VF Corporation Material Developer in Nashville, Tennessee
Develops and manages the material development strategies provided by Merchandising to ensure a timely transition of each material as it matures from development into execution. This includes ensuring attainment of target calendar dates, material performance standards, customer requirements, etc. to achieve successful material commercialization supporting financial objectives.
Drives all aspects of the material development process for requested developments. Manages an appropriate and effective communication between vendors, merchandising staff, coordination of all supply chain inputs and ensuring target date completion.
Manages assessment and communication of development status to key stakeholders, including potential risks to timeline or financial targets.
Develops and fosters existing supplier capabilities through the education/training of internal customers, merchandising, marketing, and operations as well as the designated hub team.
In conjunction with the Manager, Materials Development, gathers & evaluates the development variables, such as cost scenarios, vendor minimums, lead-times, duty restrictions, and logistics needs in support of the materials development process.
Nurtures connectivity with merchandising to appreciate all aspects of the team’s materials development needs to support immediate and long-term strategy.
Ensures proper process and communication flow occurs between Merchandising, Supply Chain, GMS and external hubs related to all aspects of materials development lifecycle from definition to execution phase
Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-7
Product development experience preferred
International experience a plus
Project Management experience
Analytical and ability to process data
Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
Strong negotiating skills
Innovative and creative problem solving skills
Excellent organization skills
Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects & priorities
Proficient PC skills (spreadsheets, Excel, Word & other databases)
Bilingual in Chinese or Spanish preferred.
Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.
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VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.