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Manager, Materials - Wovens Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

3 months ago Other categories Menomonee Falls   181 views
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Manages global materials sourcing strategies and research & development for Kohls Private & Exclusive brands to deliver optimal supply chain value quality, cost, speed and newness, trend to design intent.



  • Manages continuous improvement of long term materials sourcing strategies and research & development to design intent aligned with Kohls apparel sourcing strategies, defining new opportunities and risks

  • Drives Kohls strategic materials direction consistent with global markets and maximizes business strategy for optimal product value equation

  • Manages research & development team to drive newness, trend to design intent while leveraging a strategic global mill matrix

  • Communicates strategic materials plans, and decisions at a global level including consolidation and mill COP strategy aligned with Apparel sourcing strategy in the interest of Kohls

  • Evaluate global commodities markets to validate strategic cost guidance direction while optimizing product value creation

  • Influence, communicate with key internal partners at multiple levels Kohls global materials strategy and newness, trend aligned with design intent

  • Drive partnership with the cross functional teams at Kohls, Li & Fung and within Strategic Sourcing to ensure the materials strategies align with the business need & Apparel Sourcing strategy

  • Apply knowledge of material manufacturing & sourcing and global macroeconomics to optimize quality, cost and speed

  • Drive negotiating cost containment by managing mill matrix strategic intent,, counter development with multiple mill supplier options, price benchmarking, and placement of Service Level Terms (SLT) for yarn and greige pre-positioning

  • Maintain and optimize a 3 year mill strategy that services the research & development of newness, trend while containing costs, elevating quality, reducing lead times to meet merchant financial goals

  • Collaborate with process optimization to leverage technology for the optimal flow of information to facilitate driving materials strategies for strategic decision making

  • Develops team members through coaching and performance feedback, providing effective performance assessments and development plans

  • Embeds key company goals in sustainability and Diversity & Inclusion into team management plans and strategies

  • Special projects, as needed.


  • Monitor and identify global supply chain risk

  • Possess a global perspective be acutely informed of global economic, political and cultural nuances to understand risk, opportunity and competitive strengths

  • Collaborate closely with mill suppliers (direct & domestic) & leads a Kohls Materials Sourcing and Materials R&D team to identify textile industry trends, innovations to design intent working closely, directly with mill counterparts

  • Collaborate with Li & Fung Materials Team to drive development against seasonal timelines and identify gaps in the mill matrix, with leadership support and direction

  • Establish and own key relationships within Li & Fung and existing and new mill supply partners



  • 7+ years of retail or production, sourcing, supply chain management, product development or related experience

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Google

  • Expert in manufacturing and supply chain

  • Global Business Knowledge/Cross Cultural Agility


  • Bachelors degree in Production, Sourcing, Business or related field

  • General understanding of textile manufacturing

  • Management experience

  • Ability to successfully operate in an international environment


  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally

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Company Description
It’s great to have you here!Our purpose as a company is to inspire and empower families to lead fulfilled lives–to let our customers know that the things that make their lives better are within their reach. That goes for our associates too. We want you to grow professionally and personally, so we offer empowerment and potential in an environment that makes you feel at home. We’re down to earth, but we’re up for the challenge. We’re friendly, but we’re focused. We work hard, but we have fun. Experience life at Kohl’s.