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Materials & Color Developer

Company: 5.11, Inc.
Location: Costa Mesa
Posted on: January 24, 2023

Job Description:

If you are a job seeker with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our jobs, you will find the contact information to request the appropriate accommodation by visiting the following page:Description5.11 Tactical has established itself as the fastest growing and most well-known brand of tactical apparel, gear, and functional products in the world. Through a commitment to operator-led product innovation, quality, and compelling value, 5.11 has developed a loyal following among some of the most demanding and discerning end-users of apparel and gear. At our Development Center in Costa Mesa, we leverage our deep relationships with end users to gain unique insights. The results are products that break new ground combining ruggedness, speed, range of motion and ultimate comfort in professional duty, tactical training, adventure, fitness, and industrial professionals.POSITION SUMMARY: The Materials & Color Developer is responsible for managing the development process of quality and color for assigned materials, from concept through production hand-off, in accordance with end-user needs, corporate standards for quality, consistency & functionality, while meeting price, minimums, sourcing strategies and exceeding customer expectations. The ideal candidate will be highly organized, detailed, and action orientated, with the ability to be flexible and manage a large workload in a fast-paced environment, always looking to streamline processes and consolidate overlapping materials.RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and commercialize fabrications to meet target product cost and expected performance.
  • Continually support material innovation by providing technical direction for construction, technologies, applications, processing, dyeing, printing, and finishing techniques.
  • Commercialize materials in accordance with established standards, manage and maintain 3 rd party raw material test reports and FDS
  • Support objective to ensure materials are engineered to meet intended end use and quality requirements, through our testing and validation process (testing through raw materials, garment, and field testing).
  • Support to commercialize materials for compliance with applicable government regulations (NFPA, ANSI, EN standards, country specific regulations, etc.).
  • Maintain accurate record keeping and tracking of fabric development in data base and established trackers, as well as for ISO compliance and reference.
  • Maintain library and data base of commercialized fabric.
  • Collaborate with HK Sourcing Team and suppliers throughout commercialization to manage fabric deadlines on multiple project timelines and update internal team regularly on status of seasonal commercialization.
  • Support cross functional teams with technical information related to fabrics, technologies and related applications.
  • Participate in product meetings to coordinate actions and mitigate project risks with additional associates and business partners as needed
  • Manage the color development process, in partnership with our Sourcing Team, executing all development lab dip approvals for fabrics and trims.
  • Understand and utilize the light box and to assure color accuracy, consistency, and harmony.
  • Maintain color trackers to meet seasonal deliverables and provide status updates to cross-functional teams.
  • Support to order and maintain organization of corporate color standards; both physical swatches and QTX files.
  • Support on special projects related to product category or department objectives
  • Domestic and overseas travel, as needed
  • Other duties as assigned.QUALIFICATIONS:To perform the job successfully, an individual should have the following credentials:
    • Related Degree from an accredited University and/or combination of education and fabric and color development experience
    • Working experience in executing all levels of development process, with a solid understanding of the fabric production process in a manufacturing environment or factory
    • Minimum of 2-5 years of experience in technical, high-performance fabric development role(s)
    • Innate ability to see color discrepancies, able to achieve "Superior Color Discrimination" rating on Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test.
    • Knowledge of dyes and dyeing techniques for varied fiber contents and fabric structures, and their influence on color appearance.
    • Knowledge of industry's fabric and color testing standards.
    • Experience working with hardlines materials, such as plastics and composite materials, is a plus
    • Working for a technical brand and understanding of extreme environment test methods is a plus
    • Extensive computer experience including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint.
    • Experience in Adobe Illustrator is preferred
    • PDM/ PLM software preferredOUR VALUES:At 5.11 we embrace a high energy culture built upon our values of Service, Unity, Impact and Tenacity.Service - At 5.11, we wear our passion for service on our sleeves: it is an honor to serve those who serve and people of all walks of life. With humility and great respect for our consumers and our roots, we take pride in our brand and engage with our communities. By championing the needs of our consumer we fulfill the mission of a lifetime.Unity - We build together-as one, global 5.11 family. Our individual abilities and diverse perspectives strengthen outcomes. We collaborate, taking a holistic view and listening actively. By communicating with intention, care and clarity, we empower each other to reach new heights.Impact - We have big ambitions and they start and end with our consumer. With them in mind, we innovate for impact-we think big, think creatively and challenge norms. We foster curiosity and iterate, relentlessly pursuing solutions. For ultimate impact, we drive to disrupt for good.Tenacity - We are tenacious in our pursuits and accountable to each other. This builds trust and the confidence to rise to any challenge. We have the courage to take risks and, no matter the outcome, we flex and adapt, always having each other's backs. We persist-determined to Always Be Ready.Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with DisabilitiesThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: 5.11, Inc., Costa Mesa , Materials & Color Developer, IT / Software / Systems , Costa Mesa, California

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