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Job Title
ASSOCIATE MANAGER, RAW MATERIALS
Location
Fort Myers, Florida
Country
United States
Region
Southeast
Position type
Permanent
Category
Textiles
Job Function
Materials Development
Research & Development
Sourcing/Vend Compliance
Supply Chain
Experience level
Mid to Senior Level
Education level
Bachelor's Degree

ASSOCIATE MANAGER, RAW MATERIALS

POSITION OBJECTIVE:

Responsible for driving the research and development of seasonal fabric assortments for assigned area. Work closely with Fabric R & D Director to drive daily communications with mill/vendor partners to support the execution of the fabric development process.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support Fabric R&D Director in the analysis and evaluation of qualities in a timely manner.
  • Partner with Fabric R&D Director to initiate and drive fabric adoption process.
  • Regular communication/touch bases with Fabric R&D Director to review issues, challenges, and directives.
  • Maintain fabric development binders in respective areas.
  • Drive fabric development process and calendar in partnership with Fabric R&D Director.
  • Daily updating, maintaining of the fabric development T&A and Fabric chart.
  • Partner with Fabric R&D Director to develop and maintain working relationships with mills/vendors globally. Ownership for maintaining existing relationships.
  • Regular communication/touch bases with Fabric Manager to review issues, challenges, and directives.
  • Organization and maintenance of fabric qualities in fabric library in respective area as outlined in SOP's.
  • Partner in building seasonal fabric concept boards.
  • Research and stay abreast of aesthetic fabric trends and technological developments.
  • Make departmental recommendations as seen necessary to support the development of the department.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 4~Year College Degree in Fashion preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years in fabric research and development in the retail fashion industry
  • Very detail oriented and ability to drive to completion with strong communication, organizational, and problem solving skills
  • Clear understanding of general fabric development process
  • Solid fabric construction knowledge across a specialized area (i.e. woven, knit, yearn, trim) and general fabric construction understanding across wovens and knits
  • Clear understanding of dyeing, printing, and finishing techniques
  • Awareness of fabric trends, direction, and research avenues
  • Computer literate in Microsoft office programs and WEB PDM
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