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Associate Sourcing Manager

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Large Entertainment and Consumer Products brand in Glendale is seeking an Associate Sourcing Manager to join their Global Merchandise and Product Development department. This is temporary 2-3 month opportunity with the possibility of extending. 

​About the Department:
​The department is focused on product/merchandise strategy, product & design, product R & D/innovation, and merchandise sourcing. Global Merchandise Sourcing cultivates a thriving team and strong partnerships around the world and partners with best-in-class suppliers to consistently evolve our quality, sustainability, and risk management initiatives to drive productivity and profitability through strong internal/external partnerships and proactive mitigation of cost drivers. The team works towards continuously improving supplier relationships and cultivation global and cross-functional partnerships. 

 

​Responsibilities:

  • Assist/Manage the merchandise sourcing & production of baby product for stores worldwide, online and alternative business model opportunities in partnership with the Manager, Sourcing. 
  • Partner on vendor strategy, product costing/placement, manage vendor communication and production management related to baby products.
  • Responsible for ensuring products meet established standards for safety and quality including initiating quarterly Product Review Requests (PRRs) with product integrity partners. 
  • Track progress of production cycle against key milestone dates through daily maintenance of the Development Tracking Report (DTR). 
  • Communicate production status to global 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. 
  • Contact vendors to follow-up and verify the accuracy of provided data, resolve routine issues and ensure vendor alignment with the brand's 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 brand 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 line review meetings to understand key sourcing issues and action items. 


Basic Qualifications: 

  • Minimum 5 years related experience preferably in specialty retail or consumer products. 
  • Exposure to merchandise sourcing and production of multiple product categories. ​
  • Proven track record of effectively communicating with manufacturers. 


Required Education: BA/BS pref. 

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