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Textile Machine Operative

About Garthenor Organic.

Garthenor Organic is a small maker of certified organic, climate positive wool yarns for the knitting, crochet and crafting communities. We sell our range of yarns online, via our growing network of stockists around the world and at shows. We have a global reputation for sustainable, high quality and traceable products, and as of 2022 we’re based at our new premises in Cardigan. This larger space is enabling us to take on more projects, processes and opportunities using new and restored textile machinery on a small industrial scale.

We’re a little team with big goals, and we’re looking for people who want to grow with us and share our mission for making products the right way.

Garthenor Organic is committed to creating a diverse working environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter by email to team@garthenor.com

Applications close on 25th of February

This role is set to start on 14th of March

Overview of the role.
  • 16 hours per week, flexible work hours possible
  • Competitive hourly wage based on experience. Garthenor Organic is a Real Living Wage employer
  • Applications close 25th of February
  • Interviews will take place via Zoom or in person on the week of the 28th of February
  • This role will aim to start on 14th of March


The world of manufacturing yarn is a specialist one, so we don’t require specific industry experience, but an interest and passion in machinery, manufacturing and sustainability is essential. We'll provide education on the industry, machinery and processes.

Your primary duties will be to operate a variety of specialist textile equipment, and full training on all machines will be given.

One of the aspects that sets us apart from our competition is our commitment to quality, and your attention to detail will be an essential part of maintaining this consistency. You’ll be expected to diagnose, repair and report faults or issues to maintain a high standard of product.

Traceability is of paramount importance to our product range, so you’ll need to be comfortable with keeping track of batch numbers, as well as completing job sheets for all work undertaken. In the future this is likely to become a digital process, so computer skills will be essential.

As we're a growing company, we'd love to work with people who want to grow with us. We'll be able to support you in training, education and skill development as new processes, tasks and opportunities appear in the company.

Part of this role will also include some order packing and inventory management, applying packaging labels to finished products and other similar duties as required.

Work will be at our mill in Cardigan. This role is part time, approximately 16 hours per week. There will be scope to expand to full time in the future.

Key responsibilities.
  • Operating textile machinery, including twisting, reeling and winding machinery, including loading, running, unloading and monitoring of machinery and materials.
  • Order picking and packing.
  • Updating and monitoring inventory.
  • Labelling of finished products.
  • General housekeeping duties.
  • Challenging existing processes and strive to improve standards and performance.
  • Reporting any hazards, faults or issues promptly to management.
  • Basic machine maintenance and cleaning, such as greasing/oiling/vacuuming.
  • Using appropriate measuring equipment to check settings are in specification.

Essential skills.
  • High attention to detail, especially in regards to inspecting and monitoring products and materials, and the ability to assess and distinguish colour for quality control.
  • Manual dexterity is essential, as this role will involve tying knots, splicing and other intricate tasks.
  • Must be able to lift up to 23kg and be comfortable with standing for extended periods.
  • Good verbal and written communication, basic numeracy skills.
  • Basic IT skills.
  • Move between tasks with ease.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.

Preferred skills.
  • Full UK driving licence
  • Interest and/or experience in textile industry
  • Knowledge of yarn and textile products.

Application process.

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter by email to team@garthenor.com

Applications close on 25th of February

This role is set to start on 14th of March