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Manager, Global Merchandise Sourcing

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 586409BR Location Shanghai Municipality, China Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Nov. 12, 2018

Job Summary:

Manager, Global Merchandise Sourcing


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 factory and

supplier relationships, and continuously expand product knowledge/expertise. Be the expert in all key

sourcing regions.

Assists in the leveraging opportunities, trains and executes sourcing strategies for global site-specific items.

Drives product to meet Disney quality standards and elevate supplier performance with measurable results

Partner with US-based Sourcing team to drive market exploration and diversification.

Transform data into information and collaborate with Quality Assurance team on root cause/corrective


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


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


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

Basic Qualifications:

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 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 The Walt Disney Company (China) Limited, which is part of a business segment we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

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