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Raw Materials Management Assistant



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 4, 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 Fabric Assistant supports the Fabric team in maintaining seasonal records, sourcing and developing fabrics, and enhancing technical skills. The ideal candidate is innovative, curious, and possesses a proactive problem-solving approach. They thrive in a collaborative environment, adept at building relationships, and capable of navigating complex challenges. A background in textiles and familiarity with retail product development are preferred.

What You Will Do

  • Collaborate with material team leads to source and develop materials globally.
  • Establish and maintain a comprehensive fabric library, fabric standards, and fabric boards.
  • Maintain regular communication with cross-functional teams, including Design, Product Development (PD), overseas offices, and fabric suppliers.
  • Create and manage a fabric tracking chart to ensure accurate and up-to-date information for cross-functional use.
  • Utilize various tools such as the mill matrix, cost negotiation chart, FIS, and calendars.
  • Enter fabric data into the PLM system promptly and accurately.
  • Receive, process, and organize fabric collections and cuttings.
  • Ensure fabric selections align with fabric strategy and sustainability goals.
  • Foster relationships with vendors, mills, and the materials team.
  • Manage multiple brands encompassing both knits and wovens.
  • Attend material exhibitions and fabric appointments to research trends, develop seasonal collections, and discover potential suppliers.
  • Participate in milestone meetings and update fabric information accordingly.
  • Coordinate supplier meetings for seasonal development and trend research, ensuring alignment on fabric choices and associated costs.
  • Support PD and Design teams throughout the proto and bulk development phases to ensure cost and quality alignment.

Skills You Will Need

Collaboration: Ability to work effectively with material team leads and cross-functional teams, including Design, Product Development (PD), overseas offices, and fabric suppliers.

Technical Proficiency: Skilled in using various tools such as the mill matrix, cost negotiation chart, FIS, calendars, and PLM systems. Proficient in Microsoft Suite and design tools like Canva and Adobe XD.

Communication: Maintain regular communication with internal and external partners, fostering relationships with vendors, mills, and the materials team. Excellent communication and presentation skills.

Project Management: Manage multiple brands encompassing both knits and wovens, attend material exhibitions, participate in milestone meetings, and coordinate supplier meetings for seasonal development and trend research.

Strategic Alignment: Ensure fabric selections align with fabric strategy and sustainability goals, and support PD and Design teams throughout proto and bulk development phases.

Problem-Solving: Possess an entrepreneurial mindset with proactive problem-solving skills.

Teamwork: Strong team player with excellent relationship-building skills and the ability to navigate challenges.

Adaptability: Exceptional organizational and multitasking skills, adept at handling ambiguity.

Creativity and Technicality: Ability to balance creativity, technicality, and strategic thinking.

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. Prior experience in a materials-focused role preferred.
  • 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.