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VP-Merchandise Sourcing & Product Development - Hardlines

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 781968BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Jun. 03, 2021

Job Summary:

Job Description


Sourcing and Product Compliance
  • Lead a team that fosters a culture of protecting the Disney brand through responsibly-sourced quality merchandise
  • Drive strategies in partnership with TWDC Global Product & Labor Standards to ensure compliance policies are met across all products and suppliers
  • Drive merchandise quality, sustainability and risk management initiatives with best-in-class suppliers that evolve with both the needs of the business and industry standards
  • Negotiate complex contract terms with suppliers with an eye on cost, efficiency, quality and service
  • Deliver on margin goals by driving cost and product development initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional leaders
Productivity and Process
  • Optimize global merchandise productivity and profitability by proactively mitigating cost drivers
  • Lead supplier rationalization and increase leveraging of strategic suppliers across all direct-to-consumer businesses (Disney Stores,, Parks & Resorts and flexible business models/wholesale)
  • Drive sourcing strategies that evolve with shifts in trade policies and allow for flexibility through an on-going, active knowledge of a dynamic geo-political landscape
  • Lead with a focus on flexible product development models that drive increased creativity and innovation from manufacturers
  • Develop processes and operations that enable efficiency, scale and productivity
  • Drive innovation of tools, in collaboration with Sourcing Operations & Compliance, and spearhead their implementation to enable the team to manage and mitigate risk, uncertainty and threats while ensuring supply chain continuity, cost control and quality assurance
  • Lead 24+ team members responsible for all aspects of supplier strategy, rationalization, placement, cost negotiation, product safety/quality and on-time deliveries for over 5K home, toy, stationery and consumables products per year
  • Drive and advocate for employee development, engagement and diversity to advance a culture of inclusion, collaboration and organizational vibrancy
  • Mentor and inspire team with areas of focus that span multiple product categories and brands
Strategy and Vision
  • Drive sourcing strategies and solutions that support global distribution while balancing need for localization and speed-to-market
  • Implement sourcing strategies that maximize value capture and minimize risk with a goal of year-over-year improvement across categories
  • Keep pulse on industry trends to drive and evolve sourcing strategies
  • Develop and drive clear and consistent strategies that align with the overall Consumer Products, Games & Publishing (CPGP) and Global Product Creation (GPC) vision
  • Build and lead a highly-skilled and effective team including proactively recruiting and retaining a diverse team of key talent
  • Drive large scale initiatives that reshape business processes
  • Proactively seek new opportunities, ideas, techniques and materials to drive product innovation with both new and existing suppliers
Collaboration and Communication
  • Foster positive communication within and across disciplines
  • Leverage knowledge of the Company’s products and services to manage the needs of diverse stakeholders and ensure effective collaboration with cross-functional partners and vendors

Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of significant, proven experience leading product sourcing teams on a global scale
  • Skilled in gaining credibility and trust with diverse stakeholders to include business leaders and senior executives across TWDC
  • Deep knowledge of international labor and regulatory standards and other established supplier performance schemes
  • Tenacious and proactive approach to problem solving, efficiency and effectiveness tactics and inspires team members to bring a similar lens
  • An extraordinary ability to drive results, get things done effectively and with a positive can-do attitude
  • Bring curiosity, a drive for continuous improvement and a focus on efficiency and scale
  • Exhibits personal responsibility and commitment, follow-through and accountability
  • Ability to proactively identify issues and find solutions for potential problems
  • Successful experience working, and thriving, in a highly matrixed company structure
  • Robust leadership and talent development abilities and a collaborative and effective management style
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to influence mutually agreeable outcomes
  • Ability to balance the macro “big picture” strategy and solutions with a detail oriented approach
  • Possess a bias towards action and capability for continually evolving sourcing strategies and processes
  • Ability to lead the team through times of change across industry, regulatory environment and business and product strategies

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher preferably in Merchandising/Product Development/Design, Business or Supply Chain Management

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Disney Merchandise Sourcing & Distribution, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Merchandise Sourcing & Distribution, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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