Manager, Materials and Trims
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 Sr. Manager, Materials and Trims leads the material vision from concept through commercialization, performance testing, and manufacturing. S/he provides vision for the Materials Team in terms of Product, Development, Consolidation of Materials, Cost Reduction, and Job Efficiencies. Committed to delivering the best product in the ride, tri and run categories, s/he crafts and delivers materials that enhance the consumer experience in fit, function, and comfort. The Manager identifies innovative opportunities through extensive market, trend, and industry relationships. S/he will collaborate with Product Line Managers to define and deliver materials specific to seasonal line plans. S/he is responsible for setting and managing the operational calendar for material development and manufacturing.
⏵ Manage and lead the Materials Team in fabric development, trim development, and material forecasting and planning.
⏵ Develop specific seasonal materials to support the product creation process.
⏵ Collaborate with Advanced Development on new material vision, development, product placement, and commercialization.
⏵ Establish and communicate calendar dates and delivery deadlines for prototypes, swatches, sales samples, photo shoot samples, size runs.
⏵ Collaborate with PLM and Purchasing team to analyze style projections to determine order quantity by fabric / color and target qualities accordingly.
⏵ Collaborate with Operations to identify and support sourcing strategies.
⏵ Negotiate material prices to protect or enhance gross margin.
⏵ Finalize fabric details, prices, surcharges, lead times and order/color minimums, to meet calendar deadlines.
⏵ Maintain standardized testing procedures and requirements for each stage of product creation: development, photo / sales samples, and bulk production.
⏵ Submit fabrics for testing at each stage, follow up, evaluate, document, and communicate results team.
⏵ Maintain database(s) of materials and status reports.
⏵ Transform all materials to meet PEARL iZUMi’s sustainability requirements.
⏵ Lead the materials team in the creation of a comprehensive, sustainable materials library.
⏵ Additional responsibilities are possible.
⏵ B.S. in materials engineering, textile engineering, textile design preferred.
⏵ 3-5 years leading fabric development in the outdoor industry.
⏵ Thorough understanding of materials and the processes required to ensure successful adoption into product development, commercialization, and production.
⏵ Strong global network of material partners (suppliers / mills) and the ability to interact with them at a high level of business acumen.
⏵ Ability to travel to trade shows and fabric mills.
⏵ Coach internal partners to elevate material knowledge throughout the organization.
⏵ Excellent communication skills that foster collaboration and drives effective decision making.
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.