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Manager, Sustainable Fabric and Materials Sourcing

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10075397 Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Feb. 20, 2024

Job Summary:

The Manager, Sustainable Fabric and Materials Sourcing, 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, 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 policies, plans, and programs in support of 2030 Sustainable Materials objectives.  The main focus of this role is the tactical application and execution of Sourcing plans to achieve stated goals. The Manager, Sustainable Fabric and Materials Sourcing, will establish a physical and digital 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 maintaining calendar deadlines and development tracking, as well as the handling of daily communication with internal and external business partners.

This position reports to the Sr. Manager, Sustainable Packaging and Materials Sourcing.


Include the following. Other 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 and maintain a physical and PLM-based digital fabric and trims library; and develop tools to support the Product Development and Sourcing Managers that 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 Designs that work within aesthetic and cost parameters - application for Apparel, Accessories, Plush, and Soft Home/Textiles. Create, research, and develop core and specialty fabrics that optimize cost, consumption, and application across categories and global business units. 

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

  • Working knowledge of all Global textile regulatory requirements to ensure consistent adherence to all global technical and quality standards.  Partner with Product Integrity to proactively assess risk.  Reviews material testing reports for quality, dimensional stability, and content.  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.

  • Understanding of finish techniques and the ability to offer sustainable alternatives to the washing and dyeing process, as appropriate

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

  • Research, vet, and establish Mill relationships in new Sourcing markets.  Implements a mill strategy outlining cost, consumption, global adoption requirements, and utilization guidelines for Suppliers/Manufacturers.  Maps and maintains updates on all Vendor-Mill Relationships to aid in traceability efforts. Create and maintain Fabric supplier 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 solve any technical issues arising 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 and ensure compliance with our quality standards.


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

  • Strong knowledge of fabric construction and performance.  Advanced technical skills and demonstrated understanding of fiber, yarn, fabric, knitting, washing, dying, finishing, testing, and garment construction.

  • Proficiency in garment construction, marker optimization, pattern making, and creating technical specifications.

  • 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 construction, dye techniques, finishes, garment construction, and manufacturing/sourcing processes.

  • Knowledge of and experience working with product sustainability standards and certifications, including GOTS, Oeko-Tex, GRS, OCS, and FSC.

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

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

  • Advanced MS Excel skills that can be used to combine and analyze data from various sources and generate reports and graphics to help drive decision-making.

  • Proven ability to influence and make decisions across geographies in a matrixed environment.

  • 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.

  • Strong 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 and margins.

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


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

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About Consumer Products Games & Publishing:

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 Consumer Products Games & Publishing.

Disney Merchandise Sourcing & Dist., LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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