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Apparel/Textiles Materials Manager


Posted by Simms Fishing Products. on 04/22/2022

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Fishing

Job Categories: Design & Development - Product, Materials

Company Type: Apparel/SoftGoods

State: MT

City: Bozeman

Country: United States

Required Experience: 1 - 3 years

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $75-$95K DOE

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

Simms Fishing Products is a leader in the fishing industry – driven to create growth and vitality in the community. We build trustworthy and angler-driven products. Our employees communicate openly, keep their commitments and inspire trust.   We build for the long haul with products that last and a brand that endures. Our employees are our most important catch.

To be a great fit at Simms, you must embrace the fishing culture and follow our practice to work like we fish – with purpose, passion & curiosity. Be prepared to share your latest fishing adventures.  

Apparel/Textiles Materials Manager

The Materials Manager will lead the cross-category implementation and management of raw materials. This includes sourcing, research and development, commercialization and seasonal management to established cost targets, design intention and testing standards.  This role is critical to adhere to milestone dates and established workflow.  The Materials Manager will manage a broad range of raw materials across multiple product categories and global vendors.

 In this role, the Materials Manager must facilitate positive collaboration within/across the category team(s), the entire organization, and with external raw materials partners to successfully build a detailed, efficient, timely, and market-leading materials management department that supports the premium positioning of the Simms brand.

 Key Responsibilities and Priorities

-Maintain a robust, organized, relevant, accessible, and easy-to-use materials library that supports market-leading design and category direction.

-Detailed creation, management and socialization of standardized Materials Management documentation, database & dashboards that successfully drives the proto and commercialization phases forward.

 Manage the greige booking process (Proto and SMS) and successfully partner with the category team(s), Finance, Sourcing, and    Operations resources to hit milestone dates and workflow requirements.

Evaluate emerging materials technologies across multiple categories and industries.

Establish regular meetings with key raw materials suppliers for new developments, line review, and industry trends.

Create and present seasonally & technically relevant materials palettes and critical metrics (unit cost, lead-time, MOQ, etc.)for review to Category Management, Design, and Development Team at appropriate milestone date in the workflow.

Support the QA lab & field testing team to ensure all nominated materials are successfully tested against standards.

Negotiate costing, MOQ, lead-times, and leftover material charges with all raw material suppliers.

Partner with Design staff to support the successful management of the lab dip process (milestones and workflow).

Key Competencies:

Strategic Thinking & Vision

·        High Standards

·       Analytical Skills

·       Excellent Communication Skills

·       Attention to Detail


Key Requirements:

·       2-3 years prior experience in Materials Management with an outdoor brand.

·       Bachelor’s Degree preferred.


This full-time position offers a comprehensive salary and benefits package, including:

Ø  Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance

Ø  10 Paid Holidays, including your Birthday

Ø  3 Weeks Paid Time Off Days, to start

Ø  Awesome Employee Discounts on Simms & Other Industry Brands

Ø  Summer/Fishing Hours

Ø  Tuition Reimbursement

Ø  401K Plan with Simms Matching Funds

Ø  Paid Community Stewardship Volunteer Time

Ø  Employee Wellbeing Coaching

Ø  Employee Assistance Program

Ø  Disability Insurance

Ø  Employee Referral Program - $1,500

Ø  Tenure Awards

Ø  Bark City Doggy Daycare Discount

Ø  ZALA Childcare

Ø  Free Craft Coffee

Ø  Events & Activities

About Simms Fishing Products.

Simms is a leading manufacturer of high quality fishing apparel and outerwear, based in Bozeman, Montana.