Manager – Materials Sourcing
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Austin, TX, USA
Experience Level
  • 7+ years' experience in materials sourcing and innovation
  • Strong and extensive knowledge and technical skills in leather sourcing and innovation
  • Experience working with color windows, approvals and specifying leather finishes
  • Working knowledge of product development and quality assurance in materials
  • Creative thinker, strategic problem-solver with strong leadership skills
  • Strong communication skills, ability to build and support cross-functional partnerships
  • Experience with environmentally sustainable sourcing
  • Strong understanding of footwear development steps and process from inception to approved samples
  • Experience working and clearly communicating with Asia based offices and vendors. Additional experience working in Mexico a plus
  • You possess the skills of leather development and footwear manufacturing necessary to trouble shoot possible issues, recommend, and implement solutions
  • You can easily interpret material and design intent/product needs and offer solutions
  • You are a self-starter that thrives in a start-up environment; a quick learner; an out of the box thinker, and active problem solver
  • Your skills include being a highly effective collaborator and team player with a track record for excellent communication and relationship building
  • You are detail oriented with exceptional follow through skills
  • You possess an entrepreneurial spirit and continuously innovate to achieve great results
  • You are a positive contributor with a team based attitude and part of the solution, offering your insights and digging in to do the work, while keeping the Brand's DNA the focus
  • You have proven experience in materials sourcing and calendar adherence
  • Collaborate with design, development, and product line management teams to procure and present raw materials that meet brand standards and creative needs for seasonal product development
  • Work with tanneries to create and offer materials which achieve the desired consumer facing aesthetic while maintaining production and quality viability
  • Effectively evaluate leathers and materials for physical characteristics and function in order to select appropriate materials for development projects and ensure cost-effectiveness
  • Own long-term raw material innovation and development with new and existing partners
  • Make raw material recommendations to design and development teams for use on relevant products that meet requirements of seasonal briefs
  • Work with team to develop seasonal color palettes, procure tannery seasonal books, and set up vendor meetings to present leathers to team members
  • Document and track leather development accurately throughout the entire process while clearly communicating results, improvements, and final approval that meet product creation timelines
  • Work with Product Development and Commercialization teams on approval and standardization of color windows for use with tanneries and factory partners
  • Research sustainability opportunities where possible to support current market trends
  • Maintain close pulse and understanding of material needs of the brand
  • Own initial raw material cost negotiations to support corporate gross margin goals
  • Research material trends through an understanding of the market and travel to seasonal trade shows
  • Maintain open and transparent communication across corporate and overseas teams
  • Strive for continuous improvement in areas of product integrity and ongoing efficiency improvements
  • Responsible for traveling to international tanneries and factories to ensure rapid communication for raw material development as well as relationship development
  • Keep library of materials and color window approvals updated and accessible to all team members
  • Keep an updated inventory of leathers and other components at headquarters
  • Serve as a key stakeholder, working side by side with designers and developers to source, review and enhance quality and consistency

201-500 employees

Handmade cowboy boots
Company Overview
Tecovas' mission is to be the most beloved heritage western brand in the world by creating unparalleled products, experiences, and joy for everyone who crosses their path.
  • We offer insurance plans that pay 99% of your health premium coverage and 100% of your dental & vision insurance coverage for your family/dependents
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Flexible PTO policy
  • Corporate wellness program
  • Competitive salary
  • Generous employee discounts!
Company Core Values
  • We strive to do what's right
  • It takes each and all of us
  • We are trailblazers
  • Clear is kind
  • Obstacles are opportunities
  • Fun is fun