Ensure products are purchased, manufactured and delivered according to company calendar. Negotiate seasonal programs to secure competitive costs and meet margin goals. Partner with design on seasonal fabric and product selections. Manage the communication flow between product development and suppliers to ensure clear and concise direction. Excellent ability to collaborate. Create seasonal collections that best meet the trend, quality and financial needs of each client. Conduct extensive global market research to aid in client forecast and product development. Manage any required fabric reservation. Effective team management and cross functional leadership. Is flexible, committed, deals with problems in a solution-oriented manner, stays calm in the mist of crisis, is detailed oriented but sees the “big picture”. Broad range of technical knowledge relating to development, testing and quality of textiles and sewn product construction. Exceeds expectations negotiating cost and maximizing profit. Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions. High aesthetic, and taste level. Passion for fabric R&D, knowledge of base substrates and innovative materials. Demonstrated strengths and strong knowledge of design, product development, and production processes with proven success. Over fifteen years’ experience in international travel to Asia, includes factory and mill networks and sourcing partnerships in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Kenya, and Egypt. I like to work independently in a fast paced environment where I am challenged, can be creative, apply my experience and add value. I like to work hard. I love to collaborate, and I feel relationships drive the process, both internal and external. I like to surround myself with positive talented people.