Costing Specialist (Apparel)

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.

0 year(s)

Job Description
Train functional teams acquire skills in root cause analysis and problem-solving techniques, cost benchmarking and standardization of costing processes. Study, improve and standardize LO costing processes through collaboration with LO functional managers. Will be the LO point person for initiating sustainable process improvements which results in improved manufacturing efficiencies resulting in more competitive costs.

At Columbia, were as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available worldwide, were proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest, where natural wonders are our playground.
Every product we make and every task we undertake is inspired by the famous words of our founder Gert Boyle: Its perfect. Now make it better. As pioneers of relentless improvement, we are constantly evolving.
We believe the outdoors is ours to protect and strive to keep our planet healthy. We believe in empowering people to experience the outdoors to the fullest.
And we believe in you.

Work continuously to accelerate Costing excellence in manufacturing operations both within Columbia Sportswear Company and with our business partners.

Standardize costing methodology in LO and deliver an efficient LO costing process (aligned with global processes) through developing and identifying defined processes and tools. Drive compliance & improvement of global costing policies & procedures within the LO and suppliers in the region
Create seasonal benchmarks on standard costs & publish for the use of the product creation teams and LO merchandisers. Reduce the number of components to be negotiated with factories. Come up with tools and automation which leads costing process moving from negotiation to validation with suppliers. Create tools which reduces the overall workload of costing at LO through BA and other tools
Understand and communicate economic trends and expected FOB cost impacts within region of responsibility, prior to beginning of development season. Understand factory wise cost structure to support price negotiations and sourcing strategy and Support product creation teams and LO merchandisers in achieving brand margin targets
Work with global costing team on costing related projects, providing necessary regional feedback to formulate sourcing strategies, global costing policies & costing tools
Assist and Support validation of factory information on labor costs, SAMs and usages. Maintain a database of productivity of previous seasons of carry over styles and help LO teams in better negotiation of costs through fact-based approach.
Process improvement at factories (key suppliers) in alignment with Columbia processes. Work with factories on long term key carry over programs to efficiently and effectively manufacture product at lowest possible cost with improved quality. Establish metrics for measuring the factory performance which has a direct bearing on Columbia deliverables of cost, quality, delivery and compliance.
Involve actively while commercializing new innovations at the factory by evaluating the process complexity, manufacturing feasibility, machinery limitations and estimation of labor content and quality. Support product and quality engineering teams to enable robust development of product which reduces quality failure and helps in efficient manufacturing of bulk.
Work with other regional and global costing teams on continuous improvement projects to build operational excellence across supply chain.
Negotiate best possible costs for carry over and other high-volume styles by supporting the commercialization teams or through direct negotiation with key vendors.

A data analyst
Negotiator & Influencer
Positive and Energetic
Potential to grow to next level
Self-starter or self-motivation
Hunger for achievement (Competitive)

Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering, textile manufacturing or a related field.
5 7 Years of working experience
Extensive experience on apparel manufacturing, prefer Outwear & technical products
Experience and In-depth knowledge about product cost construction
Fluent & effective English communication (Speaking & Writing)
Knowhow/experience on Industrial Engineering/LEAN
GSD certificate
Knowhow on market trends

Columbia Sportswear Company and our portfolio of brands, including Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear and prAna, know a thing or two about adventures. After all, we've been on one since 1938, working to perfect the art of enjoying the outdoors. Behind everything we make is an employee who's found that the greatest adventure starts with joining a company that strives to do the right thing.

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.