Sourcing Manager - North West

Ref: 79 Date Posted: Monday 17 Jan 2022
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Sourcing Manager


This role works closely with the Head of Sourcing and Product teams to manage the lifecycle of the supplier/factories, from onboarding to ongoing management of supplier relationships and the delivery of a fit for future and strategic supply base.

This is what you’ll do:

    • Support the Head of Sourcing in developing & maintaining a fit for future supply base which delivers the right product at the right time with enhanced profitability.
    • Research, develop and attract new suppliers, product categories, manufacturing territories in line with the brands development.
    • Ensure new and existing suppliers work to and meet brand ethical and sustainability objectives
    • Work collaboratively with the product teams to commercially validate new suppliers and ensure costing and pricing exercises are completed comprehensively.
    • Ensure communication with any potential new suppliers is consistent and suppliers have adequate feedback to progress.
    • Guide and mentor new suppliers through initial order process until established.
    • Collaborate with suppliers to manage capacity for sampling and production for on time delivery and margin advantage.
    • Support the Head of Sourcing with regular analysis and evaluation of the existing supply base with the development, introduction and implementation of supplier performance management and strategic plan.
    • Work with existing suppliers to ensure potential is maximised and collaborate with the product teams to ensure those opportunities are developed.
    • Support the Product Teams in investigating and resolving any issues as they arise
    • Collaboration with Finance on currency and terms management
    • Collaboration with Supply Chain and Logistics and the warehouse.
    • Attends supplier meetings and trade shows both in the UK and overseas.

We’re looking for someone with…

    • A background in Fashion Retail, in a Sourcing/Supply, Technical or Buying role    
    • Strong relationship building skills.
    • Knowledge of international suppliers, supplier set up, management and onboarding processes.
    • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of Excel 
    • The ability to work cross-functionally with other areas of Retail, including Buying, Merchandising and Design 
    • Well organised and the ability to work within a fast-paced environment
    • Solid communication skills to provide clear direction both visually and verbally to individuals at all levels of the company
    • Demonstrates the ability to drive success through strategic, creative, and  commercial thinking
    • Has good negotiation and influencing skills, can successfully gain buy in from the team and leaders to potentialize opportunities
    • Shows strong awareness of current sourcing trends, market conditions and opportunities within a Global context
    • Flexibility to travel, as required