Product Development Specialist – Outerwear Fabrics & Linings

Montréal, Quebec (CA)
10 Jan 2022
08 Feb 2022
Outerwear Fabrics & Linings - Product Development
Contract Type
Full Time

As the Product Development Specialist – Outerwear Fabrics & Linings you will coordinate the development and sourcing of Outerwear Fabric & Linings. Liaising with many teams such as design and production to ensure that the designer’s vision can come to life, while maintaining a high-quality product, coordinating testing with the QA/QC teams.

Some of What You’ll Do:

  • Help to translate the creative vision of Design to producible products that have the beauty envisioned by design and can be delivered at target margin and high quality.
  • Coordinate development and sourcing of Outerwear Fabric & Linings on time and with accuracy (ensuring all adopted materials meet internal quality standards)
  • Prepare / place all Salesman sample mini batches, vet and communicate all lab dip requests and comments 
  • Coordinate Production material hand over meeting to Material QA / QC team 
  • Collaborate with Materials QA & QC Teams in testing and validation of materials / and communicating any corrective action if required
  • Partner with Design / Merchandising and Production teams to ensure material development is aligned with design team’s intent while assuring margin targets
  • Manage to Product Calendars and Critical Patch: to deliver completed tasks on time at each stage of the development process, take initiative when required 
  • Launch and track test samples for both development and production approval
  • Collect all material data sheets and required certificates at development and production stages
  • Monitor quality issues thought development and production, and launch counter sourcing if required as corrective action for future seasons
  • Keep abreast on new innovations (performance / sustainability / etc…) and collections from mills.  Present research and findings at weekly meetings
  • Set and maintain organizational systems to ensure materials and data are easily accessible for cross functional teams
  • Additional duties as may be assigned by the Manager

Some of What You’ll Need:

  • At least 3 years of experience within an Outerwear Material Role or a related position
  • Strong understanding / knowledge of outerwear fabrics, materials and construction, and the interplay of materials
  • A high-level technical knowledge of outerwear textiles and materials Is a must
  • Knowledge of product construction required
  • Experience with production, manufacturing and sourcing
  • Experience with product costing is an asset
  • Knowledge of line merchandising and product life cycle is an asset
  • Product Development experience in outerwear is preferred
  • A Degree in Design is a plus

Some of Who You Are:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and strong organization skills
  • Strong time management and multitasking skills
  • Ability to take initiative to achieve departmental and corporate objectives
  • Ability to work as a team and maintain a high level of professionalism and discretion