Oversees and drives the sourcing product calendar process through third-party agencies by managing third-party agencies to source products; overseeing the sample development process; driving the sourcing life-cycle (for example, completion of import buy plan, product sampling and costing, final merchant commitment); monitoring market trends to advise merchants regarding item development and supplier selection; consulting with merchants during line reviews to determine and communicate necessary product changes to external agents and suppliers; and negotiating and obtaining merchant commitments in terms of item specifications, costs, and delivery timelines.
Drives the continuous improvement and sustainability of direct import products by developing networks and partnerships with cross-functional teams to ensure pre- and post-production quality and in-club delivery and stay current on product updates and seasonal correction-of-errors; participating in the evaluation and selection of trade groups (for example, Fair Trade, Cotton Grown in Africa) to partner with sourcing activities for assigned categories; and resolving import issues (for example, logistics, packaging, supplier contracts and vetting).
Develops complex commodity sourcing strategies for assigned products by collaborating with cross-functional business partners (for example, merchants, planners) to understand growth in items, regions, and growing methods; serving as a subject matter and industry expert in understanding multiple commodities and items sourced both in- and out-of-season for country of assignment; overseeing assigned sourcing programs at item level, including seasonal and in-country regions and growing areas; influencing internal and external business partners (for example, merchants, growers) to bring product and packaging innovation to market; aligning sourcing strategy with the merchant's annual operating plan; providing perishability and quality insights to guide merchandise flow and replenishment decisions; incorporating company growth strategy into planning (for example, upstreaming, growth in direct import, protected agriculture); and coordinating complex commodities to ensure seamless transactions.
Develops strategic grower and vendor relationships with multiple-year contracts for business continuity by identifying, developing, and maintaining grower relationships that meet company financial, ethical, and sustainability standards; assessing and developing vendor production, distribution, and technological capabilities to ensure adequate produce supply; identifying and developing new growing regions globally; conducting quarterly performance reviews with all vendors; and managing and resolving vendor issues.
Creates complex vendor decision matrices by evaluating new and existing vendors based on performance metrics and long-term potential; incorporating company strategy into alignment decisions (for example, freshness, upstreaming, product availability, locally grown programs); negotiating with vendors to obtain the freshest product at the lowest sustainable cost; calculating and understanding the cost impact of the commodity's initial mark up to the business; measuring and tracking awarded cost against actual cost through the commitment tracker; ensuring cost keys are accurate; and informing planner and merchant of changes to crop conditions that will affect cost of goods.
15+ years of category sourcing experience (not Product development but ok with a combo). This role will be managing seasonal hardware (heaters, grills etc etc) and sporting goods (tents, folding chair etc etc )
Knowledgeable of cost breakdown, countries of sourcing and have a good understanding of global impacts to that business
Ability to work with, lead and develop cross functional associates and direct report (s)
Minimum Qualifications...Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in related field and 3 years’ experience in global sourcing, merchandise procurement, or relevant area OR 5 years’ experience in global sourcing, merchandise procurement, or relevant area.
Preferred Qualifications...Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.
Living, studying, or working outside of the United States, Sales, Supply Chain