Raw Materials Engineering Manager

Department:  Supply Chain
City:  Keighley
Country:  GB

INTRODUCTION

Founded in 1856, Burberry today remains quintessentially British, with outerwear at its core.  Digital luxury positioning and intensive focus on design innovation, quality and heritage icons ensure continued brand purity and relevance globally across genders and generations. Burberry believes that in order to be a great brand it must also be a great company and constantly leverages the energy of its compassionate and creative thinking culture to continually innovate and drive the brand forward. Headquartered in London, Burberry is a design, marketing and retail led business with a global reputation for innovative product design, digital marketing initiatives and dynamic retail strategies.

JOB PURPOSE

To manage and develop materials within the upstream technical development phase, whilst adhering to the critical path and business strategy.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide real time technical expertise for elevated luxury products that align with the design and technical development teams.
  • Assessment of  capabilities and capacities, of existing and new raw material suppliers.
  • Lead strategic technical developments,  through value engineering and enhanced technology.
  • Expert knowledge on material construction analysis and interpretation.
  • Identify opportunities that support pricing and sourcing strategy.
  • Adherence to critical path to ensure timely delivery of new products.
  • Execute technical approvals and validation of materials specifications and standards.
  • Mitigate product risk for new materials.
  • Hold suppliers accountable to materials specifications, processes performance and standards.
  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of latest government regulations, restrictions, safety protocols and performance standards for raw materials & finished good
  • Build relationships with experts in industry, academia, and trade associations to keep up to date on Technology and Product advances in Apparel & Accessories.
  • Build partnerships with leading partners in the Industry.

PERSONAL PROFILE

  • Textile Engineering Degree in Materials and/or Chemicals.
  • Knowledge of production techniques and testing standards within the Apparel industry.
  • Experience with leather an advantage.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Language skills an advantage.
  • Minimum 5 years manufacturing working experience in Apparel / Fabric.
  • Experience in leading technical developments
  • Proven record in Industrialization of new products.
  • Knowledge on fibres and yarns.
  • Proven record of experience in working closely with design teams.
  • Global knowledge of suppliers and textile service providers.
  • Understanding of the textile industry and have worked closely with mills and manufacturing sites.


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