Materials Manager

Location: Needham, MA

Reference number: SYS-26782

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The Materials Manager will implement the Materials Sourcing Strategy in partnership with the Offshore Product Development teams and our suppliers. This is to create products which meet consumer expectation whilst optimizing price, profitability, the supply base, shortened lead times, creative progress and innovation. The manager will follow and enhance our global materials processes to ensure through vendor testing and process control all materials are fit for purpose and compliant with Clarks standards.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Supplier Relationship Management, work closely with vendors implementing Clark’s material processes and standards based on agreed contracts/SLA’s to drive financial benefits, reduce lead times, secure product supply and understand innovative  materials.
  • Manage the materials Risk Assessment processes to ensure Nominated items are fit for purpose and pass Clark’s quality standards.
  • Support the vendors in location to ensure they are providing the appropriate data for Clark’s systems to ensure there is visibility of the active materials, testing standards, material attributes, test results and prices.
  • Regularly publish operational information and key metrics into function and the wider organization so there is process transparency and clarity for the Global Materials and Quality Manager.
  • Support supplier audits to ensure ongoing improvement and compliance meet Clark’s requirements and policies.
  • Understand material price architecture and the impact of material choices on finished good prices to ensure the correct and appropriate materials are applied to the product.
  • Understand and report market innovations particularly sustainability stories in materials to the wider business to drive new choices and concepts into the Range Development process.
  • Organize events and sessions such as “Vendor Fairs” to enable suppliers to display key materials stories. All parties are able to make informed choices within the spec process, innovation can be captured and reported to the wider business and ensure suppliers are continually engaged with the Clarks Brand.
  • Approved material supplier management/on boarding new supplier protocol adherence.
  • Gate keeps new material selection and only compliant and commercial materials will be introduced to BU for material trials and product development.
  • Support color designer to finalize seasonal color and coordinate new color development with suppliers and offshore material team.
  • All required material data are held on GMD.
  • Material commercialization completes 8 weeks before 1st bulk production commences.
  • Satisfactory follow-up audits ensuring agreed CAP adherence.
  • Update material library and materials ‘toolbox’ to enable material consolidation and relevant to BU’s collections/segmentation.
  • Serve up viable and commercial options for consideration.
  • Manage against CTC calendar key range building milestone dates and gate keep material and color frozen deadline.

What You’ll Bring With You:

  • High level of technical competence required with detailed knowledge of material standards, material composition and colour. Detailed knowledge of leather supply base within region.
  • Understanding of materials suitability for production use including restricted substance control and material finishing.
  • Detailed knowledge of material and chemical principles and the drivers of price change and opportunity to reduce cost
  • Full understanding of footwear leather manufacturing processes, understanding of lead time requirements and geographic variations that exist
  • Full understanding of footwear processes and shoe construction
  • Understand and be able to set commercial quality standards
  • Quality Control Management
  • Fully understand leather cutting methodology, capability to demonstrate and train
  • Fully understand leather pricing architecture/leather grade selection permutations to support costing efficiencies
  • Understand the principle of material colour management and the variation within a natural manufacturing process.
  • Confident to be the regular and ongoing face of Clarks to suppliers and be confident to challenge and audit other organizations..
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills in English ( written & verbal)
  • Strong Presentation skill
  • Project management skill
  • Decision making
  • Experience in working with a dispersed global team
  • Some experience in merchandise planning

About Clarks

Clarks, based in Somerset, England, has been at the forefront of innovative shoemaking since its foundation in 1825, when brothers James and Cyrus Clark made a slipper from sheepskin off-cuts. At the time it was ground-breaking: a combination of invention and craftsmanship that has remained at the heart of what the brand does now. In the Clarks archive of more than 22,000 pairs are shoes that have sparked revolutions and defined generations. From the original Clarks Desert Boot, first designed by Nathan Clark and launched in 1950, to the iconic Wallabee, each design has an instantly recognizable signature that makes it unmistakably Clarks.

This season, we’re proud to introduce the Clarks Collective: five incredible activists championing authentic social change. From mental health awareness and LGBTQ+ rights to greater racial equality, these trailblazers are committed to creating a brighter future for us all – bringing to life Clarks’ new global campaign, For the World Ahead. Through spotlighting their stories and supporting their chosen charities and initiatives, we’re ready to lead the way. After all, we’re originators, not imitators. It’s who we are, who we’ve always been. And to change the world of tomorrow, we’re doing things differently today.

Clarks International believes that the principle of equality of opportunity is fundamental to the company's operations. Our long-held aim is to provide just and fair treatment for all employees. We will not discriminate on the grounds of sex, age, disability, marital status, color, race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender reassignment.


Rewards and benefits

Our rewards and benefits are as varied as our customers and our people, depending on your role, and which part of the business you join. The one thing they have in common is that they’re designed to recognise your contribution to our success.

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Generous holiday allowance (often including your birthday!)

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401k with employer match

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Discount on Clarks products

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Employee Assistance Programme

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Provision for eye tests

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Dental coverage

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Choice of medical plan options

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Life, accidental death, dismemberment and disability insurance

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Real estate assistance program

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Exclusive employee discounts on a wide range of products and brands

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Flexible & hybrid working

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Investing in your development

We’re constantly on the move, staying ahead of a changing world by keeping our minds sharp and our skills fresh. That’s why, wherever in the world you join us, you’ll find a wide range of learning opportunities at your fingertips, to make sure you keep growing and progressing.

From apprenticeships in the UK, to internships in the US and Singapore. Support for professional qualifications, to targeted leadership development programmes, and LearnerVerse, our corporate online training portal. Not to mention the chance to experience life in different parts of the business, and learn first-hand from experienced colleagues. So, if you’re looking to build on your skills, the opportunities are yours for the taking.

What we can offer you

Meet some of the team

To give you a real insight into what it’s like to work at Clarks, we thought we’d ask the people who know it best. 
The people who already work here. And in their own words.

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Director of Lean Operations

What to expect from our process

We know every person is unique – and we embrace it. So, you’ll find our recruitment process is a little different, depending on the role you apply for and where it’s based. But you’ll always find it’s:

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Right from the start, you’ll know what to expect. We’ll be honest about the role, the team, the division, and the business, as well as the process.

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Our family values mean it’s in our DNA to treat people fairly. So, you can expect a process that’s respectful, whatever the outcome.

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A two-way process

We’ll make sure you find out as much about us as we do about you, so you’re sure we’re the right fit for you.

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We’ll keep you in the loop at every step – so you always know where you stand. And at each stage, you’ll learn more about our culture, our brand, and what it means to be part of our journey.

Ready to

Materials Manager

Location: Needham, MA

Reference number: SYS-26782

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