Text Style Engineer
Rome, NY 13440
Responsible for the development of fabric properties and the engineering of fabrics and fabric processes to meet the specifications suitable for production purposes of new fabrics and improve efficiencies of sustaining fabrics. Conducts and/or directs the laboratory testing to identify those fabrics that meet the specifications for new product development and line extensions. Researches fabric properties suitable for production purposes by the coordination of laboratory analysis. Analyzes and interprets laboratory findings and evaluates fabrics. Works closely with suppliers to engineer new fabrics as well as trouble shoot problems encountered during the testing and development process.
Monitors the process performance and yields of fabric currently being used in the production of window fashions. Communicates on a regular basis with fabric suppliers to insure that fabrics being purchased meet all company established standards and specifications necessary for production purposes.
Assists representatives of other departments in sourcing fabric suppliers. Develops specifications for performance testing of fabrics to be conducted by R&D Technicians or independent laboratories. Evaluates and reviews laboratory results. Presents evaluations to representatives of other departments to assist in the determination as to whether the fabric may be used.
Supervises the work performed by R&D Technicians and provides direction and guidance during the testing process.
Develops written specifications and recommendations for fabric usage from suppliers based upon analysis of laboratory tests that have been conducted. Fabric specifications are based upon their physical properties as defined by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists). Evaluates fabric results for flammability, toxicity, gas emissions color accuracy, bending, flexing, stretching, fatigue, thermal product performance, resistance, lightfastness, durability, yield ratio and suitability for production purposes.
Analyzes and evaluates the physical and chemical laboratory findings on all fabrics as to adaptability to the actual production processes such as slitting, laminating, finishing and printing. Conducts production trial tests to determine whether fabric meets product specifications. Documents each phase of the testing and product fabric development process for ISO purposes.
Assists representatives of the Marketing and Textile and Material design departments in establishing fabric product specifications based upon product design and makes final fabric selections for new collections.
Works with fabric suppliers to improve and/or identify new fabrics non-aesthetic functional performance. Communicates with suppliers to trouble shoot fabric problems as defined during the testing and development Discusses capabilities and limitations of fabric production, production lead times, dye lot minimums and standards of quality in fabric production. Interacts with suppliers to insure standards of quality in their production of fabrics. Works with internal buyers in sourcing potential new suppliers to meet supply needs, to improve product performance, or to support new product development fabric needs.
Trouble shoots existing performance problems of fabrics with Production representatives and Equipment Operators. Works with representatives of Production, Engineering, Purchasing and fabric suppliers to investigate and identify the cause/effect of fabric related production problems.
Assists Marketing department in providing fabrics and prototypes to be utilized for presentations and in conducting focus groups for new product development.
Coordinates the chemical and hazard analysis of fabrics performed by independent laboratories. Analyzes and compiles all test results that have been conducted.
Prepares project summary report from reports for each fabric that is tested by the R&D Technicians.
Job Type: Full-time
United States (Preferred