Dye Lab/Technical Manager

Our Client is a global leader in end-use market sales of Fabrics for Swimwear, Activewear, Intimate Apparel, Ready-to-Wear, theatrical costumes, and all segments of the Printed Fabric Industry. Specializing in wide and narrow warp knit elastic fabrics, our client is looking for a Dye Lab/Technical Manager in the North East and is open to relocation.

Reporting to the Director of Manufacturing, the Technical Manager will direct the work of the Color Lab Manager and Process Engineer and the primary responsibility is to provide technical expertise to the Fabric Color Laboratory, Dye House and Finishing Departments with oversight of the dyeing and finishing operations. Provide technical expertise to R&D and Quality, whether for new product development or to resolve quality/customer disputes.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • The Technical Manager will effectively handle employee requests and issues as they arise, as well as requests from external and internal customers
  • Ensure compliance with Government Environmental regulations as they pertain to waste water, air and the dyes and chemicals used at facilities
  • This includes town, state and federal reporting, permit/licensing and compliance
  • Develop dye and chemical recipes that will satisfy customer requirement and function in a production environment
  • Key metric for lab performance: “right 1st time” formulations lab to bulk
  • Develop new processes as well as troubleshoot existing processes to improve performance, efficiencies and costs
  • Utilize the Datacolor color computer for dye formula creation and formula correction programs
  • Apply a high sense of urgency when a new or existing product has quality problems
  • Determine priorities based on orders and accept direction and input as necessary from planning, sales, R&D, QA
  • Understanding of regulatory compliance and ability to provide documentation to customers
  • This would include, but not be limited to, SDS sheets for fabrics produced, RoHS, REACH, CA proposition 65, and AZO dye ban and any technical documents required by sales for customers
  • Use, and be familiar with, Textile industry supply chain to aid in product development and raw material procurement
  • Cultivate network of industry vendors and suppliers and utilize their technical resources including technical people and their labs
  • Lead new product evaluation by working closely with R&D, Finishing and Dyehouse, and remain actively involved in the life of the trial
  • Provide input to Production for proper sign off on trial
  • Participate in presentations to customers with sales force
  • Understand color fastness performance requirements based on end use of fabric
  • Be familiar with all textile testing methods required for each end use
  • Support ISO9001:2015 by applying policies and procedures that comply with the department audit requirements
  • Execute proper document control and ensure employees in the department are performing their jobs according to the documented Roles and Responsibilities
  • Maintain hourly employee staffing levels within the department as required to avoid interruption in the Lab Operation
  • Participation in weekly Quality and Production meetings
  • Train laboratory and production personnel to build and strengthen the employees’ skill set
  • Maintain and enforce Company policies and procedures as stated in the employee handbook
  • Ensure proper accident and incident processing and reporting steps are followed

Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in Textile Science or Chemistry
  • Minimum 5 years of technical management experience in textiles
  • Previous experience in a textile manufacturing or related industry required
  • Expert knowledge of color and textile colorfastness tests
  • Knowledge of warp knit elastic fabrics and warp knit fabric processing a plus
  • Knowledge of narrow woven elastic fabrics and narrow fabric processing a plus
  • Expert understanding of nylon/spandex and polyester/spandex dyeing and finishing required
  • Working knowledge of DataColor Spectrophotometer
  • Understanding dyeing equipment including Jets, A-Beams, P-Beams, Continuous Calender and Continuous Pad/Steam
  • Proficient operation of all laboratory equipment present at all facilities
  • Understanding of what drives profitability to the business and ability to manage and control those activities is necessary
  • Sense of urgency is a must particularly as it relates to achieving a technical resolution to a customer/product issue, quality issue or new development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to interact with varying levels within the organization, and able to present him/herself as a technical resource to customers in positive and/or stressful situations
  • Possess strong problem solving, decision-making skills and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills to include Microsoft Office programs
  • Strong work ethic and high level of professionalism required
  • Strong training and mentorship skills

All Candidates must be able to provide work related references.

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