Position Location: Dearborn, MI
Department: Global Product
Reports To: Lead Developer or Manager
Job Band: Professional
The Associate Raw Materials Developer, in a support role to the Raw Material team, collaborates with Design and Merchant teams to develop new materials and execute against seasonal timelines.
In this role, the Associate Developer will assist with developments, development status meetings, and assigned projects. The individual has general knowledge of raw material development with emphasis on building material technical knowledge.
The Associate Developer builds and fosters collaboration with RM team and cross functional partners
Assist in all new seasonal and resource raw material developments to support RM Team. Includes initiating off shelf developments; tracking development status; and coordinating testing of materials and results analysis.
Analyze and interpret raw material test results based on development specifications in a timely manner. Works with manager to communicate and troubleshoot development failures with supplier.
Ensure timely completion of assigned products following the predetermined product development calendar. Provide regular updates on all developments to managers, internal and external partners as appropriate.
Assists RM team to partner with Sourcing to troubleshoot any developments including but not limited to manufacturing locations; pricing, MOQ, delivery issues, and lead time; and stage materials for on time Prototype and SMS (salesman sample) deliveries.
Assists and prepares hand off of approved raw material (standard, specs, and testing) to Quality team to execute bulk production.
Prepare for and participate in bi-weekly RM Development meetings for status, issues, and Design/Merchant alignment. With Manager guidance, provide solutions and recommendations for issue resolution; ensure Design and Merchant alignment throughout seasonal development; and provide weekly updates and business implication on red flag issues.
Develop and foster key relationships with counterparts in Global Supply Chain, Design, Technical Design, Color Management, Sourcing, and Quality.
Arrange and participate in supplier meetings with cross functional teams including Product Development and Design.
Assists in Raw Material Library organization and seasonal/ongoing clean up under direction from Manager.
Assists to maintain seasonal Raw Material Boards and Fabric Maps.
Build on technical knowledge; and stay abreast of changes in the law, regulations and industry trends related to the textile industry including new technologies; and focus on how these changes and/or trends can influence and support divisional and company strategies.
Bachelor's Degree Preferred in Apparel/Textile Design or Related Field
Equivalent work experience may be considered in lieu of degree
Required Skills and Experience
Experience in product development within the Apparel or Textile industry preferred.
Knowledge of fabric and trim development.
Proficient in technology including PLM, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, etc.
Good analytical skills and aptitude.
Ability to learn quickly and work in a team environment.
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to be flexible, solution oriented and adaptive to changing priorities.