Textile Dye House Compliance Supervisor

Zoek Pin Matlock, Derbyshire, England


Permanent (Full time)

Posted 2 days ago


This is a permanent, full time role working with our Wash and Dye House Teams and reporting to our Technical Director.

This role will be a mix of laboratory work and supervision of compliance in our Wash and Dye house section.


  • Monday-Friday 39 hours
  • Pension Scheme
  • 32 days holiday
  • Competitive salary
  • Generous discount on our products.


The role involves the day-to-day supervision of the Supervisors and Operators in the Dye House to ensure compliance and repeatability of colours.  The successful candidate would create colours in liaison with the Technical Director and Design which will perform to customer requirements. Your work within the Dye Laboratory would be varied and involve selecting the right dyes and conditions to meet customer expectations whilst preparing shade matches and producing a final formula for use in the manufacturing process and producing samples to send to customers for approval.


It is essential that you possess good colour vision along with a good understanding of the chemistry involved in the dyeing process, coupled with good practical, problem solving and strong mathematical skills ensuring at all times a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail is maintained.  Textile processing experience and knowledge is essential within this area, along with H&S, REACH & COSHH requirements

Your communication and IT skills need to be effective, with a high level of proficiency in packages such as Microsoft Excel along with the ability to work as part of a team, or on your own.


John Smedley Ltd is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer in the world, producing fine gauge knitwear from their Lea Mills, Derbyshire factory since 1784. Crafted from the finest noble fibres of Extra fine Merino Wool, John Smedley’s Sea Island Cotton and other luxury blends. John Smedley’s menswear and womenswear ranges are available worldwide via their stand-alone retail stores in the St James’s, Mayfair and Marylebone of London, and the Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto areas of Japan. Exports are made to over 47 countries worldwide via international wholesale partners such as Mr Porter, Selfridges, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Isetan, Bergdorf Goodman and Le Bon Marche.

John Smedley holds two Royal Warrants for ‘the manufacturer of fine knitwear’ from Her Majesty The Queen & His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2020, Ian Maclean, Managing Director of John Smedley Ltd and 8th generation family member, was awarded a MBE for services to the UK textile industry and the Covid-19 response.

John Smedley has one of the largest knitted garment archives in the world and has counted the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Sean Connery, Kate Winslet, Robert DeNiro, Ed Skrein, Eva Longoria and more amongst their celebrity fans. Over the years, John Smedley has supported and collaborated with many leading designers to champion British manufacturing including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Lou Dalton, Sacai, Fragment, Comme Des Garcons and Holly Fulton.

In 2020, in response to the Covid-19 crisis, John Smedley collaborated with The Emergency Design Network to design and manufacture medical grade scrubs garments which were distributed to over 30 different hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes in the London and Derbyshire areas.

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