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Sr. Manager, Raw Materials Management



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Bring Your Amazing Self to Work

At Macy's, Inc. we're on a mission to create a brighter future with bold representation for all. This is our Mission Every One. We know that each person here is unique. So we respect and invest in each individual to create growth, pride, and satisfaction. If we are able to bring our whole selves to work, it translates into a more abundant and wider array of ideas and energy for all to benefit from. Our success will be built on amazing colleagues, working together.

Job Overview

The Senior Manager, Fabric leverages their fabric knowledge, strategic thinking, and collaborative skills to deliver cost-effective elevated fabrics to our Private Brands. Partnering with Design and PD, they source and develop core and seasonal fabric palettes, focusing on price, aesthetics, and quality. This role demands a strong development and technical background in various fabric types and an understanding of garment application.

Their responsibilities encompass fabric from initial concept through bulk delivery; including researching, sourcing, allocating, and developing fabric based on seasonal design concepts, trends, and requests. Reporting to the Director of Raw Materials, the Senior Manager supports partners within Private Brands, collaborating with Design, Product Development, Sustainability, and PIQA.

Efficient collaboration within the Materials Team ensures a thoughtful approach to developing new and elevated fabrics, building a fabric library, and establishing a preferred supplier matrix.

What You Will Do

Strategy & Innovation:

  • Lead the multi-season end-to-end fabric development process to enhance innovation, productivity, efficiency, quality, and profitability, ensuring commercial viability.
  • Establish and operate within a cost framework that meets internal stakeholders' needs while maximizing cost of goods savings.
  • Assist in Raw Material Sourcing Strategy, collaborating with the Director of Raw Materials to minimize risk, enhance efficiencies, and optimize materials and suppliers.
  • Collaborate with fabric suppliers and garment vendors to deliver highly innovative fabrics and offer technical support.
  • Assess current fabrics, identifying areas for improvement and evolution to align with the brand's product roadmaps in terms of allocation and cost.
  • Communicate quality, performance attributes, and usage expectations to cross-functional teams by meticulously reviewing all fabric specifications and testing requirements.
  • Conduct analysis to recommend preferred suppliers and fabrics.
  • Analyze cost components and the global raw material market to provide negotiation support data.
  • Attend global material exhibitions to research trends and explore potential new suppliers.

Operations & Results

  • Collaborate with Product Development to ensure quality execution and aid in cost negotiations to meet margin goals.
  • Continuously seek opportunities for process improvement, optimization, elevation, sustainability, quality enhancement, cost reduction, and production efficiency.
  • Establish and maintain a Fabric library with new collections and development reference cards.
  • Proficiently utilize PLM, Microsoft Suite, and Design tools like Canva and Adobe XD.
  • Optimize core fabric within and across divisions to maximize savings and minimize development numbers.
  • Manage the calendar and lead the team to meet seasonal milestone dates.

Relationship Management

  • Effectively communicate and follow up with internal and external partners globally, including internal stakeholders, material suppliers, and garment vendors.
  • Coordinate supplier meetings for seasonal development and trend research, ensuring fabrics are presented with associated costs.
  • Support Product Development through proto and bulk development to maintain constant alignment on cost and quality.

Skills You Will Need

Fabric Knowledge: Expertise in fabric types, techniques, technologies, and applications, enabling informed decision-making throughout the development process.

Strategic Thinking: Ability to align fabric development with brand objectives, market trends, and cost considerations, driving innovation and profitability.

Collaboration Skills: Strength in partnering with Design, Product Development, and other stakeholders to source, develop, and deliver fabric solutions that meet quality, aesthetic, and cost targets.

Development and Technical Background: Demonstrated proficiency in fabric development processes, including researching, sourcing, allocating, and evaluating fabric based on design concepts and trends.

Entrepreneurial Mindset: Proactive problem-solving approach with a focus on finding innovative solutions and opportunities for improvement.

Team Leadership: Experience managing a team, fostering a positive working environment, and guiding individuals to meet collective goals.

Communication Skills: Exceptional communication and presentation skills, facilitating effective collaboration with internal and external partners globally.

Negotiation and Vendor Management: Strong negotiation skills and experience in managing vendor relationships to optimize costs and ensure quality standards.

Supply Chain and Sustainability Knowledge: Understanding of supply chain traceability, road mapping, and sustainable materials development, contributing to the brand's sustainability objectives.

Organizational Skills: Superior organizational abilities to manage multiple tasks, deadlines, and priorities effectively.

System Proficiency: Expertise in using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Microsoft Suite, and other relevant software tools, with familiarity with Canva as a plus.

Adaptability and Dealing with Ambiguity: Ability to thrive in dynamic environments, comfortably navigating change, uncertainty, and ambiguity while maintaining focus and driving results.

Who You Are

  • Dedicated to fulfilling ideals of diversity, inclusion, and respect that Macy’s aspires to achieve every day in every way.
  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience in a related field are encouraged to apply. 10+ years of industry experience or relevant work experience.
  • Regularly required to sit, talk, hear; use hands/fingers to touch, handle, and feel. Occasionally required to move about the workplace and reach with hands and arms. Requires close vision.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule based on department and company needs.

What We Can Offer You

  • An inclusive, challenging, and refreshingly fun work environment
  • Competitive pay and benefits rooted in principles of equity
  • Performance incentives and annual merit review
  • Merchandise discounts
  • Health and Wellness Benefits across medical, dental, vision, and additional insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan with 401k match opportunity
  • Employee Assistance Program (mental health counseling and legal/financial advice)
  • Resources for continuous learning, career growth, and leadership development
  • 8 paid holidays
  • Paid Time Off (first year prorated depending on start date)
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Guild education benefit funds 100% of tuition, books, and fees in designated programs
  • Colleague Resource Groups (CRGs) and give-back/volunteer opportunities
  • Empowerment and autonomy to perform impactful work with tangible results

About Macy’s

Now is an exciting time for a Macy's career as we continue to focus on creating exciting and memorable experiences for every Macy's customer, whether their journey starts online or in the store. Our opportunities in Sales, Merchandise, Operations, Customer Service, Warehouse, Marketing, and other areas let you express your creativity and commitment to excellence, grow your career and make a difference to your Macy's colleagues and customers.

Bring your creativity, energy, and ideas to the Macy's team – Apply Today!

This job description is not all-inclusive. Macy's, Inc. reserves the right to amend this job description at any time. Macy's, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment.


This position may be eligible for performance-based incentives/bonuses. Benefits include 401k, medical/vision/dental/life/disability insurance options, PTO accruals, Holidays, and more. Eligibility requirements may apply based on location, job level, classification, and length of employment. Additional benefit details are available at macysJOBS.com.