Stony Creek Colors | Chief Operating Officer

Job description

Are you a proven operations leader, with experience in steering a startup through rapid growth? Are you excited about the potential of joining a company that is transforming the supply chain for top fashion brands like Patagonia, Wrangler & Levi Strauss in the transition to a bio-based economy?

Stony Creek Colors, a Tennessee based firm producing renewable chemicals from sustainable natural resources and agricultural products, is seeking an experienced leader to oversee our operations. Reporting directly into the CEO, the Chief Operating Officer will help us scale up production of our alternative crops, beginning with our core offering of natural indigo, and oversee key operational functions including HR, finance, logistics and more. 


About Stony Creek Colors

What started as a chemistry lab in a guest bedroom has evolved into the largest natural indigo manufacturer globally serving fashion brands as well as an artisan community of dyers. We partner with leading denim mills and dyehouses to bring consistent and scalable natural colors into industrial use. Our dyes empower fashion brands like Patagonia, Wrangler and Lucky Brand with a trusted and transparent supply of bio-based color. Our alternative crops like natural indigo improve profitability and ecosystem health for farmers while doing cool things like sequestering more carbon in the soil, all while empowering designers, brands, and mills with greater transparency and traceability.

Our customers are the world’s leading fashion and personal care brands and their suppliers. These brands need reliable and renewable products with transparent supply chains as they transition to the bio-based economy. 

Our next generation products will fuel clean color innovation in verticals such as cosmetics, personal care, and food. 


About the role

As we scale to work with sustainable natural resource providers near and far and grow into a leading bio-based products company, we are seeking an experienced leader to oversee operations.  

Here’s what we plan to have you do:

·      Scale up production of natural indigo 

·      Develop our supply chain to match growth projections

·      Improve all aspects of farm operations to increase acreage and efficiency 

·      P&L and cash flow management and financial oversight

·      Keep team on track and accountable for key quarterly and annual priorities

·      Coordinate activities of all functional departments (agriculture and sourcing, R&D, logistics, chemical production, biz dev)

·      Develop KPIs tied to company goals and priorities and implement reporting/tracking for each functional area

·      Advance our human capital, including recruiting, developing/mentoring, project management capacity

·      Lead resolution of investment/supply chain decisions 

·      Ensure new products launch on time with appropriate investment 

·      Develop and improve business, research, and production processes to support growth


About you

·      Experienced leading a company in growing from fewer than 20 to over 100 employees

·      Biased toward action with experience working in a startup environment

·      Excellent at establishing and maintaining trust and credibility with employees and other stakeholders

·      Strong and clear communicator with all levels of the organization from operators to R&D to investors, and exhibits transparency and openness in communications with leadership team

·      History of initiating, leading, and successfully implementing large-scale projects

·      Thorough and confident; you are comfortable asking for help and delegating as well as rolling up your sleeves when the task necessitates

·      Balanced strategic and operations mindset; you see the big picture, know the details, and you won’t get stuck in the weeds 

·      Demonstrate your belief that data drives decisions and balance that with common sense and strong curiosity

·      Track record of interfacing with a talented R&D team to drive adoption of innovative products and processes

·      Experienced in working with CEO in an innovative company, in the integrator role to drive toward scalable, predictable, consistent results

·      5-10 years of experience in a leadership role in a manufacturing environment

·      3-5 years of experience working with natural resource-based or agricultural supply chain (preferred)

·      Consistently demonstrated strong leadership ability, and high emotional intelligence


Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Apply HERE.

Image Optical | Eyewear Stylist

We are searching for a retail sales associate with a focus in optical. Previous experience is not required but admired! 

We are a female owned, independent, luxury optical shop. We specialize in high-end exclusive eyewear and maintain the highest standards for customer service. We are looking for someone who has an eye for fashion, enjoys retail, is self-motivated, great with the customers experience, and is detail oriented. 

Our business is based in both the medical and fashion fields. You will be required to learn about styling glasses, fitting lenses, adjusting frames, customer service, and verifying prescription lenses. There is a learning curve, especially if you haven’t worked in optical but we look foreword to working with and training you to work in this exciting and growing field. We have a 40 hour work week for full time and 24 hours a week for part time. Our hours of operation are 9:30-5:30 Monday through Saturday. Your days should be flexible and you should be able to work most Saturdays. We ask that all applicants live in a comfortable driving distance from Nashville. 

We are closed on all national holidays. We have competitive hourly pay and also pay sales based commission. After three months you have the option in enrolling in our health care plan which includes life insurance. After the first year as a full time employee you accrue 2 weeks of paid vacation time, 1 week paid sick leave, and 401k with profit sharing and matching. 

We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills who loves working in a team environment. 

Submit your resume to, please include personal and professional references with current phone numbers. 

Belmont University | Assistant Professor in Fashion Design

Primary Duties and

The person in this position primarily teaches all levels of Fashion Design courses to include clothing construction, patterning, draping, Adobe Creative Suite with an emphasis in Illustrator and Photoshop, and computerized pattern drafting systems. Digital software systems will be integrated in the studio courses. 

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Belmont University is a vibrant creative community serving undergraduate and graduate students by providing nationally recognized, accredited programs in Art, Design, Music, Theatre, and Dance.  Engaged faculty mentors along with world-class performances, vibrant art and design opportunities, dynamic teaching, and study abroad opportunities combine to provide a 21st century path for student excellence, artistry and creativity in an inclusive student-centered, Christian environment. 

