Career Opportunity

Fabric R&D Merchandiser (India Sourcing Office)

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Manufacturing and Sourcing






Company Description

Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, and Club Monaco, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands

Position Overview

Facilitate good working relationship with internal teams, NY office, suppliers and factories

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Search for new fabric trends and take initiative to work with mills to develop new fabric suitable for the Ralph Lauren brand identities
  • Proactively offer the fabric options and development strategy to NY design team for new season development and provide technical suggestions to mills on new fabric development options
  • Responsible for partnering with mills to provide a working vendor base that is reliable in quality, price and service
  • Work with R&D/ Product Development and US design team on fabric development
  • Fabric Development chart monitoring for the upfront development till adopted in seasons sample stage
  • Monitor and train vendors for new required format, procedures, disciplines
  • Negotiation of the development roll, Salesman sample fabric delivery / Costing / MOQ and update all relevant parties for the flash costing
  • Review garment care code testing and problem solving on fabrication issue before proceed the bulk production
  • Provide solutions for bulk fabric quality issue to support production process
  • Conduct seasonal allocation to vendors
  • Keep track on fabric delivery performance and for samples yardage
  • Provide support in solving problems with fabric team, mills and factories to avoid late shipments
  • Order and track delivery of proto, production sample, and fabrics
  • Maintain and update system data, charts, and generate reports

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

  • Diploma or above holder in merchandising, textile & design or relevant disciplines.
  • At least 5 years merchandising experience preferred with US buying office or large trading business.
  • Profound product and technical knowledge in high end brands products with good fashion sense.
  • Experience of apparel product development including fabric R&D, garment construction, and washing, printing.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills:
    • Ability to conduct data analysis and extract critical points for team review
    • Ability to organize data and communicate findings with various audiences
    • Ability to create/define processes and procedures which reflect current information flows
    • Business and system maintenance, generate analysis and report from systems
    • Apply business acumen to understand macro business impact of production issues
    • Knowledge of construction of garment workmanship development to support Designers for the presentation of the concept Rig
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High adaptability and flexibility to changing business environments, able to work independently.
  • Good team player and organized.

AS - Fabric R&D Merchandiser - Knits (India Sourcing Office)