Production/Factory Manager

Chicago, Illinois
Salaried + full benefits + quarterly commissions + potential for co-ownership
30 Mar 2021
30 Apr 2021
Full Time

Blue Tin Production is a working-class women of color apparel manufacturing workers co-operative working toward developing a global model for sustainability and labor in manufacturing. We are hiring a full-time Production Manager to join our studio in Chicago! 


  • Managing, supporting, developing, and leading the team based on worker co-operative principles

  • Develop production flows, setting up machines and schedules and ensuring timely and high quality completion of production

  • Hire, train, and support the team based on worker co-operative principles

  • Collect and analyze production data and strategize for growth, optimization, efficiency, and quality standards accordingly

  • Conducting scientific-based inquiries into replicability, scale, and development of practices into models that can be shared globally with garment workers

  • Develop and submit data reports on production costs and schedules

  • Develop innovative and creative structural solutions to identified patterns and trends of issues

  • Developing sustainability rubrics for each production, collaborating with designers in waste reduction and reaching sustainability benchmarks

  • Ensuring the highest sustainability standards for each production, participating and developing deeper circular economy processes

  • Keeping production and studio organized and stocked with necessary equipment and materials

  • Ensuring safety and health standards are met



  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in apparel factory management

  • Expertise with operating, troubleshooting, and adjusting apparel manufacturing equipment, including but not limited to coverstitch machines, straight-blade cutting machines, tensioners, and other industrial equipment

  • Expertise in pattern-making, sample-making, and garment construction

  • Experience with luxury manufacturing quality control standards

  • Ability to train new hires and integrate them into ongoing production

  • Highly detailed oriented and organized

  • Creative problem-solving and ability to think innovatively and strategically

  • Preferred but not required: experience working with worker co-operatives

  • Preferred but not required: experience working with survivors of violence



  • Salary commensurate with experience, including healthcare, dental, vision, mental health

  • Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays

  • Regular wellness, somatic, and educational workshops

  • Ability to earn co-ownership and profit-sharing based on worker co-operative principles

  • The opportunity to tangibly think through, imagine, build, and contribute to structural change within the fashion industry in a manner that can be replicated by garment workers globally

  • Contributing to the development of new global standards of labor and sustainability, playing an essential role in creating, cultivating, and implementing studio-floor practices that shift industry-wide normalization of gender-based violence in factories on a structural level


To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to ​​ with subject line formatted as: Last name, First name: Production Manager Application.

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