Fabric Developer
lululemon athletica - Vancouver, BC

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Salary: $70,000.00 - $85,000.00/Annually
Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Language: English
Start Date of Employment (Approx.): As soon as possible
Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Positions Available: 1
NOC Group: (2233)
Comprehensive benefits package and performance based bonus available

Job Location(s)
1818 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1E3 Canada
Job Description

The Fabric Developer is a technical fabric or trim developer who executes seasonal and long range developments cross functionally. They lead from a place of inquiry and apply reason and critical thinking to analyse and improve process and product offerings

Core Accountabilities:

  • To develop and commercialize fabrics that meet the determined technical & quality standards; that are appropriate to deliver the highest level of guest satisfaction in accordance with lululemon strategy and business goals –on time, in region, on cost.
  • To drive self development and to ensure that fabric technical skills are developed and optimized to provide better understanding of the fabrics used.
  • To maintain current knowledge on vendors and industry developments to deliver fabric technical innovation opportunities to set Lululemon apart from its competitors
  • To provide technical supportfor the designers and garment technical teams on fabric construction, innovation and on the technical capability of vendors to deliver the products required.

Required Skills, Experience and Academic/Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree required in textiles science, fashion or textiles or related field.
  • 2-5 years of apparel or textile industry experience and a working knowledge of the industry.
  • Experience traveling and working with suppliers outside of North America, preferably Asia
  • Strong knowledge of development techniques,(process/equipment etc.) for fabrics and the fabric development process and timelines.
  • Strong technical knowledge gained in retail / manufacturing environment covering all areas of textiles from fibres, yarn, material construction, finishes and printing.
  • Strong knowledge of industry testing standards/test reports.
  • Strong knowledge of Crossfunctional team accountabilities and requirements preferred, including design, sourcing, merchandising and quality assurance and calendar.

Working Conditions:

  • Able to travel extensively both domestically and internationally utilizing various transportation methods. (travel up to 20%)
  • May have to do some light lifting of supplies and materials from time to time (approx 20lbs.)
  • Will spend long hours sitting and using office equipment and computers
  • Mandatory attendance at Cross Functional Meetings, ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines on an ongoing basis

Our “must haves”:

  • Proven work ethic with utmost integrity
  • Desire to excel and succeed
  • Actively live and breathe the lululemon culture and lifestyle
  • Self-awareness, with a desire for constant self improvement (goal –oriented)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and an egoless nature
  • Self motivated, passionate, empathetic, approachable
  • Outgoing, energetic, upbeat and fun!
  • Proven Collaborator with clear communication skills

About this company
Founded in 1998 in beautiful Vancouver, BC lululemon athletica creates components to live longer, healthier more fun lives.