Job offer


Consulting and engineering in the industrialisation of automated and intelligent solutions for circularity in the textile, leather and fashion industries.


CETIA is a technological platform for automated and intelligent solutions for circular fashion, created in 2021 by the ESTIA engineering school and CETI.

At CETIA, we develop solutions to transform textile and leather articles into a source of material for recycling. Using automation, robotics and artificial intelligence, we build efficient systems to make recycling operations competitive. We help fashion brands, collectors/sorters and recyclers to integrate and deploy industrial solutions.

We work mainly on the recyclability of clothing, shoes and leather goods, but also explore other dismantling issues such as sports goods and sunglasses.

The activities of the platform are :

  1. Technology transfer in order to help design and manufacturing companies evolve in the control of clothing, household linen and footwear recovery processes.
  2. Research and Development, in partnership with industrialists of the textile sector: textile, leather, fashion, luxury, sport and textile users: transport, home.
  3. Tests and pre-series for prototyping new textile articles from circularity.

Our first equipment includes automated sorting machines for textile articles, fraying solutions for complex garments, and special machines for the separation of shoe soles.

Our team works mainly on the subjects of product data identification, product dismantling into separate materials, detection and sorting by composition and colour, as well as on steps to prepare the materials for recycling.

To strengthen its team, CETIA is recruiting a TECHNICAL MANAGER.


The Technical Manager will report to the Director of CETIA.

The position is located in ANGLET (64600) and will be moved to the Basque Coast on 1er January 2023.


The main tasks of the « CETIA TECHNICAL MANAGER » will be to support companies in the development of their clothing, household linen and footwear recovery processes, to set up and manage innovation programmes and to manage the platform’s equipment and technical team.

Within a team of 5 people you will be responsible for :

Advising companies on the integration of material preparation technology and studying the solutions best suited to their needs :

  • Analysis of business needs and support with the technical specification of the need,
  • Feasibility study and choice of the most suitable solutions,
  • Development of prototypes and demonstrator solutions,
  • Qualification tests, prototypes, pre-series,
  • Carrying out and steering the valorisation programmes,
  • Support for industrialisation.

The implementation of the CETIA’s R&D strategy :

  • Identification of the technological development needs of the clothing, household linen and footwear recycling sector,
  • Definition of R&D programmes,
  • Setting up a collaborative project: identification of funding mechanisms and national and European calls for projects, building a consortium, drafting responses,
  • Project management: project management, planning, definition of deliverables, customer relations.

Management of the platform’s equipment and technology watch:

  • Monitoring and maintenance of the implemented demonstration lines,
  • Technology watch and identification of new technical means.
  • Technical development plan, definition of acquisition programmes,
  • Drafting, monitoring of tenders and evaluation of solutions,
  • Installation and commissioning of new equipment.

Team management and project monitoring

  • Management of a team of 3 engineers: design, vision, robotics and AI.
  • Management of all private or collaborative projects.


  • Masters level in general engineering, specialising in robotics/automation.
  • At least 5 years experience in research and development, preferably in robotics and/or automation.
  • Skills in the field of industrial mechanics and automation.
  • Experience in setting up collaborative projects
  • Management of R&D and innovation projects
  • Knowledge of CSR issues in the sector
  • Fluent in French and English.

Would be appreciated:

  • Professional network within the robotics/automation/vision technology providers.
  • Skills in Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning).


  • Strong interest in advanced technologies
  • Listening skills and customer satisfaction,
  • Ability to adapt to new projects
  • Availability, sense of service
  • Team spirit
  • Taste for responsibility: commitment to quality, deadlines, profitability
  • Thoroughness, organisational skills, anticipation.


  • Permanent contract
  • Salary:  €40k
  • Desired start: as soon as possible.

Submission of applications

Please send your application (CV + covering letter) to the attention of Ms Carole DIGER at the following address: rh@sogeca.com.