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Global Sourcing Lead

Company: Columbia Sportswear
Location: Richmond
Posted on: January 8, 2022

Job Description:


When our founders established the Bay as our base back in 1993, Mountain Hardwear was destined for a life of play. They wanted to make equipment and apparel that climbers and mountaineers could depend on-but they wanted to have fun doing it, too. We bring the same stoke we have in the mountains to the drawing board. We express our brand through climbing, but more importantly, through the culture that we as climbers, riders, artists, innovators, movers, shakers -( insert your thing here) create.

Today, Mountain Hardwear is seeking a Global Sourcing Lead. You're already one of us. So why not just become one of us?

As the Global Sourcing Lead, you will lead the seasonal source strategy process and execution to meet the immediate capacity needs for all apparel, equipment, and accessories product by responsibly placing the right product at the right factory for effective utilization and maximized profitability. You will partner with Brand cross-functional teams and various market Regions to understand the Company's direction and in-season business needs and develop strategies to support. In addition, you will assist in the development of the long-range global source direction for the Mountain Hardwear Brand.
Manage the seasonal product calendar for sourcing and costing with consideration and alignment to cross-functional calendar dates and timelines.
Assist in building the long-range source strategy and oversee the seasonal source plan execution with adherence to deadlines and alignment to the strategy and factory capacity and capabilities.
Determine new source opportunities thru understanding of current and future global apparel trends, trade regulations, and company direction.
Develop strong and stable partnerships with our suppliers and directly influence performance improvement and drive best product execution
Lead the securing of vendor seasonal development and production capacity and ensure issues are monitored and resolved throughout the season.
Work with product team and vendors to drive profitability and provide engineering expertise for Mountain Hardwear Brand and Regions.
Ensure cost accuracy with vendors, liaison office, and conduct in depth cost analysis to meet or exceed season margin target.
Lead predictable and competitive cost initiatives and projects. Support product development and product team in cost estimate and proto costing process
Explore ways to create leverage for the Columbia Sportswear brands and ensure alignment of apparel and material sourcing strategies.
Lead and influence cross-functional projects that positively impact Sourcing, Costing, buy ready, production flow, capacity utilization and other manufacturing related areas.
Direct the creation and maintenance of tools that support reporting and analytical needs that drive key source decisions.
Perform other duties as assigned
Mentor, share knowledge, and train others both inside and outside the department.
Able to conduct complex business operations, manage interpersonal interactions, develop and cultivate personal and professional relationships within and outside the company. Ability to work well with individuals of different countries and cultures
Able to deal with work and time pressures to accomplish job requirements in an efficient and effective manner
Bachelor's degree in business, apparel/textiles, manufacturing, or related experience.
8+ years direct or relevant experience of garment manufacturing including, sourcing, costing, development, manufacturing
Strong working knowledge of materials and functional aspects of garments as well as global trade agreements and regulations
Strong analytical and organizational skills
An understanding of ambiguity and can work in a quickly evolving and dynamic environment
In-depth knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, Excel, Pivot Tables, BI, and Access preferred
Role may require 50+ hours per week, usually with 8-10 hour days. Attendance at evening/weekend meetings may be required
As COVID related travel restrictions lift, position requires travel internationally, approximately 25% of time

To learn more about our hiring process during COVID-19, click here .


Our purpose is to build essential gear for climbers, mountaineers, and outdoor athletes. Mountain Hardwear expedition tents have summited more of the world's highest peaks than any other brand. This level of technical precision inspires everything we do. Every stitch deliberate, every angle precise, every fabric tested, so that function and comfort are built with intent. Over and over. Mountain Hardwear, Inc., founded in 1993 and based in Richmond, CA, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company and distributes its products through specialty outdoor retailers in the United States and 34 countries worldwide.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Keywords: Columbia Sportswear, Richmond , Global Sourcing Lead, Other , Richmond, California

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