Overview Amazon is seeking creative, goal-oriented, and highly entrepreneurial people to join our dynamic fast-paced Private Label team. What makes this job awesome? You will be part of a team that will develop, conceptualize, launch, and grow new apparel brands. As a company we are always listening to Customers, learning and innovating on their behalf, bringing them products we ardently believe they will love. In addition, you will get exposure to all business functions collaboratively working with best-in-class brand management and designers.
Description As Global Senior Manager of Fabric Research & Development you lead a centralized team that supports all worldwide textile development and translates our brand design philosophies into clear, executable, direction for vendors, suppliers, and other outside research institutes. This role will work closely with individual Design leaders presenting inspired seasonal concept recommendations that ensure brand continuity, capture market trends, and align to Business team briefs. You have an industry proven track record, and are comfortable executing the development process from end-to-end - all while managing cost/value requirements.
What you do * Drive and execute to Amazon Fashion's global sustainable textile initiatives * Support end-to-end digitization of the fabric development process * Build advance 3-5 year material research & development strategy planning to ensure Amazon Fashion Private brands is continuously innovating on behalf of customers. * Source seasonal design requests with mill partners and vendors to offer creative solutions if the request is outside the brands sourcing and pricing strategy * Attend fabric shows as appropriate to gain perspective on innovation and trend and share information to cross functional partners on emerging fabric trends * Analyze fabric needs across the brand and make recommendations to Global Sourcing and Design for leveraging qualities across divisions * Clearly communicate your textile design methodology grounded in consumer research * Work to resolve potential manufacturing and costing issues prior to development of print concepts to ensure quality execution in bulk * Accountable for process improvement and seeking opportunities to positively affect the Design organization and company * Deliver relevant information with confidence and builds a strong network of relationships working between cross- functional teams * Manage product integrity by monitoring and refining laboratory testing for core fabric library * Identify and cost engineer fabric to meet design-value proposition Leverage material and product exclusivity by partnering with legal experts to ensure that we have the proper patent agreements * Possess a working knowledge of design and utility intellectual patents and trademarksBasic Qualifications * Bachelor's Degree in Textile Design, or Material Science * 10+ years in textile industry working with fabrics * 4+ years of management experience preferred * Strong presentation skills * Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to regularly interface with and influence senior management * Experience setting or collaborating on creative strategies * Organize and prioritize multiple projects having a sense of urgency in managing time and accomplishing tasks * Demonstrate proactive problem-solving skills, detail oriented, with strong follow through * Deep understanding of raw material development and cost engineering * Excellent technical knowledge of yarn knits and performance fabrications * Innovator Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.