At Bravado Designs, our purpose is to inspire every new Mom to breastfeed and help support her to succeed in her breastfeeding journey.
We believe that our success is dependent on the superior design in our products and a very strong collaboration and bond between our sales, design and marketing teams to deliver a great brand experience.
The Sourcing Associate has a background in global sourcing of innovative and on trend raw materials, including fabrics, yarns, trims; and has a background in textile materials and textile processing (finishing, print and dying techniques). The Sourcing Associate also has an understanding of industry QA practices and requirements as they relate to raw material sourcing and development.
The Sourcing Associate is accountable for working collaboratively with our business partners, including Design, Technical Design, QA, Purchasing and Marketing to ensure that we flawlessly execute throughout the entire product development process. This is accomplished through excellent knowledge of yarn, fabric, finishing innovation, technology and construction, excellent knowledge of raw material and garment manufacturing, a great eye, and proactive and collaborative communication with our internal cross functional partners and external vendor base.
Track and manage projects
Identify issues so they can be resolved
Understand how Sourcing fits into the larger product development process
Organize and manage files associated with raw material approval, including raw material database, mill/supplier database, fabric detail sheets, etc.
Participate in departmental and cross-departmental meetings as appropriate
Understand the Stage Gate and Product Development Processes at Bravado as they relate to Product Development and Sourcing
Collaborate on counter sourcing projects as needed with the Design and Operations teams
Understand Design’s creative vision, including fabrication, fit intent and design details
Provide recommendations and inspiration for innovative new fabrics, trims, finishes and graphic/print techniques
Help evolve new designs in such a way as to create “signature” fabrications that become synonymous with Bravado comfort, hand and durability.
RAW MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT AND APPROVAL
Understand and stay up-to-date with the research and development of new innovations regarding fabric, trim, technologies and finishes
Source requested raw materials, ensuring timely availability of “on spec” raw goods needed for all new prototype developments
Implement design vision through the sourcing process, while maintaining corporate standards
Identify and locate knit and woven fabrications and trims pre-season, based on Design’s requirements
Communicate raw materials requirements to suppliers and mills
Evaluate raw material submissions from external vendors to ensure they meet Design’s objectives
Communicate deliverables requested from the Purchasing and Quality teams including:
Communicating quality standards (as requested by the QA Team) to vendors and mills and filing the fabric specification sheets
Communicating costing, MOQ/MCQ, timing and delivery requirements (as requested by the Purchasing Team) to vendors and mills and recording applicable information on the Fabric Detail Sheet
Additional duties and responsibilities may be added or modified as required throughout the course of your employment.
Degree or Diploma or equivalent in Fashion Design, Fashion Management or Textiles OR related field
1-2 years raw materials sourcing experience in knits and trims
Lingerie or Intimate Apparel experience is an asset
Must work out of the Bravado Toronto Head Office
Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite
Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
Must have good knowledge of yarn, fabric and garment manufacturing and finishing
Essential Requirements within Bravado’s culture:
Demonstrates the key Bravado Values and must be: Collaborative, Respectful, Fantastic, Optimistic, Accountable
Results-oriented and highly motivated individual who takes ownership
Excellent team work and collaboration skills
Proven critical thinking and research skills necessary for problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision-making
Excellent understanding of the Bravado aesthetic
Excellent communication skills – verbal, written, and presentation skills
Open to learn new skills and flexibly adapt to changes
Knowledge of the intimate apparel industry is preferred
Knowledge of textile testing and QA processes is preferred
Excellent interpersonal and listening skills
Effective organizational, time management, planning and execution skills
Cultural awareness to communicate clearly and concisely with people in other countries
We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Bravado Designs Ltd. is committed to providing a barrier-free work environment in concert with the
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. As such, Bravado Designs
Ltd. will make accommodations available to applicants with disabilities upon request during the recruitment process.
How to Apply
If you are interested in this opportunity and have the skills and experience required, we invite you to send your
covering letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the
subject line quote the position title and
date of application. We appreciate your interest in this opportunity, however, only those selected for an interview
will be contacted.
We support breastfeeding moms by offering a carefully curated collection of comfortable and stylish nursing bras
in a wide range of colours and sizes. Our maternity and nursing intimate apparel is designed in conjunction with
hundreds of moms, ranging in body type and breast size, who help us perfect our designs based on real-life
around-the-clock use. Comfort never looked so good!
We also support new moms in their pregnancy and breastfeeding journey by working with experts and other moms to
offer real-life advice on breastfeeding, nutrition, fitness, health and emotional well-being.