditional skills utilised in making them– and are confident communicating about Elk to others.

Elk supports employees' involvement in activities outside of work, whether it be study, artistic pursuits or volunteer work.

Have a look behind the scenes, learn the Elk story and meet the people that make up Elk. 

Below are the current roles available at Elk.


As a Garment Technician you will be involved in the development stages of all apparel products on a daily basis; checking the fitting, measurements and the workmanship of each garments till sign off to bulk. Your role also includes encouraging our suppliers to become more active in finding the best technical solutions to ensure the best quality before production.

Your key responsibilities will include:

• Establishing and communicating standards relevant to fit, manufacturing and quality to support our company objectives
• Working closely with offshore manufacturers to follow and achieve the critical path from design, sampling, fit, corrections, pre-production and bulk approval
• Supporting the design team through all stages of garment product development from design to manufacture
• Create tech packs - specification sheets, measurements and grades for new styles - garment details, fabric, print, colourways and labelling for offshore production
• Tech pack creation including the ability to generate technical drawings using Adobe Illustrator
• Generation of specifications and gradings
• Measure and QC fit samples
• Conduct internal sample fittings to ensure correct fit/specification requirements have been followed and meet customer expectations
• Offer suggestions and advice on all technical aspects
• Communicate all amendments to offshore manufacturers clearly and concisely
• Risk assessment - identify any potential production and quality issues and offer resolutions, before proceeding to bulk production
• Final QC approval responsibility prior to shipping

Skills required:
• Min. 5 years + similar role developing apparel
• Knowledge of pattern making essential
• Ability to interpret design sketches to create tech packs with exceptional attention to detail
• Intermediate Adobe Illustrator proficiency
• Highly motivated with good organisational skills, and the ability to multi task and work in a fast paced environment
• A strong communicator - written and verbal - between head office and offshore manufacturing and ability to liaise effectively and build key relationships with internal and external suppliers
• A "Can Do" positive attitude is essential - we all pitch in and roll up our sleeves
• Qualification in Fashion Production / Pattern Making / Textile Design / Quality Control or similar
• Strong negotiation skills and the ability to remain level headed under pressure
• Attention to detail and experience working with excel

Please send applications to



Elk is on a journey which aims to continually monitor, improve and assess policies, procedures and positioning in regards to the companies ethical and sustainable practices. Much work has been done however there is a great deal ahead of us to work on our public profile, community messaging, supply chain managements and policy documentation.

This is a role which will work with both internal and external teams and will influence the overall management of this newly formalized segment of the company. It is a proactive and creative position where a lateral approach to thinking is key.


  • Minimum two years experience in a similar role 
  • Excellent research and communication skills
  • Experience in policy and document writing  
  • Experience in dealing with offshore suppliers
  • Experience in or a sound understanding of sustainable business practices
  • An understanding of the fashion industry, manufacturing and fabric knowledge
  • A creative, lateral approach to work and excellent problem solving skills


This role requires you to monitor, update and assess as required in accordance to Elk’s requirements, laws and current standards.

  • Environmental policy development to be signed by Elk’s founders
  • Establishment of Elk’s Company Mission statement around social and environmental objectives
  • To be abreast of best practice and most up to date information, policies or trends to inform this area of Elk’s business
  • To consider Elk’s own certification and consider new opportunities such as Fair Trade etc


  • Creation of internal code of conduct which require assessment and development recommendations in regards to workplace policies and procedures around employee health and well being
  • Management, documentation and ongoing assessment of internal policies and procedures for best practice facilities management, consumables, recycling/wastage procedures, business practices and reduction of Elk’s environmental footprint as a result of day to day operation
  • Creating and setting organisation wide KPI’s for social and environmental objectives
  • Development of a code of ethics for employees and business partners for anti-corruption, fraud and bribery which is to include a whistleblowing procedure
  • Conduct employee workshops and training to teach company sustainability and objectives
  • Work with Elk’s HR manager to create and update as required the company Employee Handbook with sustainability and ethical objectives and commitments
  • Manage relationships with charity partners and assist in the management of one off projects (eg Guide Dogs) in both the retail and wholesale environment


  • Map current supply chain with each vendor to understand the material impact of each product to consider improvements
  • Work on vendor transparency and monitor certification/compliance to bring all up to date and work with them to ensure areas of suggested improvements are carried through
  • Develop a formal policy for charitable donations
  • In consultation with HR and Elk management create a leave entitlement policy for volunteering
  • Identification of external partners with whom Elk can make broader social and environmental improvements within the industry
  • Development of a supplier procurement policy which will include a set of screening requirements for new suppliers covering social and environmental considerations
  • Creation of a stakeholder map listing internal and external stakeholders including a system to track topics, concerns or actionable issues. This includes the creation of a geographic map.
  • Creation and management of a chemical management plan

This role will work closely with many departments in Elk. In regards to community management this will be covered by the marketing department however this role will inform necessary information.

  • Identify partners with Marketing for possible collaborative collections with other business’ focusing on social or economic problems
  • Research and identify new suppliers both domestically and internationally to work with either for product production or philanthropic work who have socially or ethically conscious productions such as women’s groups etc
  • Create a list of independent stockist initiatives to understand ways Elk can assist or positively impact or extend on these individually led strategies or partnerships

 Applications close 23rd April 2017. Please email applications to

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