Job Summary :
To drive the successful transformation of the business in becoming a world-class sourcing organization by strategically managing business relationships and delivering business strategies at the program and operational level through core sourcing competencies.
To effectively manage the fabric elements of an assigned product category, while leading and coaching a small team of Merchandisers.
To partner with global counterparts in ensuring that all business goals and objectives are met, including but not limited to AUC and on-time delivery targets.
Responsibilities : Key Accountabilities :
Key Accountabilities :
To support the execution of business strategies relating to the Company’s transformation initiatives
To effectively partner with the US & Asia Sourcing teams in realizing sourcing strategies
To effectively build and maintain strong business relationships with vendors and mills
To own fabric sourcing for the assigned product category
To support the Fabric Manager with identifying new commercial opportunities and fabric suppliers
To manage overall timeline in line with broader PLC calendar changes
To own Fabric Commitments Core Fabric / 6 Month Buys
To partner with Apparel Pre-Production Team, Product Technology Team and Product Integrity Team for Product & Material Risk Assessment & Resolution at the Development Stage
To manage cost analysis through material cost updates and research, while identifying cost reduction opportunities
To monitor the fabric quality levels and call out any potential issues
To manage seasonal fabric T&A planning with cross-functional teams
To oversee and elevate supplier performance through seasonal review meetings and update supplier scorecards
To continually develop / improve and communicate SOP’s
To maintain close communication with all stakeholders globally in Asia and US
To maintain close communication with other Fabric Managers in the region to ensure consistency and alignment
Education and Experience :
6 years of relevant experience in fabric, garment / textiles design, development and / or production
2 years of experience in a supervisory / managerial role
Diploma or above credential in Fabric Technology or equivalent
Strong background in developing and maintaining vendor and mill relationships
Strong background in influencing multiple stakeholders in achieving the most desired outcome
Solid background in executing various sourcing strategies (e.g. country migration, vendor consolidation, etc.)
Solid background in fabric / raw materials research, development, and analysis
Exposure in vendor scorecarding and remedies development
Extensive experience in fabric allocation, ordering & tracking, and product approvals
Comprehensive experience in cost negotiation
High level of familiarity of Product Safety / Technology standards for children’s apparel and / or products
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel PowerPoint, and Outlook)
Fluency in Mandarin is a must
Great command of both verbal and written English skills
Technical Skills :
Appreciation of and eye for commercial viability
Awareness and understanding of Design intent
Strong adherence to T&A deadlines
Proactive escalation approach to issues and risks
Working knowledge of fabrication specifications (e.g., construction, yarn size and weight)
Understanding of yarn and textile manufacturing processes
Identify and understand difference in print techniques
Identify and understand difference in dyeing and finishing techniques
Understanding of and ability to strongly execute business strategies
Analytical horsepower to generate, evaluate, remediate and articulate analytics
Understanding of product safety requirements with ability to identify safety concerns and recommend alternative options
Understanding of raw material cost structures and their impact on garment profitability
Ability to negotiate with confidence and effectively pursue the optimal cost
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Being a part of our team takes collaboration and hard work. We want Moms, Dads, and especially the kids who are rocking our clothes, to connect with and be proud of our brand.
As the #1 Children’s Specialty Apparel Retailer in North America, every employee is an integral part of our success. With over 1,100 stores in 19 countries spanning 5 continents, a booming 24-
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