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JOB DESCRIPTION

TECHNICAL INTERN

Position based in Accra, Ghana (West Africa)

Company description

 

Ethical Apparel Africa is a sourcing company that provides international apparel brands with ethical, cost competitive and quality manufacturing solutions in West Africa. Our vision is to demonstrate that ethical manufacturing can and should be done at scale, not just associated with luxury or expensive product. Based in Ghana and Benin, EAA has a dynamic team bringing decades of experience from around the world in product development, quality assurance, account management, social impact, operations and finance. We work with West African factories to build technical and ethical standards to international standards. Our clients are international brands mostly from Europe and the USA interested in growing a manufacturing base in Africa with a positive social and environmental impact.

EAA has a two-pronged business model. We provide brands with sourcing services - including raw material sourcing, product engineering and quality assurance – for which we charge brands a commission of the value of their product. We also function as a capacity building organization, providing technical and compliance support to African-owned factories, as described. This capacity building is always provided free of charge to our factory partners and is mostly supported via partnerships with development agencies such as USAID.


Position overview

We have a great opportunity for a number of interns to join us that have a passion and desire to make a difference in clothing manufacturing. This is the perfect role for someone looking to develop and widen their knowledge by working at the frontline in the fastest growing continent for garment production.

 

The Interns will be based in Accra, Ghana with occasional trips throughout West Africa. The roles will work closely with EAA the technical team.

Internships are a minimum of 3 months unless significant experience is offered in the following area.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the EAA Technical team to

    • Develop existing local factories in relation to product development processes, factory layout, flow, quality procedures, inventory control etc.

    • Develop systems and processes to introduce barcoding and product traceability systems throughout the factory floor from fabric arrival to the shipping of finished goods

    • Review and update current SMV tool to ensure all data is user friendly

    • Review all cutting room procedures to ensure we have best practices in place

    • Monitor Pre Production Meeting procedures and ensure roles and responsibilities are in place and working correctly

    • Review and ensure correct machineries are in place and are to the right specification.

  • Research thought leaders and market role models to bring the best in lean manufacturing and efficiency best practice thinking to the EAA agenda

Specific Qualifications, skills, and attributes required

  • Relevant educational qualification or experience within lean manufacturing, production management, pattern development or garment technology

  • Knowledge of the apparel industry production process

 

General Qualifications, skills, and attributes required

 

  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills

  • Passion for working in Africa

  • Ability to think critically and identify areas of improvement

  • Ability to work effectively across cultures

  • Evidence of the following characteristics: humble, inspiring, self aware, resilient, adaptable, proactive, persistent, resourceful, able to work under pressure and respect deadlines, strong at building relationships and resolving problems, poised, active listener, fun to work with, and full of integrity

 

How to apply

  • As applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, kindly send a resume ​and a separate and specific cover letter for this position ​to talent@ethicalapparelafrica.com, using the reference “INTERN TECH 2019”​ as the subject of your email.

  • Only complete applications with accurate references will be considered and only the most qualified candidates will be shortlisted for interview.

 

More information on www.ethicalapparelafrica.com