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Manager, Sustainable Fabric and Materials Sourcing(PH)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10010647 Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Jul. 27, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Manager, Sustainable Fabric and Materials Sourcing Project Hire will leverage industry insights, mill strategies, key trends, and deep knowledge of sustainable fabric qualities and certifications to drive fabric development, innovation, costing, and positioning. In this role, you will drive a ‘Fabric First’ strategy and materials process discipline throughout the product-to-market process. You will also provide direction and thought partnership to Product Design, Brand Merchandising, and Sourcing to ensure alignment at each key milestone throughout the Product to Market process and into sampling.

This is a new role in the organization that will be responsible for assisting in the formulation of overall objectives, policies, plans and programs for 2030 Sustainable Materials goals. The Manager, Sustainable Fabric and Materials Sourcing will also develop a library of core and sustainable materials and will contribute their technical expertise at all stages of the product pipeline which includes fabric testing and in season bulk/color approvals/issues. The Manager will be responsible for managing calendar deadlines, development tracking, as well as the handling of daily communication with internal business partners.

This position reports to Director, Global Sourcing. This role is a Project Hire, 1 year assignment.


Include the following. Others duties may be assigned:

  • Facilitate roll-out of 2030 Materials goals by providing expertise to key GPC and Licensing partners related to material substitutions, potential limitations, etc. 

  • Build and maintain fabric, trim, yarn and wash libraries with core, novelty, and sustainable options. Enter & maintain material data library in the PLM system to include directional costing and MOQs.

  • Build tools to support the Category Sourcing Managers to aid in costing simulations based on material selections.

  • Analyze fabric needs across brands and categories; make recommendations to cross functional partners for leveraging qualities/platforming fabrics across Brands and Categories, taking into consideration and tracking all components of the fabric and wash resource library.

  • Research and develop fabrics, trims, print techniques, and washes with sustainable options for review with Design that work within aesthetic and cost parameters.

  • Attend material and industry shows, meeting regularly with suppliers, mills and factories to present innovative ideas. International travel required.

  • Establishes and maintains fabric standards for all materials including partnering with Product Integrity on testing and evaluation protocols.

  • Knowledge of sustainable fabrics, provide subject matter expertise on processes and requirements of various Certifications.

  • Utilize technical expertise to translate Design intent; cost engineer fabrics within brand parameters.

  • Review fabric submits and facilitate approvals in partnership with Product Design, Sourcing, and Brand Merchandising.

  • Research, vet, and establish Mill relationships in new Sourcing markets. Begin to map Vendor-Mill Relationships to aid in traceability efforts. Create and maintains Fabric suppliers lists for all fabric categories.

  • Own seasonal and ongoing fabric development including the day-to-day of meeting and communicating with design, fabric mills, global sourcing and overseas offices.

  • Collaborate with Product Integrity team to ensure proposed materials meet all existing and foreseen Safety/Quality/Regulatory guidelines

  • Liaise with design, sourcing, and vendors to problem-solve any technical issues that may arise from materials substitutions or new manufacturing techniques that further the 2030 materials goals.

  • Communicates daily with vendors and fabric suppliers to ensure fabrics are being developed, delivered, costed and produced appropriately as well as ensuring compliance with our quality standards.


  • 5-8 years of experience in fabric sourcing, textiles engineering or sustainability field. Apparel industry, product development, raw material, supply chain and product sustainability experience required.

  • Domestic as well as overseas fabric sourcing and negotiating experience

  • Production Manufacturing and product engineering, global trade regulations, global testing protocol, global product integrity, production cycle timeline, calendar management, fabric performance and garment/product construction

  • Strong experience with fabric constructions, dye techniques, finishes, and garment construction and manufacturing/sourcing processes

  • Self-starter with entrepreneurial spirit, adept in working in ambiguity and new start-up teams

  • Highly collaborative, with ability to work across disciplines, sell in strategies, and drive to win-win solutions

  • Proven ability to influence and make decisions across geographies in a matrixed environment where speed and cultural sensitivity is crucial

  • Ability to inspire, think creatively and strategically and act tactically

  • Effective and influential communicator in written and verbal form; Ability to design compelling presentations

  • Detail oriented with strong follow through; Organize and prioritize multiple projects

  • Have a sense of urgency in managing time and accomplishing tasks

  • Ability to inspire, think creatively and strategically and act tactically

  • Good problem-solving, negotiations, and team building skills

  • Ability to assess relatively complex situations and analyze data to make judgments and recommend solutions

  • Use basic retail math needed to determine costs, margins and turn

  • Create and maintain a cooperative team environment that promotes high performance standards and attainment of goals


  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA), Engineering, or equivalent degree from four-year college or University; or 5-8 years’ of relevant experience

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Merchandise Sourcing & Dist., LLC, which is part of a business we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Merchandise Sourcing & Dist., LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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