Global Buyer

Columbia Sportswear | Portland, OR, United States

Posted Date 2/12/2019
Description

As the Global Buyer you will collaborate with cross-functional groups to manage, monitor, and balance purchase orders and physical inventory that results in minimal inventory risk, carrying costs, and freight spend while providing exceptional customer satisfaction. This role will ensure all calendar events are also aligned across functions and executed to support this effort.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with key cross-functional groups to optimize process and increase efficiency across the supply chain
  • Support corporate initiatives through engagement with key business partners and drive adoption of these initiatives across the supply chain
  • Use expert analytical and reporting skills to identify opportunities to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, better communicate and improve processes, and support transparency within the Global Buying team, Planning and Columbia Sportswear Company
  • Establish and communicate delivery metrics to global manufacturing partners, track these metrics through reporting, and distribute throughout the buying team and greater organization
  • Collaborate with cross functional groups to manage, monitor, and balance purchase orders and physical inventory that results in minimal inventory risk, carrying costs, and freight spend while providing exceptional customer satisfaction
  • Manage, perform or coordinate all tasks related to the production of bulk and samples to ensure on time, in full delivery to our customers throughout our global markets
  • Collaborate with Materials Planning to resolve RM minimums issues and identify RM shortages to minimize the impact to production
  • Ensure on-time and in-full delivery to customers’ demands by monitoring and minimizing production delays, shortages, and demand misalignment through regular reporting, communication with LO partners to prioritize production, expediting product, execution of regional air shipment requests, requesting remakes, and aligning available inventory to meet customer specific VAS needs
  • Represent the Global Buying Team as the strategic contact for execution of global processes. Lead and participate in discussions with key strategic partners across many levels of the company to establish best practices that will benefit the company, while mitigating impact to work flow

Regional Responsibilities:

  • Act as a regional lead: evolve existing processes and establish new processes based upon unique business needs within the region
  • Coordinate team tasks such as extractions to support order fulfillment for the region
  • Provide high-level reporting on established metrics such as on-time performance, air freight, and shipments to date for said region
  • Evolve existing processes and establish new processes based upon unique business needs within the region
  • Lead conference calls monthly (at minimum) with regional contacts, prepare agendas to support these calls, and follow up on any outstanding issues that arise that are relevant to buy and delivery for the region. Provide high-level reporting on established metrics such as on-time performance, air freight, and shipments to date. Coordinate team tasks such as extractions to support order fulfillment for the region
  • Manage extractions between regions to satisfy customer demand, execution of sourcing factory reallocation and cost changes
  • Communicate impacts to customer deliveries to regional partners with special focus on key accounts and initiatives

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Economics, Accounting or Supply Chain Management preferred or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 years’ experience in supply chain management, planning or logistics
  • Apparel/footwear industry experience desired. International business work experience desired
  • Solid knowledge of principles, concepts, and theories within supply chain and ability to train, develop other team members on this knowledge
  • Project and process management skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • The ability to cope with ambiguity of information
  • Intermediate experience using Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets, charts and pivot tables; using of functions (such as sum, if, VLOOKUP and similar
  • Organizational awareness and an understanding of how decisions might impact other functional groups

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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