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Materials Developer


SAXX Underwear Co. is looking for a Materials Developer to join the team based at our Portland, Oregon office location. This is your opportunity to be part of a globally growing brand in a dynamic work environment. SAXX was ranked #1 men’s boxer brief brand in the USA.


Assist the Materials Development Director with the seasonal development of fabrics and trims that are designed into our premium men’s underwear and apparel products. This role provides a unique hands-on experience to learn and build your materials expertise through direct collaboration with our global materials suppliers.

In this role you will work closely with the SAXX design, merchandising, product development, sourcing, and quality assurance teams to source, develop, and commercialize fabrics and trims.

The SAXX Materials Development team drives sustainable innovation, and delivers the ultimate in men’s comfort and performance material solutions that delight our customers.


  • Assist SAXX Materials Development Director with research, development, testing, and approval of apparel fabrics and trims according to product requirements, test standards, and seasonal process calendar.
  • Translate product design briefs into material development requirements based
    on seasonal product line plan.
  • Apply technical materials expertise to address performance and quality issues
    related to new and existing materials and products.
  • Track and share material development project progress with key stake holders.
    Include price, minimums, lead time, lab test results, and performance
  • Create and maintain seasonal material development tools including submit
    library, swatch cards, material profiles, and presentation materials.
  • Document all material specifications, price, minimums, and lead time in
    Centric PLM system. Generate materials reports as needed.
  • Coordinate with SAXX Quality Manager to set seasonal Bulk material
    performance and RSL testing plan, review results, set corrective action plan, and manage entry of test results into test database (Texbase, Centric PLM).
  • Coordinate with Design and Product Development on Wear Test plan for new fabrics and trims, and evaluate results.
  • Maintain Materials Library.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with materials suppliers. Qualify new
    suppliers as needed.
  • Stay informed about technical advances in the apparel textile industry.
    Attend relevant industry trade shows and travel to mills.


  • Education – Bachelor’s degree in Textile Science, Materials Engineering,
    Chemistry, Polymer Science or equivalent.
  • Experience – Minimum 2 years of proven materials (fabrics & trims) development experience.
  • Experience with ASTM, AATCC, ISO material test standards, interpreting test
    results, and needed corrective action.
  • Experience with RSL, Prop 65, EU REACH, Blue Sign, OEKO-TEX chemical compliance standards.
  • High attention to detail, ultra-organized, ability to define and manage to
  • Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, facilitating discussions
    with Design, Merchandising, Product Development, Sourcing, Production, Quality Assurance, and suppliers.
  • Experience with material specification and test data management.
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with MS Office tools, PLM, and
    online databases.
  • Highly curious with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical materials specifications, testing standards, and test data.
  • Strong calendar and project management skills.
  • Ability to travel internationally.

Don’t meet every single requirement?  Studies have shown that women and
people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every
qualification.  At SAXX we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive
and authentic workplace community, so if you’re excited about this role, but
your past doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job
description, we encourage you to apply anyway.  You might just be the right
candidate for this or other roles.


  • We offer equitable salaries, a comprehensive benefits package including
    health, dental, and vision coverage to support your wellbeing.
  • Get additional health care support through a virtual health care platform
    and an Employee and Family Assistance Program.
  • Participate in a profit-sharing retirement savings program.
  • 3 weeks paid vacation.
  • Four paid days off are dedicated for you to volunteer in your community and
    to support causes that matter to you most.
  • Have your birthday off to celebrate in style.
  • Free products? Yes, please! Every SAXX employee receives an annual $600
    credit to treat themselves and the people in their life to our premium
  • Hang out with the cute and cuddly dogs in our office (Woof!)
  • Stay fueled with healthy snacks, coffee, and tea.
  • Be part of a team of incredibly talented, passionate, and empowered people
    focused on building and innovating.
  • Make an impact with your work—each person has an equal opportunity to
    contribute to our goals.
  • Join one of the fastest-growing companies and find opportunities to grow in
    your own career—offering advancement opportunities for our team members is important to us!
  • During the COVID 19 pandemic, we learned the majority of our roles are
    hybrid or remote-friendly. Although there may be times where it is required or more effective to be in the office for certain meetings or tasks. We continue to evaluate and adjust our working arrangements as necessary.


Please forward your resume and quote MATERIALS DEVELOPER in the subject line. No phone calls please. We appreciate your interest in the role, however; only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview. Thank you for your interest in a career with SAXX.


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