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Global Sourcing Director
Tuesday, October 08

The Sourcing Director oversees product sourcing, product management, product quality control, inventory control, product marketing, product packaging, and vendor program financial oversight for category programs bought for Retailers. This role will work in conjunction with the Oak Brook based merchandising team in developing these programs.

The Sourcing Director is responsible for ensuring that our overall procurement process allows to meet wholesale profitability goals while maintaining a competitive position relative to all types of optional distribution. This position is also responsible for ensuring that retailers achieve respectable retail profit margins relative to retail competition. The Sourcing Director must be able to fulfill the proper product value equation of service level, quality, and cost.

Additional responsibilities include overseeing all the program negotiations, including product development, market research, pricing, supply chain management, inventory control, advertising, wholesale profitability, retail margin management, and marketing to our customer, the Retailer. This role is responsible for developing and marketing across many regions of the world. This position must be able to develop and maintain a risk mitigation plan to assure a long term supply of critical high velocity product.

The Sourcing Director supervises Category Managers, Quality Control & Assurance and the Graphics & Packaging departments. This position requires excellent leadership skills to provide short and long term vision for the departments through market analysis, data analysis, and intuition. Strong problem solving abilities also play a key role in providing direction for the team.

The role additionally requires a proactive work ethic, relationship-building skills, analytical skills, strategic thinking, communication skills, resourcefulness, the ability to work effectively with cross-functional team members, multi-tasking, and time management skills.


  • 10-15 years’ work experience with foreign companies in the sourcing function
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, influence and manage others to drive common goals and strategy and achieve continued improvements, results and successes
  • Ability to think strategically and cast a vision coupled with a realistic mission
  • 5+ years experience in a retail environment, including a background in-store merchandising, sourcing, supply chain and customer service
  • Global understanding of merchandising best practices/global buying power
  • Excellent negotiation skills with customers, vendors and …..others
  • Must understand different countries and their cultural challenges along with proven ability to work cross-functionally with internal departments
  • Must be able to uphold high ethical standards for vendor/factory relationships
  • Finance experience in budgeting and managing P/L’s
  • Results oriented – ability to drive results and proactively shift efforts as trends and business variables change
  • Strong organizational and planning skills necessary
  • Skilled in business math, contracting, report building, supply base research, creating presentations and spreadsheets, utilizing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin, both written and spoken.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, International Business or related field strongly preferred
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally 35%

Other options to possibly add:

  • Familiar with supply chain and compliance – how to get product into countries
  • Regional and global brand awareness in the home maintenance industry preferred
  • Product passion – demonstrates natural curiosity around product and retail marketplace
  • High degree of flexibility, initiative and ability to operate very independently
Fulltime 2019-10-08 Shanghai Shanghai 200000 2019-11-05

ET2C International is a British owned and managed Procurement Service Provider that is focused on adding value to our client’s Asian supply chains.

As globalization has continued, outsource manufacturing has become an integral part of global business’s ability to operate in an increasingly competitive environment. At the same time the ability to manage vendors at source, develop relationships and understand their own drivers has become an integral part of a company’s procurement strategy. That is our focus.

Whether you are already buying from China or Vietnam, using local agents in your home territory or going through a trading company, we believe that our flexible and tailored solutions can add value to your current procurement strategy delivering bottom line growth to your business.

ET2C requires dynamic, proactive people to work in a happy workplace. We only want “fun-loving” people who are eager to learn and who enjoy coming to work, and to face the exciting challenges that life offers every day. Must be good communicators.


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