Manager, Sourcing - Bottoms
Talbots Inc. - Hingham, MA

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GENERAL SUMMARY: Responsible for establishing, developing, and directing the regional sourcing strategy for a product category and effectively directing the business relationships with raw material and finished product suppliers and agents to leverage lower costs and reduced lead time while improving quality. Recruit, hire, train and develop a team to manage the business to improve gross margin, on time delivery and provide exceptional customer service.

1) Cost Negotiation and Metrics
Maintain detailed product cost sheets that will support activity based costing
Responsible for negotiating program pricing and delivery
Ability to provide price range targets to suppliers according to established corporate guidelines
Understand fit and design modifications that affect price and follow through with vendors on updates as required
Responsible for achieving area IMU, on-time delivery and quality goals
Actively participate in the development of the Sourcing three year plan, providing input and perspective on plant capacity and capabilities
Identify suppliers capabilities to support and react to quick response programs to that supports ongoing market needs
Quarterly, analyze capacity and utilization of suppliers (textile mills and garment vendors)
Monitor adherence to purchase order commitments to both textile mill and garment factories
• Work with suppliers and Merchandizing to maintain adherence to orders while remaining flexible to changing business needs
Direct and facilitate seasonal negotiations. Conduct pre/post seasonal analysis and present to the Global sourcing team and Merchandising, including key performance metrics; IMU improvement, on-time delivery and quality analysis
2) Quality, Compliance, and Product
Responsible for directing area time and action calendar, including fit approval samples, lab dips, test reports
Ensure all products are in compliance with all applicable international/U.S. laws and regulations are evaluated in accordance with Talbots Inc. vendor code of conduct
Direct execution of presentation samples
Ensure order projections, commitments, and purchase order are issued to suppliers accurately and in a timely basis
Identify present and develop new potential suppliers that will support future growth plans while achieving IMU, on-time delivery and quality goals
Ensure Merchandising are informed of potential production shipment delays and quality issues
3) Relationship/Communication
Oversee management of the WIP for potential delivery issues – trouble shoot and offer workable strategix solutions
Create mutually acceptable solutions to resolve unanticipated shipment delays or quality issues to maintain on-time delivery
Manage and develop relationships with suppliers who are aligned with the regional sourcing strategy
Establish and execute relationships with Merchandising and vendors
Train and develop staff to become effective business managers including a complete understanding of garment manufacturing
Provide support and guidance to staff in managing their business allowing opportunities for individual growth and development
ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS: Establish and communicate and validate weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually production plans to key stakeholders including Merchandising, Vendors, and Finance

Knowledge, skills & abilities:
Knowledge of apparel retail industry
Results and service orientated
High-level proficiency with MS Office Professional applications (MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
Effective time management in order to prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines
Team player
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Detail oriented
Strong interpersonal skills; comfortable and effective in dealing with conflict
Flexible, adaptable, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously

Minimum educational level:
University degree or equivalent

Minimum experience:
Minimum 6 years directly related experience

Physical Ability:
Ability to travel internationally 20%

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