Manager Fabric R&D, Performance Textiles

About Athleta

We believe that being fit and active makes life richer and bigger than it could possibly be otherwise. And we're always looking for people who share our passion for leading an active lifestyle, growing personally as well as professionally, and creating game-changing products and experiences.

Collaboration is a real thing here - because we know that individually we're strong, but together we're unstoppable. Athleta is a certified B Corporation, which means that we put people and planet right up there with profit, and we're committed to using business as a force for good.
About the role

• Develop seasonal fabric requests by translating the brand aesthetic into clear, executable direction for GIS to communicate to suppliers
• Ensure all fabrications meet Athleta's performance attributes, testing requirements and sustainability requirements to support marketing claims (wicking, odor management, UPF, etc)
• Comprehend results of lab tests and their impact on quality, performance, and price
• Provide expertise to design, product development, and production teams on fabric construction & content, fabric finishing technical capabilities to deliver raw material innovation
• Translate Brand aesthetic into clear, executable direction for mill partners
• Support key product initiatives through fabric research with strategic mill partners
• Identify and proactively engage cross functional business partners when issues arise with recommendations for viable options/solutions
• Maintain PLM system with relevant fabric info
• Schedule seasonal appointments with strategic mills prior to development each season
• Represent and /or lead assigned departmental projects
• Travel domestically and internationally to develop fabrics with key mills and attend industry trade shows.
Who you are

• College degree in apparel/textiles, manufacturing, or related experience

• 7 years' experience in material development of technical performance product

• Strong technical knowledge of yarn, fabric construction, dyeing and functional finishing

• Proficient in industry performance testing standards and protocols

• Knowledgeable of garment and material manufacturing processes, bulk manufacturing, cost drivers, lead times & sourcing strategy

• Ability to engineer & solve for specific quality, cost, or fit issues via technical alterations

• Strong attention to detail, active follow-through, assertiveness, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment

• Display curiosity & knowledge of new innovation, trends, & construction finishes/dying, mill innovation, fabric developments, fiber technology

• Ability to build strong relationships & maintain alignment with internal & external, cross functional partners

• Ability to influence + collaborate with cross functional partners

• Agile and Flexible- our pace and process is fast and every changing, must be able to manage multiple projects and problems under time pressure

• Displays effective executive presence, positive and solution minded

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Benefits at Athleta

  • Merchandise discount for our brands: 50% off regular-priced merchandise at Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Athleta, and 30% off at Outlet.
  • One of the most competitive Paid Time Off plans in the industry.
  • Employees can take up to five "on the clock" hours each month to volunteer at a charity of their choice.
  • Extensive 401(k) plan with company matching for contributions up to four percent of an employee's base pay.
  • Employee stock purchase plan.
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance.
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