Springs Creative hiring Director of Distribution and Logistics

Springs Creative is transforming the textile-related home and lifestyle industry. Driven by leading-edge design, development and application, the company supplies an assortment of products in Fabric, Crafts, Decorative, Home, Lifestyle and Technical/Specialty Fabrics.

The company headquarters and design center are located in Rock Hill, South Carolina (20 minutes from Charlotte) in a 100 year old cotton factory.  In the design center, there are over 400,000 antique textile/art documents which serve as the nucleus of the operation.  Located adjacent to the design center, the company’s world class digital printing facility operates with capabilities for multiple end uses and widths.  Many additional capabilities exist including imaging services, fabrication, distribution/fulfillment, global sourcing, licensed product and decorative fabrics among many others.

Springs Creative Products Group, LLC is seeking a strategic leader to be a Director Distribution & Logistics.  The successful candidate will possess proven experience in warehousing and distribution, third party logistics, customs compliance, and transportation management.  High energy, flexibility, and the ability to manage multiple project simultaneously are essential qualities.  Experience with FTZ and union work environment is strongly preferred.

Department: Warehouse/Distribution

Job Title: Director Distribution and Logistics

Reports To: CEO, Derick Close

General Responsibilities:

  • Participate in weekly executive staff meetings
  • Participate in networking activities and strategic appointments as needed to secure new 3PL business and market other related Springs Creative services.
  • Meet with customers and community leaders and provide warehouse tours from time to time.
  • Maintain a high degree of professionalism and communications among customers, associates, supervisors, and executives.
  • Coordinate with leadership team and HR in the processes of hiring, training, terminating, and disciplining associates.
  • Act as Springs Creative’s liaison with the South Carolina Manufacturing Alliance, Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Port Authority, and other state and local organizations.

Distribution Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for a $5M freight buy.
  • Overall responsibility of the day-to-day operations for the Riverlawn (Fort Lawn, SC) and Baxter Mill (Rock Hill, SC) which have a total of approximately 500,000 square feet of warehouse and loading capacity and include a FTZ.
  • Utilize lean practices in order to control labor costs.
  • Responsible for the overall areas of safety, quality, on-time delivery, efficiency, cost reduction, and policy compliance for all warehousing locations.
  • Provide leadership in developing and implementing quality assurance standards, processes, and controls.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans for the two locations, including strategically allocating space for 3PL services and coordinating effectively with third party leasing specialist for appropriate utilization of space.
  • Actively participate in Union negotiations and grievance procedures.
  • Manage the warehouse maintenance supervisor, floor supervisors, and industrial engineer.
  • The two warehouses currently operate one (1) shift five (5) days a week.

Logistics Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for keeping abreast of US Customs Trade Compliance to ensure that the company operates in conformity with various rules & regulations including HTS and duty classifications.
  • Interface with Freight Forwarders, Customs Brokers and US Customs Officers.
  • Negotiate all direct ocean carrier and NVO contracts (Approximate annual ocean spend $2.6m)
  • Ensure continued C-TPAT Compliance through monthly on-site audits and continuous education.
  • Keep abreast of and facilitate all FTZ processes & administration.
  • Negotiate all small parcel contracts (Fedex, UPS, & USPS) and analyze monthly expenditure and assessorial charges. (Approximate annual spend for small parcel $800k)
  • Manage the coordination of all international airfreight. (Approximate annual spend $300k)
  • Work with PO Management Company (Expeditors) to ensure proper daily EDI feeds.
  • Maintain monthly metrics such as Freight Dollars Spend, Duty Expenditure, Freight as a Percentage to Sales, Bunker Fluctuations by Quarter, LTL & TL Spend, Drayage volume & spend.
  • Generate and analyze freight cost savings and provide Landed Cost reports to Sourcing/Planning Divisions
  • Work with the team to ensure all delays, OS&D, and handling errors are communicated to the appropriate staff.
  • Responsible for maintaining DOT compliance for tractor, trailers, box truck and van to include, registration, driver logs, Fuel Tax Filings, etc.
  • Coordinate international and domestic airfreight as needed.
  • Manage team of three logistics employees.

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field, MBA a plus.
  • 10+ years of experience in warehousing and distributions, 5+ years of experience in Logistics and Transportation.
  • Strong DOT and US Customs Compliance & Procedures knowledge.
  • Regulatory proficiency in CFR – Customs Duties, C-TPAT, FTZ, and ACE.
  • Experience with union workforce preferred.
  • Strategic thinker and problem solver.
  • Strong understanding of international logistics shipping and global supply chain
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office- Primarily Excel.
  • Lean Six Sigma certification a plus.
  • Oracle Platform – JD Edwards experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.

