The Materials Research Analyst is directly responsible for the development of textile materials from concept to commercialization for a segment of the product line, managing the process and interface between partners within the manufacturing department and product creation teams.
Own the raw materials development process for textile materials assigned category and with Design and Sourcing Teams, determine seasonal needs, identify regions/suppliers based on established Source Plan while utilizing working knowledge of suppliers’ abilities/limitations and strengths/weaknesses to ensure high standards of performance can be met in development as well as reproduced in bulk.
Collaborate with Global Liaison Offices in regards to supplier placement, specific performance, aesthetic and testing needs as well as offer technical guidance during the development process and bulk.
Interface with Costing Department to ensure costs are analyzed and intelligently negotiated to best possible price based on current market conditions.
Partner with Materials Quality team to perform risk assessment on relative materials and with Liaison Offices to develop action plans to ensure best in class quality.
Be an active participant and facilitate the timely development and commercialization of the seasonal product category.
Work with in-house testing lab to conduct technical research in relation to materials performance improvements.