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COMPLETE Manager, Sustainable Materials Sourcing – Plush and Home Décor - Kissimmee, FL, USA

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Kissimmee, FL, USA, Kissimmee, FL, USA, United States   [ View map ]

Job Posting Title:

Manager, Sustainable Materials Sourcing – Plush and Home Décor

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Job Description:

Be Part of the Story at The Walt Disney Company as the Manager, Sustainable Materials Sourcing – Plush and Home Décor! The Manager, Sustainable Materials Sourcing will leverage industry insights, mill strategies, key trends, and deep knowledge of sustainable materials and certifications to drive material development, innovation, costing, and positioning. In this role, you’ll drive a ‘Fabric/Material First’ strategy and materials process field throughout our product-to-market process for the Plush and Home Décor Categories. This role will assist in formulating policies, plans, and programs in support of our 2030 Sustainable Materials objectives. The main focus of this role is the tactical application and execution of Sourcing plans to achieve our Sustainability goals. The Manager will be responsible for maintaining calendar and development tracking, as well as handling daily communication with internal and external business partners.

This role reports to the Senior Manager, Sustainable Packaging & Sourcing

This is a Full-Time role.

What You Will Do:

  • Facilitate roll-out of 2030 Materials goals by providing expertise to our key internal partners related to material substitutions, potential limitations, etc.

  • Build and maintain material libraries with core and novelty sustainable options. Enter & maintain material data library in the PLM system to include directional costing and MOQs. Develop tools to support the Product Development and Sourcing Managers that aid in costing simulations based on material selections.

  • Analyze material needs across brands and categories; make recommendations to cross-functional partners for using qualities/platforming materials across Brands and Categories, taking into consideration and tracking all components of the material resource library.

  • Research and develop fabrics, trims, print techniques, and washes with sustainable options for review with Design that works within aesthetic and cost parameters - application for Plush and Soft Home/Textiles. Create, research, and develop core and specialty fabrics that optimize cost, consumption, and application across categories and global business units.

  • Attend material and industry shows, meeting regularly with suppliers, mills, and factories to present innovative ideas. International travel required.

  • Partner with Product Integrity to proactively assess risk. Review material testing reports for quality, dimensional stability, and content. Establishes and maintains material standards for all materials including partnering with Product Integrity on testing and evaluation protocols.

  • Use technical expertise to translate Design intent and cost engineer materials within brand parameters.

  • Review material submits and facilitate approvals in partnership with Product Design, Sourcing, and Merchandising.

  • Research, vet, and establish Mill relationships in new Sourcing markets. Implements a mill-and-fill strategy outlining cost, consumption, global adoption requirements, and utilization guidelines for Suppliers/Manufacturers. Maps and maintains updates on all Vendor-Mill Relationships to aid in traceability efforts. Builds and maintains Material suppliers lists for all material categories.

  • Own seasonal and ongoing material development, including the day-to-day of meeting and communicating with design, material mills, global sourcing, and overseas offices.

  • Collaborate with the Product Integrity team to ensure proposed materials meet all existing and foreseen Safety/Quality/Regulatory guidelines

  • Liaise with design, sourcing, and vendors to solve any technical issues arising from materials substitutions or new manufacturing techniques that further the 2030 materials goals.

  • Communicates daily with vendors and material suppliers to ensure materials are being developed, delivered, cost, and produced appropriately, as well as ensuring compliance with our quality standards.

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • 5+ years of experience in material sourcing, textiles engineering, or sustainability field. Product development, raw material, supply chain, and product sustainability experience required.

  • Advanced technical skills and proven understanding of fiber, yarn, fabric, knitting, washing, dying, finishing, testing, and garment construction.

  • Domestic as well as overseas material sourcing and negotiating experience. Understanding of business culture and communication styles in China, SE Asia, Indian Sub-Continent, Central and South America.

  • Production Manufacturing and product engineering, global trade regulations, global testing protocol, global product integrity, production cycle timeline, calendar management, material performance, and product construction.

  • Knowledge of and experience working with product sustainability standards and certifications.

  • Working knowledge of all regulatory requirements to ensure consistent adherence to all global technical and quality standards. 

  • Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, adept in working in ambiguity and new start-up teams

  • Highly collaborative, with the ability to work across subject areas, sell in strategies, and drive to effective solution. Proven ability to influence and make decisions across geographies in a matrixed environment.

  • Advanced MS Excel skills that can be used to combine and analyze data from various sources and generate reports and graphics to help drive decision-making.

  • Effective and influential communicator in written and verbal form; Ability to craft compelling presentations.

  • Ability to inspire, think creatively and strategically, and act tactically.

  • Strong problem-solving, negotiation, and team-building skills.

  • Use basic retail math needed to determine costs and margins.

  • Create and maintain a cooperative team environment that promotes high-performance standards and attainment of goals.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

Benefits and Perks:

Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits.




Job Posting Segment:

Consumer Products Games & Publishing

Job Posting Primary Business:

Source, Compliance, Logistics-(DNU)

Primary Job Posting Category:

Retail Merchandising - Sourcing

Employment Type:

Full time

Primary City, State, Region, Postal Code:

Kissimmee, FL, USA

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  • Organization Details
    1969 Disney Merchandise Sourcing & Dist., LLC US

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