Physical Requirements:                 

  • Requires activities involving being around moving machinery, exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity, and exposure to dust, fumes and gases.
  • Ability to handle office equipment (telephone, computer, etc.), and regular attendance.
  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, lift, carry, push or pull medium weights, use hands and fingers, talk and hear.
  • Requires bending, squatting, crawling, climbing, reaching.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

We are committed to providing great customer service, bringing creativity and innovation, and remaining a diverse and positive company in the process.

Springs Creative hiring Director of Merchandising – Fabrication, Home Textiles

Springs Creative is transforming the textile-related home and lifestyle industry. Driven by leading-edge design, development and application, the company supplies an assortment of products in Fabric, Crafts, Decorative, Home, Lifestyle and Technical/Specialty Fabrics.

The company headquarters and design center are located in Rock Hill, South Carolina (20 minutes from Charlotte) in a 100-year-old cotton factory. In the design center, there are more than 400,000 antique textile/art documents which serve as the nucleus of the operation. Located adjacent to the design center, the company’s world class digital printing facility operates with capabilities for multiple end uses and widths. Many additional capabilities exist including imaging services, fabrication, distribution/fulfillment, global sourcing, licensed product and decorative fabrics among many others.

Springs Creative Products Group is seeking a Director of Merchandising – Fabrication, Home Textiles.  Candidate will possess proven experience in creating product from fabric origin to finished product.  Knowledge of and familiarity with the customer/market base including wholesale, retail and e-commerce are required.  Ability to envision and execute product designs for multiple segments of the home textiles business including but not limited to; bed, bath, window, decorative, accents and kitchen.  Fabrication skills including directing finished product with aesthetic and technical details are essential.   Interested applicants should email jobs@springscreative.com.

Department: Merchandising

Job Title: Director of Merchandising/Fabrication and Home Textiles

Reports To: VP of Merchandising

Summary:          

  • Essential requirements for the position are the ability to innovate, create, execute and market.
  • Experience in merchandising in the particular market segments is a must.
  • Candidate will have the ability to personally work within multiple departments in a professional and productive manner to achieve results.
  • Candidate will be an active member of the merchandising team participate in weekly product reviews and product needs/idea sessions.
  • Candidate will actively interact with sales on strategy and presentation as required.
  • Some travel as necessary for customer presentations, markets, product research and sourcing.

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or related field; MBA preferred
  • 10 years related experience in home fashions segment
  • Results oriented, high energy level with the vision and management skills required to direct and motivate a team
  • Must be very detailed oriented and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Broad business knowledge
  • Strong product development knowledge
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills
  • Awareness and ability to navigate competitive web presence, including e-commerce
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem solving and strategic planning skills
  • Consumer oriented and forward thinker
  • Exceptional communication, presentation and persuasion skills
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships both internally and externally

Physical Requirements:

  • Normal office setting, noise level in work environment is generally quiet.
  • Ability to handle office equipment (telephone, computer, etc.), and regular attendance.
  • While performing duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, use hands and fingers, talk and hear.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

We are committed to providing great customer service, bringing creativity and innovation, and remaining a diverse and positive company in the process.

Springs Creative hiring textile designer for entertainment license brands

Springs Creative is transforming the textile-related home and lifestyle industry. Driven by leading-edge design and development, the company supplies an assortment of products in Fabric, Crafts & Accessories, Home & Lifestyle and Technical & Specialty Fabrics. Products range from traditional and digitally printed fabrics to blankets, pillows, bags and more. Springs Creative also provides textile-related creative and technical services, including digital printing, marketing and distribution.

We are committed to providing great customer service, bringing creativity and innovation, and remaining a diverse and positive company in the process.

Department: Design Studio
Job Title: Textile Designer, Entertainment License
Reports To: Creative Director & Design Studio Traffic Manager

The Textile Designer, Entertainment License, will be responsible for the creation of innovative design ideas and graphics for textile- related products. The Designer must keep current on design trends as well as be extremely well versed in available brand guidelines from licensors. The Designer will partner and collaborate with other designers, merchants and sales personnel. A successful candidate will exhibit a clear passion and curiosity for textiles and animation as well as a strong eye for color and trends.

