Toad&Co
Date Posted: 11/22/2016

Toad&Co Materials Manager

  • Company: Toad&Co
  • Country:United States
  • State:California
  • Location: Santa Barbara
  • Required Exp: 5 year(s)
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Salary Range: Not Available
Job Description

Position Objective:

The Materials Manager is the point person for all matters related to the fabrics that go into each Toad&Co product and is responsible for sourcing, initiating and tracking fabric developments for each season. Materials Manager initiates new developments which are appropriate for the brand aesthetic. As the primary factory contact for all raw materials, the Materials Manager ensures that each factory has clear information and specs that allows them to provide materials that meet Toad&Co requirements for function, performance, quality and aesthetics. Materials Manager must understand the technical aspects of textiles, finishes, washes, dyeing and printing and can work with our vendors to achieve desired qualities as well as troubleshoot, problem-solve and challenge as needed. This position is responsible for setting up and maintaining a materials library and archive for fabrics and trims. The Materials Manager works closely with the Director of Design/Design team and Production to meet price point targets and margin goals. They work collaboratively and creatively with the entire product team to ensure thoughtfully executed products while helping to reduce the environmental impacts of all that we do.

Responsibilities:

• Drive innovation. Bring new, unique and brand appropriate fabrics to Design/Product team. Initiate, source, develop and track fabrics from initial concept to production. Identify requirements for performance, quality and cost. Communicate effectively internally with all members of the product team acting as the hub of materials development.

• Create, maintain and manage complete records for all materials. Document and seasonally update detailed information including composition, construction, weight, finishes, washes, MOQs and costs for all fabrics via Toad&Co Materials chart. Track seasonal developments to ensure timely movement through the product development process. Create and maintain a library of relevant materials by fabric type and vendor that is well-organized and searchable. Maintain a historical seasonal archive of Toad&Co materials, yarn-dyes and prints.

• Communicate effectively with mills and factories as their primary Toad&Co contact on the development and approval of materials. This includes lab dips and care/content labels. Manage the timeline so that specified materials meet salesman samples and bulk production deadlines.

• Insure that the appropriate Toad&Co textile testing standards are provided to each vendor and that all fabrics meet or exceed the minimum performance requirements for quality and environmental compliance. Work to continually improve the environmental footprint of our materials and processes helping evaluate the trade offs between cost, minimums and overall impact. Help integrate the heightened sustainability into our raw materials decisions.

• Participate in fit sessions working with design/product team to execute design intention related to fabrics and stay within Toad&Co fit standards. Communicate knowledge of cost challenges related to materials used in prototypes and work with design team to suggest cost saving solutions as needed.

• Partner with the Production Team to support the sourcing strategy for each season and to problem-solve any fabric issues that occur during the production stage. Review QC fabric problems with Production and factories to evaluate and clarify issues.

• Support Sales team by providing accurate technical fabric descriptions for seasonal workbooks.

• Travel as needed for fabric sourcing development and trade shows.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:

• Thorough understanding of fabric manufacturing processes for knits and wovens.
• Working knowledge and understanding of garment production.
• 5 years of experience in textile industry working with knits and woven fabrics, all content types.
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
• Strong computer skills and the ability to obtain information from various systems.
• Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel.
• Ability to effectively communicate in written and verbal form with a diverse audience.
• Detail oriented with strong follow through. Must be able to organize and prioritize multiple projects in a fast paced environment.

Perks

We offer a comprehensive benefits package and an excellent work environment.

Date Posted: 11/22/2016

Toad&Co Materials Manager

  • Company: Toad&Co
  • Country:United States
  • State:California
  • Location:Santa Barbara
  • Required Exp:5 year(s)
  • Job Type:Full-Time
  • Salary Range: Not Available
Job Description

Position Objective:

The Materials Manager is the point person for all matters related to the fabrics that go into each Toad&Co product and is responsible for sourcing, initiating and tracking fabric developments for each season. Materials Manager initiates new developments which are appropriate for the brand aesthetic. As the primary factory contact for all raw materials, the Materials Manager ensures that each factory has clear information and specs that allows them to provide materials that meet Toad&Co requirements for function, performance, quality and aesthetics. Materials Manager must understand the technical aspects of textiles, finishes, washes, dyeing and printing and can work with our vendors to achieve desired qualities as well as troubleshoot, problem-solve and challenge as needed. This position is responsible for setting up and maintaining a materials library and archive for fabrics and trims. The Materials Manager works closely with the Director of Design/Design team and Production to meet price point targets and margin goals. They work collaboratively and creatively with the entire product team to ensure thoughtfully executed products while helping to reduce the environmental impacts of all that we do.

Responsibilities:

• Drive innovation. Bring new, unique and brand appropriate fabrics to Design/Product team. Initiate, source, develop and track fabrics from initial concept to production. Identify requirements for performance, quality and cost. Communicate effectively internally with all members of the product team acting as the hub of materials development.

• Create, maintain and manage complete records for all materials. Document and seasonally update detailed information including composition, construction, weight, finishes, washes, MOQs and costs for all fabrics via Toad&Co Materials chart. Track seasonal developments to ensure timely movement through the product development process. Create and maintain a library of relevant materials by fabric type and vendor that is well-organized and searchable. Maintain a historical seasonal archive of Toad&Co materials, yarn-dyes and prints.

• Communicate effectively with mills and factories as their primary Toad&Co contact on the development and approval of materials. This includes lab dips and care/content labels. Manage the timeline so that specified materials meet salesman samples and bulk production deadlines.

• Insure that the appropriate Toad&Co textile testing standards are provided to each vendor and that all fabrics meet or exceed the minimum performance requirements for quality and environmental compliance. Work to continually improve the environmental footprint of our materials and processes helping evaluate the trade offs between cost, minimums and overall impact. Help integrate the heightened sustainability into our raw materials decisions.

• Participate in fit sessions working with design/product team to execute design intention related to fabrics and stay within Toad&Co fit standards. Communicate knowledge of cost challenges related to materials used in prototypes and work with design team to suggest cost saving solutions as needed.

• Partner with the Production Team to support the sourcing strategy for each season and to problem-solve any fabric issues that occur during the production stage. Review QC fabric problems with Production and factories to evaluate and clarify issues.

• Support Sales team by providing accurate technical fabric descriptions for seasonal workbooks.

• Travel as needed for fabric sourcing development and trade shows.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:

• Thorough understanding of fabric manufacturing processes for knits and wovens.
• Working knowledge and understanding of garment production.
• 5 years of experience in textile industry working with knits and woven fabrics, all content types.
• Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
• Strong computer skills and the ability to obtain information from various systems.
• Must be proficient with Microsoft Excel.
• Ability to effectively communicate in written and verbal form with a diverse audience.
• Detail oriented with strong follow through. Must be able to organize and prioritize multiple projects in a fast paced environment.

Perks

We offer a comprehensive benefits package and an excellent work environment.

Date Posted: 11/22/2016

Toad&Co Materials Manager

  • Company: Toad&Co
  • Country:United States
  • State:California
  • Location:Santa Barbara
  • Required Exp:5 year(s)
  • Job Type:Full-Time
  • Salary Range: Not Available