Carhartt, Inc.

Fabric Manager

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We are proud to be making Best-In-Class apparel for the active worker. Our dedication to quality is not only reflected in our products but also in our people. At Carhartt, we are committed to providing:
   - Our consumer with a brand they can trust and depend on.
   - Our associates with career challenges and rewards.
   - Our communities with support and assistance.

Our work environment is friendly, business casual, family oriented and welcoming to everyone. Being an equal opportunity employer, we are a diverse workforce with associates located around the globe and across multiple cultures. We advocate an open door policy, teamwork, career growth, and promoting from within. Our associates are our most valuable assets and we invest in them through seminars, training and rewarding career opportunities.

We are currently seeking a Fabric Manager for Outerwear at our Dearborn, MI Headquarters!

Representative Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of technical and lifestyle fabrics with in depth knowledge of the industry, from concept through approval.
  • Work collaboratively with Marketing, Product Management, and Design to develop all outerwear fabrics that support the growth strategy.
  • Work with the Sales Force and retailers to assist them as a technical fabric expert.
  • In Conjunction with Quality and Purchasing develop fabric specifications that support Carhartt’s position in the market for the Men’s product categories.
  • Communicate information across departments that support the development of garment specifications, marketing programs, and sales tools.
  • Manage the budget for the testing and certification of technical fabrics.
  • Mentor and train associates within the fabric development team.
  • Actively participate in the development of business plans by product category.
  • Develop strong partnerships with Product Management, Marketing and other Product Design Associates.
  • Identify opportunity for process improvement.
  • Lead integration of new technologies.
  • Manage timelines for seasonal fabric adoptions.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Development of technical and lifestyle fabrics from concept to approval are within timeline, cost and brand/product guidelines/DNA.
  • Fabric budgets will be 100% accurate and up to date.
  • Collaborates in a timely manner with all external and internal partners meeting all required Fabric deadlines and management expectations.
  • Will actively mentor and train Fabric team members for success.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in textiles, apparel or related discipline is required or equivalent work experience.
  • A minimum of 7 years textile development experience, with experience in technical fabric development.
  • 2 years experience in a management, supervisory or lead role.
  • Apparel, Retail, or Consumer Products industry experience preferred.
  • Experience with manufacturing operations and premium brands preferred.
  • Strong computer skills required, including experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with WebPDM, AdvantaPlan , or other PDM/PLM software a plus.
  • In-depth knowledge of fabric characteristics.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment; cubicle/office setting. Extended periods of time sitting, standing, typing on a computer is required.
  • Light lifting may be required. 20 LBS
  • Typical work hours 8 AM to 5 PM or determined by Manager. Willing to work some weekends if necessary.
  • National and International travel required (up to 30%).

Carhartt is an Equal Opportunity Employer/M/F/V/D


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