Production, Technical & Wholesale

Director of Fabric Research and Development

Freedom Recruit
Moscow Oblast

Key Responsibilities:


  • Together with Design partners, strategize development needs and opportunities from concept through commercialisation.

  • Oversee and action the research and development and seasonal sourcing of new fabric and trim ideas through existing mills, materials shows, new sourcing opportunities, (inclusive of core, seasonal and novelty materials)

  • Manage the presentation of early seasonal concept ideas.

  • Manage the selection, sample yardage, testing and wash, print and yarn dye development.

  • Ensure open issues at each phase are resolved with appropriate business partners.

  • Anticipate potential road blocks and develop options to drive the best resolution for all stake holders.

  • Manage the development process through commercialisation for concurrent seasons.

Technical Management

  • Source and counter source raw materials to meet target costs and delivery requirements.

  • Strategize and coordinate material development relative to finished goods production locations and other logistical issues.

  • Define and oversee the entire approval process including material and trim approval, testing lab qualification and final inspection.

  • Define the procedure and processes for the global RM team ensuring research & development, sourcing and production strategies are executed by the right team in the right place at the right time.

  • Create materials sourcing strategy with a 1yr and 3yr view in line with the growth strategy for the business.

  • Define and manage the KPIs

  • Trouble shoot potential raw material issues and end use compatibility concerns

  • Monitor the procurement and tracking of all material yardages required for all sampling.

  • Attend weekly QA meetings and work with the QC teams to resolve any issues


  • Motivate, develop and mentor direct reports and team.

  • Lead direct reports and assist in balancing workload and creating priorities.

  • Foster teamwork and partnerships with Design, Merchandising and Operations partners.

  • Ensure team is represented in weekly operations and production meetings.

  • Influence management decisions by providing strategic information and analysis regarding materials development.

  • Provide functional direction and support to the regional material support teams.


Aaron Wallace

If this Director of Fabric Research and Development role interests you, please click the ‘Apply’ button and submit your cv with your portfolio and quote reference AW58308/001_1561568284.