Fabric Development Manager
Raw Material Development Team
We bring technology and functionality to life by creating industry leading fabrics, trim, colors and prints for lululemon premium performance product.
Our partnership with product development, sourcing, manufacturing, and quality ensures we create product that performs for the intended use and meets testing standards, which provides a desirable experience for our guest.
A day in the life of a Fabric Development Manager
Drive fabric excellence at lululemon. Inspire greatness in creating and using fabrics in products. Educate about fabric attributes, functionality, and possibility of use.
Anticipate & prevent issues.
Seek new and existing fabric capabilities by attending alternative technology fairs, shows, suppliers, not otherwise covered by the Design / Development teams.
Attend trade shows with Design / Dev as needed to understand their creation intent & complement their shopping experience with technical information and know-how.
Coach & Manage 2-5 textile experts to develop new fabrics within calendar timelines and according to the design vision.
Maximize solution building capabilities of the team to create best-in-class fabrics that meet quality standards and requirements.
Elevate technical capabilities of the team.
Challenge the mill with new concepts and possibilities beyond current perceived limitations in making fabrics. Raise the bar.
Build relationships with mills and factories.
Provide technical fabric knowledge to support fit and sweat testing.
Increase factory effectiveness of fabric manufacturing practices, in partnership with Materials Quality, Sourcing teams, mills & factories.
The finer print
Textile degree with 7-10 years experience in fabric technology, manufacturing, and / or quality related to apparel and accessory product.
Proven experience of team management with strong professional and leadership skills
Extensive knowledge in fibers, polymer sciences, yarns, finishing, chemicals, machinery
Proven ability to problem solve & resolve fabric issues with a fabric mill
Extensive experience working in a factory operation. Brand experience is a plus.
Motivated by premium product results
Clear written & verbal communication skills; ability to influence decision making
Ability to travel globally for extended periods of time
Logic-based & information-seeking approach
Athletically active and commercially aware