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Raw Materials Developer

Job title: Raw Materials Developer
Contract type: Full-time
Location: New York
Discipline: Fashion
Remote: No
Reference: 410806
Contact name: Sarah Stanley
Job Published: January 01, 1970

Job description

Raw Materials Developer:

 

Client Overview:

Our client is a popular intimates brand revolutionizing the industry and rewriting the American underwear story Known for their soft, breathable, and recycled fabrics that are good for your body and the environment.

 

Raw Materials Developer Overview:

As the Raw Materials Developer, you will lead fabric platforms and be responsible for driving newness and innovation on performance fabrications and trims.  A successful candidate will bring new ideas to the design table while conducting research to drive strategies to support brand sourcing and innovation goals. This role will work to develop ongoing core fabrics, sustainable fibers and dying techniques for improved quality, responsiveness and cost. This role reports into Head of Production.

 

Raw Materials Developer Responsibilities:

  • Recognize trend and innovation to develop new fabric platforms while working with the Product Development and Design teams, and improve upon existing platforms, when appropriate
  • Redevelop current platforms towards sustainability commitments
  • Maintain a consistent alignment with Design for all divisions on overall concepts as it ties to the brand strategy
  • Source seasonal design requests with appropriate partners and vendors to offer creative solutions if the request is outside the brands sourcing and pricing strategy
  • Direct, daily communication with vendors
  • Recognize and dive into opportunities to conceptualize and explore new material innovations and technologies - ultimately executing design and sourcing of these materials and trims with team alignment
  • Manage Fabric + Trim database
  • Develop trims as requested by design & proactively build trim library
  • Utilize technical expertise to realistically translate the design intent on fabric and yarn requests to meet raw material cost parameters and guidelines
  • Communicate and elevate potential quality issues to Production with recommended solves in season
  • Manage Testing & Approval process
  • Manage product integrity by reviewing testing exception reports. Trouble shoots to solve and recommend options
  • Own and manage the R&D calendar to ensure all development dates are adhered to and that follow through is achieved
  • Manage all incoming RM information and effectively communicate updates, status, and needs to cross-functional teams.


Raw Materials Developer Responsibilities:

  • 6+ years of experience in materials sourcing and innovation
  • Prefer Intimate development experience specially in bras
  • Passion, knowledge and interest in sustainability within raw material sourcing, supply chain and fabric technology, with a particular proficiency in recyclable materials
  • Excellent technical knowledge of yarns/fibers, cut & sew knits, and performance fabrications
  • Excellent technical knowledge of best in class sustainability efforts
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skill
  • Ability to negotiate and build consensus across multiple functions
  • Proven ability to work closely and partner effectively with Production and Design partners
  • Ability to create and edit files using Adobe Suite 

 

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