Sourcing Manager - Apparel
We have an important and exciting opportunity for an experienced Sourcing Professional to join a Fast Fashion brand based in Europe.
Reporting to the Group Sourcing Director, the Manager of Sourcing for Apparel will be expected to deliver sourcing support to all buying teams and manage the completion and delivery of individual sourcing tasks as agreed with the Group Sourcing Director for the Business. This will include managing a large supplier base, that supports the business as well as onboarding new potential vendors.
Key Characteristics of the position:
- This is a central and supporting role to the business working with and delivering the best supplier options to the buying teams, cross costing new potential vendors against existing and developing collaborative relationships.
- You will be expected to continuously monitor and review all new and current suppliers, review vendor production capacity and define where risk and opportunities exist and implement change in conjunction with the Group Sourcing Director.
- The ability to dialogue opportunities to Buyers and Technical teams whilst liaising with vendors is critical.
- The successful candidate must exhibit leadership, motivation and operational 'hands on' competencies.
- Fostering a collaborative working relationship with key vendors and making sure that standards of performance are achieved across any direct reports.
- Ensuring that buying teams also understand and adhere to the guidelines as well as having an awareness of the corporate social responsibility.
Candidate experience and skills sets include:
- Relevant industry knowledge and expertise in a similar capacity
- Strong business ethics
- Experience in negotiating and building relationships with Suppliers
- Ability to influence and communicate effectively
- Ambitious and motivated to achieve optimum results
- Educated to a Degree level
- Strategic mindset with the ability to be measured and calm under pressure
- Excellent leadership/Line management responsibilities.
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