Director, Raw Materials Sourcing – Apparel and Active


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Director, Raw Materials Sourcing – Apparel and Active, SPANX


Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Director / VP / President





Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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About the role
The Director of Raw Materials is responsible for leading and executing the overall raw materials strategy for the Apparel and Active categories at Spanx. The Director owns mill relationships, raw materials development, calendar management and personnel management and interacts daily with internal Design, Product Development, Production and Merchandising counterparts.
This role is based in our Atlanta headquarters and reports to our Senior Director, Raw Materials Sourcing.
You’ll love it because you will
• Be a hands-on leader driving the sourcing, development, testing, standardization, consolidation of raw materials and trims from ideation through production for Apparel and Active categories
• Manage and support one direct report managing the Active category
• Able to interpret Design direction and product intent to deliver brand appropriate fabrications
• Effectively communicate material concepts gaining early alignment on technical details with
internal partners in Design, Product Development, Merchandising and Production to cost and
commercialize within seasonal deadlines
• Provide technical support to cross-functional partners giving visibility to capabilities and
limitations of fabric and trims including wash, performance, dye, print recommendations,
garment dye and wash processing
• Own risk assessment and partner with Production to identify and resolve any potential concerns
• Establish a toolbox and mill matrix to support efficient development
• Travel to mills and look for opportunities to rationalize the supply chain in line with the Spanx
Raw Material strategy for both Apparel and Active
• Partner, develop and build relationships with mill and vendors to streamline developments and
efficiently resolve production related issues
• Review and approve garment wash process and shade bands
• Own raw materials library maintenance for Apparel and Active
• Attend and provide materials inspiration from trade shows, technical and trend publications,
competitive analysis and other industries
• Identify new technologies and sustainable opportunities in fibers, fabrics structures and finishes
that would result in patentable fabrications
• Guide and know updates on sustainability through the supply chain and methods of make
• Have experience in garment washing and finishing processes for both denim and non- denim

The Ideal Candidate

We require...
• Degree in Textile Design or Textile Engineering preferred
• Minimum 10 years of experience in raw materials management and sourcing of knit & woven
fabrications, trims and garment washing and finishing processes in the Apparel
• Clear understanding of fabric and garment dyeing, printing and finishing techniques
• Practical experience in quality assurance and best practices
• Computer skills (Excel, Word, PLM, Illustrator and Photoshop)
• Good project management skills (experience with project management software ie smartsheet)
• Strong negotiation and mill management skills
• Demonstrated leadership and people management skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Solid influencing, execution and attention to detail skills
• Positive and collaborative demeanor
• Ability to travel both domestically and internationally About Spanx

In 2000, Sara Blakely had a party to go to, a pair of white pants and a struggle to find the right undergarments.  So, she cut the feet out of her control-top pantyhose, creating a smooth canvas to wear under her clothes. Through sheer tenacity and a strong belief in herself, she revitalized the hosiery industry and created a new category. Since her original invention of footless pantyhose, SPANX has created thousands of other products – all centered around creating wardrobe solutions and empowering customers to look and feel their best. We dream big, think forward and give back. We challenge the status quo and aim high. We hustle hard, but we never take ourselves too seriously… because where’s the fun in that?

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

About Us

At SPANX, we believe in the whole person. We listen. We empower. We invent, innovate and iterate with one goal in mind: to make the world a better place... one butt at a time! You have an amazingly dynamic life and your career is one piece of the puzzle – we hope you will become a big piece of ours.