Raw Materials Management Manager, Childrenswear & Knit

London, United Kingdom
24 Oct 2022
31 Dec 2022

At Burberry, we believe creativity opens spaces. Our purpose is to unlock the power of imagination to push boundaries and open new possibilities for our people, our customers and our communities. This is the core belief that has guided Burberry since it was founded in 1856 and is central to how we operate as a company today.

We aim to provide an environment for creative minds from different backgrounds to thrive, bringing a wide range of skills and experiences to everything we do. As a purposeful, values-driven brand, we are committed to being a force for good in the world as well, creating the next generation of sustainable luxury for customers, driving industry change and championing our communities.


The role is responsible for the negotiation, acquisition and utilisation of raw materials for RTW with a specific focus on Childrenswear & Knit, as well as supporting the RM strategy for Organic Cotton, Certified Wool, Recycled Synthetics and Core fabrics. The RM Manager will liaise with the sourcing, merchandising, raw materials development, design, product development, product engineering, planning and finance functions, to ensure the optimisation of raw materials and the contribution to company profit.
Technical background is highly preferred. In depth knowledge of fabrics production processes as well as familiarity with the suppliers landscape in order to provide solutions is required.

The role can be based either in London or Milan.


  • Develop, in partnership with the rest of the team, a robust procurement strategy & approach, with the commitment of all relevant internal stakeholders
  • Partner with the business and maintain continuous dialogue to understand on-going business needs & future aspirations
  • Lead the development of procurement policies and procedures
  • Build & establish collaborative partnerships with suppliers, including timely 2 way communications, feedback on performance, risk/opportunity mitigation/creation
  • Own the end to end management activities of the supplier base (including selecting & on boarding, negotiation, matrix & risk management, capacity management, performance & exit) in partnership with internal stakeholders
  • Manage the hedging of commodity price fluctuations in response to market trends
  • Ensure the effective execution of Textile RM activities in line with the procurement critical path
  • Manage & monitor budget provisioning activity in line with hindsight analytics & procurement strategy
  • Prevent the RM excess creation and excess management
  • Manage the seasonal/annual review of excess, establishing reasons & suggesting improvement areas for mitigating risk
  • Review supplier performance management feedback & agree appropriate response mechanism
  • Ensure effective use of systems and maintenance & accuracy of data
  • Supplier selection, performance management & exit
  • RM cost and lead times negotiations
  • Best utilisation of excess material


  • Proven experience in a similar luxury company
  • Proven experience in managing raw materials in a similar fashion company or fabric manufacturing background
  • University Degree with textile engineering education or equivalent
  • Good level of Microsoft office
  • Flex PLM, preorder management tool knowledge
  • Strong influencing/negotiation skills
  • Strong industry knowledge
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to manage conflicting priorities
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and can multi task with excellent time management
  • Influence, present and defend a business argument both one on one and in a group setting
  • Energetic, flexible and positive under pressure
  • Creative, assertive and solution oriented when faced with difficult business performance and/or challenging directiives


Burberry is an Equal Opportunities Employer and as such, treats all applications equally and recruits purely on the basis of skills and experience.

Posting Notes: United Kingdom || Not Applicable || London || SC CENTRAL OPERATIONS || RAW MATERIALS MANAGEMENT -RTW || n/a ||

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