Manager, Fabric Research & Development , Men's and Boys Wovens

About the role
The Manager of Fabric leverages consumer insights, mill strategies, and key trends to drive fabric development, innovation, costing and positioning. He/She will support a 'Fabric First' mentality and strategy throughout the product-to-market process. He/She also provides direction and thought partnership to their team in NY as well as their Mill Management and Fabric Engineering peers in Asia based on cross-functional strategies



Analyze fabric needs across the brand and communicate recommendations to Design and cross functional partners for leveraging qualities across divisions.



Partner with Product Development and Merchandising to insure 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.



Demonstrate a sound understanding of design, merchandising, and product development priorities.



Support fabric process discipline throughout product-to-market calendar to ensure alignment at each key milestone from Mill Week to Fabric Alignment and Sampling.



Support the utilization of brand fabric liabilities to Design and Merchandising seasonally.



Maintain a fabric and wash resource library to support seasonal inspiration as well as archive Gap Brand production fabrics.



Track Fabric development KPIs and brand discipline on number of seasonal developments.



Track fabric testing report and risk assessment tool to level set expectations across functional areas.
Support fabric pricing guidelines for line plan.
Who you are



Fabric Expertise- experience with fabric constructions, dye techniques, finishes, and garment construction and manufacturing/sourcing processes.



Problem Solver- can proactively solve problems and effectively manage multiple challenges.



Team Leadership- has successfully led a team (direct and dotted line reporting relationships).



Collaboration- proven ability to influence and to make decisions across geographies in a matrix environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial.



Personal Leadership- demonstrated executive presence, presentation, influencing, and collaboration across a leadership team.



Detail Oriented- proven history of attention to detail with strong follow through.



Change Management- experience leading with and without authority to influence others and drive decision-making.



Learning Agility- demonstrated curiosity, motivated to learn new skills and knowledge.


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