The Client, a world class Retailer, based in the West Midlands, is looking for a Fabric and Trim Innovator to lead the Fabric Innovation team
Working in collaboration with the Macro Trend and Colour Forecaster and Print designers, you'll deliver the Fabric and Trim Innovation to drive the Brand Design Strategy - delivering newness, and trend advice to drive profit, and market share growth across all relevant channels.
Working 12-18 months in advance of design, the Fabric and Trim Innovator will research, forecast and develop all relevant fabrics and trims to drive new product development and support the Design team to improve quality and keep the Brand relevant.
You'll also provide the Design, Buying and Merchandise teams with fabric and trim recommendations across clothing categories to improve profitability through more effective direct sourcing.
Manage, motivate and inspire a team of junior fabric techs and assistants, and manage their performance in line with divisional objectives.
Fabric Trends – Have a good awareness of fabric trends across the product range
Fabric and Trim knowledge – Understand advanced technical materials and textile techniques including fibres, yarns, knit and woven fabrications, printing, dyeing and finishing.
Fabric development – Ability to develop fabrics with partner mills and suppliers based on briefs with specified performance, aesthetic and commercial requirements.
Fabric testing – Extensive experience in evaluating fabric performance to ensure developments meet performance standards provided by the technical team and customer expectations.
Fabric Compliance – Work with the Technical manager to ensure compliance to Brand requirements.
Mill Evaluation – Ensure existing and new mills are evaluated and compliant to Brand requirements.
Fabric Reference Library management - Maintain a library of all core and new fabric/trims for reference.
Garment Knowledge – Knowledge of the product creation process and apparel business. Some expertise in garment construction and extensive working knowledge of factories (Europe and Asia)
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