North Sails Steelepointe, Bridgeport, CT is Hiring
North Sails is the world’s leading sailmaker, with 150 locations worldwide serving sailors on every type of boat. North Sails Steelepointe, in Bridgeport, CT, is looking for candidates to fulfill the role of Sailmaker to add to our team. This position is a vital part of North Sails and focuses on both hands-on sailmaking and customer interaction and support. Working within the service department will provide a unique opportunity for an aspiring sailmaker to build a foundational understanding of the basic concepts and skills of sailmaking. The Service Sailmaker works as part of the sales and service team to repair, clean, troubleshoot, deliver and install sails to ensure customer needs are met. The candidate will utilize specialized sewing machines and other equipment in the repair and service process.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Inspect and identify sail to determine customer needs for the sail repair or service
Complete a written estimate using North Sails standards for pricing and rates
Cut, fabricate and/or install materials and parts to meet customer needs
Follows standards for service and repair as described in the North Sails Blue Book and other documented or known practices
Use judgment and experience to ensure all parts of the sail meet customer specifications.
Use scissors, power cutters, dies, etc. to cut materials parts and pieces
Use and maintain industrial sewing machines, pods and tracker systems to sew various parts of the sail
Complete hand stitching where needed
Identify and report discrepancies in the sail from specifications or where no specification is identified and report that information to appropriate individuals for clear directions
Pick up and deliver sails
Install sails on boats
Maintain a clean and safe working environment
Proficient with hand tools
Working knowledge of the metric system
Capable of crawling on knees for extended periods of time
Able to lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis
Good hand eye coordination and an eye for detail
Ability to read various measuring devices and interpret specifications
Must have a valid driver’s license and be approved to drive through North Sails’ insurance
North Sails proudly offers benefits for full-time employees, including Health and Dental coverage, 401K plan, paid holidays, and earned paid time off.
Full time: Monday- Friday, 8 hour day shift
No experience is required to apply and apprentice sailmaker training is offered for any qualified applicants. Candidates familiar with the sailing industry and terminology are strongly encouraged to apply. As long as the candidate is willing to learn and work hard, they will be given the opportunity to build a lifelong and fulfilling career in the Sailmaking industry.
A total of 29 teams, representing 9 different nations, engaged in fierce competition across six events this year. While Cape 31s have attracted some of the world's best sailors, the class rules, which limit the crew to three professionals, also create an environment where owner-drivers race with friends and family.
NORTH SAILS NAMED OFFICIAL SAILMAKER OF ROYAL NEW ZEALAND YACHT SQUADRON
North Sails is proud to be a new major partner to The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. This partnership sees North Sails become RNZYS’ Official Sailmaker for the next three years and the supplier to the club’s new Emirates Team New Zealand Elliott 7 fleet, due to launch in early 2024.
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North Sails in Vancouver, British Columbia is Hiring
North Sails is a unique sailmaker built on a champion spirit. Founded in 1957 by Lowell North who applied an engineer’s logic to a traditional craft, North Sails transformed the industry and has become the world leader in sailmaking technology. North Sails offers a wide range of performance 3D and paneled sails for cruising sailors and is the world’s leading sailmaker for one-design classes with more National, World and Olympic Class victories than all other sailmakers combined. North Sails is the sailmaker of choice on the majority of America’s Cup, Grand Prix, ocean race boats, and Superyachts.
North Sails is looking to fill the office manager role at our Vancouver, British Columbia loft. This individual is team oriented and enjoys working in a fast paced environment. The position involves managing the Vancouver office and communicating with customers on a daily basis. Their role includes invoicing, processing payments, coordinating pick-ups and deliveries, processing orders in the system and working with sales staff.
This individual will be responsible for the running of the office on a daily basis and ensuring customers expectations are met while assisting the sales + service team. They play a key role in the order process for both service and new sails therefore multi-tasking is a key asset. The ideal candidate will have sailing experience and are familiar with sailing terminology. Must be comfortable attending events on weekends and evenings.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Managing invoicing and purchase orders
Shipping new sails and service work
Receiving new sails
Interacting with customers
Managing office needs: ordering office supplies, coordinating office events, liaison with janitorial staff, keeping work space tidy
Energetic, positive attitude
Ability to work in a fast paced environment
High school or equivalent education
Valid drivers license
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