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Material Production Manager

Ventura, CA

Role: Production Manager, Materials
Team: Production

Scope: Individual contributor

Years of Experience: 3+

Location: Ventura, CA

COVID-19 Vaccinations: Patagonia requires all employees to demonstrate proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of their employment.

As Material Production Manager you are responsible for building and maintaining raw material supplier relationships and delivering a quality product in a timely, consistent, and responsible manner. You will negotiate costing, develop greige manufacturing strategies that address the Company’s delivery and margin goals.  Additionally, you will lead efforts in training and developing new raw material suppliers as well as maintaining consistent performance with existing suppliers to ensure responsible purchasing procedures are executed to meet the Company’s social, environmental, and quality standards. Your role is critical to the success of Patagonia’s mission statement, by implementing sourcing and production solutions that help us Save Our Home Planet.        

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What You’ll Do

  • Actively manage raw material supplier relationships to ensure all suppliers meet capacity/delivery/margin requirements, social/environmental compliance, and quality assurance standards, in addition to continually reducing their environmental footprint.

  • Communicate daily with Patagonia’s raw material suppliers and resolve issues. When necessary, act as a liaison between material and finished good suppliers to help resolve issues.

  • Maintain open and frequent communication with cross-functional team members including Material and Product Development, Supply Planning, Global Planning, Line Management, Business Unit Directors, Quality and SER on all issues relating to quality, delivery, social compliance, and environmental objectives while ensuring Departmental Calendar Milestones are achieved and executed on-time.

  • Work with Production and Supply Planning to develop and manage greige plans and schedules to support seasonal capacity plans, reduce lead-times and minimize surcharges and excess materials.

  • Execute greige needs to support the timely delivery of sales samples.

  • In collaboration with the Material Sourcing Director, assist in establishing targets and negotiating final prices to achieve the Company’s goals for gross margin and profitability.  Manage all vendor negotiations in a way that builds partnerships while resulting in the fairest possible prices.

  • Develop contingency plans when faced with capacity, supply, pricing and or delivery challenges.

  • Help to drive timely resolution of material quality issues with the Material Quality team.

Who You Are

  • Analytical – You never miss a detail

  • Strategic – You think big picture, discard paths that lead to nowhere, and drive work accordingly

  • Achiever – You can be counted on to initiate and tackle new tasks and challenges & follow through on all areas of responsibility

  • Flexible – You are a shining example of adaptability and resilience

  • Inclusive – You are an instinctively accepting person that embraces teamwork

  • Passionate – For sourcing and production and saving our home planet

  • Traveler – you are willing to travel domestically and internationally utilizing various transportation methods

Experience You Bring

  • B.A. / B.S. degree required.

  • Require 3-5 years’ experience with an (outdoor) apparel company with global suppliers, with experience in material planning

  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, PLM systems, Word, PowerPoint, and database systems, with Alteryx experience a plus.

  • Demonstrates customer service and communication skills.  The ability to write clearly and persuasively in addition to defining problems and articulating solutions within a group setting and via emails.

  • Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.

  • Participation, understanding and working knowledge of the Company’s products.

Employee Conduct
It is the responsibility of every employee to contribute to a positive, inclusive work environment through cooperative and professional interactions with co-workers, customers, and vendors.

Equal Employment Opportunity

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.

Job ID: ec421bcf5aa3bb17c74d6a02d852c015ecc30df3997cf5b06b52b7513b759b91
Employment Type: Other