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Director of Sourcing, Wolverine Group

Director of Sourcing, Wolverine Group

Brand/Group 
Global Operations Group
Job Locations 
US-MI-Rockford
Job Function 
Sourcing - GOG
Min. Exp.(Yrs) 
5
Type 
Full Time

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Overview

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Wolverine Worldwide is a global marketer of branded footwear, apparel, and accessories. With an established global footprint that spans approximately 200 countries and territories, as well as a rock-solid infrastructure, Wolverine Worldwide is dedicated to advancing the following brands that comprise the ever-expanding portfolio: Bates, Chaco, Cat Footwear, Harley Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Wolverine. Wolverine Worldwide’s continued success is driven by our ability to stay true to our simple mission: we empower, engage and inspire our consumers – every step of the way.

GENERAL FUNCTION

This position will act as the liaison between the global operations group, Brand Group Sourcing VP’s and the brands sourcing in the region.  The will be responsible for overseeing all sourcing activities in these areas. 

Responsibilities

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Act as a liaison between the Global Operations Group and each Brand Group – provides a primary point-of-contact to all functional experts within the Global Operations Group
  • Responsible for regions factory selection to optimize production resources in support of the integrated line plan.  Investigate new, innovative sources on production – find the next great factory.
  • Participate with the Brand Groups in Sales Conferences, Product Line Reviews, and Line Close Meetings as necessary.
  • Ensure timely, effective communications on production status in development, quality, delivery and cost.
  • Manage action items to drive process improvement, systems enhancements, and organizational alignment between the Global Operations Group and the Brand Groups.
  • If required, engage with factories to negotiate lower FOB prices, if the brand group experiences a shift in the market, or an adverse price.  (Note: This is only done as a stop-gap measure, typically less than 10% of product, and is completed in concert with the Procurement and Costing Team.)
  • Participate in the evolution of our Strategic Sourcing Plans by aligning the needs of the Brand Groups (source country, construction, price point, innovation) with WH source opportunities.
  • Drive improved performance across Price, Quality, Delivery, and Corporate Social Responsibility for WWW.
  • Performs duties consistent with the company’s AAP/EEO goals and policies.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager.

Qualifications

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) or equivalent experience
  • 5+ Experience in overseeing sourcing.  (footwear industry preferred)
  • Excellent track record in building and maintaining vendor relationships
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Solid experience conducting business in the region; familiarity with international cultures and business practices.

Committed to a diverse workforce, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled).