Fabric Manager Job Description

Fabric Manager Job Description

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Fabric manager provides expertise to design, product development, and production teams on fabric construction & content, fabric finishing technical capabilities to deliver raw material innovation.

Fabric Manager Duties & Responsibilities

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Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Provide "one-voice" communication to mills and suppliers acting as a liaison between U.S. home offices, global market mills and suppliers, and world-wide manufacturing partners
Develop and maintain relationships with mills and suppliers to ensure successful business partnerships
Source, research and develop fabric and trims originating from global markets and communicate findings to U.S. home office including
Shop available market and secure fabrics for programs based on U.S. home office instruction
Indentify trends from attending regional tradeshows and present to U.S. home office
Collaborate between brands, mills, and suppliers to meet calendar deadlines surrounding fabric and trim development and bulk lead-times
Manage and maintain of pre-development work-in-process (WIP) and bulk production WIP
Responsible for all product testing requirements, compliance and internal standards
Set and manage quality assurance and evaluates and tracks mills’ and suppliers’ performance
Communicate with mills or related fields to have them service TR in the best possible way TR providing the most up to date information for mills to perform

Fabric Manager Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Licensing or Certifications for Fabric Manager

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Education for Fabric Manager

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Employers hiring for the fabric manager job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Collage Degree in Education, Textiles, Business, Engineering, Science, Computer Science, Technical, Fashion Design, Marketing, Design

Skills for Fabric Manager

Desired skills for fabric manager include:

Fabric construction
Manufacturing
Global raw material procurement
Knit and woven fabrications
Amazon EC2 and other cloud platforms and environments
Any of Web message frameworks like Rabbit MQ
Mills within the price range of KLP and work within those
Open stack
Printing
VCenter and ESXiexperience

Desired experience for fabric manager includes:

Partners with peers and leaders in Vendor Management and Category Strategy to effectively drive fabric sourcing, counter sourcing and negotiations for area of responsibility
Ability to plan and successfully lead complex negotiations
Research fabric trends as relevant for the business
Source textiles of all types including knits, woven’s, and leathers
Have expertise in global textile mills, technical fabric knowledge and technologies
Offer novel fabric concepts to designers, consistently keeping the line updated and trend-appropriate

