Senior Manager - Materials, Color & Trend

Posted Date: Aug-19-2016

Job ID: 4990

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Product Design/Development

City: Kent

State: Washington

What's cool about this job

The Senior Manager, Materials & Color Design contributes to REI’s success by performing as a functional leader and key member of the Private Brand management team. This leader sets strategy for the material design and color department in close partnership with leadership and other functions, plans effectively and delivers successfully the respective annual goals set.

As part of our design leadership team, the role of the Materials Design & Color Senior Manager is to inspire, shape and lead creative teams to drive material design, trend strategy and color creation across a multi-season, multi-brand portfolio.

As a leader, you will work across all levels of the product and design organization, creating vision, seeking alignment and inspiring others to action. You will be a champion of creating product and material excellence. You will work with other leaders in planning and implementing focused, innovative, smart material stories. Provide insight to the team on the relevance of colors, materials to the outdoor consumer. In this role, you’ll manage the overall color, graphics and materials team, and collaborate closely with your other design partners and material development team. You’ll be a key partner not just in the design team, but with partners across REI and overall supply chain to ensure the material and color vision is successfully delivered to REI’s members.
Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.
Identifies and communicates key responsibilities and practices to ensure the organization promotes a successful attitude, confidence in leadership, and teamwork to achieve business results.
Supports the implementation of company programs, procedures, methods and practices to promote REI key messages.
Challenges and inspires employees to achieve business results.
Ensures employees adhere to legal and operational compliance requirements.
Oversees training and development of employees directly and indirectly managed and makes effective staffing decisions.
Conducts and ensures the completion of performance reviews.
Provides coaching, direction and leadership support to employees in order to achieve department, company and customer results.
Establishes and maintains visibility within the department.
Monitors operational statistics, reports trends, variances and issues, and takes appropriate action.
Manage and lead the Materials, Graphic Design and Color team delivering products that support the Brands total strategic direction and meets Global commercial targets. 
Act as a strong advocate for product integrity by working closely with Divisional leaders and related support services to uphold quality standards and maintain competitive advantages. 
As a member of the Private Brands Leadership to influence and support the brand direction to deliver the company’s strategic goals 
Build and maintain a close relationship with Insight Design, Innovation & testing Design, Materials Dev & Prod, Tech Services, Sourcing.
Develop, implement and manage team to drive material design, graphic design and color creation across a multi-season, multi-brand portfolio
Details, monitors and ensures compliance to seasonal timeline milestones, recommends changes for milestones as needed 
Directly and indirectly manage a team of people to achieve business and product goals. 
Monitor creative efforts to ensure teams discover, share and apply insight from brand relevance, consumer behavior, trend, market, and field use.
Stay current and relevant, by leading the research and presentation of emerging materials and color trends into seasonal palettes by attending material shows and meeting regularly with suppliers. Drive vision for multi-season material design strategy across all brands and departments 
Ensure vision for multi-season strategy is expressed and executed through people, process and product.
Partner with leaders from overall REI organization to integrate product efforts with overall brand experience.
Lead the materials and color calendar and process through direct reports.
Build up and develops the team (objective setting, assessments, training, development) and fosters productive cross-category cooperation with the other key managers/relationships 
Allocate/delegate advanced materials expertise and work to create a network of contact within the industry
Take lead role in overall evaluation of the risk associated with all material developments and communicate them to the product teams.
Collaborate with creative, operations and merchant teams to support commercialization. 
Champion product design excellence in working meetings and formal presentations.
Live the REI values. 

Bring your passion and expertise

BS in Textile Design or related field; may be substitute with relevant experience preferred 
10+ years’ work experience in textile manufacturing, development, or design
5+ years’ people management
Demonstrated excellence in leading design and or color/ material teams 
Demonstrated leadership to promote design awareness, an inquisitive culture, challenge the status quo and foster continuous design advancement and collaboration
Highly knowledgeable around current trends, color, materials technology, graphic design and outdoor-related products.
Ability to gather, express and apply market trends to guide design direction
Passion for building, inspiring and leading creative teams to inspire and critique each other to deliver better results
Ability to lead on all areas of material and color trends.
Comprehensive understanding of the textile manufacturing processes preferred.
Proven ability to meet deadlines within a product development calendar.
Working knowledge of global fabric sourcing trends and strategy.
Proven ability to lead creative teams within a product development calendar to achieve business objectives.
Knowledge and experience in apparel or equipment development processes from inspiration to production, including the technical and manufacturing side of product development preferred 
Familiar with the management of graphic design
Familiar with the management of color, including lab dips.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, demonstrating effective listening through concise, clear verbal and written communication.
Ability to anticipate how a decision made can affect our customers, our strategic partners, other departments and the product in general – always looking out for what is best for our end consumer “it’s all about the product”
Willingness to go above and beyond by diving into the details, improving products and processes and helping out whenever necessary.
Computer proficiency:  Word, Excel, PDM system, Illustrator, Textile Design Software, Outlook, etc.
A passion for the outdoors preferred 
Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
Actively participates and collaborates with others on one's own team and across REI for the achievement of business goals.
Flexible in one's viewpoints and positions in order to support the direction taken by others at REI.
Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts.
Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best.
Establishes trust and inspires others.
Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics.
Delivers on commitments and holds others to same.
Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest.
Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions.
Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers. 
Fosters change in company direction.
Effectively plans and executes changes.

Why you'll love it here

We are a team of creative, passionate people who love the outdoors. We bring our love of the outdoors into our daily work to create amazing products and brand experiences exclusively for REI’s customers.

We’re passionate about delivering compelling, meaningful products in the market. Whether it’s heading out for a weekend of backpacking, a long bike ride or just a walk in the rain. We are guided by our values of authenticity, quality, services, respect, integrity and balance. By joining the REI Private Brands team, you have the opportunity to make a difference, be challenged to create excellence and enrich our creative community.

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 11,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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