The Position: Fabric Testing Coordinator-110380
Employee: Classification: Non-Exempt
Department: Product Development Reports to: Senior Manager, Materials Innovation
The Coordinator, Fabric Testing provides support to the Senior Manager, Materials Innovation in the selection of fabrics and finishes and in the development of new fabrics by coordinating with mills to develop and test new fabrications. The incumbent ensures that color, shade and hues are within acceptable tolerance levels throughout the lab dipping and bulk lab dipping process. This position maintains and updates the Fabric Master and the Fabric Library. As requested the Coordinator, Fabric Testing supports the Design Materials Manager to generate yardage forecasts for griege, samples and bulk production. As requested the incumbent coordinates with procurement, contractors and mills to minimize excess yardage, and prepare annual reports of yardage usage.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other responsibilities may be assigned.
· Coordinate seasonal color lab dips and approvals with vendors as required by Design and Product Line Managers. Facilitate the information flow of standards in-house and the identification of standards to mills and factories. Manage the status of lab dip approvals in the Fabric Master. Evaluate color approval across fabrics and products for consistency. Determine embroidery color matches as required by tech pack.
· Maintain fabric library to provide Design and Product Line Managers with complete, up to date details to facilitate development efforts. Receive fabric headers from different fabric vendors, date and file them for easy reference. Research, gather and sort information, periodically deleting unused or obsolete items. Maintain spreadsheets such as the Fabric Master and serve as central information resource to Design and Product Line Managers for all fabric details. Name fabrics for ease of reference, considering use and characteristics. Develop seasonal strategies.
· Setup testing criteria for fabrics to assess performance and aesthetic compliance. Conduct tests on fabric and keep testing criteria current. Keep the Fabric Master updated with all current test information. Develop new product concepts and innovative fabrication and construction technologies.
· Support the Senior Manager, Materials Innovation in:
o Sourcing fabric to meet the requirements of the design from the Product Line Managers.
o Selecting mills and vendors that can best meet the specifications within the required price range.
o Developing sales sample fabrics.
o Assist in taking the Product Line Managers’ ideas and providing available fabric selection and cost information.
o Assist in advising fabric limitations and guidelines, considering weight, finish, durability, etc.
· Assist in communicating fabric quantities, delivery instructions, and timelines to mills and contractors. Assist in the follow through to ensure timely, accurate delivery of yardage to contractors. Assist in problem solving various issues that may arise during the fabric development cycle. Periodically visit mills to gain an understanding of their processes, capacity, and the intricacies of various fabrications.
· Assist in determining rough yardage needed by style, fabric and color; maintain specifications spreadsheet. Assist in forecasting griege requirements in the development and bulk production phases. Assist in ordering sales sample fabric by color for each season and year and providing reports of actual yardage usage, excess yardage in inventory at contractor locations, and rebate opportunities.
· Support the Senior Manager, Materials Innovation in the research and development of new and existing fabrications for use immediately and up to three years in the future. Attend initial planning meetings with mills and other vendors, and follow through with mills to develop schedules, communicate specific requirements, and ensure that ideas are executed and tested in accordance with initial concepts, cost restrictions, and agreed upon timelines.
· Provide support to Product Line Managers on matters pertaining to vendors: minimum order requirements, required lead times, and physical properties of materials. Help source fabric as requested by Senior Manager, Materials Innovation and Product Line Managers. Ensure no one mill has an exclusive production or a sole source advantage.
· Maintain documentation as required by regulation and company policy.
· Proactively pursue and complete assignments as outlined in individualized professional development plans in order to develop skills and contribute to the organization.
· Apply basic theoretical knowledge of textile technology to work with mills to assist the Senior Manager, Materials Innovation in developing fabrics that will fulfill design objectives with consideration to quality, durability and appearance.
· Operate within diversified procedures and precedents, making recommendations in differing situations requiring the search for solutions within knowledge of textile technologies and fabrication logistics.
· Work on multiple tasks concurrently, requiring the ability to manage multiple conflicting priorities and details while adhering to timelines to keep the organization’s operations on schedule.
Amount of Interface Involved
Extensive contact with NBTA employees and vendors; significant tact and negotiation skills required.
Regular interaction; approval required on key decision points.
High, impact of disclosure significant. Must sign Code of Conduct and Proprietary Information policies.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, ability to adjust focus and discern colors.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., for a total of 40 hours per week. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.
This position requires moderate travel, about 5-10%. Most travel is outside the local area and overnight. Some of the travel is international.
Education, Experience, Skills and Competencies
• AA Degree or equivalent in textiles
• 1 to 3 years of experience in various phases of textile production required
• Knowledge of MS Excel or similar software required
• Travel required. Must be free to travel domestically and internationally
• Self-starter who brings a level of passion, enthusiasm, and focus to their day to day business and is able to multi-task in a fast paced environment
• Able to manage to deadlines, be flexible with change, drive to timely resolution
• Basic knowledge of manufacturing processes and comfortable in foreign work environments
• Knowledge of textile and material construction and properties
• Knowledge of product costs
• Fast, efficient, nimble. Experience working in a shifting and collaborative environment with a great deal of constructive feedback and input
• Ability to not only lead fearlessly as a contributor, but also take direction and work with a team
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, coworkers and vendors. Able to communicate precise fabric requirements internationally where English is limited and cultures are diverse.
Ability to calculate figures and amount such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to work independently with little direct supervision, organizing, prioritizing and completing tasks as assigned.
Please note this position profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this role. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Job Location: Rohnert Park, CA
Country: United States
Position Type: Full Time
Employee May Telecommute: No
Job seekers must live within: 50+ miles
Required to Relocate: Yes
Willing to Travel: Yes
Required Experience Required: 1-3 years