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Materials Developer

Propper International is looking for a Materials Developer. The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

 

Responsibilities:

  • Work with suppliers on development of new materials, trims and techniques.
  • Conduct fabric and trim research by shopping stores, attending fabric/trim fairs, meeting with mills and other suppliers.
  • Establish and maintain a trim and material library for the PD Department.
  • Develop and manage material and trim testing methods, requirements, etc. to ensure all quality objectives are met by vendors.
  • Give technical support to ensure high quality and maintain brand standards.
  • Manage material price targets and negotiate with vendors.
  • Propose new trim and material directions based on trend.
  • Partner with design team to identify needs by season and create fulfillment plans that hit time and action calendar requirements.
  • Coordinate with Sourcing to maintain geographic mill requirements.
  • Communicate with mills on fabric quality issues, testing protocols.
  • Participate in weekly meetings to interact with design and sourcing regarding new product development progress.

 

Job Requirements

  • BS/BA degree in Textiles or Equivalent.  Master’s Degree preferred.
  • 5+ years’ experience in material/fabric development required.
  • Possess strong technical background experience in fiber applications, weaving/knitting methods, dyeing, and finishing techniques.
  • Knowledge of global mill and trim supply resources, including the specialization of specific countries and mills.
  • Excellent business skills including price negotiation, relationship building.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • High level of self-motivation and creative problem solving skills.

 

Propper offers a full range of benefits that includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k), life insurance, and annual bonus potential.  

Interested candidates should submit their resume via e-mail to HR@propper.com.

 

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