ABOUT THE COMPANY :
Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands, internationally recognized for celebrating the essence of classic American cool style.
Founded in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger delivers premium styling, quality and value to consumers worldwide with a breadth of collections including Hilfiger Collection, Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, men’s, women’s and kids’ sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, accessories, and footwear.
In addition, the brand is licensed for a range of products, including fragrances, eyewear, watches and home furnishings.
Tommy Hilfiger, which was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2010, has more than 17,000 associates worldwide and an extensive distribution network in over 115 countries and 1,600 retail stores.
Global retail sales of the Tommy Hilfiger brand were US $6.5 billion in 2015.
JOB DESCRIPTION :
The Tommy Hilfiger Womenswear division is one of the main business drivers within Tommy Hilfiger Europe. Based in the Amsterdam European head office the team is split into 4 sub teams : Design, Production and Sourcing & Development, Buying and Planning and Merchandising and Sales
These 4 teams work together in an informal setting on creating superbly styled and high-end quality products for the European consumer base.
Tommy Hilfiger Womenswear presents 4 collections per year - 4 seasons (Spring , Summer , Fall and Winter)
POSITION DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
The fabric manager is responsible for the research, development, and production across a balanced interesting and exciting fabric offer that is commercial, customer focused and on brand across TH Womenswear & TH Collection.
End to end development of all woven (non denim) fabrics in TH Womenswear & TH Collection
Responsible for the woven fabric sourcing in Asia, TR, and Europe.
Talented people manager, committed to developing your direct report to ensure that targets are met and individuals feel motivated.
In daily contact with mills, fabric suppliers and fabric agents for all fabric research and follow up; internally with design and development as well as off shore offices
Propose seasonal fabric presentation of trends
Research for new Fabric / Washes and Treatments
Good understanding of price target results of fabrics and bring solutions to the table
Establish a core fabric base to reach margin / price target
Drive the process of treatments and finishes on existing fabrics
Set up fabric archive and keep up-to-date during all seasons
Guide assistant for follow up of handlooms, lap dips and fabric approvals, test reports, Coteco
Reporting to the Sourcing & Production Senior Director
Work closely with concept, design and development as well as off shore offices and external mills and vendors
DESIRED SKILLS AND JOB REQUIREMENTS :
Extensive knowledge, Minimum 7 years’ experience in fabric R&D, and fabric production
Minimum 2 years’ experience managing a fabric team
Strong product eye
Completely up to speed on fabric trends that are appropriate to our brand as well as competitor activity
We’re looking for someone who knows how to build a credible, commercial and exciting offer, build strong relationships internally and externally and have sound technical knowledge.
Good communication & organizational skills
Experience and contacts across both European and Far East mills
Knowledge of finishes and treatments
Flexible and hands on mentality
Fluent in English a must