Materials Planning Specialist

Columbia Sportswear, Inc.

Multiple Locations

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.


This position will report to Materials planning manager in Asia and will be responsible for material planning and procurement related functions within the materials operations including but not limited to - material forecasting, material sample and production capacity scheduling, material planning, will coordinate efforts & communicate with FGVs, RMVs, cross functional team on all materials planning & OTP related issues, evaluating materials delivery performance, coordinate regular material planning meetings with FGVs and RMVs. Assisting materials planning manager and team in tracking delivery, performance comparison and planning suggestion.

This position will be located in Zhuhai, China.

Maintain a timely, accurate, stable flow of materials related data to respective internal and external counterparts, which including PDM RM data such as lead time, MOQ etc, also including RM tracking report, OTP report, rolling prebuild, excess materials report, and RM D/N coordination. etc. Work closely with FGVs/RMVs to foresee delays before they occur and address where possible solutions while keeping all stakeholders in the loop on scope and impact.
Coordinate with PDX to check and ensure raw material forecast system is running smoothly and issue forecast to raw material vendors monthly. Must be detail-oriented when facing respective materials related challenges, address issues with a sense of urgency, and arrive at resolutions in a timely manner to materials planning manager.
Provide suggestions on materials /color consolidation/localization/migration, based on production SKU volume and BSC performance management for improving RM planning agility. Carry out the details of this Job Description not only in word but spirit and action. Coordinate regular meetings with the FGVs material team and RMVs to strengthen the business relationship.

Be a self-starter, multitasking and excellent communicator.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work effectively under time pressure. Ability to manage changing priorities while adhering to deadlines.

Bachelors degree, 3-5 years experience in footwear industry, related experience in production/ material planning is preferred, Broad based supply chain understanding Planning, Procurement, Logistics, PLM.
Excellent communication skills in Chinese and English, written and verbal. Proficient with standard MS Office applications such as Outlook, Word, and Excel.
Must have the ability to adapt to changing business needs and shifting priorities. Know related footwear professional knowledge and end use.

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.