Materials Developer II

Louisville Colorado
Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
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Posted 12 days ago

Materials Developer II

Department: Materials
Location: Louisville, CO (HQ)


Introduction to careers at PEARL iZUMi:

At PEARL iZUMi, we all play an integral role in our mission to “Unlock the Power of Inspiration and Impact” in a supportive, fast-paced and productive work environment. This is why we exist, and all team members contribute in tangible and sometimes profound ways. If you see value in “unlocking” this potential, then PEARL iZUMi could be the place for you. We are looking for passionate like-minded people who are fueled by an innate desire to work in an environment focused on team success. Whether your role is to create, to sell, or to support, careers at PEARL iZUMi give you an opportunity to make a difference.

We are also laser-focused on finding the right people who share our core values – Trust, Craft, Empathy, Impact, and Plus 1. Check out our website to see how PEARL iZUMi defines and captures these critical internal values. To be clear, we evaluate all candidates on their demonstrated commitment to these values.


Overview of role:

The primary focus of the Materials Developer is to understand the seasonal product direction, assist in collaboratively shaping the focused, seasonal toolbox, source, develop and qualify new fabrics.

Coordination of the materials process is performed by:

1. Sourcing the optimal material and supplier per the request of the product line managers and designers.
2. Meeting calendar deadlines to ensure that material developments and production are "delivered" on time for each season.
3. Performing and recording necessary lab testing to ensure materials meet PEARL iZUMi specifications.
4. Performing Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) analysis at multiple points during each design season.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:


⏵ Develop and source new material concepts and samples based on direction from internal stakeholders.

⏵ Evaluate fabric sustainability score based on detailed fabric specification.

⏵ Evaluate fabric costing based on detailed fabric specification.

⏵ Preform Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) analysis based on seasonal needs and recommend develop a strategy to minimize impact for fabrics that do not meet MOQ.

⏵ Establish a good working relationship with all fabric mills.

⏵ Evaluate partners with sourcing and operations team.

⏵ Research new partners for improved materials and pricing.

⏵ Perform in house testing and monitor 3rd party testing for all necessary material developments. Confirm testing meets PEARL iZUMi’s standards.

⏵ Maintain a physical and electronic record of material developments and testing data per season so that information is readily available when fabric goes into production.

⏵ Maintain accurate and up to date information in fabric database (PLM and TEXbase).

⏵ Maintain and organize fabric resource library for apparel use.

⏵ Review and maintain seasonal lab dips.

⏵ Ensure all new developments are commercially available for prototype garment making prior to sales sample production.

⏵ Understand apparel calendar and integrate key fabric deadlines to meet fabric buy cycles.

⏵ Responsible to meet calendar dates and delivery deadlines for prototypes, swatches, sales samples, photo shoot samples, size runs.

⏵ Involved in early assessment of color combinations to meet fabric color minimum buys and avoid surcharges.

⏵ Finalize fabric details, prices, surcharges, lead times and order/color minimums, to meet calendar deadlines.

⏵ Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Product Line Managers, Designers, Materials Development, Quality Assurance, and Supply Chain Management in order to ensure performance.

⏵ Assist in managing and resolving quality issues when fabrics do not meet specification

⏵ Actively research textile industry trade journals, seminars, and trade shows to be informed of emerging technologies, fibers, yarns, materials and methods.

⏵ Attend trade shows and gather information and swatches to present to creative teams.

⏵ Additional responsibilities as assigned.


Job Qualifications:


⏵ Bachelor’s Degree in textiles, product design, fashion design or related field.

⏵ Two years’ experience in textile design or engineering.

⏵ Knowledge and understanding of material construction and all aspects of textiles including, development, yarns, weaving, knitting, dyeing, finishing, special treatments, and technologies.

⏵ Evaluate fabric sustainability score based on detailed fabric specification.

⏵ Evaluate fabric costing based on detailed fabric specification.

⏵ Knowledge of PC applications: Microsoft Office.

⏵ Ability to network and utilize internal and external resources.

⏵ Ability to travel to tradeshows and fabric mills.

⏵ Ability to match color based on lab dips vs color standards.


NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualification associated with the job. The successful candidate will be expected to perform all functions from administrative processing to leading change initiatives.