Essential Functions

  1. Own the product design process from concept to commercialization, including market research, designing, sketching, and ensuring that each product is commercially appealing while maximizing the brand style guidelines
  2. Communicate with licensors for design approval; be prepared to defend design direction and provide business case for specific designs as needed.
  3. Coordinate strike off reviews and approvals with production support team
  4. Maintain trend awareness while conducting creative research for new ideas and development processes
  5. Possess a proficient understanding of CAD patterns, repeats and print separations across multiple substrates
  6. Responsible for working in coordination with the design team and to effectively collaborate with the Creative Director and Traffic
    Manager
  7. Must be able to work independently and as a team member as well as supporting and participating in all applicable company-wide
    initiatives
  8. Communicate ideas and trends clearly to key personnel and customers
  9. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of new design and production techniques and textile technology

Competencies

  1. Comfortable operating in “gray” areas and finding innovative ways to execute and overcome challenges
  2. Highly detailed oriented and organized, with the ability to thrive under pressure and tight deadlines.
  3. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  4. Practices superior time management
  5. A team player with the confidence to take the lead and interact well with a wide variety of internal and external personnel.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.

Travel

This position requires up to 10% travel.

Required or Preferred Education and Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Textile Design, Graphic Design, Animation, or related field
  2. 1 – 3 years of digital content creation experience
  3. Technical knowledge of garment and fabric construction
  4. Entertainment License experience preferred
  5. Mandatory proficiency in both Mac and Windows environments as well as all Creative Suite programs Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Baxter Mill Archive announces partnership with WGSN

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Rock Hill, S.C. — Baxter Mill Archive, a collection of more than 400,000 fabric swatches, antique documents and books and hand-painted artwork owned by Springs Creative Products Group, LLC., has partnered with WGSN, the global trend authority for fashion and the creative industries, to merge past trends with future styles.

With the help of WGSN, Baxter Mill opens its comprehensive archive to share exclusive prints to correspond with seasonal forecast themes. This will be an ongoing partnership and Baxter Mill Archives will be featured in a WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors report every season, the next being the 2018-2019 autumn/winter collection.

The archive’s extensive library dates back to the early, mid-1800s and include treasures such as antique books, hand-painted artwork and original fabric swatches and were acquired from several of the great textile companies and design studios of the world including the renowned M. Lowenstein & Sons. Once an exclusively in-house design resource, the Baxter Mill Archive is now a licensed brand and will also continue to serve Springs Creative clients.

“As a designer, I have utilized WGSN since they were founded in 1998,” Kathy Phillips, creative director of Springs Creative said. “I am tickled about the Baxter Mill Archive/WGSN partnership as it allows us to share our archive treasures globally through the biggest name in the trend forecasting industry.”

The Baxter Mill design studio breathes fresh life to the archives by remastering the files and creating new collections with modern trends and design in mind. With more than 120 years of rich history in the textiles industry, Springs Creative Product Group, LLC is excited to partner with WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors to share the Baxter Mill Archive with the world.

About WGSN:

WGSN (www.wgsn.com) is the world’s leading trend authority for creative thinkers in over 94 countries. Our services cover consumer insights, fashion and lifestyle forecasting, data analytics, crowd-sourced design validation and expert consulting. We help drive our customers to greater success. Together, we Create Tomorrow.

WGSN is part of WGSN Limited, comprising of market-leading products including WGSN Instock, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors, WGSN Styletrial and WGSN Mindset our bespoke consultancy services. WGSN is owned by Ascential plc, a leading international media company that informs and connects business professionals in 150 countries through market-leading Exhibitions and Festivals, and Information Services. www.ascential.com.

Springs Creative Products Group LLC launches Springs Creative Imaging Services

Rock Hill, S.C. – Springs Creative Products Group LLC launched a new business unit, Springs Creative Imaging Services. The company is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Using a complete line of high-resolution printing, Springs Creative Imaging Service provides an expanded range of finished products for a variety of applications and industries. Products include, but are not limited to, window graphics, lamination, floor graphics, canvas printing, custom wall covering, soft signage, posters, banners and POP/POS displays.

Springs Creative Imaging Services assists with customers’ projects from start to finish, including consultation, design, proofing, prototyping and providing production samples for final preview. As an expert in the printing industry, this new branch of Springs Creative Products Group specializes in taking printing jobs from idea to finished product, as efficiently and exceptionally as possible.

“Our Imaging Services business aligns with our strategic plan to be a global leader of innovation in technology solutions for the textiles industry, including digital printing and now imaging services,” Derick Close, CEO of Rock Hill, South Carolina-headquartered Springs Creative, said.

About Springs Creative Products Group

Springs Creative is a global leader in advancements in textiles and printing, providing fabric-by-the-yard, finished products, design services, digital printing, supply chain services and more.

Springs Creative is a global leader in innovations in textiles and printing, providing fabric-by-the-yard and finished products.  Headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Springs Creative also maintains a production and sourcing team in Shanghai, China. Staffed by more than 150 talented employees, Springs Creative offers services spanning the creative and technical side of the supply chain which includes sourcing, logistics, digital printing, product design, brand development, marketing and merchandising. More information: 803-324-6300 or visit http://www.springscreative.com/contact.