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Senior Director Raw Materials Development Footwear

Posted on Apr 14, 2021 by Tory Burch

New York, NY 10001
Retail Trade
Immediate Start
Annual Salary


As a Tory Burch Sr. Director of Raw Materials Development for Footwear, you are a critical cross-functional partner to Design & Product Development. This role is pivotal in translating Designs vision by developing and sourcing on trend leathers and textiles for the Footwear division.


Strive to support Supply Chain priorities, the Operating Model and Corporate Priorities daily and clearly communicate goals to the team
Source brand right & innovative raw materials in sync with key milestones of the development calendar.
Collaborate closely with Design, Merchandising, Product Development and foster strong cross-functional partnerships.
Lead the department driving process improvement, efficiency and industry best practices
Prioritize the search for sustainable raw materials
Lead with vision, decisiveness, and a collaborative approach


Interpret Design needs and provide full support on all raw materials requests.
Curate better/best material offering in accordance with design vision, quality cost and lead-time goals.
Partner with design to define Core, Seasonal Core, and Fashion material toolboxes in all relevant material categories.
Oversee the ordering, scheduling, tracking, and reporting on all test, seasonal proto & SMS materials.
Communicate daily with the Design Team, PD, overseas offices, and suppliers.
Review all material submissions with PD and Design.
Color Palette: collaborate with Design to maintain updated, seasonal color palette and execute/distribute lab dips.
Monitor seasonal KPIs.
Manage issuance of RM Approval Standards
Non-Leather, Leather, Hardware: work with Managers on the following
General RM R&D
Specific Development Requests
SMS Orders
Bulk Standards
Prints: work with Textile Manager on the following
General R&D
Specific Development Requests (new artwork and/or techniques)
Manage all artwork updates through development process &communicate to NY/HK PD
Manage prints into SMS order
Manage prints through Bulk pass off
Monitor seasonal RM KPIs

Partner closely with the Raw Materials Sourcing team, based in Hong Kong.
Attend domestic and International material shows to identify sources and research trends.
Meet with suppliers and foster strong partnership
Negotiate raw materials costs

Product Integrity (Quality)
Aim to instill quality in the product from onset of development through final production.
Understand all technical properties and work with design and PD on correct application to the product. Ensure materials are "fit for purpose"; problem-solve quality lapses.
Ensure that all RM used are compliant for performance and restricted substances prior to production, in collaboration with the HK testing team.
Act as an educator and provide material knowledge to cross-functional teams

Manage, motivate and grow direct reports.
Drive the department forward through process improvement and best practices.
Lead with the Corporate values and principles in mind/Buddy Values
Participate in weekly Cross Functional Meetings, Detail Meetings, Milestone Meetings
Represent Raw Materials in all Time & Action Calendar meetings.
Strive to ensure Buy Ready status of all raw materials by PO placement


BS/BA/BFA degree
Leather course accreditations a strong plus
Minimum 15+ years in leather and textile sourcing and development; footwear experience required
Strong collaborative, organizational, and interpersonal skills
Excellent negotiation skills
Ability to excel in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
International travel required

Reference: 1162848990

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