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Associate Sourcing Manager - Accessories

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 875641BR Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Nov. 11, 2021

Job Summary:

The Associate Sourcing Manager, Global Sourcing develops and manages partnerships with best-in-class suppliers and internal stakeholders as they pertain to the sourcing and production of best-in-category Disney-branded merchandise. In partnership with Sourcing Manager, Global Sourcing, s/he is responsible for executing Sourcing strategies across categories and/or departments. The Associate Sourcing Manager, Global Sourcing will develop, collaborate and produce results with regard to product quality, time/cost efficiency and revenue growth.

This person possesses the knowledge of successful global sourcing and product development strategies to drive margins and improve efficiencies across all markets and distribution channels (owned & operated retail and wholesale). The Global Merchandise Sourcing team has nearly 100 team members in 6 different countries managing 450+ suppliers providing vertically developed merchandise for Disney stores, shopDisney.com, Parks & Resorts and wholesale partners worldwide.

This position reports to Sourcing Manager, Global Sourcing, and provides support and assistance with operational and organization functions to develop and source merchandise under the strategic guidance of the Sourcing Manager within a given department and/or sub-category of product.

Responsibilities:

Sourcing and Product Compliance
  • Assist/Manage the merchandise sourcing & production of select product categories for Theme Parks & Resorts retail locations, Disney Stores, and alternative business model opportunities.
  • Partner on vendor strategy, product costing/placement, manage vendor communication and production management related to designated product categories
  • Responsible for ensuring products meet established standards for safety and quality.

Productivity and Process
  • Track progress of production cycle against key milestone dates through daily maintenance of the Development Tracking Report (DTR)
  • Contact vendors to follow-up and verify the accuracy of provided data, resolve routine issues and ensure vendor alignment with Disney processes and procedures
  • Follow up with vendor communication regarding any outstanding samples (Approval, PP/TOP, etc.)
  • Liaise with vendors and ticket/label suppliers to ensure Disney guidelines are followed to avoid late deliveries and charge backs due to non-compliance
  • Ensure all products are shipped on time to support established in-store and online launch dates
  • Provide accurate shipment status information from factory to DC.
  • Manage the workflow for data entry tasks including order commitment, item setups, price changes, financial roadmaps, and invoicing.
  • Ensure all products are shipped on time to support established in-store and online launch dates.
  • Provide accurate shipment status information from factory to DC.
  • Contact vendors to follow-up and verify the accuracy of provided data, resolve routine issues and ensure vendor alignment with Disney processes and procedures.
  • Follow up with vendor communication regarding any outstanding samples (Approval, PP/TOP, etc.)
  • Liaise with vendors and ticket/label suppliers to ensure Disney guidelines are followed to avoid late deliveries and charge backs due to non-compliance.


Collaboration and Communication
  • Research and prepare standard any ad-hoc reports as requested (Related to vendors scoring, product, forecasting, status, delivery, etc.)
  • Build strong collaborative and respectful relationships with internal and external partners
  • Attend weekly cross-functional meetings and quarterly product line review meetings to understand key sourcing issues and action items
  • Communicate production status to global and regional partners during weekly cross-functional meetings as required

Basic Qualifications:

  • 5+ years related experience preferably in specialty retail or consumer products. Exposure to merchandise sourcing and production for multiple accessories product categories.
  • Ability to manage large SKU count and timelines in a fast-paced environment. Must have excellent time management skill.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with central product creative and design as well as global product development partners and regional teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong presentation skills. Proven track record of effectively and respectfully communicating with manufacturers.
  • Ability and desire to learn, be flexible, adapt to change, and grow with the organization.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Tool: Outlook, Excel, Work, Teams, PowerPoint, etc. and PLM software.



About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

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 The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

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 or protected veteran status. 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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