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Director of Textile Product Development and Sourcing

About us:

At Myant, we are creating the world’s first textile computing platform, integrating technology directly into the only thing we’ve been wearing our entire life – clothing. SKIIN is our first consumer facing brand, and SKIIN’s vision is to enhance human ability through connected clothing - think Ironman’s suit, but comfortable. The sensors and actuators embedded within our apparel create your Digital Identity, which will be consumed by those who matter to you - your family members, doctors, coaches, other IoT devices - without you consciously having to think about it. Imagine a world where you walk into your house and the temperature automatically adjusts to your optimal body temperature, the lights adjust to your mood, or your doctor is aware of the onset of a disease before you even visit. The line between the digital and physical world is becoming increasingly blurry, and we believe textile is the next medium to bridge that gap.

We’re looking for people who believe in our mission to make wearable technology truly ubiquitous and convenient, so that everyone can benefit from it. We are a cross-functional team solving big challenges at the intersection of fashion, electronics, software, and data science.

 

About you:

This individual will be reporting to the President and working with the Textile Product Development and Design Lead. They will lead the product development team in design and development from conceptualization to finish product, using advanced materials and a creative approach.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Research and develop trends in in different types of yarn and knitting structures to capture maximum functionality, both passively and technically, to sustain our goal of invisible, seamless technology and textile computing  
  • Strive to be constantly aware of the advanced materials and equipment that can enhance Myant’s unique product offering
  • Materials sourcing, vendor acquisition and establishing partnerships with vendors
  • Work with design and tech teams to conceptualize, design and realize core and innovative collections each season
  • Be able to learn the needs of team members and their design requirements, while also having the ability to lead and inspire a collaborative work environment and continually analyze the strengths and limitations of the design and tech team, creating strategies to maximize individual and team talent
  • Works with executive team to ensure all standards, requirements, costs and timelines are met
  • Constantly strive to improve processes to increase production efficiencies and decrease production time
  • Be highly aware of what is happening in the active and performance industry
  • Have understanding and constant awareness of the wearable technology space
  • Prepare presentations for internal discussions or client meetings
  • Remain fluid and be able to react quickly to new projects and responsibilities

 

Qualifications:

  • College or University Degree/Diploma in Fashion or Textiles
  • 10+ years experience in a Senior role in Design and Product Development or Textile Development Role
  • Keen sense of style and form
  • Experience in manufacturing process
  • Strong knowledge in knitted and woven fabrics as well as technical properties
  • Strong knowledge in materials at a fibre level, in organics and synthetics
  • Knowledge in seamless circular knitting, flat knitting and warp knitting would be a great asset
  • Working knowledge in textile testing and standards with general knowledge of ISO9001:2015
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in managing a small team
  • Strong time management, project management and critical thinking skills
  • Be able to make quick and calculated decisions
  • Detail oriented and thorough
  • Strong negotiations skills
  • Fluid, flexible and adaptable in approach
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