Spotlight on a ... Materials Manager

As job titles go, it’s fairly self-explanatory. Our Materials Managers manage the sourcing and delivering of materials. Take leather. We source, on average, some 85 million square metres of leather every year. A lot of leather. As the Materials Manager in charge, you’ll manage a team of Leather Coordinators and the tannery supply base that delivers leathers to the business. It’s up to you to make sure that not only does the leather look great, but that it’s of the highest quality.

You’ll work with many different parts of the Clarks business, from Range, Design, Product Development and Quality, through to Supply Chain Sourcing and Brand. You could also be dealing with Clarks offices in Asia and India, as well as suppliers from all over the world. There’ll be regular video conferences and plenty of travel, in the UK and overseas. The leather and footwear world never stands still, so you’ll need to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest developments and trends. A finger-on-the-materials-pulse is essential!