Head of Fabric Innovation

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

Employment Type: Full Time Regular

Do you have a passion for innovation? Looking to build a new function from the ground up? Imagine doing what you love in a place you love with people you trust? Yes. At Chico's FAS, you can have it all. A leadership career in fashion retail where you will feel inspired and encouraged to be your best and be yourself every day. A place where values and guiding principles are more than just a sign on the wall. An environment that cultivates and champions career growth. Through our focus on servant leadership, mentoring programs, customer service and philanthropic involvement, we find ways to make a difference every day. We care about each other, our customers and our community. Headquartered in Southwest Florida, Chico's FAS is a family of Three Amazing Brands, surrounded by beautiful sunny beaches. Ready to join us? Read on.

Position Objective
The position will build and drive strategies to support brand sourcing and innovation goals. Bring new fabric ideas to the design table each season while also conducting season-less research to develop ongoing core fabrics, sustainable fibers and dying techniques for improved quality, responsiveness and cost. Work with Sourcing and Production partners to develop design requests with appropriate suppliers and offer creative aesthetic and cost solutions within brand strategy for all Chico's FAS brands.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Serves as the innovation leader in bringing new fabrics and processes to the sourcing and design teams
  • Maintains a consistent alignment with Design for all divisions on overall concepts as it ties to how fabric supports our brand strategy
  • Supports seasonal design requests with appropriate partners and vendors to offer creative solutions if the request is outside the brands sourcing and pricing strategy
  • Attends fabric shows as appropriate to gain perspective on innovation and trend
  • Regularly shop competitors and aspirational brands to better understand where they are and where they are going with fabrics and price points as it relates to business
  • Utilizes technical expertise to realistically translate the design intent on fabric and yarn requests to meet raw material cost parameters and guidelines
  • Analyzes fabric needs across the brand and make recommendations to Production and Design for leveraging qualities across divisions
  • Communicates and elevates potential Quality and AUC issues to leadership with recommended solves in season
  • Manages fabric integrity by reviewing testing exception reports. Trouble shoots to solve and recommend options
  • Maintains a fabric and trim resource library to support seasonal inspiration as well as archive historical and fundamental fabrications
  • Values individuality and the diverse talents of their team. Leads the team by communicating expectations, providing guidance, delivering feedback, and empowering the team to be their best.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • 15+ years in textile industry working with fabrics
  • 6+ years of management experience preferred
  • Paint credible pictures and visions of possibilities and likelihoods; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans
  • Excellent technical knowledge of yarn knits and performance fabrications
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to negotiate and build consensus across multiple functions
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Production
  • Proven ability to work closely and partner effectively with Designers and Production partners
  • Proven strong management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to regularly interface with and influence senior management
  • Strong and inspirational leadership skills with a proven track record of innovation in the fabric space


Fabric Jobs in Corporate at Chico's

In a Fabric role, you can grow your career in a variety of ways at Chico's FAS, Inc. Because we have three brands and hundreds of boutiques across the U.S. and Canada, we are able to leverage talent across the enterprise and throughout North America.

From finance and accounting to technology and merchandising careers, Chico's has corporate Jobs in Corporate 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 in Corporate at Chico's.

At Chico's, there is no such thing as a typical career path, and we encourage everyone in a Fabric role to take advantage of the many opportunities that exist. Apply online today for Fabric Jobs in Corporate 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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