Fabric Developer and Buyer

New York City, New York (US)
18 May 2021
18 Jun 2021
Contract Type
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.




  • 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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