Materials Testing Specialist/Manager – FitFlop

Website FitFlop

As Materials Testing Specialist/Manager, within Development you will lead the Testing at FitFlop, cooperate with Product Development, Materials Team factories and Suppliers to enhance product performance, compliance, safety, and quality. In addition, you will provide technical support and advice on testing issues relating to physical and RSL to Operations when needed. Evaluate performance of our suppliers and factories, and conduct training of our factories and suppliers.

The Responsibilities:

Physical:

  • Drive factories to ensure all materials are tested in a correct & timely manner based on seasonal calendar
  • Collect test reports, review & coordinate suppliers/factories to fix and ensure a smooth transition to Commercialization & Production
  • Validate variance of test results among factories
  • Attend seasonal range reviews, evaluate risk and provide technical advice or preventive suggestions to enhance the product quality and safety
  • Maintain override list of materials allowed in production and communicate with Sales, Merchandiser, Commercialization and QA team about override materials
  • Prepare materials testing status report in the current development season
  • Refresh & update testing manual
  • Develop test methods and set up standard for new technologies & seasonal materials
  • Conduct audits of factories & suppliers and follow up with them for corrective actions
  • Maintain working relationship with approved labs and monitor performance based on speed, customer service, cost, and quality of results

RSL & Compliance:

  • Ensure all materials have restricted substances (RSL) reports meeting FitFlop requirements
  • Work with suppliers and factory to expedite for on-time completion when necessary
  • Research & update new requirements from global markets
  • Drive random test program for high-risk materials
  • Investigate & follow up with supplier/factory, Planning & Materials team if a failure occurs
  • Support Materials team in recording and reporting material testing KPI’s
  • Instruct factories for additional compliance requirements from markets: US, China, Korea, …
  • Conduct training for factories holding annual meetings or as required to ensure adherence to FitFlop testing requirements
  • Support HQ Legal team or Regional Sales teams if required with documentation and or testing information

Key Relationships:

Internal:

  • Legal, Merchandising, Marketing.
  • Regional teams (Europe, APAC, US) & manufacturing.
  • Development teams for China, Vietnam, Indonesia,…
  • QCLogistic, Costing, Material, Package, Physical testing and planning teams, finance, etc.

External:

  • 3rd party testing labs.
  • Factory RS team and lab test team
  • Sourced T2 suppliers RS teams.
  • Standards organizations that support Global RS Adherence, and Physical requirements

The Person:

  • Experience in footwear physical & RSL testing, compliance, chemistry and product safety
  • Good knowledge of footwear products and materials would be an advantage
  • Able to be assertive, self-motivated and work in a team environment
  • Ability to anticipate needs, perform research, and be able to identify issues and solutions
  • Experience with vendor negotiation a plus
  • Ability to digest complex information and translate into simple communications for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to travel and work in factory & lab environments as needed
  • Experience with coordinating and prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Sensitivity to different cultures, customs and business practices
  • Highly organized and a strong eye for details
  • Ability to work through issues w/o supervision
  • Able to excel under pressure

Experience:

  • At least 5 years work experience on RS and physical testing in footwear field
  • Proficiency in material and physical properties testing
  • Strong knowledge of finish footwear testing across multiple categories, boots, sandals
  • Familiar with chemical test and tracks potential regulation changes
  • Excellent knowledge of RS risk materials
  • Familiar with footwear materials and understanding of shoemaking process
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • Experience with PLM systems a plus
  • Capable of communicating to a management / executive level as needed with good English verbal and written skills
  • Mandarin Chinese a plus
  • Some international travel maybe required

The Benefits:

We’re all about giving our people the tools to be the best they can be. Because when we’re at our best (happy and healthy) together we have the power to do something amazing and really deliver.

Our benefits include medical and social insurances, holiday, free pairs & product discounts, FitFlop Feel-Good programme (including everything from mindfulness to financial wellbeing) and a full blended learning and development calendar.

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