Senior Merchandiser Fabric
The Children's Place
Hong Kong

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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    WANTED : Really motivated people ready to work and learn.

    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-

    7 website, plus millions of active social media fans, we're always looking for passionate, talented people to grow with us.

    If you’re interested in making our PLACE yours, click apply!

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