• Director, Strategic Sourcing

    Requisition ID
    2018-8049
    Requisition Post Information* : Post End Date
    Full-Time
  • Overview

    Tractor Supply Company (TSCO), the largest retail chain of rural lifestyle products in the United States, is dedicated to enhancing our strong company culture built on our team members’ commitment to our Mission and Values.  With over 1,700 stores in 49 states and an innovative e-commerce platform, Tractor Supply ranks in the Fortune 400 with revenues of $7 billion and growing! Come grow your career with us as we serve those who live “Life out Here”!

     

    Job Purpose

     

    The Director, Strategic Sourcing is responsible for leading the development, communication and execution of a worldwide sourcing strategy for a growing $2 billion plus Exclusive Brand business, including Consumable, Useable, Edible (CUE) items.

    Responsibilities

    • Strategy:
      • Develop and present annually the 3-year strategy for globally sourcing our Exclusive Brand.
      • Be the face of Strategic Sourcing at TSC: Influencing, advising, presenting and contributing as needed one-on-one and in group meetings to assure all involved understand and are on board with our direction.
      • Take into consideration research, country trends, regulations, duties, exchange rates, labor rates, raw material costs, lead times, testing, factory strategy and cost of goods (including logistics costs/ stem mile mapping) in the strategy development.
      • Outline the factory, production, process, systems needs for the future Exclusive Brand items focusing on top areas for saving and growth.
    • Sourcing:
      • Lead the sourcing area in finding, evaluating and executing factories that will support our Exclusive Brand items.
      • Lead and manage the factory and agent relationships, evaluation and selection.
      • Oversee and direct research, maintenance and organization of sourcing data.
      • Work cross-functionally with internal stakeholders to assure clear and concise communication of relevant trends and their expected effect.
      • Drive the bid/rebid process and lead negotiations where appropriate.
    • Product/Order Execution:
      • Lead the timeline management and execution process on Exclusive Brands to achieve continuous improvement and profit growth.
      • Lead in partnering with internal and external stake holders including product Development, Agents, Factories, Import, Logistics, Planning, Inventory, QC/QA, Omni Channel, and Merchants taking responsibility for assuring timely execution and issue resolution.
      • Assure process is in place and all are trained to drive the production and contingency planning with an eye toward continuous improvement of timelines and costs.
      • Assure timeliness, completion and accuracy of vendor and SKU set up, audit, testing and QC for Exclusive Brands.
    • Systems and Process improvement:
      • Document processes and continuously improve the systems and processes relevant to sourcing.
      • Travel/Vendor Summits: Lead the planning and coordination of sourcing factory trips and agent summits relating to Exclusive Brand.
      • Coordinate with domestic and overseas team to assure efficient and productive travel for all overseas and domestic sourcing trips.
      • Lead the planning and execution on foreign vendor or agent summits or top to top meeting with import factories.

    Qualifications

    Experience: 7+ years of experience in sourcing and/or product development and management of direct and indirect reports required.

     

    Education:  Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in relevant field a plus.

     

    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Training/Systems

     

    • Significant worldwide travel and work with factories, specifically in China required, Asia and Central and South America are a plus.
    • Experience leading and/or working closely with QA/QC; Sourcing, Buying, Manufacturing and technical experience in hardlines is preferred.
    • Large multi-channel retail and/or wholesale experience (Fortune 500) preferred.
    • Expertise in negotiations, production and contingency planning; familiarity working with overseas offices/agents required.
    • Experience with PLM and PIM systems preferred.
    • Advanced Microsoft Office skills required.     

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