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Materials Research Coordinator

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Materials Research Coordinator 

Start Date:  ASAP

Assignment Length:  2 Months (with opportunity to extend)

Location:  East Bay, CA

 

Summary:

Provide technical support to the Materials Research Manager in the Materials Research department.  Responsible for data management and organization, maintenance, and retention of materials in the Fabric Library.

 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Creates PDM #’s and Vendor Parts as directed by Materials Research and Sourcing
  • Adds fabrics to the seasonal palette
  • Enters and proofs fabric specifications
  • Maintains seasonal fabric palette
  • Creates PDM management reports using query application
  • Follows up with liaison to ensure fabric specs and prices are updated in a timely manner
  • Monitors development and updates lifecycle in PDM to reflect most current status

 

Fabric:

  • Maintain new fabric development files for Materials Research Manager
  • Query fabric reports for Product Line Managers and other team members as needed
  • Archive approved fabrics in quality and samples files following CSC protocol
  • Manages and tracks the development of all Prints and Yarn Dyes from initiation to approval, interdepartmentally and in all systems
  • Initiates proto yardage requests and tracks in PDM system.  Follows up with liaison offices to monitor delivery and reports delays to Product Development and Design
  • Send swatches of all new materials to CSC Import Department during seasonal development calendar
  • Initiates requests for test yardage and track in PDM system.  Follows up with liaison offices to monitor delivery and reports delays to MR Analyst and Design
  • Completes Fabric Test Request Forms as directed by Materials Research Manager and submits information to the Materials Testing Lab
  • Tracks receipt of salesman sample yardage for Materials Research Manager.  Maintains log and follows up with liaison offices to ensure all fabrics are received in a timely manner.  Pulls Quality Sample files and submits salesman sample yardage to design and merchandising for review

 

Library:

  • Organizes and maintains fabric library.  Manages the receipt and rotation of new fabric samples, dispose/recycle obsolete
  • Creates displays as directed by Materials Research Manager.  Files loose samples, maintain Fabric Room free of clutter
  • Assists Designers and Materials Research Manager in researching and locating items in the Fabric Room Library

 

Fabric Testing:

  • General testing, down/fiber, UPF; Seam Seal Tape and Adhesives
  • Initiate communication (this function is detailed and can be expanded)
  • Follow up on test results (both approved and failed)
  • Communicate results to Material; Research Manager and Product Development
  • Record results in database

 

Requirements:

  • Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising or related field
  • 1 – 3 years related work experience in the apparel or textile industries
  • Working knowledge of textiles, attention to detail and strong communication skills
  • Possess knowledge of computer data entry, proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Access, report generations, and file maintenance techniques
  • Possess excellent organizational skills, self-starter, detail oriented
  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to conduct/manage several tasks at one time
  • Mental ability to conduct interpersonal contact with company personnel at all levels as well as with outside vendors
  • Interest in developing knowledge about textiles and the garment production process is required
  • Physical ability to use telephone, computer hardware/software including keyboard, type, sit for extended periods of time, make repetitive hand/wrist movements, and occasionally lift/carry up to 20 lbs
  • May be required to work in excess of 8 hours per day and / or 40 hours per week during peak season

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