Company Overview

Headquartered in Quebec since 1988, Arkel makes and distributes a variety of bicycle bags. Approximately 80% of our products are handsewn in our main office, while the rest is made with special machinery in Asia. Since 2003, folks from a social service program with intellectual disabilities and disorders participate in the Arkel product assembly process.

Job Opportunities

Works under the supervision of the general manager. This person is responsible for planning and organizing production and supervising employees. This person is responsible for occupational health and safety, the quality of products manufactured, communication and training. We adhere to the principle of equal employment opportunities and we encourage people from minority groups to apply.

  • Department: Production
  • Location: Arkel Office, Sherbrooke, QC
  • Employment Type: Full Time, Weekdays and Daytime only (40 hours)
  • Salary: Fixed hourly wage
  • Start Date: As soon as possible

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise, coordinate and plan the activities of the production workers who operate the various sewing machines
  • Encourage its employees to identify ideas for improvement in their sector in terms of health and safety, productivity, quality, manufacturing and processing and work methods
  • Examinate the condition of the equipment on a daily basis to ensure the safety of employees, the cleanliness of the premises and the ongoing training of each employee
  • Solve production-related problems
  • Enforce procedures and safety rules
  • Communicate quality standards and ensure that they are respected
  • Support employees during the training process
  • Evaluate the learning and performance of employees on probation or training
  • Work on production

Position requirements:

  • Minimum 5 years of sewing experience on different types of industrial sewing machines
  • Fluency in French and good experience with English would be an asset.
  • If you have experience in sewing but not in production management, contact us anyway, we are looking for seamstresses to join our team.
  • Demonstration of aptitudes for “successfully mobilizing employees”
  • Interest in working in an environment oriented towards continuous improvement
  • Leadership
  • Sense of organization
  • Dynamism
  • Good communication skills

Our Perks and Advantages:

  • Small team and relaxed atmosphere
  • No quota or pressure to produce
  • Hours Monday to Friday, day shift only
  • Holiday season vacation (complete closure)
  • Summer vacation (complete closure)
  • Continuing education/development
  • Located near the University of Sherbrooke (near public transport and bike paths)

Works closely with the floor manager and executes a variety of manual tasks. We emphasize the importance on the quality of the work accomplished over the quantity.

  • Department: Production
  • Location: Arkel Office, Sherbrooke, QC
  • Employment Type: Part Time or Full Time, Weekdays and Daytime only (37.5 hours)
  • Salary: Fixed hourly wage
  • Start Date: As soon as possible

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Product assembly
  • Preparation of materials before sewing:
    • Cut straps, velcro & elastic cords
    • Apply logos to pieces of fabric
    • Assemble the elastic cords
  • Operation of several machines:
    • Seal seams using the sealing machine
    • Operating the tacking machine
    • Possibility to operate the laser cutting machine

Position requirements:

  • Open-mindedness
  • Curiosity
  • Manual skills
  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • No experience or education required (resourcefulness goes a long way)
  • Bonus: passion for cycling

Our Perks and Advantages:

  • Flexible hours and schedule
  • Workday shifts, during the weekdays only
  • Personal growth and learning opportunities
  • No quotas or pressure to produce creates a relax work environment (quality is prioritized above all)
  • Employment security with 30+ years of experience in our industry
  • Employee discounts
  • Small, intimate team
  • Located near the University of Sherbrooke (near public transportation and cycle paths)

Works under the supervision of the floor manager. Bags are sewn in small batches and a variety of manual tasks can be performed according to your skillset. We emphasize the importance on the quality of the work accomplished over the quantity. We also provide training on several types of sewing machines if necessary.

  • Department: Production
  • Location: Arkel Office, Sherbrooke, QC
  • Employment Type: Part Time or Full Time, Weekdays and Daytime only (37.5 hours)
  • Salary: Fixed salary wage
  • Start Date: As soon as possible

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sewing high-end bicycle bags
    • Sewing of labels, zippers and pockets
    • Assembly of the various components of the bag

Position Requirements:

  • Open-mindedness
  • Curiosity
  • Manual skills
  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • No experience or education required (resourcefulness goes a long way)
  • Bonus: passion for cycling
  • Bonus: Sewing experience on plain, overlock/surger and industrial sewing machines.

Our Perks and Advantages:

  • Flexible hours and schedule
  • Workday shifts, during the weekdays only
  • Personal growth and learning opportunities
  • No quotas or pressure to produce creates a relax work environment (quality is prioritized above all)
  • Particular attention given to the ergonomics of workstations and personal well-being
  • Employment security with 30+ years of experience in our industry
  • Employee discounts
  • Small, intimate team
  • Located near the University of Sherbrooke (near public transportation and cycle paths)

Production of high-end bicycle bags at home. We emphasize the importance on the quality of the work accomplished over the quantity. We also provide training on several types of sewing machines if necessary at our factory. We can help provide the necessary sewing equipment to operate autonomously at home. The raw material can be mailed to you if you live outside of Sherbrooke.

  • Department: Production
  • Location: At home (preferably in the Eastern Townships)
  • Employment Type: Salary per piece (as a self-employed worker)
  • Start Date: As soon as possible

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Sewing bicycle panniers similar to lightweight backpacks
    • Includes the sewing of labels, zippers and pockets
    • Assembly of the various components of the bag

Position Requirements:

  • Autonomous
  • Bonus: Sewing experience on an industrial (plain) or electronic sewing machine
  • Bonus: Passion for cycling

What Makes Arkel Different

Durable Gear Put to Good Use

If nature is our playground, than it is our responsibility to preserve it for others to enjoy. That’s why we think it is important to make bags that will last a lifetime, contrary to the world of fast-fashion and sweatshops. Unlike the petroleum industry, you can feel good about working in an environment that prioritizes the planet before profits.

Personal Growth Opportunities

A job is like riding a bike. You might need training wheels at first, but it won’t take long before you outgrow them. After a while you’ll probably even want to explore new terrain. That’s totally fine and we encourage you to learn new skillsets. In other words, whether you’re a marketing guru or a skillful craftsperson, there’s plenty to learn from each other.

Party-Pace Work Environment

In a world of tight deadlines and looming burnouts, we’re just enjoying the ride. We’ve been around long enough to know that sprinting isn’t viable in the long run. That’s why we’ve adopted a steady pace where there’s room for laughter with the rest of the team.