Vans

The North Face: Materials Manager

Vans

Aug 6th, 2022
$ 112320 - 168480 / Year
Vans is a state of mind. Thinking differently. Embracing creative self-expression. Authenticity and progression. Choosing your own line on your board and in your life. Vans holds over 50 years of youth culture connectivity and continues to advance its roots in action sports while recognizing the global “Off the Wall” connection between the brand and art, action sports, music and street culture enthusiasts.

Today, the Vans brand evolution continues- from its foundation as an original skateboarding company since '66, to a leading action sports brand, to defining its anthem of living 'Off the Wall' as youth culture. From its birthplace on the West Coast, Vans has grown beyond a shoe. It's a global movement- reaching from Barcelona to Beijing, Sao Paulo to Sydney, Orange County to New York.

Vans goes to market through its network of deeply rooted wholesale partners and its direct-to-consumer platform with more than 450 owned retail stores worldwide. Given this amazing platform to connect with consumers, we're constantly looking for better and more creative ways to amplify the brand's in-store presence. And equally strong is the Vans' extraordinary e-commerce and social media presence, inclusive of its digital video platform, OffTheWall.tv. Through its various online channels, Vans has access to over 14 million brand loyalists at any given time.

At Vans®, providing consumer-focused product is essential and among perhaps one of the staunchest critics there is - the world's youth - the continued relevance and authenticity of Vans' product, whether performance-based or fashion-forward, must be in the right balance at all times. From weatherizing the head-to-toe collections to enhancing the durability of the performance based footwear, Vans is elevating the level of quality and technology and enabling active consumers everywhere to enjoy Vans through all four seasons.

We also believe it's important to deliver more than just great products. Vans supports the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression by promoting the sports, music, art and culture that matter most. The Vans team includes many top names in action sports including skateboarding legends Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi, skate pros Geoff Rowley, Anthony Van Engelen, Gilbert Crockett and Tony Trujillo, BMX riders Dakota Roche and Scotty Cranmer, surfers Dane Reynolds, Nathan Fletcher, Joel Tudor and Leila Hurst and snowboarders Louri Podladtchikov, Andreas Wiig, and Hana Beaman.

Vans® owns and sponsors world-class events in skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding and BMX including the Vans® Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Pool Party, the Van Doren Invitational and surfing’s most prestigious contest the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Vans® supports original and creative music acts ranging from Band of Horses to Public Enemy to Turbonegro by bringing memorable shows to global audiences at the House of Vans roving music venue that echoes Vans®’ Brooklyn-based cultural hub and to more than half a million fans each summer at the Vans Warped Tour, America’s longest-running music tour.

Vans® is part of VF Corporation one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish most through a family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Dickies®, Eastpak®, Kipling®, icebreaker®, Napapijri® and many more.

Our purpose is to power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We believe that when you discover the difference between a career and a calling, you get so much more out of life. When those lines begin to blur, you start to limit yourself much less and start aiming for more.

That’s what we want for everyone who joins us at VF. And frankly, that’s what it takes to thrive here too.

Costa Mesa, CA
https://www.vans.com

The Materials Manager manages the development and commercialization of innovative textiles and materials to enhance the Company’s product lines.

Join the North Face Family

The North Face was built on a love for the outdoors and the desire to enable all types of exploration, for all people, from their backyards to the Himalayas. Over the last 50 years we’ve lived by our “true north,” the belief that exploration has the power to change us, to challenge us and to help us see the world from new perspectives. To help ignite a global movement of outdoor exploration, love for the natural world and an unwavering commitment to protect it, we welcome and encourage new participants to the outdoors. We extend our reach through support of non-profit organizations, establishing programs that connect participants with close-to-home recreation opportunities, and creating a connection with young leaders, inspiring them to explore and conserve.

As we enter our sixth decade, we pledge to:

  • Empower exploration and the thrill of the unknown for as many people as possible.
  • Protect the places where we live, play, and operate.
  • Evolve the way we make our products by improving our environmental performance and social responsibility in the supply chain.

Unless prohibited by applicable law, please note it is a condition of your employment to abide by Company policy, including VF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement Policy. In accordance with the policy, absent need for reasonable medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law, all eligible associates must present proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment. A copy of the policy and state specific addendum is attached for your reference.

Position: Materials Manager

How You Will Make a Difference

This position partners with designers and third party companies, suppliers, engineers, and scientists to pioneer technically innovative products. The Materials Manager provides dynamic ideas to positively impact business initiatives, direction, and vision for team and peers. The Materials Manager is accountable for business results and executing key initiatives and brings a track record in innovative materials development.

What You Will Do:

  • Leads the Material group to research and commercialize new materials for the assigned activity within The North Face.
  • Focus on the material trend and sourcing needs of the category to identify and implement seasonal strategies that successfully impact the business and enhance the Company’s product lines and profitability.
  • Perform market analysis to determine key material trends within the core category competitive set regarding technology, performance and aesthetics.
  • Collaborate with other Material Managers to identify opportunities for innovation, process improvement and strategy for growth related to TNF branded technologies, supply chain management and operation efficiencies.
  • Own and manage key vendor relationships based on the primary fabrications of the category. Promote and enforce Material research and design integrity and performance specifications (MPS) from conception through product development.
  • Assure the production quality of all materials by communicating the required standards, committing to properly tested materials and / or prototypes based on final garment usage.
  • Monitor and analyze Supplier matrix with performance metrics, business summaries and certifications to drive their working status with TNF.
  • Exercise high degree of professionalism, demonstrate leadership capability including ability to train, inspire, involve and mentor others within the material team and your assigned category.
  • Lead complex initiatives and project teams to create new ideas, generate consensus and work cooperatively that drives innovation and material sourcing strategies.
  • Plan and prioritize seasonal developments with your team as well as monitor progress or take action as needed to ensure completion by established timelines to support your assigned category requirements.
  • Manage and develop a team of 2-4 direct reports

Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness, and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.

Skills for Success

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-10+ years of relevant and progressive experience.

Educational/Position Requirements: BA or BS degree in Apparel, Textiles, Materials Manufacturing, Design (Apparel) or related field.

What we expect you already know:

  • Strong textile apparel materials experience with familiarity and understanding of all phases of product creation and execution including textile lab work.
  • Working knowledge of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) or other material and product management tools.
  • Strong global communication skills (fluent foreign languages a benefit) and ability to travel internationally.
  • Project, process and personnel management skills. Ability to coach and motivate team.
  • Knowledge of textile chemistry, physical materials testing, product testing, design, product engineering and sourcing a plus.
  • Frequent user of outdoor products a plus.
  • Strong understanding of apparel merchandising and materials management.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and inspire a broad range of individuals to work toward a common goal.
  • Experience managing 2+ people in a team

What’s In It for You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF?” to learn more.

Our Parent Company, VF Corporation

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. Learn more at vfc.com.

We just have one question. Are you in?

Salary Range :

$112,320.00 USD – $168,480.00 USD annually

Annual Incentive Eligibility :

This position is eligible to participate in a VF Incentive Plan. Detailed information on incentive plans will be provided during the recruiting process.

Benefits at VF :

You can review a general overview of each benefit program offered, including this year’s medical plan rates on www.MyVFbenefits.com and by clicking Looking to Join VF? Detailed information on your benefits will be provided during your onboarding process.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Unless prohibited by applicable law, this position requires proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on the first day of employment, absent need for medical or religious accommodation or other exemption as allowed by state or local law. Further information will be provided during the recruitment process.

Please note, that our salary ranges are based on market pay data and geographical differentials. In determining the compensation for this position, we comply with all local, state, and federal laws.

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