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Raw Materials Manager, Trim

Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

Since its launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, Kate Spade New York has always stood for optimistic femininity. Today, the brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. Polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color—Kate Spade New York’s founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy. Under the vision of creative director Nicola Glass, the brand continues to celebrate confident women with a youthful spirit.

Kate Spade New York is part of the Tapestry portfolio – a global house of brands powered by optimism, innovation, and inclusivity.

Primary Purpose:

As Trim Manager you will support the raw materials team to oversee product development and production for all trims inclusive of hardware, zippers, buttons and soft trims for kate spade apparel. The ideal candidate partners with internal and external partners to successfully drive the development and approval of trims through concept to production. This position reports to the Director of Raw Materials.

 

The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Trim Development to source and develop seasonal Trims and Hardware.

  • Work with the Director of Raw Materials to source and develop all trims. 
  • Set up and manage trim development/production calendar to ensure all calendar deadlines are met.
  • Research and develop new trims that adhere closely to seasonal design direction
  • Build and maintain a trim library to have wide range of references for design/development
  • Negotiate prices and lead times for both sample and bulk trims
  • Ensure all items approved to production meet Kate Spade quality and testing standards
  • Work closely with product development team to resolve potential issues prior to production
  • Responsible for setting up all trims in Centric PLM system
  • Create and maintain trim tracking chart based on projections and estimated yields
  • Issue sample trim PO and track on shipment to garment makers
  • Review and approve bulk trims before shipments
  • Manage all inventory from development through production, and utilize the inventories efficiently to save production cost
  • Plan and manage an overall trim strategy for the brand – supplier selections, cost analysis, trends, etc
  • maintain very positive and professional relationships with vendors and internal partners in an effective manner

 

 

The accomplished individual will possess...

  • College degree required
  • Minimum 5 years experience in materials sourcing with strong focus in trims and hardware
  • Understanding of garment manufacturing process
  • Understanding of trim costs, leadtime, minimums and impact on garment cost
  • Attention to detail with strong follow through
  • Project management and communication skills
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Proficient in windows-based software such as excel and word
  • Willingness to take on projects of various levels
  • PLM software knowledge a plus

Our Competencies for All Employees

  • Drive for Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly and consistently one of the top performers; very bottom-line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and others for results.
  • Customer Focus: Is dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; gets first-hand customer information and uses it for improvements in products and services; acts with customers in mind; establishes and maintains effective relationships with customers and gains their trust and respect.
  • Creativity: Comes up with a lot of new and unique ideas; easily makes connections among previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and value-added in brainstorming settings.
  • Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
  • Learning on the Fly: Learns quickly when facing new problems; a relentless and versatile learner; open to change; analyzes both successes and failures for clues to improvement; experiments and will try anything to find solutions; enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; quickly grasps the essence and the underlying structure of anything.
  • Perseverance: Pursues everything with energy, drive, and a need to finish; seldom gives up before finishing, especially in the face of resistance or setbacks.
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: Can effectively cope with change; can shift gears comfortably; can decide and act without having the total picture; isn’t upset when things are up in the air; doesn’t have to finish things before moving on; can comfortably handle risk and uncertainty.

Our Competencies for All People Managers

  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; has broad knowledge and perspective; is future oriented; can articulately paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Building Effective Teams: Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in their team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
  • Managerial Courage: Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.

Kate Spade is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. All employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant's or employee's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under the consideration. These decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legall-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. Visit Kate Spade at www.katespade.com. #Li-mh1

 

Req ID:  49198


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