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Assistant Production Manager, Wovens Fabric R&D

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Assistant Production Manager, Wovens Fabric R&D
Start Date: ASAP
Contract Length: 3 months
Location: San Francisco, CA

** A FORTUNE 500 FASHION COMPANY IS LOOKING FOR AN EXCEPTIONAL ASSISTANT PRODUCTION MANAGER, WOVENS FABRIC RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT **

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Support Sr. Manager in he sourcing of newness and innovation in brand raw materials
• Prepare and send out new fabric developments to GIS, track and review submissions with Sr. Manager, update approval status
• Participate in Mill Week meetings as well as mill appointments
• Assist in ongoing seasonless fabric innovation research in the market place
• Maintain a fabric and was resource library to support seasonal inspiration as well as archive production fabrics
• Partner with Design to establish trend right wash/finish targets that support direction, innovation and business needs
• Create and manage fabric boards on a seasonal basis and participate in Seasonal Fabric Meetings
• Support the Senior Manager and team in delivering brand fabric cost savings
• Analyze, weigh and review fabric counter submissions and review with Sr. Manager and Design team
• Assist Sr. Manager to reverse engineer innovative fabrics to meet a value proposition
• Ensure developments are in alignment and support global production and supply chain strategies
• Provide viable fabric cost options that work within AUC targets and maintain intended end garment aesthetic
• Analyze fabric needs across the brand and make recommendations to production and design for leveraging qualities across divisions to maximize brand savings
• Maintain woven fabric and trim resource library
• Maintain seasonal fabric database
• Communicate with overseas GIS partners, design, and production counterparts daily in a timely manner
• Ensure product integrity by troubleshooting testing exception reports with Sr. Manager

REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s Degree (in textiles is a plus!)
• 1+ years in textile industry working with woven fabrication and trim
• Working technical knowledge of woven fabrications
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to negotiate and build consensus across multiple functions
• Ability to quickly learn and understand the product development process
• Proven ability to work closely and partner effectively with designers
• Build and maintain relationships with GIS and cross functional partners
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to regularly interface with and influence management
• Ability to grasp trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity requirements, product cycle timeline and fabric garment construction
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PLM (preferred)
• Excellent decision making skills as well as problem solving skills
• Strong fashion sense, taste level and eye for trends

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