Associate Sourcing Manager
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The Associate Sourcing Manager will support the Senior Sourcing Manager in managing merchandise FOB and LDP cost prices and Vendor trading terms for the Backcountry & Basin + Range lines. He/she will be will be responsible for overseeing the relationships for a set of vendor partners, setting long term strategic direction as well as managing short term tactical execution to drive profitability. He/she will support the company merchandising strategy by collaborating with vendors to deliver quality products to market at the level of value the customer expects as specified by the Owned Brands team. He/she will be responsible for being the key lead in maintaining relationships between Backcountry and the sourcing community. He/she will keep apprised of changes in the Sourcing landscape and will work with the Senior Sourcing Manager to build out networks of potential new Vendors as needed. About the Job: Business Planning Work with the Senior Sourcing Manager to build a sourcing plan that meets the company annual cost targets and ensures 100% availability of product to sell. This plan should include an overview of opportunities by vendor that reflect customer needs as specified by the Owned Brands GM and supports the overall Merchandising Strategy. FOB Cost Price Reduction Maintain a cost component breakdown for each product along with a regular monitoring of raw material costs. Deliver value to our customers by proactively managing the FOB cost price in light of raw material fluctuations or opportunities generated by alternative vendors. Recommend potential vendors for new products to Owned Brands team. Obtain competitive quotes before assigning new business. Competitively bid existing products or programs as required. Agent/Vendor Management Evaluate Agents and Vendors on an annual basis to ensure that they are meeting company growth and compliance goals. Renegotiate any necessary changes to the Vendor trading terms. Negotiate and monitor vendor volume discounts. Communicate the 3-year strategic growth plan and support Agents & Vendors to drive continuous improvements in efficiency. Actively manage key vendors to support strategic growth initiatives and leverage volume discounts. Sourcing Market Expertise Maintain a high level of market knowledge and ensure that Backcountry is aware of any market trends that can be leveraged to reduce costs and deliver quality products to market in line with customer expectations. Maintain component cost database to ensure accuracy in modeling product costs. Identify potential new Vendors and assess production facilities for potential future use. End to End Value Chain Partner with Design, Development, Merchandising, Supply Chain, and Creative teams to consider total cost of products through the value chain. Implement strategies to minimize overall cost of ownership and reduce product damages. About You: • 3-7 years of prior applicable experience required • Ability to travel 20%-30% international and domestic required • Bachelor’s degree required • Mandarin or Vietnamese language speaker a plus • Expertise in conducting complex negotiations a must • Microsoft Office proficient • Must have clear and effective verbal and written communication skills • Light to moderate lifting in sample room and ability to assemble samples as needed • Travel requires ability to handle luggage without assistance and be on your feet for full days walking factories and trade shows • Ability to adapt quickly to time zones, different cultures, food, etc. • Flexibility to work 7 days a week or extended hours while traveling About Backcountry Our mission is to connect people to their passions. Our five online stores—Backcountry, Competitive Cyclist, MotoSport, Bergfreunde, and SteepandCheap—aim to supply our customers with the gear, knowledge, and inspiration necessary to get out there and chase down life’s greatest moments. We do this by providing the biggest and best assortment of premium outdoor products, a superior shopping experience, personalized Gearhead expertise, lightning-fast and accurate fulfillment, and inspirational, informative, and community-centered content. We take this concept seriously, both personally and professionally, which for employees translates to careers with growth potential and the ability to take ownership and make an impact daily. Perks such as an excellent gear discount, an annual summer Adventure Contest, summer barbecues, and a pet-friendly office make for a fun work environment. Backcountry employees will have the benefit of working with colleagues who are passionate about their careers as well as the outdoors. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and disability & life insurance, paid maternity and paternity leave, 401(k) matching, and Flexible Spending or Health Savings Accounts.