Bensons for Beds is advertising an internal vacancy for a Posterior Elasticity Recovery Technician (PERTer) at its UK factory.
Otherwise known as a “Bum Tester”, the role is one where a talent for sitting down on the job is not frowned on, but an essential skill.
The PERTer will be required to put Bensons’ new deeper mattresses through their paces by perching on the edge to gauge comfort, support and springiness.
Bensons has posted details of the vacancy internally, including its 200 stores inviting colleagues who are proud of their posterior to submit an application so their prized asset can be part of the product development programme. The job advert has been posted just ahead of National Bum Day on Saturday 3 October.
The successful candidate will spend a day at the Huntingdon site where they will work cheek by cheek with factory colleagues trying out products.
They will also meet TV presenter Stacey Solomon who this year became Bensons’ first brand ambassador.
The new role has been created to mark this week’s arrival of “Big Benson” at the company’s dedicated manufacturing site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Big Benson is the nickname given to the sophisticated quilting machine which is due to be installed at the factory to help manufacture even deeper and more luxurious mattresses.
After commissioning and calibration, Big Benson will go into service later this month.
Joe Wykes, chief operating officer, said: “All our mattresses go through rigorous automated testing to make sure the quality is top notch. But, as our customers know, nothing beats the human touch which is why we’ve invited applications from across the business to make an impression on the manufacturing process.
“We’ve made a serious investment in “Big Benson”, but thought it would be fun to create this temporary role to coincide with its arrival.”
Big Benson, also known as the Mammut VMK machine, manufactured by Stutznäcker of Germany, is the world’s most efficient quilting machine and uses computer-controlled superfast multi-needle equipment.
Its purchase is the first major investment at the plant by Bensons following the company’s £25 million refinancing in June.