Materials Manager - Textiles Technologist

Negotiable depending on experience
07 Oct 2016
04 Nov 2016
Production, Technical
Job Type

Our Client based in Derbyshire, specialise in the design and marketing of technical outdoor clothing and equipment. As a Materials Manager  you will use your fabric & trim knowledge to contribute to the execution of a materials palette, be responsible for the on-time commercialization of all fabrics, and oversee production. You will drive the analysis and review of materials that result in greater efficiencies and profitability.


* Ensure the availability of materials that support the strategic brand & design direction to enable commercial success. Work closely with designers to find or develop the right materials according to calendar timelines, target prices, sourcing policy, and quality standards.

Key Responsibilities of the Materials Manager:

* Be the key contact and consultant for all material related questions, for the Client and its supply base
* Steer the material selection process in-line with strategic brand & design direction, and drive material consolidation to improve efficiency
* Monitor and manage all material developments (working together with Design and suppliers)and be responsible for initial material price negotiations with suppliers during the development stage
* Manage in-house and external testing, initiating wearer trials where necessary
* Manage the lab dip approval process
* Ensure fabric and trim databases are maintained
* Cooperate with the Buying Team to improve material efficiencies
* Drive innovation projects and ensure their successful technical implementation
* Be the key contact for all materials related sustainability subjects
* Manage and approve production shipment samples
* Manage fabric production issues

Education and Experience:

* Bachelor’s degree in textile technology/ engineering or comparable degree/education
* Strong understanding of manufacturing processes of yarns & fabrics, dyeing & finishing,mechanical & chemical treatments
* Knowledge of performance fabric technologies: waterproof/breathable, moisture movement, etc
* Interest in outdoor sports and performance fabrics preferred 
* Previous experience as a Materials Manager or Senior Textile Technologist required