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Sr. Manager Raw Materials - Handbags

Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

since our launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, kate spade new york has always stood for optimistic femininity. today, our 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, we continue to celebrate confident women with a youthful spirit.

kate spade new york is part of the tapestry house of brands.


The Sr. Manager Materials will leverage their experience in materials including leather, fabric and hardware to:

  • Support Design to meet all sourcing needs and to ensure design is kept updated on all material status.
  • Ensuring all materials are sourced and developed to meet development calendar dates.
  • Partner with Global Materials team to develop and source core and seasonal materials in Asia and Europe.
  • Place and follow up on all material samples as needed.
  • Daily communication with all suppliers and all internal cross functional partners.
  • Coordinating and communicating all new material developments to cross functional teams (design, product development)
  • Get technical information sheets from suppliers and mills ( FDS, LDS, HDS)
  • Maintain and track all material information in Materials and color development tracking chart.
  • Update EC Vision with necessary material information.
  • Receive and process all sample yardage/skins.
  • Work directly with RMS’s on developments, sample and market week yardage requests for bulk approvals
  • Review article masters and colors for approval production sign off and distribution to RMS and Asia tapestry team.
  • Communicate approvals to the RMS.
  • Create and distribute standard color palette for  cross functional partners
  • Review production quality issues/defects with PD/Design Merchandising and elevate to senior management as needed.
  • Review PDT calendar weekly to ensure dates are being met for development and bulk approval. Highlight deadlines to cross functional partners.
  • Attend weekly cross functional meetings.
  • Organizing and maintaining the materials library.
  • Validate all invoices and coding in Buying Hub as well as budget tracking

The accomplished individual will possess:

  • 7-10 years’ experience with global material development.
  • Strong design aesthetic
  • Ability to communicate clearly both written and verbal.
  • Proven follow-up and follow through skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with shifting priorities.
  • High level of attention to detail and good organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • High energy level, team player with ability to motivate others.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Computer proficiency; Windows, Word, Excel, E-mail (proficient in Excel and word), ECVision


kate spade new york 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 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 legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. #LI-JW1 visit kate spade new york at

Req ID:  57509

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