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Fabric Sourcing Expert - Womenswear


Job description

We are currently looking for an experienced Fabric Sourcing expert ideally with tailoring & coats

experience, who is passionate about fabric and fabric trend. You will be part of a function that is

responsible for delivering outstanding fabric to our Client’s Womenswear department offering value

without compromising style. We are looking for someone to help drive the fabric strategy in this

exciting category. You will work as part of an enthusiastic and fast paced team, delivering

beautiful and contemporary fabric solutions for womenswear.

Job Purpose

To put the customer at the centre of the product offer to develop & deliver fabric in a commercial

and profitable way within the range that maximises sales opportunity.

Key responsibilities and measures

• Research, identify, present & deliver with the HO FS key fabric trends for Client’s Collection

and Brands.

• Build and maintain excellent relationships with Buying, Design and Technical teams

driving newness on fabric to deliver the commercial customer benefit in line with the

Design Brief, marketing and innovation priorities.

• Work in collaboration with the Head Office Sourcing Team & the Sourcing Offices

globally to develop appropriate fabric supply routes enabling departments to react to


• Knowledge of regional expertise by fabric and garment type.

• Have a clear understanding of the Client’s customer

• Work with Buying to fully understand historical sales, research thoroughly and act on

market trends, sourcing fabric options globally within price point relating to the customer.

• Proactively agree to take on HO Fabric Sourcing responsibilities where required.

• Understand and take accountability for helping to achieve/exceed margin, whilst driving

fabric newness and quality alongside the fabric techs.

• Take accountability for additional BU and Company projects, such as sustainability

• Influencing fabrics for tendered garment programs.

• Manage and update Fabric Sourcing Library.

• Create and manage clear, detailed Seasonal Fabric Overview

• Efficient running of the Fabric Sourcing and Sampling systems.

• Team travel planning with HO.

• Understanding PLM and optimising systems and processes to deliver in line with critical


• Obtain information to support fabric aggregation with HO.

• Assist the HO with Fabric Planning Forums across all BU’s.

Key Skills

• Experience and in-depth knowledge of the competitive fabric marketplace.

• Fabric Sourcing & Development experience

• Technical knowledge and proven track record of developing and sourcing highly

commercial fabrics.

• Experienced at mood board creation and the ability to deliver information visually with

relevant information.

• Ability to commission, design and amend jersey, formal wovens and checks for seasonal


• Proven experience of photoshop, In Design, Illustrator, and Excel

Ref: 101171


Fabric Sourcing Expert - Womenswear

Central London
Experienced Non-Manager
up to £60k + car allowance and benefits

Published on 10 Feb 2020