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Manager, Sourcing

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10017652 Location Kwun Tong, Hong Kong Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Sep. 23, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Manager, Global Merchandise Sourcing is responsible for managing multiple merchandise categories and overseeing team to support APAC FBM business model. The Manager, Global Merchandise Sourcing has responsibility for collaborating with other Managers to anticipate global market shifts and developing breakthrough ideas and processes to continually mitigate risk. The Manager, Global Merchandise Sourcing will be responsible for collaborating, and executing short and long-term sourcing strategies, driving factory relationships, initial cost negotiations, production follow up, and is accountable for all strategic details and decisions of all categories. 

• Inspires and motivates peer and direct reports (as applicable).
• Proactively drives measurable efficiencies of team communications, tasks, and overall workflow to support continuous improvement.
• Facilitates short and long-term sourcing strategies for managed categories, setting priorities, objectives, and action plans to improve supply base and mitigate risk with measurable accountability. 
• Travels domestically and internationally to evaluate the viability of market opportunities, builds relationship with APAC FBM team, support and continuously expand product knowledge/expertise. Be the expert in all key sourcing regions.
• Drives product to meet Disney quality standards and elevate supplier performance with measurable results
• Partner with US-based Sourcing team, drives leveraging opportunities, trains and executes sourcing strategies for global site-specific items
• Manages the development process, supporting on time delivery and driving profitability while maintaining design vision.
• Drives product development management, communicating key milestones and deadlines within the sample approval process.
• Drives proactive production tracking, communicating and troubleshooting exceptions and delays.
• Negotiates costing and proposes value engineering options to achieve profitability goals while ensuring product vision is achieved.
• Seeks new ideas, techniques, and materials to drive product innovation.
• Identifies opportunities to leverage cross-category tools, information, processes and resources to optimize category performance.
• Collaborates with factory and Product Design to bring new art techniques and applications and researching trends.
• Understands market behavior and suggests strategy options to mitigate risk, protect the Disney brand, and achieve competitive advantage. 
• Develops and maintains a stable and socially compliant supply base that meets ILS MCS, regulatory standards, and other established supplier performance requirements. 
• Proactively addresses issues with timely and high-caliber communication and actions.

• Strong knowledge of product-specific construction standards, materials, and manufacturing processes/techniques.
• Outstanding negotiation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to balance conflicting priorities between creative design and cost of goods objectives.
• Proficient in English and Mandarin or native dialects where applicable 
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong analytical and strategy-formulation skills.
• Ability to influence internal stake holders and drive efficient decision-making.
• Understanding of macro-economic pressures and variables that influence global sourcing decisions.
• Experience in merchandise sourcing and production management.
• Strong computer skills. (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, MicroCharts, etc.)
• Ability to work on multiple projects within specified time frames.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
• Understanding of US and Global testing, safety, and labeling requirements and impact to product design and manufacturing processes.
• Understanding of free-trade agreements, duties and resulting impact of sourcing strategies.

• 8 – 10 years’ experience in Global Sourcing and/or Merchandising
• Bachelor’s Degree
• Product-specific technical degree and/or manufacturing experience a plus
• Proficiency in English (spoken and written)
• Ability to communicate in other languages would be a plus

About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The Disney 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 The Walt Disney Company (Hong Kong) Ltd., which is part of a business we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

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