Senior Sourcing and Production Manager


Irvine California

5 year(s)

Job Description
The La Jolla Group is a worldwide leader in the action sports apparel business segment with a fast paced, high energy environment that is continually on the move. With prominent brands such as O’Neill, Spiritual Gangster, and Hang Ten, La Jolla Group has proved to be a builder of great brands, a creator of innovative products, and a master of operational excellence.

Join our team and enjoy a casual work environment, onsite gym, discount on clothes, summer hours and employer provided lunches and fruit! We believe our employees are our strongest asset and invest in their growth by focusing on developing their strengths.

General Summary:

Develop and oversee production lifecycle from time of development handover to receipt of product in DC. Ensure on time delivery of quality product while exceeding margin goals and maintaining product integrity. Possess the ability to see the bigger picture and influence/evolve overall department processes and efficiencies. Provide support and guidance to team members and monitor and assist staff with work progress

Essential Job Functions:
• Effectively plan and manage multiple seasons and projects from design handover through development, costing, and commercialization.
• Take lead on new sourcing initiatives and strategically allocate available resources to attain objectives
• Participate in sourcing decisions based on volume, technique, fabrication and cost
• Maintain thorough understanding and ensure vendor compliance of all customer VAS, testing, and other related requirements.
• Track and review all incoming development and provide timely comments to ensure product accuracy and integrity. Confirm updates are made in PLM to reflect any changes/comments made.
• Negotiate with vendors to lower costs in order to meet wholesale and gross margin targets. Suggest alternatives when relevant.
• Handle all daily communication with overseas vendors for assigned categories. Some factory travel overseas may be required.
• Work closely with technical team to maintain brand fit standards and attend all fittings.
• Partner with design team in proto review/meeting sample meetings to ensure accurate and detailed presentation to sales team and management.
• Establish relationships with both internal and external counterparts to facilitate smooth operations and efficient meetings/handovers.
• Create and issue all Production PO’s in Full Circle & ensure production PO’s are received, closed, or updated as required
• Manage vendor payment process including, but not limited, to invoice submission review, timely receipt of proforma invoices, debit memo issuance, and any invoice discrepancies. Ensure timely processing from all team members.
• Work closely with vendors to prioritize needs and obtain weekly WIP/Time and Action reports to ensure timely delivery of all submits and production orders.
• Oversee, manage, and mentor staff. Proper delegation of work duties and employee development to maximize employee strengths and mitigate weaknesses.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Knowledge of the product life cycle including development and production timelines.
• Proficient in specification review and product costing.
• Excellent understanding of technical and construction detail sketches & related art.
• Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems.
• Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
• Strong organizational skills with attention to accuracy and detail.
• Ability to prioritize tasks appropriately to ensure deadlines are met.
• Ability to work independently and as a team player.
• Ability to wear many hats and juggle multiple projects at one time.
• Must be able to work effectively across multiple functions with business colleagues domestically and internationally

Required Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree – Design or Merchandising or equivalent experience/training.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in Product Development and Production
• Intermediate computer skills with emphasis on MS Office software, Adobe Acrobat. Knowledge in Illustrator is a plus.
• Full Circle knowledge a plus
• PLM software experience also a plus

Physical Requirements
Seeing: Must be able to see well enough to read reports.
Hearing: Must be able to hear well enough to communicate with customers, vendors and employees.
Standing/Walking: Must be able to move about company building.
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling: Must be able to stoop or kneel to pick up products.
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: Must be able to lift up to 10 pounds.
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: Must be able to type and use technical sources.

LJG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran or military status, marital status, pregnancy (including unlawful discrimination on the basis of a legally protected pregnancy or maternity leave), genetic information and any other characteristics protected by law.