“The product is fun and lets me flex my creative muscles every season, but the best part of working here honestly, is the team. The people I work with are amazing, and that counts for a lot in the design industry!”

Sean, Designer

Fabric Manager - Knits
in CA - San Francisco

Job Description

There’s a little bit of magic in the air at Gymboree Group. We’re focusing on our future, from evolving our brands to transforming the way we work together. We may be grown-ups, but we’re all about celebrating children and the people who care for them. We love to collaborate to find new ways to make our customers smile. Have great ideas? We want to hear them. Want to try a new approach? Let’s do it. Come join the fun at our home office!

What You’ll Do

This role is responsible for management of developing and costing new/innovative fabrics and washes for the Knits division, while managing a direct report.

The Fabric Manager will manage price negotiations seasonally and partner with the production team to strategically source fabric while maintaining supplier relationships. This individual will contribute their technical expertise at all stages of the product pipeline which includes fabric testing and in season bulk issues. The Manager will also be responsible for managing calendar deadlines, development tracking, as well as the handling of daily communication with internal business partners, Mills, and overseas agents.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage the seasonal development of Knit fabrics
  • Provide seasonal trend direction to design while meeting costing parameters
  • Utilize technical expertise to translate design intent; cost engineer fabrics within brands parameters
  • Troubleshoot development issues & work with cross-functional teams to resolve issues quickly
  • Negotiate fabric costs with mills
  • Recommend best print techniques, dyeing, construction and washes
  • Build and maintain relationships with mills, suppliers, agents and cross-functional partners
  • Maintain fabric and wash libraries
  • Manage development calendar and tools to meet deadlines
  • Partner with Product Integrity on testing to ensure all fabrics meet Gymboree standards
  • Partner with Design/Merchandising on new product categories for the brand
  • Daily communication with overseas mills and agents
  • Manage an Associate Fabric Manager

Job Requirements

What You’ll Bring

  • BA/BS Degree in Product Development, Textiles or equivalent preferred
  • Minimum 5 years in the technical fabric field with experience in children's or adult apparel
  • Minimum 2 years managing a direct report
  • Domestic as well as overseas fabric sourcing and negotiating experience required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to adjust to the current needs of a fast-paced, dynamic department
  • Strong PC skills: Word, Excel and PowerPoint required; PLM preferred
  • Knit experience is a must

Why You’ll Love Working With Us

  • The Product—so good, you’ll be using your employee discount more than you probably should
  • The People—ask anyone that works here…we have incredible people on our team
  • The Experience—you’ll enjoy a rewarding career at a respected global children’s brand
  • The Benefits—health insurance, 401k match, and onsite wellness services for your convenience

Let’s Talk Perks!

  • Generous Health Savings Account (HSA) employer contributions for individuals and families
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and commuter benefits
  • Paid holidays and flexible time off
  • 30% off merchandise employee discount (Gymboree & Outlet, Janie and Jack, Crazy 8 & Outlet)
  • Gymboree Play & Music class discounts
  • Educational Assistance Development Program
  • Life insurance (self, spouse/domestic partner, children)
  • Additional corporate discounts at participating companies

More About Us

Gymboree Group, Inc. is a specialty retailer, operating stores with high-quality clothes and accessories for children. Our family of brands includes Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Crazy 8. Since our start in 1976, we have grown from offering mom-and-baby classes in the San Francisco Bay Area to currently operating over 900 retail stores in the United States and Canada, along with franchises around the world. We believe that respect for the customer, respect for the brand, and respect for each other are at the core of everything we do.

Gymboree Group, Inc. is unable to provide relocation assistance for this position.
Principals Only. EOE. No phone calls, please.

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71 Stevenson Street
San Francisco, CA  94105

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