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Sr. Material Researcher

Company: Kontoor Brands
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: March 15, 2023

Job Description:

Job DescriptionKontoor Brands, Inc. (NYSE: KTB) is a global lifestyle apparel company with a portfolio of some of the world's most iconic consumer brands: Wrangler and Lee. We design, manufacture and distribute superior high-quality products that look good, fit right, and are crafted with sensitivity to our planet to give people around the world the freedom and confidence to express themselves.With a presence in more than 60 countries and a heritage spanning a combined 200 years, our global community of more than 14,000 employees fosters a culture of integrity, collaboration, performance and entrepreneurial spirit. We are looking for inclusive, humble, creative and forward-looking employees with a passion for creating innovative apparel products, accessories, and solutions that are both meaningful and purposeful for consumers and employees.Sr. Material Researcher: Become the Newest Member of Kontoor BrandsA good understanding of materials, fabrics, fibers and chemicals. The ability to experiment and learn from experiments to create an optimized material and/process. Knowledge to develop unique characteristics, functional performance in existing and new products and materials through either of the following - fibers, polymers, chemical finishes & treatments, coatings, surface modifications etc. Support and develop all testing and analysis related to research and development activities and new product development projects. Should be able to run testing instruments related to fabric testing. Develop strategic partnerships with external vendors, technology providers and academia. Look outside the industry for materials, technologies that could be relevant for our applications. Develop strong understanding of downstream processes and collaborate with downstream value chain partners like mills, chemical and fiber companies, machinery companies etc. Strong skills in creating, developing, maintaining and regularly updating reports, capturing all relevant data and filing reports in the database.Key Responsibilities:

  • Explore new technologies, landscaping and talking with suppliers, technology providers
  • Testing, running trials, working with mills and other technical vendor partners - All Technical activities
  • Interacting and working together with internal Design, Merchandise, QA, Product Stewardship, Procurement - brainstorming, problem solving, new ideas, presentations, product creation etc. Follow-ups with Kontoor Global teams in Asia in materials and product development constantly.
  • Assist activities in Product Development and Sustainability activities and achieve the corporate sustainability goals.
  • Document, SOP development and archiving data and records.Skills for Success:
    • Analytical
    • Experimental and Good Recordkeeping
    • Systems Thinking
    • Excellent Communicator
    • NetworkingExperience/Education:
      • At least 5 years of experience in Manufacturing, R&D, Product Development in Textile and apparel Industry
      • BS/MS or PhD- Textile, Chemical, Material Engineering

Keywords: Kontoor Brands, Greensboro , Sr. Material Researcher, Other , Greensboro, North Carolina

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