Head of Materials

Posted by Kathmandu Ltd. on 03/28/2024

Head of Materials Job Basics

Industry Sector
Lifestyle, Outdoor
Job Type
Job Categories
Required to Relocate
Required to Travel
Employee May Telecommute
Job Seeker Must Live Within
Required Experience
0 - 1 year

Head of Materials Job Description & Requirements

About Kathmandu

Kathmandu is a leading global outdoor lifestyle brand whose journey began in Aotearoa New Zealand over thirty years ago. We’re on a mission to improve the wellbeing of the world by getting more people outdoors, because nature has a positive transformative effect on us all. It makes us more happy, open, free and fun.  And that’s why we’re all about creating the best sustainably made outdoor gear - to get people to experience nature’s benefits more often.

We've been out there for over 30 years living our best lives. Now you can too. Join us on our mission to improve the wellbeing of the world through the great outdoors.

A little bit about the role

The primary purpose of this role is to be a subject matter expert who drives Kathmandu's Material & Trim strategy end to end. Direct responsibility for delivering seasonal for seasonal materials to meet brand aesthetic, cost, quality assurance standards & sustainability targets;

  • Work cross functionally across PD, Design and Development, to ensure clear alignment of goals and solutions to challenges that present along the timeline.
  • Oversee the cost acquisition activity (of the Product Costings and Process Manager) and support that team as need arises through decision making and guidance.
  • Identify areas of advantage gained through efficiency in either materials use and deployment and suggest action plans relating thereto.
  • Provide guidance and maintain connectivity and accountability with the Product Compliance and Quality specialist.
  • Maintain clear communications and updates to the GM of Product regarding Raw Materials costings, Finished Goods costings, and Compliance issues as necessary.

This is what you'll need

  • University or College Degree required in textile technology, fibre science or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the textile/retail industry. Production experience desirable.
  • Strong technical background in raw materials and knowledge covering all areas of textiles from fibers, yarn, material construction, finishes, washes, and printing.
  • Strong knowledge of industry testing standards.
  • Strong chemical knowledge along with excellent dyeing and finishing experience desirable.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines on an ongoing basis.

Why Kathmandu?

At Kathmandu your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our global offices we've invested in creating a community where talented, creative, inquisitive people can grow.

Our culture is centred on embracing a growth mind-set, pushing to ask if we're out there enough and can we do better? We encourage our leaders and teams to bring their best every day.

We believe that business is a force for good and putting people and the planet first. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.

As a Kathmanduer you will have:

  • Genuine career opportunities throughout retail and Support Offices based in Christchurch and Melbourne
  • The chance to work with a group of proactive individuals that make a difference
  • Generous staff discounts for both Kathmandu and Ripcurl
  • A comprehensive induction along with excellent future training and development options
  • A range of flexible working options including FriYays.

Ready to become a Kathmanduer?

To apply now, click the link below to submit your CV and cover letter. Review of resumes will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

About Kathmandu Ltd.

Kathmandu is an inspirational iconic brand synonymous with adventure, innovation and passion. Our core purpose is to ‘inspire and enable people to live their dreams of travel and adventure’. At Kathmandu we see our team as integral to our business, and endeavour to provide opportunities for our employees to develop skills and live the life they dream.>


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