Opportunities at AVA

AVA is still growing and we are always interested in receiving applications from people who would be interested in joining our dynamic international technology sales and support team.

We employ people from a wide range of backgrounds but are particularly interested in hearing from people with some (or all!) of the following skills and attributes:
- AVA Design and Colour Software skills
- Digital Printing knowledge and experience
- Decorative print industry knowledge or expertise (design or production)
- Foreign languages (knowledge of one or more major languages in addition to fluent English). Of particular interest at the moment are candidates with good Italian and French.
- Graphic design skills
- An interest in the fast changing world of information technology
- Enjoyment of frequent international travel
- Ability to work alone or as part of a team
- Desire to constantly expand the boundaries of one’s own knowledge and capabilities
- Desire to work for a company whose core values of Vision, Integrity, Community and Expertise are cherished and lived out by everyone at AVA.

If you have one or more of these skills, please contact Debbie Buchan on buchan@avacadcam.com to find out more.

Linguist for AVA Customer Services

Essential qualifications
• Foreign languages (knowledge of one or more major world languages in addition to fluent English). Of particular interest at the moment are candidates with fluent Italian and French.
• Proven ability to travel and work alone when necessary
• ‘People skills’ – the ability to work well as part of a team and to establish warm relationships with customers across multiple industries, nationalities and cultures
• Evidence of ability to work hard and strong drive to outperform expectations. AVA aims to remain the best in our industry and we will not achieve this by employing staff who are merely ‘OK’ or ‘average’

Advantageous qualifications
• Experience in decorative or textile print design
• Knowledge of AVA or other (Mac based) design and colouring software are an advantage.
• Sales experience

Experienced AVA user for AVA Customer Services

Essential qualifications
• Good knowledge of AVA design and colouring software.
• Ability to travel and work alone when necessary
• ‘People skills’ – the ability to work well as part of a team and to establish warm relationships with customers across multiple industries, nationalities and cultures
• Evidence of ability to work hard and strong drive to outperform expectations. AVA aims to remain the best in our industry and we will not achieve this by employing staff who are merely ‘OK’ or ‘average’
• Experience in decorative, fashion, digital print or textile print design, separation or digital production is a major advantage.

Advantageous qualifications
• Experience in decorative or textile print design
• Graphic design qualifications/skills
• Sales experience
• Language skills

Based in Macclesfield (Cheshire), once fully trained, you will be asked to travel extensively all over the world on a regular basis, demonstrating and testing the software, training customers and providing technical support.

Those accepting a job with AVA are asked to make an initial contractual commitment of 2 years. After that, it is up to us to make sure that it is worth their while to stay – we place a big premium on experience and many of our team have been with us for most of their working lives.

Attractive salary and bonus package grows quickly with increased knowledge and responsibilities. Free membership of local leisure and golf club included. The Peak District – just half an hour from Manchester and two hours from London – is an attractive, and relatively inexpensive, place to live and work.

Applications from candidates currently living outside the UK, but with the right to work here (e.g. all EU citizens and anyone else holding a valid UK working visa) are welcomed and successful applicants will be given assistance in re-locating.

Please note, if you currently work for a customer of AVA, we maintain a strict policy of only discussing potential job opportunities with AVA with express authorisation from the management team of the customer concerned.

For further information, or if you are interested in a career at AVA please e-mail a brief CV and supporting letter to Debbie Buchan, AVA’s Customer Service Director : Buchan@avacadcam.com

Opportunities at AVA


That’s right… baby boom is back, and what a wonderful arrival we have to share with you as the extended AVA family continues to grow…


Our Financial Manager Luke, and his wife Emma, are delighted to welcome the safe arrival of Baby Theo, who was born into the early hours of the morning on 27th April, weighing a healthy 7lb 2oz. Of course, we also want to congratulate our CEO, Nick, who is now the very proud Grandad for the first time to little Theo! Both new parents (and grandad!) are adapting well and settling perfectly into the role of Mummy, Daddy and Grandad. Parenthood has come very naturally to both Luke and Emma and they love it! Both very organised characters they have their daily routine all sorted and in place and it’s all working to clockwork so far. Luke and Emma’s favourite time of the day with cutie Theo is his bath time, all 3 are already enjoying giggles, smiles and big splashes, not sure who is getting wetter, or having most fun, mummy, daddy or baby Theo?! We have already had a visit from young Theo, who has a very calm, chilled nature, sleeping his way through the hustle and bustle of AVA’s offices. We did try and pinch him to wake him up, but alas, he was too tired from all the splashing in the bath!




Ok, ok, we admit … this article isn’t about new staff! This time we are thrilled to have both new and returning staff joining our team of AVAtors!

