Sourcing Manager

Ladieswear Multi Product

Manchester – North West

Salary c£35k dependant on experience

This role works closely with the Head of Sourcing and Product teams to manage the lifecycle of 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: 
Supporting The Head of Sourcing 

  • 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  
  • A passion for the brand.  
  • 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