Assistant Fabric R&D Manager, Knits

Gap
New York, NY, USA
Posted 27 days ago
Full timeProduct Design & Development
About the Role

In this role, you will leverage consumer insights, mill strategies, and key trends to drive fabric development, innovation, costing, and positioning. You will drive a ‘Fabric First’ mentality throughout the product-to-market process. You will also provide direction and thought partnership to internal Gap Inc teams in North America, as well as the Mill Management and Fabric Engineering teams in Asia based on cross-functional strategies.

What You'll Do
  • Analyze fabric needs across the company and communicate recommendations to cross functional partners for leveraging qualities across divisions, taking into consideration and tracking all components of the fabric and wash resource library to support seasonal inspiration, as well as archive Gap Inc platformed fabrics
  • Track Fabric development KPIs and brand discipline on number of seasonal developments and fabric testing reporting and risk assessment tool to level set expectations across functional areas
  • Partner with Product Development and Merchandising to ensure that fabrics are within the V/G/B/B pricing architecture
  • Identify fabrics that need to be cost engineered and communicate with the Mill management team
  • Drive fabric process discipline throughout product to market calendar to ensure alignment at each key milestone from Mill Week to Fabric Alignment and Sampling
  • Able to communicate difficult concepts in a simple manner
  • Participate in projects and assignments of diverse scope
  • Assist in research and development of fabric and/or yarns  
  • Meet regularly with mills and Gap core suppliers to learnany new technologies, updates in finishing and innovation
  • Attend local fabric shows and meet with mills to explore newtechnology, develop mill relationships and research fabric direction.
  • Partner closely with GIS with all new development communication, initiate any testing needs and address any fabric concerns.
  • Create and Maintain fabric information in PLM
  • Own communication for all seasonal sample yardage requests Request and Track Tailoring Garment Requests
  • Maintain development request charts and testing developmentstatus charts Review testing failure results with Quality team Monitor all calendar deliverables to ensure all deadlines and development dates are met
  • Organize and maintain fabric library
  • Organize and maintain seasonal development books Organize and maintain SMR reference cuttings
Who You Are
  • Strong experience with fabric constructions, dye techniques, finishes, and garment construction and manufacturing/sourcing processes
  • Proven ability to influence and make decisions across geographies in a matrix environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial
  • Present problem analysis and recommended solutions in a creative and logical manner
  • Knowledge and understanding of work within R&D
  • Ability to travel globally
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience preferred Basic technical knowledge of fabric/yarn
  • Ability to negotiate and build consensus across multiple functions
  • An understanding of the garment Production cycle
  • Ability to work closely and partner effectively with designers and vendors Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to regularly interface with and influence management.
  • Strong attention to detail and thorough follow up skills Proficient in Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel preferred

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