Assistant - Raw Materials/R&D

Brand: Chico's FAS, Inc-Shared Services
Category: Fabric
Corporate, Fort Myers, FL

Employment Type: Full Time Regular

Position Objective

This position is responsible for organizing, maintaining the research and development of seasonal fabric assortments for assigned area.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Organizes and prepares the fabric database, ensuring entry of all pertinent information including fabric qualities. Maintains fabric development binders in respective areas.
  • Maintains and updates the fabric development Time & Action calendar (T&A), fabric charts and workload reporting.
  • Partner with Fabric R&D Manager to initiate and drive the fabric adoption process.
  • Facilitates communication with internal and external partners, reviewing various issues, challenges, and directives. Manages on-boarding efforts and record keeping.
  • Gains an understanding and awareness of fabric development process, T&A, and projects to support Manager in analysis and evaluation of qualities.
  • Supports manager as directed in the seasonal/monthly fabric presentations.
  • Researches and stays abreast of aesthetic fabric trends and technological developments.
  • Makes departmental recommendations as seen necessary to support the development of the department.

Required Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED; Bachelor's degree a plus
  • 0-2+ years in fabric research and development in the retail fashion industry.
  • Detail oriented; ability to drive to completion with strong communication, organizational, and problem solving skills.
  • Understanding of general fabric development process.
  • General fabric construction understanding across wovens and knits.
  • Basic understanding of dyeing, printing, and finishing techniques.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft office programs and WEB PDM.
  • Awareness of fabric trends, direction, and research avenues.
  • Travel as needed.


From finance and accounting to technology and merchandising careers, Chico's has corporate job opportunities in Fort Myers, FL for talented professionals to join our team of retail associates who share our commitment to excellence.

Fabric Jobs in Corporate at Chico's can include:

Manager - Raw Materials - Team members in this fabric job are responsible for driving the research, gathering, and development of a fabric group or trim area. Partners with cross-functional teams and external vendor/mill partners in the development of high-quality, brand-right fabrics.

With hundreds of boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online presence for each of our brands, it takes sophisticated technology, resources and infrastructure to ensure the continued success of our businesses. Apply online today for Fabric jobs at Chico's.

About Chico's
For 30 years, we've helped millions of women look as great as they feel. Our chic prints, artisan jackets, and wrinkle-free Travelers collection have built quite a following at our stores, but we hear it's our combination of great style, one-of-a-kind details, and warm, personal service that has captured the hearts of women nationwide.

How do we do it? It's all about you. Honestly. Every time we pick up a pencil to sketch a new design, we think about you: where you're going, what you're doing, what will flatter your body and make you feel fabulous.

Even as Chico's has grown, our values—beautiful apparel, exceptional service and deep appreciation for our customers—still remain at the heart of who we are today.
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