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Vans Regulatory, Safety and Quality Standards Manager

Job Description

Vans: Be a Part of the Original

"It was never about waving the brand like a flag, it was always about the people" - Paul Van Doren

Vans is the original action sports footwear company rooted in authenticity and creativity. Founded in 1966, Vans has thrived on a legacy of impacting our greater community through Vans' four pillars: action sports, music, art and street culture. We are constantly inspired by the expressive creators within our company and community as they bring new and innovative perspectives to help shape and transform the future of our business.

At Vans our culture sets us apart and it influences everything we do. Everything we do supports creativity and we are driven by our five values. We are determined. We are connected to our consumers and to each other. We are inclusive. We are expressive and Fun. And most of all, we are a family.

Vans is a subsidiary of VF, the world's largest retail company comprised of over 30 brands. We are the leading drivers of retail as our global footwear, apparel and accessory brand is available in 170 countries worldwide. As we continue to expand, we take great measures in developing and growing our people.

Vans is founded on a culture of learning. We take great pride in our ability to facilitate learning opportunities by providing the resources and tools necessary to support each individual's pursuit of growth to achieve future goals. In order to prioritize career growth within our company, Vans offers courses on topics such as leadership, communication, collaboration and technical skills to ensure our employees are self-motivated and developing to the pace of our rapidly growing business.

By joining the Vans family, you will be immersed into an environment of incredibly supportive and collaborative people. We work very hard across a multitude of large initiatives to bring the Van Doren spirit to life. We live for what we do.

Manager - Regulatory, Safety and Quality Standards (Vans): Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family

Here at Vans, we strive to keep our employees, offices, factories and customers safe. As the Regulatory, Safety, and Quality Standards Manager has the great responsibility to own the global compliance process associated with the Vans supply chain of footwear, apparel, accessories and hardgoods. You are a key partner and will also need to engage with and be a liaison to Vans raw material suppliers including fabric, trim and print. In this position, you will ensure that all Vans nominated suppliers are in compliance with the relevant social, sustainable, environmental, and regulatory standards identified by Vans, VF or as determined by law. You will manage communication and follow through with each supplier as well as being the primary internal contact at Vans for such policies and programs that dictate supplier compliance. The role also will be responsible for ensuring that quality standards are set and work with product development and the DC on any exception to minimize the cost, inventory and customer service impact to Vans. Your effectiveness in building partnerships, seeking continuous improvements, and intelligent decision making will make a difference in how you adapt and contribute to team success at Vans.

How You Will Make a Difference:

+ Partner with VF Product Stewardship team and Vans product development and retail teams to educate, review standards, and ensure that the brand is implementing the VF Global Standards for regulatory and compliance.

+ Manages all product safety regulations and compliance by Vans, especially focused on Youth. This includes the initiation and reporting for design and product reviews, safety manuals and upkeep of relevant internal standards.

+ Works closely with Coalition Vendor Compliance teams, VF Asia Compliance teams and VF Corp Compliance on overlapping social or environmental initiatives. Continues to drive Vans as the supply chain industry leader but also incorporates the larger VF goals.

+ Develops, publishes and implements standards that are clear, achievable and add value to Vans and its materials supply chain. Representative standards include Restricted Substance Lists (RSL), Physical Properties, Youth Safety Manuals.

+ Maintain current and the primary contact at Vans for all material trade regulations including CPSC, FTC, FDA, EPA and REACH. Published Technical Bulletins quarterly to the internal Vans staff on the latest updates and acts immediately on time sensitive issues.

+ Supports all full scale production testing programs related to physical properties, product safety and government regulations by managing within the material development process.

+ Educates all suppliers on existing Vans raw material supplier policies and implements any new policies with the least disruption of innovation and seasonal production. Works with our sourcing offices to publish all documents and collect signatures as required. Acts as the primary owner for all signed documentation related to material suppliers.

+ Develop, in collaboration with product development, and maintain Vans minimal acceptable quality standards for footwear, apparel, accessories, and hard goods to be used for auditing vendor shipments.

+ Manage vendor charge back submittals, root cause analysis, and performance tracking and reporting.

+ Collaborate with product quality and development to ensure all quality issues are communicated and resolved with the brand. Work with the DC and the sourcing offices to ensure that any exceptions are managed with a high sense of urgency and that solutions are developed that minimize any customer service, cost and inventory impact to VF and Vans.

Skills for Success:

Years of Related Professional Experience: 5+

Educational/ Position Requirements:

+ Four-year degree in Engineering, Quality Management, Textiles or related science.

+ Minimum five years of management experience in testing, manufacturing, or QC.

+ Two years of specific experience with textiles, or related materials science.


+ Proficient Personal Computer skills with focus on Microsoft Word, Excel and Email communications.

+ Good analytical and mathematical skills.

+ Aptitude for systems and systematic work.

+ Excellent oral and written communications.

+ Strong interactive skills.

+ High color perception required (color vision).

Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:

+ Safety and Hazmat Training preferred in Lab environment.

+ Membership in Industry organizations such as ASTM, ASQ, AATCC, or related standards organization.

+ Testing required for qualification.

+ Ability to communicate verbally in other languages is a plus (e.g. Chinese, Spanish).

Organized in 1899, VF Corporation is a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, with global iconic brands, 64,000 associates and $12.4 billion in revenue. Our businesses and brands are organized into four categories called coalitions, comprising: Outdoor & Action Sports, Jeanswear, Imagewear, and Sportswear. While VF is highly diversified across brands, products, distribution channels and geographies, our One VF culture and approach to doing business provide a unique and powerful competitive advantage.

VF Diversity Vision Statement

VF is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the differences among all of our associates, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we live and conduct business. The continued success and growth of VF is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity throughout VF around the world.VF is an equal employment opportunity/ affirmative action employer of minorities, females, protected veterans and the disabled. VF is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, and treating our VF associates and VF applicants without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, citizenship, disability, protected veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, or any other legally protected factor.