Eddie Bauer

  • Sourcing Manager

    Location US-WA-Bellevue
    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Drive the strategic global sourcing plan to ensure it meets design vision, merchant requirements and Company financial goals.





    Core Accountabilities:

    • Partner with Materials team to ensure fabrics are developed to meet design intent, merchant requirements and financial goals.
    • Consistent evaluation of vendors base and region to support evolving business needs.
    • Partner with cross-functional teams: PLM, Design and Product Development to cost engineer product that meet or exceed financial targets.
    • Communicate costing, order booking timing and quality concerns throughout the product development process to cross-functional teams and drive resolutions to meet financial targets.
    • Report style costing for key meeting milestones: LR2, LR3, Assortment Review and Buy Meetings and additionally as requested by Sourcing management.  Build action plan to resolve cost concern styles.  Elevate cost issues to Sourcing Management in a timely manner.
    • Partner with Quality Assurance on pre-production garment testing.
    • Partner with Production team to drive timely resolution of production issues in order to deliver on-time.
    • Partner with cross-functional Sourcing and Production Planning teams to balance Vendor base allocation.
    • Negotiate final style cost and deliveries to meet company financial goals and sales timing requirements.
    • Negotiate fabric and garment minimums to meet business requirements.
    • Report seasonal Wrap-up information to leaders in Sourcing, PLM, Channel Merchant and Planning: Final IMU by business and outstanding issues with timeline for resolution.
    • Manage Salesman Sample process with Channel Merchants and Production team
    • Resolution of daily issues.
    • Process pre-production changes to Vendors, communicating liability impact, potential delivery delays and quality concerns to cross-functional stake holders. Build T.A.C to execute product change.
    • Consult with Quality Assurance on production testing issues/failures and collaborate on resolutions.
    • Resolve vendor disputes in a timely manner; Claims, RTV and Liabilities.
    • Manage Liabilities report and dispositions.
    • Monitor sub calendars.


    Leadership Expectations:

    • Operate with the highest level of conduct, integrity, and confidentiality; setting the example for leaders and associates.
    • Develop and nurture strong cross functional partnerships; driving business results and inspiring a culture of transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
    • Serve as an Eddie Bauer advocate in the industry and marketplace.
    • Recruit, identify, develop, and retain talent that delivers performance excellence.
    • As a manager, serve as a leader of company culture, norms, and conduct.
    • Ability to balance a strong management presence with a high level of approachability, encouraging and eliciting associate feedback and interaction.




    Education/Experience Required:

    • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
    • 5-7 years experience in Sourcing, preferably in Apparel with Americas and Asia experience.
    • Proven ability to work within Retail (product development, production, merchandising, planning, etc.)
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Exceptionally strong problem solving and negotiating skills
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Flexible to travel approximately 20%
      • 2-3 planned trips per year to visit key suppliers
      • Additional travel to resolve production problems as needed.


    Physical Requirements:

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that are required by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

    • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; as well as reach with hands and arms.
    • The associate must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
    • Ability to work in open environment with fluctuating temperatures and standard lighting.
    • Ability to work on computer and mobile phone for multiple hours; with frequent interruptions.
    • Required to travel in elevator or stairwells to attend meetings and engage with associates on multiple floors throughout building.
    • Hotel, Airplane, and Car Travel Required.


    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:

    This is a full-time position.  As an International Retailer, occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required during periods of high volume.  This role operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.


    Other Considerations:

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the associate for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified individuals with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the role.



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