ICEBREAKER IS ABOUT ICEBREAKING
We explore the relationship between people and nature. It’s about kinship, not conquering. Nature is our hero.
Kia Ora, We’re looking for an outstanding Global Innovation Senior Manager to join our icebreaker team in Stabio, Switzerland.
Are you passionate about a natural way of life? Do you want to be part of a purposeful movement towards Move to natural? Either way, we’re looking for you!
Do you challenge the status quo? Always asking questions and seeking out solutions? Are you yearning to make an impact and interested in Natural products? Then this is something for you!
The apparel industry needs a shake-up. At icebreaker, we’ve always believed in the pursuit of better, inspired by nature to create sustainable natural performing apparel solutions. Sustainability isn’t just a campaign, it’s the core of our business. As the first purpose-led acquisition of VF Corporation, we have never been in a better place to drive a global movement for nature, and the betterment of our species and the planet.
Let’s talk about the role!
Challenge To identify and develop an innovative natural materials pipeline and roadmap including commercialization and end-to-end delivery to enhance icebreaker’s product lines and strategic ambition.
This position will:
partner with designers, Global Materials Supply and third party companies, suppliers, engineers, and scientists to pioneer technically innovative products.
provide dynamic ideas to positively impact business initiatives, direction, and vision for team and peers.
be accountable for business results, management of gross margin and executing key strategic initiatives.
What will you do?
Leads the research and commercialization of new materials innovations aligned to the 5 year strategic plan for icebreaker
Prioritise new natural material innovations, including but not limited to: bio-sources, plant based, man-made, working with the Asia Sourcing platform to commercialise and implement seasonal strategies and NPD driving consumer relevancy and icebreaker profitability
Perform market analysis to determine key material trends across life, adventure and next-to-skin (strategic categories) addressing the competitive set regarding technology, performance and aesthetics
Collaborate with other VF Material Managers to identify opportunities for innovation, process improvement and strategy for growth related to icebreaker
Own and manage key vendor relationships based on the primary fabrications of core strategic categories (Adventure, Life, next-to-skin)
Promote and enforce Material research and design integrity and performance specifications from conception through product development
Assure the production quality and trace of all materials by communicating the required standards, committing to properly tested materials and / or prototypes based on final garment usage
Monitor and analyse Supplier matrix with performance metrics, business summaries and certifications to drive their working status with icebreaker
Exercise high degree of professionalism, demonstrate leadership capability including ability to train, inspire, involve and mentor others within the material team
Lead complex initiatives and project teams to create new ideas, generate consensus and work cooperatively that drives innovation and material sourcing strategies
Plan and prioritize seasonal developments with your team as well as monitor progress or take action as needed to ensure completion by established timelines
What’s on your CV?
Years of Related Professional Experience: 10+ years of relevant and progressive experience
Degree in Apparel, Textiles, Materials Manufacturing, Design (Apparel) or related field.
Strong textile apparel materials experience with familiarity and understanding of all phases of product creation and execution including textile lab work
Knowledge of textile chemistry, physical materials testing, product testing, design, product engineering and sourcing a plus
Strong understanding of apparel merchandising and materials management
Experience developing strategic roadmaps aligned to execution
Experienced in managing multiple stakeholders
Working knowledge of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) or other material and product management tools
Strong global communication skills (fluent foreign languages a benefit)
Ability to use critical thinking in solving problems; ability to use inductive and deductive reasoning
Project, process and personnel management skills. Ability to coach and motivate team
Demonstrated ability to work with and inspire a broad range of individuals to work toward a common goal
What’s in it for you?
It’s not just our products which set us apart from others, our people first approach is what drives us.
Be part of VF International: a multi brand and multi countries organization with career growth opportunities.
International, fun yet challenging working culture
Join a purpose-led brand and organization
icebreaker is a world leader in natural fibers clothing, and we supply our Natural products for our consumers to move to Natural in more than 5000 stores across 50 countries. We care about our relationships with nature and each other. We’re a fast moving, nimble business – the people on our team are here because they want to make an impact.
If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!
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