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Associate Sourcing Manager

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We're seeking an Associate Sourcing Manager to cover a 4-month leave with one of our entertainment clients in Glendale. Responsibilities will include:

* Manage the production of selected categories (Soft Toys/Plush experience preferred) for our client and alternative business model opportunities in partnership with the Manager, Sourcing.
* Responsible for vendor communication and production management related to designated product categories.
* Responsible for ensuring products meet established standards for safety and quality including initiating quarterly Product Review Requests (PRR) with product integrity partners.
* Track progress of production cycle against key milestone dates through daily maintenance of the Production Tracking Report (PTR).
* Communicate production status to central and regional partners during weekly cross-functional meetings and as required.
* Ensure all products are shipped on time to support established in-store and online launch dates.
* Provide accurate shipment status information from factory to DC.
* Contact vendors to follow-up and verify the accuracy of provided data, resolve routine issues and ensure vendor alignment with processes and procedures.
* Follow up with vendor communication regarding any outstanding samples (Approval, PP/TOP, etc.)
* Liaise with vendors and ticket/label suppliers to ensure ticketing guidelines are followed to avoid late deliveries and charge backs due to non-compliance.
* Prepare standard any ad-hoc reports as requested (Time and Action Calendars, production timelines, status updates, etc.).
* Build strong collaborative relationships with internal and external partners
* Attend weekly cross-functional meetings and quarterly product review meetings to understand key sourcing issues and action items.

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