Manager, Raw Material
POSTION SUMMARY :
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.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES / ACCOUNTABILITIES :
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 to eliminate fabric liabilities wherever possible
Collaborate with across brands to find out the cost leveraging opportunities
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
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.
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
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Education & Experience :
Degree in Textile or related subject with 8 years or above relevant industry experience
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