Fabric Manager Examples

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Fabric Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for a fabric manager. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for fabric manager
  • Prepare fabric information and details for Product Development team, including fabric specifications, suppliers and opening negotiated pricing
  • Distribute all artwork for prints, yarn-dyes, and jacquards and manage the development process
  • Distribute lab dip requests to mills
  • Maintain the seasonal fabric library
  • Issue sample po’s
  • Maintain seasonal documentation in chart/ boards/ binder
  • Daily communication with overseas office and mills with fabric inquiries
  • Review merchandising plans and maintain calendar timing
  • Offer fabric alternatives where original quality is cost, quality or lead time prohibitive for bulk
  • Liaise with PD on testing issues, and production on bulk issues
Qualifications for fabric manager
  • Ability to influence senior leaders and peers to achieve business results
  • Partner seasonally with the Production team to establish sourcing strategy to ensure best product and best price
  • Meet regularly with the cross functional team to discuss any fabrics to styles and address any potential issues
  • Monitor sales and retail sell-through to determine successes and failures, and to build this knowledge for future collections
  • Alert team of any delays or issues with production, timing, quality
  • Update and take ownership of seasonal WIPS charts with testing information
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Fabric Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a fabric manager. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for fabric manager
  • Consolidate the fabric boards and binders and manage all fabric record updates including specification lead time and fabric pricing
  • Liaise with R&D to collect seasonal fabric developments, analyze results and identify challenges
  • Put together reports to accurately track and recap each seasonal bookings
  • Manage the Denim Fabric Operations calendar to include all corporate groups and emphasizing timelines for seasonal buys, approval dates, negotiations, supplier meetings and trade shows
  • Assist in resolving quality assurance issues and maintain accurate recordkeeping
  • Assist the Senior Director in ordering, tracking and presenting fabric development
  • Organizes and prepares the fabric database, ensuring entry of all pertinent information including fabric qualities
  • Facilitates communication with internal and external partners, reviewing various issues, challenges, and directives
  • Attend Design meetings with Sr Design Management
  • Research mills, print resources, and in-house current and historical collections
Qualifications for fabric manager
  • Keen on prioritizing, multi-tasking and setting appropriate deadlines and deliverables
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook
  • 4~Year College Degree in Fashion preferred
  • Minimum 3-5 years in fabric research and development in the retail fashion industry
  • Order fabric for Concept presentations
  • Research in-house prints and with print vendors
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Fabric Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is hiring for a fabric manager. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for fabric manager
  • Timely schedule fabric handoffs with all pertinent information – swatch, mill card info, CAD with correct layout, repeat and measurements for yarn-dyes and prints color standards
  • Review qualities, handlooms, strikeoffs and labdips with the Fabric Operations team for proper execution of sales sample yardage
  • Oversee the Women’s Polo Fabric Operations team and liaison with the Director of Fabric Operations in running the department
  • Position and manage the positioning of proto and sample yardage
  • Create time and action calendars for all woven production fabric
  • Manage all fabric issues and settle all fabric related claims
  • Maintain a fabric resource library to support seasonal inspiration archive of previous production fabrications
  • Attend fabric hand off meetings to review fabric selection and developments per season
  • Request color standards, nylons when needed, through CMS/TDCR or direct dispatch
  • Assist in color standard development on synthetic materials with Greensboro Color Development team
Qualifications for fabric manager
  • Knowledge of fabric markets / operations and passion for denim
  • College degree in textiles (preferred) or equivalent experience
  • Fabric knowledge and experience in all facets of fabric research and development
  • Ability to take independent action to follow through on open items taking a pro-active approach to any problems which may arise
  • 4-6 years of experience and proficiency in development of fabric, yarn, construction finishing, garments, washes, and costing
  • Overseas travel to fabric shows and mill facilities
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Fabric Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is searching for experienced candidates for the position of fabric manager. If you are looking for an exciting place to work, please take a look at the list of qualifications below.
Responsibilities for fabric manager
  • Attend weekly line status production meetings/ WIP’s to give updates of sample and stock approvals
  • Review mill’s lab dips with Senior Director of fabric R&D and give comments (include Design when indicated on “need to see list”) and distribute comments to mills/fabric management
  • Assist Senior Director of fabric R&D with all stages of fabric development when there is a time crunch
  • Communicate daily with mills to confirm fabric pricing, minimums, and greige availability to keep Design, Merchandising, Production updated during product design meetings especially when fabrications change during the design process
  • Inquire with mills about performance standards per fabrication when needed for technical product
  • Assist fabric team with keeping track of all incoming submits of fabric mills
  • Oversee sleeve/pant construction, fabric test process with Polo Sourcing, Tech R&D at Greensboro, N.C
  • Assist Fabric Team in the general research of new mills, competitor’s fabrics .via the internet, email and reference materials
  • Research new performance fabrics and technologies by attending domestic fabric shows , Internet and technical material magazines
  • Attend local fabric shows with Senior Director and/or members of Fabric team
Qualifications for fabric manager
  • Outlook, Word, and Excel skills
  • At least 5 years of experience in a similar roll
  • Help maintain libraries with entire fabric team
  • Current fabric library filed by mill name and season
  • Past season fabric library
  • Leather and suede library
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Fabric Manager Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for a fabric manager. Please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications. While this is our ideal list, we will consider candidates that do not necessarily have all of the qualifications, but have sufficient experience and talent.
Responsibilities for fabric manager
  • Asian mill library
  • Beacon history and current library
  • Fabric and leather test proto library
  • Set up fabric appointments when needed
  • Assist with Accounts payable on all fabric trial invoices
  • Keep Fabric dept
  • Lead the Fabric R&D process to translate the brand aesthetic into clear, executable direction for vendors/ suppliers
  • Work cross-functionally with the Designers, Production, Merchandising and Product Development teams in meeting aesthetic, timing, cost and testing parameters related to fabrics and wash specific to denim and washes
  • Collaborate with Design to drive the creative fabric R&D process in order to build viable on-trend seasonal fabric assortments
  • Source and develop fabrics that are within the target aesthetic and cost parameters of the merchandising teams
Qualifications for fabric manager
  • Outlook,Word, Excel a must
  • Exceptional flexibility, including flexible hours
  • Ability to multitask multiple requests and tasks effectively
  • Have an interest in the performance apparel industry
  • Lead raw material issue resolution and troubleshooting of fabric related issues
  • Fortify vendor relationships and procurement of new resources, innovation and textiles

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