Manager - Sourcing ( Footwear)


Role & Responsibilities:

  • Executes seasonal and short-term sourcing plans, utilizing knowledge of Footwear sourcing to meet line financial, customer service, quality, aesthetic, safety and terms-of-engagement requirements. 
  • Must communicate capacity and price requirements to meet line margin and delivery requirements.
  • Must be able to provide alternatives to merchandising/design teammates to meet commercial requirements at the most competitive cost.  Identify and enable opportunities to leverage library of components, fits, and sources.
  • Would be involved in product execution from sketch to delivery, including construction alternatives, product development & sample management.
  • Develops, manages and coaches a high-performing vendor team, ensuring current and future business needs are met. 
  • “Go To Market” Accountability:  Responsible for accurately tracking adoption rates, delivery of proto/shoot/catalogue/PP samples to meet required targets.  Is accountable for driving team to meet GTM deadlines.  Uses communication and negotiation skills to influence Design and buying/Merchandising partners to achieve GTM milestones.
  • Analyse and calculate costs of procurement and suggest methods to decrease expenditure.
  • Responsible for resolving vendor escalations & issues by coordinating with warehouse teams, finance teams and other stakeholders. This should lead to improved vendor NPS.
  • Complete ownership of local set of vendors that he/she will deal with directly.

Qualification & Experience:

  • 5-8 years of proven work experience in Sourcing – Product Development.
  • Familiarity with sourcing and vendor management and relevant category.
  • Understanding of market dynamics and sound business judgement.
  • Ability to negotiate and sustain networking relationships.
  • Comfortable with figures and in collecting, analysing and interpreting data.
  • Degree or formal training in footwear is good to have.
  • Production experience will be an advantage.
  • Any past experience in Women’s footwear category production will be helpful.