Icebreaker : Fabric Technologist
VF Corporation
Ponsonby Office, Auckland , NZL
2d ago

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Progressive by Nature

Do you have that natural instinct and ability to see things differently, see beyond the surface and examine the finer details that make all the difference?

Curious by nature? A seeker of knowledge?

Then this could be the move you’ve been looking for; the move to natural.

At icebreaker, we’ve always believed in the pursuit of better, inspired by nature to create sustainable natural performing apparel solutions.

Sustainability isn’t just a campaign, it’s a feature of our business. As the first purpose-led acquisition of VF Corporation we have never been better placed to drive a global movement for nature, and for the betterment of our species and the planet.

We’re a non-stuffy, non-bureaucratic group of humans who have the ability to flip from the end-state planning to the here and now of agile opportunities.

As a Fabric Technologist located in our global head office in Auckland, New Zealand , you’ll be supporting the Global Materials and Sustainability Manager in developing and commercialising materials to meet our quality standards and seasonal timelines.

You’ll be responsible for :

  • Supporting the Global Materials and Sustainability manager in the sourcing and quality assurance of innovative performance fabrics and trims.
  • Obtaining and reviewing fabric specifications and testing information to ensure that fabrics meet required quality, price, minimums and lead times
  • Establishing, strengthening and maintaining relationships with the VF Asia Sourcing Office, fabric suppliers, manufacturing partners and our wider icebreaker teams to maximize speed and efficiency of the materials
  • Communicate with the VF Asia Sourcing Office and suppliers on sampling and lab dipping requirements
  • Manage the wearer testing process for new fabric developments, ensuring Icebreaker standards are met.
  • Managing and maintaining icebreakers fabric sample library
  • Inputting material details into PLM, ensuring timeliness and accuracy
  • Who you are :

  • 1+ years experience in similar materials development, production or quality assurance role for multi-channel manufacturing company
  • Some understanding of lifestyle apparel design combined with technical apparel fabrication and construction know-how
  • Good understanding of the lifestyle apparel business model combined with that of sporting goods / outdoor
  • Experience developing performance-oriented apparel fabrics with offshore manufacturing partners to a target cost
  • Exposure to managing and maintaining a fabric library.
  • High level of computer literacy and an affinity for technology; proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PLM / PDM solutions
  • Does this sound like you?

  • Exceptional communication skills with all levels and cultures within an organisation
  • Flawless attention to detail and the ability to stay on track
  • Mastery of time management, prioritising personal and team workload to always deliver on-time, in-full
  • Curious, with a global understanding and outlook, and strong desire to continually learn and evolve
  • A Brand Ambassador who is drawn in by our story and inspired by the authenticity and uniqueness of our brand
  • Someone who seeks out challenges and proactively solves problems
  • A highly collaborative team player and team builder; an effective influencer
  • Always follows projects through, holding themselves and others accountable for completion
  • If this opportunity feels like the type of job you’re passionate about, and it fits with your skills and experience, please click apply below to send us your CV with a covering letter.

    The recruitment of this position is being managed by Philippa Irvine, Talent Scout. For any queries, contact Philly directly on +64 21 564 691 or email philippa irvine

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