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General Overview:

The Leather Research and Development Manager position will be responsible for the day to day facilitation of leather development for Clare V. handbags and accessories. Main responsibilities include partnering with Design to source materials within the desired aesthetic within the appropriate price point as well as troubleshoot quality issues as they arise and managing sampling of raw materials from sample skins to bulk production.  The position is full time, and the project term for this project is 6 months. 

Job Roles:

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Partner with Creative and PD in executing developments through approval according to calendar deadlines and options appropriate for desired aesthetic & price point
  • Manage and Track day to day development directly with suppliers for on time approvals and creation of production standards 
  • Manage the ordering of development materials (build material in WFX system, write sample requests, follow up on ETAs, inspect/check in materials, and submit invoices for payment)
  • Work with Design and PD partners on comments and approval communications
  • Compile a seasonal handover book for production with standards for the suppliers
  • Record keeping/updating of offline and integrated systems (WFX)
  • Support material testing issue resolution


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 6-8 minimum years of experience in a raw materials role, focus on handbags & accessories category
  • Computer experience; PLM, Microsoft Office (Excel, Powerpoint, Word)
  • Strong Communication skills
  • Experience with factories, vendors & suppliers
  • Technical Knowledge of Material including but not limited to:
    • Characteristics and application to product
    • Tanning and finishing types, terminology and characteristics
    • Embossing, Printing
    • Minimums and lead times
    • Systems of record
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment


How to Apply:

All qualified applicants should submit their resume and portfolio examples to with the job title in the subject line.

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