The North Face - Manager, Materials Library
The Manager, Materials Library is an integral part of the product development process and is responsible for partnering with Design, Materials, Color and QA teams to aid in selecting fabric and trim options that fit the specifications of the product and needs of the business. The Manager leads projects with the Materials and/or QA team that enhances internal processes. Owns the Materials trend research, publication and creation of fabric and trim trend boards. Presents trend direction to Design and Merchandising. Responsible for managing the seasonal Vendor Fair scheduling, budget and resources. This person must have extensive knowledge of raw materials, the design process, trend and technical fabric and trim knowledge to provide direction for Design and Materials. Responsible for fostering cross-brand fabric consolidation opportunities to facilitate overall cost savings. The role requires a blend of raw material, library science, trend and design knowledge in order to enable the development of world class products.
Manage Coalition materials library - manage receipt, categorization and archiving of all fabric and trim sample
Manage scheduling, budget and execution of seasonal Vendor Fair of 25-30 vendors from Asia and Latin America
Manage temp resources for the library and internal resources for seasonal Vendor Fair
Lead initiatives cross-functionally or within the Materials department
Research trend direction, publish trend report and lead the creation of trend boards by the Materials team
Maintain and track historical data on trim and fabric, recycle or dispose of obsolete or failed trim or fabric samples
Meet with cross-functional business partners in order to facilitate fabric or trim searches
Research innovations in raw materials and develop communication strategies to showcase fabric/trim innovations to the Design and Materials teams
Foster cross-brand fabric consolidation opportunities to facilitate overall cost savings
Active participation in the product development process - responsible for independently searching materials library, selecting fabric / trim options that fit the criteria and providing options to Design and Materials teams
Provide orientation/tours for new employees and visitors
Years of Related Professional Experience: 5
Masters or Bachelor's Degree in Library Science or minimum of 3 years direct relevant work experience in Library Sciences, Research or a related field.
Background in materials and trend is preferred.
Experience working with library cataloging systems is preferred.
Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator), WebPDM, Enovia/Matrix One and Outlook
Customer service experience and interest in working with people
Ability to implement new systems, policies, and procedures for library management and information research
Must have excellent organizational, verbal, interpersonal, and communication skills
Ability to work with a large number of people across many functional areas, be flexible and independent
Ability to understand complex organization systems
Extreme attention to detail
Must be self-motivated
Ability to create and execute internal marketing/PR of Research/Library services and events
Understanding of a product process from design through manufacturing is preferred
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.
VF Diversity Vision Statement
VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.
Website : http://www.vfc.com
Our strategy begins with a passion for our products and a deep understanding of our consumers. We call it the Art and Science of apparel. Our rigorous methodology combines data-driven insights, expert execution and some of the most creative minds in the industry. The result is new products that strengthen the bond between consumers and our brands.