Blue Tin Production is a working-class women of color apparel manufacturing workers co-operative working toward developing a global model for sustainability and labor in manufacturing. We are hiring a full-time Production Manager to join our studio in Chicago! www.bluetinproduction.com
Managing, supporting, developing, and leading the team based on worker co-operative principlesDevelop production flows, setting up machines and schedules and ensuring timely and high quality completion of productionHire, train, and support the team based on worker co-operative principlesCollect and analyze production data and strategize for growth, optimization, efficiency, and quality standards accordinglyConducting scientific-based inquiries into replicability, scale, and development of practices into models that can be shared globally with garment workersDevelop and submit data reports on production costs and schedulesDevelop innovative and creative structural solutions to identified patterns and trends of issuesDeveloping sustainability rubrics for each production, collaborating with designers in waste reduction and reaching sustainability benchmarksEnsuring the highest sustainability standards for each production, participating and developing deeper circular economy processesKeeping production and studio organized and stocked with necessary equipment and materials – Ensuring safety and health standards are met
Minimum 5-10 years of experience in apparel factory managementExpertise with operating, troubleshooting, and adjusting apparel manufacturing equipment, including but not limited to coverstitch machines, straight-blade cutting machines, tensioners, and other industrial equipmentExpertise in pattern-making, sample-making, and garment constructionExperience with luxury manufacturing quality control standardsAbility to train new hires and integrate them into ongoing productionHighly detailed oriented and organizedCreative problem-solving and ability to think innovatively and strategicallyPreferred but not required: experience working with worker co-operativesPreferred but not required: experience working with survivors of violence
Salary commensurate with experience, including healthcare, dental, vision, mental healthPaid vacation, sick days, and holidaysRegular wellness, somatic, and educational workshopsAbility to earn co-ownership and profit-sharing based on worker co-operative principlesThe opportunity to tangibly think through, imagine, build, and contribute to structural change within the fashion industry in a manner that can be replicated by garment workers globallyContributing to the development of new global standards of labor and sustainability, playing an essential role in creating, cultivating, and implementing studio-floor practices that shift industry-wide normalization of gender-based violence in factories on a structural level
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and two references to email@example.com with subject line formatted as: Last name, First name: Production Manager Application.