Fabric Research and Development Associate


Adecco creative is currently partnered with Ann Inc to located a freelance Fabric R&D Associate to join one of their outlet teams. This position is responsible for the seasonal development of fabric in alignment with sourcing, cost and leadtime strategy. Implement Ann Inc standards, through design vision and product integrity while adhering to the Product Life Cycle (PLC). Champions the company’s values and practices by maintaining effective collaborative relationships, taking pride in the company and brand, and embracing diversity. Candidate must possess technical knowledge of raw materials, have strong attention to detail and thrive in a fast paced environment.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Independent ownership of fabric categories
  • Align with Senior Manager/Manager in sourcing and developing fabrics to meet design vision, merchandising requirements and corporate goals
  • Support and enforce corporate mill strategy
  • Recipe maintenance for seasonal hindsight’s and reports
  • Provide analysis of seasonal development cost and metrics
  • Maintain and update fabric library and build fabric archives
  • Adherence to PLC dates; meet all deadlines and deliverables
  • Build and maintain seasonal binders for complete fabric records for classifications managed
  • Ownership of Fabric Standard Setting (FSS) for all fabrics (wovens & knits) for all managed categories
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with all key cross functional partners on fabric development and related issues
  • Promote innovation - attend fabric shows and mill appointments; research and present fabric trends to cross functional team
  • Build seasonal concept packages for categories managed
  • Work with manager to troubleshoot and resolve development and bulk issues for categories managed
  • Be an expert for your categories and be fully prepared for all meetings
  • Proactively manage sample yardage ready dates and troubleshoot as necessary
  • Streamline workload and communication for your categories
  • Manage all copyright documentation and communication with overseas and legal department
  • Manage other responsibilities and projects, as assigned


Position Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience
  • Experience: 4+ years’ experience in fashion industry, with fabric development knowledge
  • Strong technical knowledge of fabric construction and types
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to analyze seasonal data
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with shifting priorities
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications.


  • Apply with Adecco

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