CarolineSmithFirstly, we’d like to welcome back lovely Caroline, who originally started working for us back in 2007! Many of you will already know Caroline, but for those of you who dont you… Caroline originally studied surface pattern at Staffordshire University and having previously worked in the industry she was the ideal candidate for us. Caroline has a wealth of knowledge and experience not only in design but also brings life skills. Caroline confesses that she has always loved print, pattern and colour and enjoys anything creative! In 2013 Caroline made the decision to have a break from AVA when she found out she was pregnant with twins Max and Sam. At the point Caroline already had a beautiful daughter called Beth, so the prospect of 3 young children all under the age of 3 was pretty overwhelming, but our Caroline took to it like a duck to water and was a natural! 5 years later now that the children are all grown up and in school she decided to come back and join the AVA family again. With three young children it’s understandable that Caroline is kept very busy at home, but of course enjoying every minute of it… whether it’s on fun packed bike rides, regular trips to the park or even out on long walks in the surrounding Cheshire countryside. The Smith family certainly stay active! But it doesn’t stop there… Caroline also took up running a few years ago – this is one of Carolines favourite ways of keeping fit and healthy whilst also using the time to clear her mind. As well as running Caroline also follows fitness guru Joe Wicks regularly watching his online HIIT sessions, although she said it’s not made easy by at least one of her cheeky monkeys wrapped around her leg, also trying to enthusiastically join in! We know what you are thinking when does Caroline rest, well don’t worry, Caroline does also have her down time (phew!) As a Great British Bake off fan, Carolines r&r time consists of:  baking up a delicious treats in the kitchen, concocting a scrumptious desert suitable for GBBO, or you may simply find her outside pottering about her garden. As she also has a keen interest in home interior , Caroline confesses that she’s still renovating her own home after 6 years so you can often find her trailing through Pinterest for more interior ideas for her home. We are delighted to welcome Caroline back, it’s like she’s never been away. She has slotted straight back into the team and straight back into the swing of things! Welcome home Caroline!


David ArnoldNow onto our newest member of the team…our secret weapon -David! After only a few weeks he has already proven to be very thorough and efficient in his work. David, or Dave as he likes to be known as, has lots of experience dealing with tricky situations. His previous sales and customer services role, has given Dave plenty of opportunity to put into practice his cool calm nature when working. Utilising his organisational skills, Dave will be helping our sales and marketing team. After living in Spain for 5 years and working in Gibraltar, Dave is certainly well travelled having crossed many boarders on his journeys in his car. Like many of the AVA team Dave loves to travel – we can already tell he’s going to fit in well with our well-travelled AVAtors. Speaking of cars, you may want to ask Dave for mechanic advice as he’s a bit of a pro when it comes to automobiles. He’s worked across a spectrum of manufacturers including the Volkswagen Audi Group and has a real passion for cars. After 18 years working internationally for the brand all over Europe, USA and Australia it’s no surprise he’s a lover of travel and sightseeing new places! Dave also holds 3 racing licenses as well as his advanced driving license which he used to race with in Audi TT’s at Silverstone in his previous job role, wooosh, Dave’s a real fast mover and adrenaline junkie!  You’ll often hear Dave sharing facts and advice with the team , helping everyone out with all there car queries. Our Cheshire born and bread Dave is a big character with a big heart. He loves being back home in Cheshire,  a real family guy who enjoys spending time with family, in particular his sister Lindsey (who is also a part of our AVA family.) Oh yes, we shouldn’t forget to tell you about his Spanish Podenco rescue dog called Oscar. Dave enjoys walking Oscar through the lush green silk town countryside where he now lives. We’ve heard many funny stories of his walks with Oscar, yes Dave’s a bit of a funny story teller too. I think we’ll have our work cut out to keep up with our well travelled Dave, although he does admit that he’s starting to appreciate the quieter times in life more now with many relaxing vacations… we don’t blame him.  Welcome to the team Dave!

Introducing Holly Jones, an AVA award winner

Once again The University of Bolton impressed us at their Creative Show Preview Evening.  We joined the excited students, along with proud friends, family and esteemed industry guests from across the design disciplines, to view an impressive exhibition of talent on display from the final year students and their journeys through education.

Along with local businesses, we explored the stunning work from Textile and Surface Design students. The graduates did not disappoint with their vast display of skill and ability on show. It was evident that each student had a very unique and strong style and their work stood alone independently.

Yet again it was a tough task to narrow down just one award winner to receive the AVA Training Award. However, after quite a bit of time looking through all the students beautiful displays and portfolios, we identified Holly Jones as our winner! Her sensitive use of colour, strong drawing skills and strong sense of pattern caught our eye and we could instantly see huge potential with Holly’s work. Holly is a good all rounder, she has a broad range of techniques and skills involved in her workflow from start to finish, placing great attention to detail on the finer things, creating beautiful pieces with gorgeous palettes for the interior markets.

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Holly_deb Right: Debbie Buchan (AVA Customers Services Director), Left Holly Jones (AVA Award winner)

Thank you to The University of Bolton for inviting us to attend the private view, it is a pleasure to help support the university and its graduates and we hope to continue this initiative for many years to come – helping bridge gap between education and industry is a passion for us and long may it continue.

To view more images of Holly’s work, please follow this link.

We asked Holly to explain more to us about her final collection and the inspirations for this:

When creating my work, I am inspired by my surroundings, usually focusing on the nature that I can find. My work evolves from drawings and paintings to a variety of interior led products such as; lampshades, wallpapers, ceramics, cushions, wall pieces, etc. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of techniques and processes which I then combine. Some of these processes are; digital printing, machine embroidery, hand embroidery, needle bonding, beading, etc.

Flora and Fauna is a collection of surface pattern and product designs for the interior market which has been inspired by nature. A love of colour, painting and textile techniques has driven this project. I have produced a collection of designs that celebrate the beauty and aesthetic detail of bees, flies, butterflies, beetles and other various insects in response to a desire to change peoples perceptions. As a designer I enjoy combining traditional and contemporary approaches towards designing and creating my work.

I feel honoured and privileged to have received the AVA training award. I am really looking forward to learning new ways to develop my designs through the training and software.

Holly joined us for her training in August. We managed to catch up with Holly to find out how she got on, click here to read the full interview and to see more examples of Holly’s work as well as her CV.

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