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Associate Sourcing Manager

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The Associate Sourcing Manager is responsible for managing multiple merchandise categories and supporting the Sourcing Manager. The Associate Sourcing Manager has responsibility for developing and executing short and long-term sourcing strategies for their categories with full understanding of all regulatory requirements. The Associate Sourcing Manager is also responsible for developing a compliant supplier matrix, while driving category profitability through value engineering solutions that support the creative direction and ensuring margin goals and all quality and safety standards are met.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Leads by example as a key change enabler to create an environment of continuous improvement that constantly “Raises the Bar.”
  • Engages colleagues across the organization & suppliers to optimize performance, ensure Quality Requirements, and drive innovation beyond a specific "buy" or purchase order. (
  • Actively engaged and highly familiar with advanced features and functionality of existing technology.
  • Suggests new uses for existing technology and some new ones.
  • Facilitates short and long-term sourcing strategies for managed categories, setting priorities, objectives, and action plans to improve supply base and mitigate risk with measurable accountability.
  • Travels domestically and internationally to evaluate the viability of worldwide market opportunities, build vendor relationships, and continuously expand product knowledge/expertise.
  • Assists in the monthly business review process; collecting, tracking, and measuring cost mitigation efforts by Division, Department, Product, etc.oProvides input on supplier performance and facilitates action plans with suppliers.
  • Supports global initiatives, projects, processes & resources to produce desired outcomes
  • Transforms data into information and understands root cause/corrective action.
  • Drives profitability within managed categories through proactive monitoring of mix and cause of change drivers and aggressive value engineering and negotiation efforts.
  • Uses understanding of product knowledge/markets by product category to support the creation of the supplier bidding strategy.
  • Mitigates cost increases with creative solutions based on supply chain leveraging, value engineering and market shifts.
  • Understands basic principles and seeks to increase knowledge of the potential benefits of negotiating and project management. Anticipates market behavior and develops and drives associated divisional supplier and COP strategies to mitigate risk, protect the brand, and achieve competitive advantage.
  • Develops and/or maintains a stable, socially compliant supply base that is 100% compliant in meeting all ILS and regulatory standards and other established supplier performance requirements.
  • Demonstrates in depth understanding of category supply base, product line, manufacturing techniques, volume and markets. Uses product knowledge to drive leveraging opportunities across the segment and/or other lines of businesses


    CORE SKILLS:

  • Develops appropriate metrics and drives executive reporting to assess business performance. Proactively seeks new opportunities, ideas, techniques, and materials to drive product innovation with both new and existing suppliers.
  • Uses knowledge of the company's products and services to manage the needs of diverse stakeholders
    (collaborating with both cross-functional teams and vendors).
  • Leverages synergy opportunities across functions and business. Examines issues from a broad perspective, considering impact beyond immediate scope.
  • Manages projects, processes and resources to produce desired outcomes (Analyzing problems effectively and taking action to resolve).
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