BLC have a vacancy for:

Leather Working Group (LWG) Administrator

BLC Leather Technology Centre is a boutique testing, technology and consulting business that specialises in leather, leather product and related material sourcing support.  Based in Northampton, BLC works with major brands and blue chip companies around the world. 
We have a vacancy for a Leather Working Group Administrator. This person will assist the LWG Project Manager with the day to day administration of an international working group that involves blue chip brands, their suppliers and other technical support companies.  The successful candidate will also support on existing projects researching topics and preparing reports and articles. 
This role will involve working with senior people within both BLC and the working group member companies.  Tasks will include: routine membership administration; dealing with the working group enquiries; answering new business enquiries; maintaining records; content management of website; online surveys and questionnaires; preparation of reports and certificates and much more. 
To this end, BLC are seeking a degree educated (or equivalent standard) candidate with at least 4 years practical project administration experience. An interest in the environment would be advantageous. 
Key Skills: 1 The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form 2 Excellent organisation and time management ability 3 The ability to multi-task effectively 4 Computer literate - Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, database management, e-mail, internet. 5 The ability to work within a team and independently 6 The ability to prioritise effectively 
Key Attributes: 1 Attention to detail and swiftness of response 2 Process orientated 3 Diligent 4 Flexible 5 Organised 6 Methodical approach 7 Accurate 8 Team spirit and an enthusiastic, positive attitude 9 The desire to develop and improve 


How to Apply

If this role is for you, then send your CV and covering email to Deborah Taylor, Project Manager at


Furniture Durability Testing Technician

BLC is the world leader in the specification testing of leather and leather products, and is now expanding its range of services into the testing of furniture seating for the major brands.  This new and specialized business area has created an opening for an engineer who will commission, manage and routinely operate the various custom-designed pneumatic rigs that are currently being manufactured for installation into our new furniture durability testing laboratory.


The successful candidate will have a Diploma or Degree in an appropriate engineering discipline, with the ability to:


  1. Authoritatively interpret and follow the detailed technical requirements and engineering terminology of BS EN 1728 (Furniture — Seating — Test methods for the determination of strength and durability) and BS EN 16139 (Furniture — Strength, durability and safety — Requirements for non-domestic seating)


  1. Determine the full range of test methods that are applicable to each individual chair and sofa received for testing, according to the specific design of the unit in relation to the requirements laid down by the published specification


  1. Understand the mathematical, mechanical, and safety principles that apply to the various tests


  1. Accurately position the different types of furniture into the different test rigs so that the various tests are performed reproducibly and reliably


  1. Use the programmable logic controller (PLC) and human machine interface (HMI) software that operates the machinery


  1. Interpret the test data and prepare the client reports


  1. Explain the test methods and results to individual clients when necessary


  1. Demonstrate the machinery and its operation to existing and prospective clients, and during on-site customer training course


  1. Achieve and maintain UKAS accreditation for each test.


How to Apply

If this role is for you, then send your CV and covering email to or for further information ring +44 (0) 1604 679 999

About BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd.

BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd. (BLC) is a world leading independent technology business that specialises in leather, leather products, footwear and other materials.

Established for over 95 years, BLC provides a complete range of supply chain services to the leather industry, covering all areas from raw material through to finished product. BLC works closely with brands, retailers, product manufacturers and tanneries in many countries around the world.

As the only laboratory dedicated to leather, footwear, chemical, and leather product testing, BLC has the technical pedigree to ensure fast and accurate solutions to technical, environmental or management problems in the leather supply chain.

BLC believe that success and growth are built on strong business relations, which is why we provide BLC membership to tanners, manufacturers, retailers and brands throughout the supply chain. Members of BLC can access technical support and advice on a vast range of materials including leather, textiles, metals, plastics and rubbers, as well as guidance and support across all relevant regional and international legislations from a dedicated Chemical and Regulatory Advisor.


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