Manager, Fabric will support Macy's Private Brand business through fabric sourcing and development. He/she will be responsible for sourcing fabrics within price point to achieve margin targets and elevate brand aesthetic. Provide technical fabric support to Design and Product teams to achieve Design intent. He/she is also responsible for the development of his/her direct reports. Perform other duties as assigned.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
He/she will be known as a trusted, collaborative and results-oriented leader, business partner and change agent who can lead through influence and who possesses professional maturity and industry credibility. The ideal candidate needs to be comfortable and effective leading through significant complexity. Candidates must be comfortable with quickly evaluating and sun-setting legacy approaches that no longer align to the strategy. The ideal candidate will be known for both vision and an equally strong orientation for speed.
The successful candidate will:
Have ability to set and to deliver on a strategic category vision that aligns to the North Star Strategy and deliver on financial targets.
Make "company first" decisions.
Size growth opportunities and edit for clarity.
Reduce complexity, act decisively, model agility in leadership style.
Have the temperament to lead and motivate the teams.
Have solid understanding and focus on the digital experience and technology business drivers.
Communicate with candor and value open debate to ensure the best ideas come to life.
Partner with Design teams to maintain brand aesthetics and seasonal direction to ensure that new fabric trends can be interpreted by brand.
Attend key fabric development meetings to support the sourcing of new materials.
Enter and maintain information in PLM.
Create weekly fabric tracking report to review with Design and Product.
Send material requests to OS offices & mills, optimize sourcing based on regional fabric strength, factory location and price targets. Strong follow-up to ensure all development is completed within designated time frame.
Partner with BPI team to identify fabrics for potential consolidation opportunities.
Strongly adhere to development calendar.
Coordinate meetings between mills, design, product, fabric team, etc. where applicable.
Troubleshoot fabric quality problems, re-engineer fabrics for better costing and improved quality, partnership w design and mills where applicable.
Attend key trade shows in New York.
Create fabric board cards by brand and maintain seasonally, where applicable.
Responsible to competitive shop both aspirational and direct references to understand market direction. Recap and share with Product and Design teams.
Maintain fabric binders by style/category.
Develop direct reports.
Regular, dependable attendance & punctuality.
Bachelor's Degree in related major, Fabric related degree a plus.
5-7 yrs. of experience in fabric research & development with strong fabric knowledge.
Proficient in understanding fabric properties (knit and woven) and how these properties effect finished garments.
Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
Strong presentation and public speaking skills and ability to clearly communicate and articulate fabric direction to both design teams and vendors.
Strong writing and editing skills.
This position involves regular walking, standing, sitting for extended periods of time, hearing, and talking.
May occasionally involve stooping, kneeling, or crouching.
May involve close vision, color vision, depth perception, focus adjustment, and viewing computer monitor for extended periods of time.
Involves manual dexterity for using keyboard, mouse, and other office equipment.
May involve moving or lifting items under 10 pounds.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and PLM; Illustrator/Photoshop a plus.
Strong organizational and follow up skills and ability to multitask.
Eye for emerging trends.
Dynamic, transformational leadership, passionate about our work.
Comfortable with taking risks and celebrating risk taking regardless of outcome.
Able to retain focus on vision and outcomes, letting others make decisions without the traditional hierarchical approval.
Create an engaging collaborative culture both within Global Business Partners, and also outside the office with all internal and external partners.
Inspirational leader with the ability to identify, engage and motivate talent with a future-oriented mindset.
Resilient, tenacious, high energy. Able to rapidly bounce back from adversity.
This job description is not all inclusive. Macy's Inc. reserves the right to amend this job description at any time. Macy's Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.