The O’More School of Design is emerging with greater national prominence as premier design school as part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and Belmont University. Nestled in the heart of Nashville’s booming creative economy, where we have the largest per capita of independent fashion companies located outside of New York and Los Angeles, the O’More School of Design is where beauty and function live together and are allowed to meld and grow. O’More envelops students in a singular experience of creativity. They are urged to dig into their talents and expand them – not simply as an intellectual exercise, but specifically so that they can go on and better the world around them through purposeful and meaningful design. O’More engages our students in a creative learning experience that begins on the day they arrive and continues into their professional careers.

Prepare a one-page essay of about 300-400 words that describes how your Christian faith informs and influences your personal and professional life, how it plays a role in your interest in joining Belmont University, and how it will help you contribute to Belmont University given our mission, vision, and values statements. An electronic version of CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy, response to Belmont’s Mission, Vision and Values statements, and a list of three professional references with contact information including phone and email must also be attached in order to complete the online application process. In addition, applicants must upload the following supporting materials:

  • Designer’s Statement;

  • Portfolio of personal design work (10 selections). 

All requested documents must be attached in order to complete the online application process. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Preferences will be given to applications received by November 30, 2018.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Complete 24 workload hours, or equivalent, per academic year. 

  • Advise and mentor students in research and other class-related projects. 

  • Engage in activities to support the mission and vision of Belmont University and the college in which you teach. 

  • Participate in departmental and university committee work.

  • Engage in scholarly activity and professional development. 

  • Advise students in course selection and degree completion. 

  • Participate in a local church and the community.

  • Abide by all relevant university and/or department procedures and policies. 

  • Manage online grading system.

  • Timely submission of book orders, if textbooks required. 

  • Maintain regular office hours.

  • The above statements describe the job’s essential responsibilities and requirements. They are not an exhaustive list of the duties that may be assigned to job incumbents.


Required Qualifications:Belmont University seeks to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff that share the           University's values and will contribute to its mission and vision to be a leader among teaching universities bringing together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. 


  1. Commitment to excellence in undergraduate instruction. 

  2. Demonstrated commitment to student recruitment and retention. 

  3. Ability to work collaboratively with state/national design organizations and build community relationships. 

  4. Currently engaged in professional practice in the fashion industry. 

  5. Participant in relevant academic or professional organizations.  

  6. Noteworthy experience with a broad range of Fashion industry methods and concepts.  

  7. Demonstrated experience teaching in an academic setting and implementing knowledge of current national and international developments in the field of contemporary fashion practices. 

  8. Ability to advise, instruct, manage, motivate, and evaluate students in all areas of fashion, including theory, design and basic practices of materials preparation and application, and the ability to foster the use of sophisticated content by students. 

  9. Skilled in the use of the latest design-based technologies,computers, internet resources, and software, including Adobe Creative Suite, Computerized pattern drafting systems, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 

  10. Skilled with industrial equipment used in the fashion industry. 

  11. Ability to learn relevant sections of Belmont University’s online integrated database systems as the basis for effective advising and student records management. 

  12. Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into the teaching and learning processes. Ability to use creative instructional strategies and techniques for majors, minors and non-majors alike. 

  13. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to engage in college assessment activities and produce meaningful data for assessment reports. 

  14. Ability to successfully interact with students, other educators and educational institution representatives, and the general public in a professional manner.

  15. Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and peers in course or curriculum design and willingness to teach interdisciplinary and topical courses as needed.

    Required Education     Minimum of a Master’s degree in fashion design or closely related field. MFA preferred.
    Required Experience     A minimum of 2-3 years of teaching experience beyond a graduate school Teaching Assistantship.

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ABLE | Leather Product Developer

The Product Developer is responsible for delivering a collection consistent with Design's intent, while meeting the business requirements for margins, quality and timeliness.

Essential Functions:


  • Collaborates cross functionally with Design, Marketing, Merchants and Production

  • Drives the sampling and production process to ensure on time

  • Owns factory allocation for sampling and production

  • Manages creation of sample specs, tech packs and corrections

  • Partners with Technical Designer to communicate prototype corrections and approvals.

  • Works with Merchant on costing and price negotiation to drive margin targets

  • Communicates daily with overseas offices, factories and suppliers

  • Attends and organizes sample reviews

  • Manages overlapping seasonal deliverables


  • Manages seasonal preproduction calendar and schedules milestone meetings

  • Coordinates with Factories to manage spec and correction turnover within calendar to ensure timeliness in prototypes, SMS, and confirmation samples

  • Monitors calendar daily and involves management when delays jeopardize milestones.


  • Tracks approvals and procurement for raw materials and hardware

  • Monitors, tracks and reports on all requested prototypes and SMS

  • Maintains line tracking documents

  • Organizes and maintains material standards and component archive

  • Ensures PDM is up to date at all times, according to development calendar.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Strong understanding of costing and production lead times

  • Ability to evaluate and change priorities on an as needed basis

  • Excellent communication and project management skills

  • High level of organizational skills, including detail orientation and followup

  • Proven ability to bring product to market in a timely cost effective manner

  • Capacity to analyze, compile and manage highly detailed data

  • Creative, innovative problem solver with the ability to anticipate potential issues

  • PDM/PLM software knowledge is a huge plus

Email with your résumé in order to begin your application.