VF Corporation Manager - Lab in Remote, North Carolina

Job Description

VF Corporation outfits consumers around the world with its diverse portfolio of iconic lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland®, Dickies®, Wrangler® and Lee®. Founded in 1899, VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations spanning numerous geographies, product categories and distribution channels. We’re committed to delivering innovative products to consumers and creating long-term value for our customers and shareholders.

We are a purpose-led company that seeks not only to succeed in business, but also to leverage our success and resources to make the world better. Through our brands and nearly 70,000 associates around the world, we power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. We are movement makers. It’s who we are and have always been.

Powerful brands that are fueled by insights and innovation put us at the heart of our consumers’ lives. Many of our brands lead their respective categories, and some have risen to iconic status.

While our company and brands are diverse, we work together within a One VF culture to capitalize on our greatest opportunities for long-term performance. Across our company, a collaborative, global mindset differentiates our products and the unique experiences we provide to our consumers. It all adds up to a lasting competitive advantage built on harnessing the power of our differences to achieve great things together, all while positively impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people and the world.

Lab Manager: Become the Newest Member of the VF Family

This position exists to develop new test methods and improve existing test methods. Testing include mechanical properties of fabrics, using instruments like Instron to analytical testing using FTIR, SCEM etc. This position will also develop and lead strategic partnerships with chemical, polymers, fiber, yarn and fabric mills.

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Oversee the analytical and textile testing equipment independently, capture the results and provide the inference based on materials and textile knowledge. Ensure test equipment is maintained in optimal conditions and troubleshoot any test equipment issues.

  • Support portfolio of innovation projects with the other GIC leaders, members and coworkers.

  • Build partnerships with both industry and academia to drive innovation projects.

  • Documentation, developing SOP’s and reports and archiving data and samples.

  • Interact effectively with different groups within the Global Innovation Center.

  • Comply with all aspects of laboratory safety, safety stations, safety manuals, safety SOP, and MSDS sheets.

  • Optimize diagnostic tests and update existing standard operating protocols with significant guidance.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5-10 years

Educational/Position Requirements:

  • Minimum BA or BS in Materials or Polymers or Plastics or Textile or Chemical engineering or related fields.

  • Master and PhD preferred

  • 5-10 years with BS/BA and 3-5 years with Masters or PhD

  • Past successful execution of projects to commercialization

  • Publication and patent filings a plus.

  • Strong understanding of polymers, fibers and additives & blends with the ability to combine learnings to create an optimized material and/process.

  • Good understanding of Elastomeric materials like TPU, TPE, PU, in the form of fibers or films or coatings or textiles and woven fabrics is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge or seek knowledge to develop unique characteristics in existing materials through process chemistries including - new polymers, polymer blends, polymer additives, chemical treatments, coatings, surface modifications.

  • Good understanding of various yarns and fabric manufacturing processes desirable.

  • Strong understanding of downstream commercial processes and collaborate with functions like weaving, dyeing, finishing, designing etc.

  • Should be strong in commercializing new technologies.

  • Strong skills in creating, developing, maintaining and regularly updating reports, capturing all relevant data and filing IP and test reports in the database.

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

  • Some travel globally required (less than 5%)

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.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

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.