VF Corporation The North Face: Director, Materials in Alameda, California

Job Description


The primary responsibilities of the Director, Materials are to support and collaborate with Product, Operations, Materials and Sourcing Teams on efficient execution of materials, sourcing, fabric developments, color costing, calendar, and margin deliverables. This position leads a multi-layered large Materials organization.


  • Manage Material and Trims Team to drive fabric process, innovation and support of design and development functions.

  • Provide guidance and recommendations to Product Team on material utilizations and innovation.

  • Oversee material database, materials library and associated swatch books.

  • Coordinate materials research, testing, benchmarking and cost negotiation.

  • Drive material innovations through vendor partnerships and market research.

  • Act as liaison across Operations, RD&D (Product Team), and Sourcing on calendar deliverables including: sample yardage, initial raw material costs,

  • Manage Materials, Sr. Manager and Manager roles

  • Develop and assist in vendor capacity, allocation and production strategies.

  • Coordinate costing deliverables across RD&D, Operations, Finance and Sourcing to ensure margin targets are achieved.

  • Conduct analysis on product and development efficiency metrics including: material adoption rates, calendar adherence, etc.


  • 5+ years of related experience required.

  • Bachelor's Degree required.BA or BS in material science, chemical engineering, textile science, polymer science or related field.

  • Strong textile apparel materials experience with familiarity and understand of all phases of product creation and execution including textile lab work.

  • Strong understanding of the materials industry and vendors.

  • Strong knowledge of materials, fabrics and trims.

  • Working knowledge of spec packages and BOM’s.

  • Must be able to handle multiple priorities in a fast paced environment.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate results and status to multiple audiences.

  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills.

  • Ability to develop people.

  • Excellent conceptual, technical, and strategic understanding.

  • Ability to develop and maintain projects on timelines and budgets.

  • Analytical and PC skills required (Microsoft Office, etc).

  • Travel required: 25%

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.