Shima Technician

Experienced Shima Seiki technician-programmer

Hawick, Scottish Borders

Permanent position, with an attractive salary package and conditions


For over 50 years, Scott & Charters have been making very special knitwear in the Scottish Border town of Hawick. We use cashmere and other luxury fibres to produce knitwear of the finest quality for prestigious labels and designers as well as our own brand.

In November 2020, Scott & Charters was acquired by Alex Begg. Alex Begg, established in 1866, designs and manufacturers exquisite accessories from the finest cashmere, silk and wool blend yarns in its mill in Ayr. Begg’s acquisition of Scott & Charters demonstrates their ambition to grow the business and a belief in the long-term demand for beautiful products made by highly skilled craftspeople.


Working with our extensive customer base, in-house and external designers, account managers, and technical team, to create and program new and existing knitwear ranges for our in-house brands and private clients. A significant proportion of the role will involve developing new products.

The role is also responsible for supporting manufacturing colleagues by working through machine maintenance issues and troubleshooting technical problems – whether those relate to product design or machine issues.


We require that you have excellent flat-knit programming and technical skills – and if you have WHOLEGARMENT experience, this is an advantage, though not essential. The opportunity exists for you to train and grow your experience in this technology.

If you have both technical and mechanical knowledge of Shima Seiki machines, that will also be an advantage. Experience in using the APEX4 design system is desirable.

A proactive individual, who enjoys challenging yourself and your colleagues to achieve excellent results. You can work on your own initiative, but more importantly, enjoy working as part of a high performing team. You will have the aptitude and creative flair to understand our customers’ design requirements and develop those into products we are proud of. An organised individual, with strong time management skills; you enjoy planning your work schedule and delivering high quality results on time.


If you would like to be considered for this role, please email a copy of your CV and a covering letter to

Please use the covering letter as an opportunity to add context and depth to the details you provide in your CV, to showcase your skills and experience. Please also explain what motivates you about the prospect of joining us at Scott & Charters.

Due to the volume of applicants we will only contact those candidates being invited to the next stage in the recruitment process.

Closing date: 2 Jul 2021.