Fabric Developer and Buyer

Recruiter
AREA
Location
New York City, New York (US)
Posted
18 May 2021
Closes
18 Jun 2021
Level
Manager
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Position Summary
 

  • The Fabric Developer and Buyer is responsible for managing the overall process of developing new and seasonal fabrics that meet the designer's aesthetic vision while balancing quality, cost and speed.
  • Develop a supply chain that supports the overarching strategic vision.

 

 


PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES/ACCOUNTABILITIES :
 

  • You will contribute to a timely and efficient material creation process from sourcing, development and buying of fabrics. This position supports all the involved departments with material related activities.
  • The role requires a creative problem solving, flexible and proactive approach.
  • Attend meetings with design team and translate the ideas of the designers into materials
  • Coordinate purchase orders for prototypes and sampling and follow up on material shipments from suppliers
  • Collect all technical information and keep material cards and boards up to date
  • Maintain good collaboration with suppliers and communicate on day-to-day operations
  • Support with material data input and updates in internal systems
  • Track and respect seasonal material budget, deliveries and prices
  • Keep the color, fabric, trim and development archive organized and updated
  • Partner with the mills on solutions to drive to the shortest lead times while balancing cost and quality.
  • Guide team on textile knowledge and mill specific processes and technology.
  • Collaborate with PD and Production to find out the cost leveraging opportunities
  • Oversee fabric testing and ensure the mills understand expectations. Communicate with QA to ensure final garment quality.
  • Execute strategic initiatives. Review and manage the process by analyzing metrics to determine the effectiveness of the current process.
  • Proactively monitor and meet calendar deadlines for approvals and mill execution. Ensure capacity to meet deadlines and manage resources as needed.

 

 


Education & Experience

 

 

  • Academic degree, from fashion school and/or textile education or equivalent life experience
  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience in a similar role working with fabrics, preferably from a high-end fashion brand
  • Professional knowledge of fabrics and good understanding of trims, prints and embroideries
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience in PLM is a plus
  • Positive mindset and a team player

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