To ensure all Raw Materials and Trim are developed and engineered and procured to meet and exceed functional requirements and standards to delight the customer.
- Build a sustainable business model in partnership with VP of Raw Materials and Quality for the procurement of appropriate raw materials and trims.
- Provide strategic alignment to the activities of the Raw Materials and Trim Engineering teams to the needs of the business while elevating quality
- Lead the Raw Materials Procurement teams to be integrated with planning and merchandizing and focussed on building reliable matrix of supplier partners
- Partner closely with counterparts in Raw Materials Development and Product Development teams to provide direction and technical support to strategic initiatives.
- Develop and lead the team (capability and execution) to ensure that appropriately high levels of engineering standards are achieved
- Ensure all engineering activities are effectively executed, including: development, cost engineering; development testing, root cause analysis testing & response; risk assessment; compatibility (including colour & grading); care & content label development; swing ticket development.
- Ensure achievement of regulatory compliance
- Ensure the effective documentation and capture of product technical information
- Timely, robust, customer focused decision making
- Innovation in the technical development of RM & trims
- Support the RM & Trim Procurement team to monitor supplier performance, evolve supplier relationships and on-board new suppliers
- Contribute to the development of technical standards
- Establish strong working relationship and collaboration with interfacing internal teams and with suppliers
- Establish a performance measurement and monitoring system for suppliers to guide the decision making.
The ideal candidate will have:
In depth previous experience working with the following -
- Fabric Suppliers
- Yarn Spinners
- Fibre Suppliers
- Suppliers of Exotic Skins and Furs
- Trim and Hardware Suppliers
- Packaging suppliers