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Sourcing Manager, Pottery Barn Kids

Date: Oct 5, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PK-11490
Area of Interest: Quality Assurance - Sourcing
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn Kids
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

About the Role

The Sourcing team drives brand level strategies with the goal of addressing business needs while delivering great value product. We collaborate with and represent the brand to our WSGO partners, while influencing, servicing and driving change within the brands to optimize benefits throughout the supply chain.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will...

* Serve as primary contact to WSGO and Agents/Supplier in assigned categories
* Collaborate with WSGO to develop and implement a sourcing strategy in the assigned categories for each source region considering such factors as:

* 1. Country competencies
* 2. Supplier capabilities, capacities and growth plans
* 3. Country and vendor risk

* Work with the design team during the development process to identify source markets and suppliers for requested materials, finishes and products in the assigned product categories. Direct the sampling process by identifying markets to cost and sample
* Identify potential product in the assigned categories that present opportunities in new markets

* Share major updates or changes from Brand assortment decision that would affect the markets & allocation strategy
* Perform a consultant role for merchants and design with regard to the following:

* 1. Identifying opportunities for improving design execution, quality and cost
* 2. Executing enhancements on existing products
* 3. Problem solving
* Manage Calendar & timelines w/ cross-functional teams and WSGO/Agents through PLM dashboards
* Close working partnership with buyers, design and inventory.
* Troubleshoot seasonal product issues related to development, production and/or delivery in assigned categories
* Assist in the managing and review of Associate Sourcing Managers to include training in the following areas: WSI sourcing operating procedures, production and sourcing policies, technical, negotiation and communication skills.

Management of "US managed vendors"/business

* Manage sourcing processes and procedures in the assigned categories to successfully execute and deliver WSI products on time, which meet the design, quality and value mission. This should include the following:

* 1. Comparative Studies - Products, costs and risk
* 2. Cost Negotiations based on parameters from merchandising
* 3. Production placement and commitments - (based on information from planning and merchandising)
* 4. Production exception tracking and reporting
* Monitors vendor performance & provides feedback to suppliers on their performance

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

We're excited about you because...

* 4+ years college education (BA/BS).
* Minimum 3-5 years' experience in off shore sourcing, buying/merchandising in a retail or manufacturing organization.
* Expereince working with high sku counts
* 1-2 years of experience sourcing multiple categories, home goods preferred
* Strong knowledge of sourcing markets.
* Demonstrates high level of organization and can quickly reprioritize based on the needs of the business
* Travel required 1 to 2 times per year.

Why you will love working at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial vibe
* A technologically and data-driven business
* Competitive salaries and comprehensive health benefits
* We're at the forefront of tech and retail, redefining technology for the next generation
* We're passionate about our internal and external clients and live/breathe the client experience
* We get to be creative on a daily basis
* A smart, experienced leadership team that wants to do it right and is open to new ideas
* We believe in autonomy and reward taking initiative
* We have fun!

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

This role is not eligible for Visa sponsorship

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Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.


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