Manager, Raw Material
Hong Kong

Manager, Raw Material


  • The Raw Material Manager is responsible for managing the overall process of developing new and seasonal fabrics that meet designer's aesthetic vision while balancing quality, cost and speed.
  • They will maintain and develop a supply chain that supports the overarching strategic vision.
  • Collaborating with mills, US Raw Material team, and Supply Chain Partners. The RM Manager will manage Technicians within region if applicable.

    Fabric Development and Sourcing :

  • Effectively executes against design briefs
  • Manage and train Mills across defined region
  • Owns communication with mills, Hubs and US RM team. Communicates directly with US Design team if needed
  • Oversee wash development and ensure aesthetic and performance characteristics
  • Be aware of industry trends through research. Attend global shows as appropriate. Manage process of communicating trend research.
  • Understand how the trend works and opportunities for marketing claims

  • Perform periodic SWOT analysis of mill performance and alignment to sourcing needs. Identify gaps, propose ideas to close gaps and work with mills to elevate
  • Partner with mill on solutions to drive to the shortest lead times while balancing cost and quality
  • Guide US team on textile knowledge and mill specific processes and technology
  • Analyze 4 lever costing information
  • Provide macro trend information available from mill that may impact the negotiation result
  • Negotiate price
  • Negotiate to eliminate fabric liabilities wherever possible
  • Collaborate with across brands to find out the cost leveraging opportunities
  • Quality :

  • Oversee fabric testing and ensure mills understand expectations. Communicate as needed to QA to ensure final garment quality
  • Resolve any fabric related issues on the escalation review
  • Utilize technical expertise in collaboration with the mill to meet quality expectations. Proactively resolve quality issues
  • Process :

  • Execute on strategic initiatives
  • Proactively monitor and meet calendar deadlines for approvals and mill execution. Ensure capacity to meet deadlines and manage resources as needed
  • Review and manage the process by analyzing metrics to determine effectiveness of current process. Surface ideas for improvement and identify any threats.
  • Leadership :

  • Influence peers and seek support from Director if difficulty in influencing upward
  • Perform technician roles if no technician within country
  • Provide cross functional support as identified by supervisor

    Education & Experience :

  • Degree in Textile or related subject with 8 years or above relevant industry experience
  • Skills :

  • Extensive knowledge of raw materials, construction, costing, macro-economic trends, and capacity planning. Knowledge of Chemicals
  • Detail oriented and problem solving in approach
  • Strong organizational skills. Results & solutions driven
  • Ability to synthesize : take complex issues and draw valid actionable fact based conclusions
  • Able to drive change, inspire, coach, mentor and develop a high performing team
  • Able to establish and maintain strong working relationships cross-functionally and cross-divisionally, as well as externally
  • Ability to know when to direct teams in a leadership capacity and when to take a hands-on approach in order to deliver timely results
  • Strong negotiating skills in diverse cultural environments
  • Ability to balance competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Deadline-driven with a strong sense of urgency and accuracy.
  • Computer literate. Knowledge of Web PLM preferred
  • Good command of both spoken and written English
  • Previous people management experience is a plus
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