What she’s learnt: “Get industry experience wherever you can.”
F&F’s Rebecca Jordan has made the leap from graduate assistant fabric technologist to fabric technical manager in record time due to her winning combination of innovation and commercial know-how. She was nominated for the 30 Under 30 by Tesco’s head of technical and CSR, Joe Little, who says Jordan represents “a positive future for our industry, its workers, and the environment”.
Her work surrounding hazardous chemical awareness at the supermarket retailer has had a particular impact.
“She has really faced the challenge of raising awareness within our supply chain and making it a positive topic of conversation, specifically with her work on phasing out of PFCs [perfluorinated chemicals, used in waterproofing and stainproofing] in our back-to-school range, replacing them with an affordable alternative that is better for the environment,” explains Little. “She has engaged with a supply chain that can have a closed mindset around chemical issues and has achieved change by offering a persuasive argument.”
Jordan has continually stretched herself by creating and delivering fabric workshops to her colleagues, and by regularly presenting to suppliers. She has also taken advantage of travel opportunities to further her career, spending a month in India in 2015 and a month in China the following year.
May 2015 Job title changed to Fabric Technical Manager, F&F Clothing
2014 Fabric technologist, F&F Clothing
2014 Assistant fabric technologist, F&F Clothing
2012 Trainee fabric technologist, F&F Clothing
2010 Assistant garment technologist (one-year industry placement), George at Asda