Materials R&D Lead


San Francisco, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Engineering Hardware
  • Post Date: 02/18/2021
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  • Company Address: 2170 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA, 94110

About Everlane

Everlane designs, manufactures, and sells luxury clothing items at a low retail markup via an online e-commerce website.

Job Description

Everlane is looking for a materials developer to lead innovative, sustainable sourcing, research, and development for apparel, shoes, and accessories, Men’s and Women’s divisions. This role will include sourcing and development for all apparel categories; Leather, Wovens, Knits, Yarns, Denim, Trims and Components. You will work closely with design, merchandising, product development, and QA, and report directly to our Material Sourcing Manager.

Your day-to-day:

  • Partner in setting supplier direction; analyze supplier base and support relationship creation and development with mills
  • Research sustainability opportunity for materials to support brand sustainability goals
  • Creatively and strategically source and develop new materials to support business needs
  • Build strong cross-functional relationships with Design, PD, and Merch leads in product development process 
  • Attend seasonal fabric fairs, organize SF mill weeks
  • Manage RM Database and Key Sustainability Metrics 
  • Manage materials inquiry & development process with mills for relevant categories, balancing aesthetic, cost, and lead time 
  • Facilitate best in class materials quality through close partnership with QA team
  • Negotiate bulk fabric costing based on buy quantity and IMU targets
  • Analyze seasonal development yardage spend, development and adoption ratios

We'd love to hear from you if you have:

  • 5-6+ years in materials sourcing, strong technical skills in fabric and leather innovation and development. 
  • 2+ years management experience, passion for developing and growing team-members
  • Experience in leather, denim, sweater yarns, and/or performance/technical materials
  • Working knowledge of product development and QA
  • Experience with environmentally sustainable sourcing
  • Highly creative thinker, strategic problem-solver, detail oriented, proactive, strong analytical skills
  • Developed brand-appropriate aesthetic
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work-flows simultaneously 
  • Strong verbal, written and negotiation skills
  • Strong communication, ability to build and support cross-functional partnership 

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