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Raw Materials Manager

Ralph Lauren
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview
Manage fabric R&D and sourcing activities from new product development to bulk production covering multi-brands.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

* Search for new fabric trends and take initiative to work with mills to develop new fabric suitable for the Ralph Lauren brand identities
* Proactively offer the fabric options and development strategy to NY design team for new season development and provide technical suggestions to mills on new fabric development options
* Proactively work with R&D/ Product Development and US design team on fabric development
* Negotiation of the development roll, Salesman sample fabric delivery / Costing / MOQ and update all relevant parties for the flash costing
* Provide solutions for bulk fabric quality issue to support production process
* Manage timely sample fabric ordering, color and quality approval, bulk lot and test approval to meet all required deadlines.
* Review and communicate proactively with NY counterparts any potential call out with corrective recommendation.
* Collaborate with internal partners to manage griege and capacity planning to meet the business needs.
* Evaluates and tracks mills' performance; resolve potential risk and troubleshooting to avoid quality / delivery issues at bulk stage.
* Monitor and train vendors for new required format, procedures, disciplines
* Drive for effective communication between internal partners and mills, ensure that adequate lead-time and price are negotiated and obtained to achieve business objectives.
* Manage seasonal calendars and activities, anticipating obstacles, proactively deliver solutions and drive continuous process improvement.
* Manage & maintain color library in seasonal base and support production team for bulk color and qualities issues.
* Drive for end-to-end operational efficiency and effectiveness, including but not limited to system enhancement (PLM), data and reporting management.
* Lead and drive end to end macro analysis to ensure accurate market price follow up and seasonal price closure prior the peak seasons
* Work with Cross functional team to run Long Range Program (LRP)
* Work with transparency & traceability team and value map for entire supply chain along with cross functional teams.
* Provide guidance to design team and vendors to get better output and work closely with the conscious material coordinators and vendors to ensure standard and quality.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* 10-12 years related experience in sourcing office or global sourcing company is an advantage.
* Should have experience in garment manufacturing or raw material manufacturing for branded apparel.
* Textile knowledgeable, and with comprehensive knowledge of the end-to-end merchandising process.
* Proven experience in staff or mills trainings, specific on quality / color approval is a plus.
* Share a passionate interest in fabric; visionary, highly proactive, fresh thinking, communicative, dots connecting and multi-tasking.
* High adaptability to changing business requirement and across functional team environment.
* Proficiency in using MS office & knowledge in PLM is an advantage.
* Fluency in both spoken and written English.
* Experience of working on transparency & traceability and value mapping for entire supply chain along with cross functional teams.
* Preferred to have good knowledge on washing effect of different chemicals on different materials.


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