Assoc, Raw Materials and R&D

Job Ref#: 9983
Brand: Chico's FAS, Inc-Shared Services
Category: Product Development
Job Type: Full-time
11215 Metro Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL

Employment Type: Full-time

With approximately 1,300 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S., 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. From finance and accounting to technology and merchandising careers, we have diverse opportunities available for talented professionals to join our team of nearly 16,000 associates who share our commitment to excellence.

Position Objective

This position is responsible for supporting the research and development of raw materials for assigned area.Works closely with leaders to drive daily communications with cross functional partners to support the execution of the development process.


  • Organizes and maintains quality raw materials categories in library of respective area as outlined by policies.
  • Builds and updates raw materials library database.
  • Assists in resolution of any fabric cost challenges.
  • Supports the raw materials development process and calendar in partnership with cross functional team members (CFTs).
  • Partners with manager to develop and maintain working relationships with raw materials suppliers globally.
  • Assists with the Research & development of gathering raw material assortments according
  • Drives ordering of sample yardage and follow up on ITRs.
  • Reviews and evaluates supplier time and action calendars.
  • Partners with leader and supports the management of on-boarding new raw materials suppliers and appropriate record keeping.
  • Assists in the organization of supplier meetings at NSSC.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
  • This position may be found in multiple brands. Some duties may vary from brand to brand.


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree required; preferably in Fashion Design or related field

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years’ experience in raw materials research and development or related experience
  • Detail oriented and ability to drive to completion with strong communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Advanced understanding of general raw material process
  • Solid raw material construction knowledge
  • Clear understanding of raw material manufacturing techniques
  • Strong awareness of raw material trend direction, and research & development avenues
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft office suite; emphasis in Excel and web-based applications
  • Advanced Adobe skills
Chico’s FAS, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military service, veteran status, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.
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About Chico's

In 1983, we started as a small Sanibel Island gallery filled with artfully stylish pieces. Decades later, our assortment includes clothing, jewelry and accessories—in over 500 Chico’s boutiques and 100 outlets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and at

Though we’ve evolved, our distinct point of view remains: Create carefully curated collections with quality, comfort and versatility as the focal point — essentials punctuated by memorable pieces, pops of color, artful prints and globally-inspired finds.

Our collections invite our spirited customer to discover something chic and unique every day.

About WHBM

White House Black Market was founded by women, for women over 35 years ago. Now there are over 300 boutiques and over 50 outlets across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, plus 24/7 shopping at

We built our brand on the foundation of fashion’s most iconic contrast—White + Black. That natural contradiction inspires everything we do, and perfectly reflects our customer. She is strong yet subtle, modern yet timeless, hard-working yet easy-going.

We empower her to fully embrace her complexity—giving her looks that are feminine yet strong, sensual yet sophisticated, attractive yet approachable. Because we believe that no woman is any one thing.

About SOMA

For women by women since 2004. Our customer is our inspiration. She works hard at everything she does, so we’re working hard to create beautiful bra solutions for her, for all of us.

It’s not about the runway, it’s about the real way. We are embodying the journey of women supporting women. We are here to listen to her, tell her story and design product that supports her needs.

Visit us in 250+ boutiques or online anytime at

About Chico's FAS

Founded by women, led by women. With our service and products, we strive to create a world where women never have to compromise, providing solutions to give them confidence and joy. Our portfolio consists of three brands: Chico’s, WHBM and Soma—specialty retailers of women’s apparel, intimates, accessories and related products—found in over 1,000 boutiques throughout the United States and online.

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