Materials Specialist, Fabrics & Trims
VF Corporation
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Meet Timberland .

Founded in 1973, Timberland® is a global outdoor lifestyle brand based in Stratham, New Hampshire, with international headquarters in Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Best known for its original yellow boot designed for the harsh elements of New England, Timberland today offers a full range of footwear, apparel and accessories for people who value purposeful style and share the brand’s passion for enjoying - and protecting - nature.

This position is a part of the Timberland PRO® team, which champions professional tradespeople around the world. Timberland PRO has grown to be one of the largest work safety brands in the footwear and apparel space by building on the tradition of craftsmanship and innovation that started with Timberland’s iconic yellow boot.

The Timberland PRO brand exists to help men and women in the trades conquer their workday. Timberland PRO is committed to innovating and evolving, engineered with technologies to provide the very best in comfort, durability and performance all day long.

At the heart of Timberland and Timberland PRO is the core belief that a greener future is a better future. This comes to life through a decades-long commitment to make products responsibly, protect the outdoors, and strengthen communities around the world.

Timberland is a VF Corporation brand. VF is one of the world’s leading apparel, footwear and accessories companies with socially and environmentally responsible operations, and a commitment to deliver innovative products and create long-term value for its employees, customers and shareholders.

To learn more about Timberland and Timberland PRO and share in our mission to step outside, work together and make it better, visit one of our stores, go to or follow us timberland and timberlandpro.

The role :

We are looking for an outstanding Materials Specialist Fabrics and Trims for our Timberland PRO team.

As part of the Product Development team, the new materials and trims specialist will be responsible for developments and commercialization of apparel materials to be used in technical workwear.

The candidate will be able to bring dynamic ideas related to either fibers, yarns, fabrics or finishing as well as willingness to understand safety and performance requirements and regulations.

The candidate will own and steer the process from concept to sourcing / development through to adoption and technical approval for all PRO fabrics.

Working closely with Design, Merchandising and Product Development teams, will ensure the design, technical and consumer needs of the product are met as well as target margins.

Primary accountabilities :

Seasonal materials developments (textiles and trims) as well as upkeeping of the carryover platforms, ensure Timberland PRO has the best material offer within the workwear segment when it comes to performance / price and sustainability.

Material development to solve every day’s problems of the skilled worker (breathability of garments, UV protection, fire retardant, moisture management etc.

working with testing team to guarantee correct tests are performed both for global and regional adoption.

Assuring the continuous improvement of safety, comfort, durability and value to the consumer.

Keep relationship with the leading innovators in chemical finishing, fiber producers and spinners as well as key mills to enable you implement the newest technologies / material solutions.

Market research to keep abreast of the technologies available to the skilled worker.

Upkeeping of material library

Responsible for the material portion of the UV testing procedure for EU market

How You’ll Make a Difference

University degree in Textile technology, Textile engineering, Material Science or similar BA or BS degree or equivalent field experience with a genuine interest in workwear

At least 5 years of experience in Fabric, Trim and / or Apparel Product Development, preferably in the industrial workwear category.

Excellent know-how of fabric application to support the functional needs of the product

Experience in workwear industry will be considered a real advantage

Excellent English (written and spoken) is a must

Be Timberland Ambassador

Collaborative and team-oriented mindset

Obsessed with details especially around regional requirements

The experience and ability to work on multiple projects with competing deadlines

Strong global communication skills ability to travel internationally to trade fairs, suppliers and other partners

What’s in It for You?

Along with a competitive salary, bonus and benefits program, we offer a flexible, casual work setting, up to eight weeks of paid parental leave, 40 hours of paid community service and generous employee discounts on all our amazing VF brands.

And it’s not just our products which set us apart from others, it’s our people! We believe they deserve to be nurtured and looked after.

That’s why, on top of comprehensive benefits, we offer much more :

  • Career ownership, enabling you to build your knowledge and experience across different brands and even different countries;
  • A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do;
  • Tailored training. From a thorough induction to ongoing online and face-to-face training, we are committed to helping you grow, both professionally and personally;
  • An inclusive environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together.

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