Newell Brands Raw Materials Specialist in Rohnert Park, California

Position Title: Raw Materials Specialist

Reports to : Senior Manager, Raw Materials

Location: Rohnert Park, CA

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If you love adventure & exploration, great gear & apparel, and being around people who share your passions for travel and the outdoors, you’ll be in good company at Marmot and ExOfficio. Most importantly, we are down-to-earth individuals who are committed to our communities and sustainability in all that we do, without sacrificing on performance, innovation, or quality.

Among the perks of joining our team are a complimentary on-site gym with towel service and fitness classes, regular volunteer opportunities, daily food trucks, a product loaner program (tents, sleeping bags, backpacks) to enhance your next adventure, and a generous discount on our gear & apparel. We also believe in celebrating success together whether it be through employee/family gatherings, life events, Summer BBQ’s or softball leagues. To put it simply, we enjoy life.

So, grab your backpack and explore an opportunity with us today!

Job Summary:

The Raw Materials Specialist, Sportswear provides technical fabric assistance to Category Merchandise Manager(s) through the coordination of research and development projects for all seasonal fabrics within the Sportswear category for Newell Brands Technical Apparel (NBTA). The Raw Material Specialist assists in setting specification and qualifying fabrics to execute the appropriate design interpretation, as well as, the technical performance characteristics to meet end use requirements. The Raw Materials Specialist populates the fabric library with specific fabrics while supporting ongoing seasonal development of fabrics as required.

Essential Functions:

  • Meets regularly with the Sr. Raw materials manager, Category Manager(s) and Designers as assigned to stay current on most recent fabric developments and sourcing directions.

  • Attends fabric hand-off meetings to review fabric selection and developments per season.

  • Creates and maintains fabric profiles/item codes following fabric hand-off meetings.

  • Attends key merchandising and design milestone meetings to advise on the development of desired fabric finishes and hand standards.

  • Attends key meetings/fabric fairs/expos to identify potential fabric for new seasons, as requested by design.

  • Assists in creating seasonal fabric trend presentations to share with design.

  • Provides support to the Category Manager(s) with all fabric research and development for ongoing season.

  • Reviews fabric costing needs to be sure fabric is adoptable or build into proper price for the product.

  • Researches and identifies Innovation opportunities for future seasons that require longer lead times.

  • Coordinates development of new fabric finish effects with vendors and the overseas fabric team including testing environments and reports.

  • Coordinates directly with the overseas fabric team and/or vendors to research fabrics.

  • Requests color standard needed. Initiates color standard distribution to domestic and Asian mills, and other areas when needed.

  • Reviews lab dips (as assigned), makes comments, interfaces with fabric Mills until approval process is complete, notates reference numbers.

  • Drafts and maintains seasonal mill card/item code fabric development books with current developments and lab dip approvals.

  • Tracks all incoming submits of fabric trials.

  • Informs Design on any salesman sample fabric discrepancies.

  • Assists the Category Manager(s) with all stages of fabric development when there is a deadline. Evaluates completed sample fabrics for weight, construction and finish, when requested.

  • Maintains fabric libraries.

  • Initiates greige buys for SMS and bulk production, tracks progress.

  • Works on MOQ, MCQ and surcharges at the buy timing.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in textiles, fashion or apparel design or related field.

  • A minimum of 2 years of experience with fabric production, preferably in the outdoor, travel, or similar apparel manufacturing industry.

  • Practical knowledge of related functions such as apparel design, production, sales and merchandising, and practical knowledge of product application and functionality.

  • Knowledge of manufacturing process, fabrics, mechanical and chemical treatment, and comfortable in foreign work environments.

  • Knowledge of textile and material construction and properties.

  • Knowledge of product costs.

  • Must have excellent color sense, ability to pass HUE 100 at high level.

  • Ability to manage and lead change.

  • Demonstrated presentation/speaking skills

  • Proven oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated collaboration, interpersonal influence, and teamwork skills (maintains effective communication and working relationships).

  • Results orientation while exhibiting great creativity, energy, and resourcefulness.

  • Strong project planning, organizational and time management skills and a high level of initiative.

  • Fast, efficient, nimble. Experience working in a shifting and collaborative environment with a great deal of constructive feedback and input.

  • A proven team player.

  • The ability to manage to deadlines, be flexible with change, drive to timely resolution.

  • Strong analytical skills and data-driven thinking.

  • Proficiency in all Microsoft programs; intermediate Microsoft Excel skills.

  • Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

  • The ability to travel up to 5% of the year, including international travel to visit factories and mills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A passion for the Outdoor Industry and Travel/adventure.

About Newell Brands Technical Apparel – a Newell Brands Subsidiary:

Newell Brands Technical Apparel is a globally-recognized designer, developer, marketer and retailer of high-performance technical apparel and equipment with a portfolio of brands that includes Marmot and ExOfficio.

Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Dymo, EXPO, Parker, Elmers, Coleman, Jostens, Marmot, Rawlings, Oster, Sunbeam, FoodSaver, Mr. Coffee, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Graco, Baby Jogger, NUK, Calphalon, Rubbermaid, Contigo, First Alert, and Yankee Candle. For hundreds of millions of consumers, Newell Brands makes life better every day, where they live, learn, work and play.

Newell Brands and its subsidiaries are Equal Opportunity Employers and comply with applicable employment laws. EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled are encouraged to apply.