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at lululemon athletica
Location Vancouver, Canada
Date Posted Nov 28, 2017
Category Design
Job Type Full Time


Fabric Developer - Senior

lululemon athletica

Job Type: Full-Time, Permanent

Language: English

Start Date of Employment (Approx.): As soon as possible

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree

Positions Available: 1

NOC Group: (2233)

Job Location(s)

1818 Cornwall Ave
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6J 1C7 Canada
Job Description

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

Raw Materials Development Team
The Senior Fabric Developer is a subject matter expert who drives seasonal and long range developments cross functionally. They are a leader of self. They mentor technical skills on the POD team. They lead from a place of inquiry and apply reason and critical thinking to analyze and improve process and product offerings

A day in the life of a Fabric Developer – Senior
• A senior developer will be POD/multiple POD focused providing technical expertise in inducting new and existing technologies to deliver specific solves and business needs.
• Handling and guiding in commercializing complex performance athletic fabrics that create the differentiation in LLL’s raw material offering
• To develop and commercialize fabrics that meet the determined technical & quality standards
• To own risk assessment for the fabrics commercialized for a specified season working in partnership with Design, Merch, Product development and quality teams
• To drive self development and provide education to the team to ensure that fabric technical skills are developed and optimized while ensuring alignment to LLL fabric quality manual.
• To maintain current knowledge on vendors and industry developments to deliver fabric technical innovation opportunities to set Lululemon apart from its competitors
• To actively attend technical trade shows, build rapport and relationship with industry experts and seek knowledge applicable to our industry to elevate the Fabric team
• Work as a team by enrolling designers and product developers to create awareness on fabric construction, innovation and on the technical capability of vendors to deliver the products required

The finer print
• 4 year University/College Degree in fashion design or textiles science required.
• 10+ years of fashion and textile industry experience with global apparel brands and retailers.
• 5+ years’ experience traveling and working with suppliers outside of North America, preferably Asia
• 6+ years’ industry experience, strong technical knowledge in manufacturing environment covering all areas of textiles from fibres, yarn, material construction, chemicals, finishes and printing as well as strong knowledge of development techniques.
• 5+ years’ experience working with Global apparel companies that are design-driven, have the ability to identify key fabric trends and provide inspiration references to mills and come up with ideas for new fabrics
• Strong knowledge of industry testing standards/test reports.
• Strong knowledge of cross-functional team accountabilities and requirements preferred, including design, sourcing, merchandising and quality assurance and calendar.
• Accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic work flow
• Ability to coach and mentor a team; including being able to identify training needs and opportunities for personal / team development. Will have lead or worked with a multi-cultural diverse team.
• Bi-lingual an advantage

*Comprehensive benefits package including extended medical, dental, disability, & RRSP matching and performance based bonus available. We offer a competitive salary based on experience and support in relocation costs for qualified candidates not residing in Vancouver. The employee is eligible for performance based salary increases & bonuses.