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Director, Raw Materials

Company: maurices
Location: Duluth
Posted on: February 10, 2020

Job Description:

Brand Overview: Ready to help bring feel good fashion for real life--- to hometowns across North America? Ready to be part of a company exceeding in the retail space? If you aren't familiar with us, check out our recent success: (https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20191111005530/en/maurices-Exceeds-Quarter-Sales-Profit-Goals). Maurices is continuing to invest in the future of our vibrant brand through our amazing product assortment, strong community connections and giving back locally. You'll find us future focused with a commitment to --technology advancement --and innovation. --Whether you are based at our corporate office in Duluth, MN, ranked one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2019, in our beautiful New York City Design office or in the field, you'll find amazing opportunities for development and growing your career. Since 1931, we've helped women celebrate style and live life to the fullest - making maurices not only a special place to shop, but a great place to work and connect. Our Values: People First Be: Authentic, Curious, & Agile Work Smart and Have Fun! Position Overview: General Description The Raw Material Director is responsible for driving the research, gathering, and development of a fabric and trim. Partners with cross-functional teams and external vendor/mill partners in the development of high quality, brand-right fabrics. They will focus on sustainable solutions that achieve aesthetic and pricing parameters. Main Responsibilities:-- Develops seasonal raw materials and orders sample yardage (inclusive of brand unique raw materials). Attends fabric shows (as appropriate) and regular competitive and aspirational shopping to gain perspective on innovation and trends and create/share a point of view. Utilizes technical expertise to translate design intent into fabric/yarn requests that meet cost parameters and guidelines. -- Assess and proactively resolves raw material performance concerns; acts as consultant for external and internal partners to provide brand right resolutions. Acts as key liaison and expert to build and align strategies between brand functions and Mill. Drives and influences adherence to timelines and deliverables of the product life calendar. Translates and interprets key business strategies and priorities into innovative raw materials. Sets standard for raw material quality and hand feel; managing counter sourced/multi sourced options. Defines and maintains balanced Supply Matrix (combination of Mill and Vendor) that meets innovation, aesthetic, costing, and speed needs. Monitors performance and ensures timely actions to resolve. Ensures Raw Material library is maintained and up to date to support seasonal inspiration. Negotiates seasonal/annual core fabrics and leverages seasonal fabrics (across categories). Works cross functionally to analyze fabric needs/projections and negotiates raw materials placements/projections Experience: Bachelor's Degree in Textiles (or related area) or equivalent work experience. 13+ years of technical fabric experience in the apparel trade. Demonstrated technical knowledge of textile dyeing and finishing for describing fabric. Experience working directly with fabric mills. Proven success leading a raw materials R&D and production team.

Keywords: maurices, Duluth , Director, Raw Materials, Executive , Duluth, Minnesota

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