In 1981, GUESS sold its very first pair of jeans to Bloomingdale's department store. Since then, GUESS has grown, becoming one of today'
s most recognized and influential apparel brands in the world.
The continued dedication and commitment of our employees is the driving force of GUESS. Our talented professionals focus on leading the company with their vision of success.
Join the team at GUESS Europe and bring your vision to life.
GUESS Europe is seeking eager, passionate individuals to uphold our commitment to the spirit of the GUESS family of brands including GUESS, Marciano, GUESS Factory.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB :
Reporting directly to the Sourcing & Purchasing Director, the Sourcing Manager will ensure the best buying conditions for the assigned product division, by negotiating with suppliers.
The Purchasing Manager is responsible for sourcing and managing new vendors and suppliers.
He / she will be also able to perform strategic procurement activities across multiple categories of spend, search for better deals and find more profitable suppliers.
The Purchasing Manager creates value by following the strategic sourcing work process for their assigned portfolio. He / she is also responsible for the implementation of commercial agreements and related work processes in accordance with the strategies within the geography and / or commercial area.
He / She is responsible for sourcing and buying the best quality equipment, goods and services at the most competitive prices to enable a company or organization to operate.
The Sourcing Manager is responsible for managing the assigned purchasing team, establishing buyer goals based on corporate inventory needs and sales projections for the coming season.
His / her main responsibilities are :
Build and maintenance a strong supplier base
Final costing & production leadtime negotiation
Achieve sustainable targets
Social Compliance Standards
Vendor scouting & selection
Coordinate and support the purchasing activities and team
CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES :
Responsible to maximize company’s margin, by keeping standards in delivery and quality
Generate and implement efficient sourcing and category management strategies
Analyze and calculate costs of procurement and suggest methods to decrease expenditure
Invent negotiation strategies and secure profitable deals
Optimize sourcing procedures to attain maximum efficiency
Must operate within the strategic framework of the Global Supply Chain in terms of direction, global collaboration and teamwork.
Participate on global teams to provide procedural consistency and exchange best practices
Contributes to drive the disciplines of the Master Calendar
Perform cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking
Perform annual analyses to evaluate overall cost savings after implementation of new strategies.
Build external partnerships, including vendor development and evaluation with objective rating systems.
Must maintain effective and consistent communication protocol and procedures for all business practices.
Ensure that all practices are consistent with industry guidelines and regulations.
Provides the support on problem solving for any issues, when necessary.
Estimate risks and apply risk minimizing techniques
Teamwork with Product development for product allocation, counter sourcing and product’s cost efficiency
Provides support to our Design, R&D, Graphic and Buying departments, making sure everyone is informed about key issues or challenges.
Works closely with the Quality team, to discuss any issue or challenge.
Operates in the most cost efficient manner, without sacrificing any service to the needs of our business.
Working with system data on actual purchases, identify value opportunities, develop tactical and strategic plans to capture value, align with partner strategies, negotiate and implement supply agreements.
Management of pattern book costs and the production costs (knit, woven, Denim)
Manage MOQ & Lead Time of production
Data Entry on AS400 (for pattern book and production)
Manage the suppliers on AS400
MANAGING VENDORS & SUPPLYERS
Identify suppliers capable of meeting Guess's requirements, developing pricing that is consistent with Guess's requirement, and maintain communication with internal client.
Discover and partner with trustworthy vendors and suppliers
Ensure the best buying conditions for the assigned product division, by negotiating with suppliers
Manage the company’s supply portfolio ensuring transparency of spending
Research and anticipate shifts in the negotiating power of suppliers
Re-negotiating vendor contracts to favor the company.
Provide management support for facilities.
Liaise between suppliers, manufacturers, relevant internal departments and customers
Build and maintain good relationships with new and existing suppliers
Negotiate and agree contracts, monitoring the quality of service provided
Process payments and invoices
Evaluate bids and make recommendations, based on commercial and technical factors
Cooperate with stakeholders to guarantee agreement on terms and processes
Determine quantity and timing of deliveries
Bachelor’s Degree in Textile Engineering, Supply Chain Management or related field
At least 5 / 8 years’ experience in a similar role and field (FASHION SOURCING)
Strong knowledge of supply chain management required
Has detailed knowledge about different product categories manufacturing processes
Understands several product categories, including construction, cost, standards and execution
Strong negotiation skills and deep vendor management knowledge
Solid judgement along with decision making skills
Must have the highest ethical and moral standards, upholding the values of Guess?,
Excellent analytical and communications skills
Must possess strong leadership skills and be well organized, self-motivated, focused on meeting deadlines and able to multitask within a fast-paced environment
Sense of ownership and pride in the performance and its impact on company’s success
Capability to work under strict, short deadlines
Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally across various business units
Ability to effortlessly engage with senior Guess management, business unit leaders and our vendor community
General knowledge of Guess product offer across different lines and categories will be considered a plus
Excellent oral and written communication skills with both internal and external customers
Must be very fluent and articulate in English language. Any Other language will be considered a plus.
Proficient with MS-Office programs, primarily Excel and prior ERP system experience
Data Entry on AS400 (for pattern book and production)