Footwear Material Sourcing Analyst

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.


0 year(s)

Job Description

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.

Columbia Global Manufacturing brings product ideas to reality in order to connect active people with their passions. We cover everything from raw materials development, product development, fit engineering, quality, sourcing and then the Liaison Offices that manage the product manufacturing.

The Materials Sourcing Analyst is directly responsible for the development and execution of a global raw materials sourcing strategy for a segment of the Columbia Sportswear Footwear product line. You will collaborate with cross-functional and liaison office partners to understand the Companys direction and product line needs. You will grow the alignment with the finished goods strategy as well as optimize vendor resources and capabilities to provide quality, sustainable profitability and delivery.

Actively participate in the building and maintaining of a Raw Materials Source Strategy that sets the direction for development teams at headquarters and the liaison office to execute seasonal and strategic commercialization.

Develop and maintain a strong understanding of our suppliers capabilities and business plans. Utilize factory performance metrics of development, quality, delivery, cost, and compliance to guide the source selection process. Establish and manage vendor performance metrics and review to drive improved execution from the source-base

Be an advocate for continuous process improvement for material sourcing. Participate on projects or issues that develop and impact material sourcing, costing, production flow, development and other related manufacturing area

In collaboration with Liaison Offices, develop new vendors to provide the capacity and/or product needed to support future brand needs

Drive calendar alignment and awareness to ensure that key sourcing and cross functional deadlines are met

In close collaboration with Materials Costing Team track key material cost drivers and timely communicate relevant information, with product cost implications, to appropriate stakeholders across the business

A natural problem solver, anticipating and resolving complex issues through data analysis, quick thinking and discretion

Skilled at developing and cultivating personal and professional relationships within and outside the company

Possess strong written and verbal communication skills to deal with various levels of management and partners within the organization, raw material vendors and global personnel

A strong influencer and have story building/telling skills

A motivator and can negotiate to achieve results

Organized and analytical

A Bachelor's degree in textiles and/or 3-5 years of experience in materials development, materials laboratory, sourcing or related field

Working knowledge of textiles, familiarity with textile construction methods and manufacturing, materials testing and appropriate interpretation of lab results as they pertain to products.

Previous work experience with in-house testing lab to conduct technical research in relation to material performance preferred

Possess working knowledge of materials and functional aspects of garments and footwear preferred

Working knowledge of raw materials and garment manufacturing including, sourcing, costing and functional components preferred

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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.

At Columbia Sportswear Company (CSC), we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. CSC believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.