Manage the seasonal development of fabrics & yarns in cooperation with the China team.
Provide seasonal trend direction to design while meeting costing parameters
Utilize technical expertise to translate design intent; cost engineer fabrics within brands parameters
Troubleshoot development issues & work with cross-functional teams to resolve issues quickly
Recommend best print techniques, dyeing, construction and washes
Maintain fabric, trim, yarn and wash libraries
Manage development calendar and tools to meet deadlines
Partner with Design/Merchandising on new product categories for the brand
Daily communication with overseas factories.
Minimum 5 years in the technical fabric field with experience in adult apparel
Domestic as well as overseas fabric sourcing and negotiating experience required
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to adjust to the current needs of a fast-paced, dynamic department
Strong PC skills: Word, Excel and PowerPoint required; PLM preferred