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Vice President, Global Sourcing & Quality Assurance

Company: Living Spaces
Location: La Mirada
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Vice President, Global Sourcing & Quality Assurance Current Living Spaces Employees: Please apply via your internal Workday Account.Living Spaces is a growing home furnishing brand and we continue to open new locations. We know in order to stay current with the times and trends, we have to perpetually update our look and selection. What has truly sustained our growth - from 1 to over 20 locations, from 100 employees to over 2,000, from a humble home furnishings store to a widely recognized and respected lifestyle brand - are the talented individuals who have taken us there. We are looking for innovative, driven, and passionate professionals to join our team so we can reach even greater heights together.

We believe that a great team member experience leads to an even better guest experience. That is why we place a huge emphasis on building a great culture within our teams. Our ideal candidate will have natural talent: meaning, they possess the capacity and commitment, along with an openness to being coached around skills that will ensure they delight and exceed the expectations of our guests in all areas of Living Spaces business. We also believe in our team members taking ownership of their performance and how that contributes to the overall success of their role.Position Summary ---The Vice President, Global Sourcing and Quality Assurance, will develop and cultivate partnerships with best-in-class suppliers and internal stakeholders as they pertain to the sourcing and production of furniture. In partnership with the EVP, Merchandising and Vendor Relations, will set the vision, strategy and priorities for the sourcing team and will be responsible for continuously improving supplier relationships and the cultivation of global and cross-functional partnerships. Will lead, collaborate, and produce results regarding brand extension, product quality, efficiency, and revenue growth.

As part of the Global Sourcing, Merchandising and Product Development team, this person will serve in a key strategic position utilizing extensive knowledge of successful global sourcing and product development strategies to drive margins and improve efficiencies across all markets and distribution channels (owned & operated retail and wholesale).

This position will travel regularly domestically and internationally (up to 25%) to ensure a presence with the regionally based sourcing teams and supplier community.Position Description Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. -

  • Lead a team that fosters a culture of protecting the Living Spaces brand through responsibly sourced quality merchandise
  • Drive strategies in partnership with International Fair-Trade Product & Labor Standards to ensure compliance policies are met across all products and suppliers
  • Develop relationships with service providers for factory and product assessment, testing, inspection, and data management
  • Manage product testing schedules to meet product and program timelines
  • Drive merchandise quality, sustainability and risk management initiatives with best-in-class suppliers that evolve with both the needs of the business and industry standards
  • Negotiate complex contract terms with suppliers with an eye on cost, efficiency, quality, and service
  • Deliver on margin goals by driving cost and product development initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional leaders
  • Negotiate and oversee process for entering into sourcing-related business agreements (e.g., private brands contracts, confidentiality agreements, fill rate agreements with suppliers, etc.)
  • Optimize global merchandise productivity and profitability by proactively mitigating cost drivers
  • Lead supplier rationalization and increase leveraging of strategic suppliers across all factory direct relationships
  • Drive sourcing strategies that evolve with shifts in trade policies and allow for flexibility through an on-going, active knowledge of a dynamic geo-political landscape
  • Lead with a focus on flexible product development models that drive increased creativity and innovation from manufacturers
  • Develop processes and operations that enable efficiency, scale and productivity
  • Drive innovation of tools, in collaboration with Merchandising, Product Development and Manufacturing, and spearhead their implementation to enable the team to manage and mitigate risk, uncertainty and threats while
  • ensuring supply chain continuity, cost control and quality assurance
  • Lead team responsible for all aspects of supplier strategy, rationalization, placement, cost negotiation, product safety/quality and on-time deliveries for over 10K home furniture, bedding, and accessory products per year
  • Drive and advocate for employee development, engagement, and diversity to advance a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and organizational vibrancy
  • Mentor and inspire team with areas of focus that span multiple product categories and brands
  • Attend industry trade shows to identify and report on new sourcing opportunities
  • Drive sourcing strategies and solutions that support global distribution while balancing need for localization and speed-to-market
  • Implement sourcing strategies that maximize value capture and minimize risk with a goal of year-over-year improvement across categories
  • Keep pulse on industry trends to drive and evolve sourcing strategies
  • Develop and drive clear and consistent strategies that align with the overall product vision
  • Build and lead a highly skilled and effective team including proactively recruiting and retaining a diverse team of key talent
  • Drive large scale initiatives that reshape business processes
  • Proactively seek new opportunities, ideas, techniques, and materials to drive product innovation with both new and existing suppliers
  • Foster positive communication within and across disciplines
  • Leverage knowledge of the Company's products and services to manage the needs of diverse stakeholders and ensure effective collaboration with cross-functional partners and vendorsQualifications Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree (B. A. or B. S.) or equivalent from four-year college in Merchandising/Product Development/Design, Business Administration, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, or related field with an advanced degree preferred. 10+ years of significant, proven experience leading product sourcing teams on a global scale. In-depth working knowledge of import/export marketing and manufacturing relationships, including quality control/testing processes and programs and logistics. Deep knowledge of international labor and regulatory standards and other established supplier performance schemes. Successful experience working, and thriving, in a matrixed company structure. Valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a U.S. passport for international travel.Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in Microsoft platforms such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Working knowledge of Merchandising, Design and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software.Certificates and Licenses: Lean, Six-sigma or other TQM certificates preferred.Supervisory Responsibilities: The Global Sourcing team has team members in three different countries managing more than 100 suppliers providing merchandise for Living Spaces stores, website, and manufacturing operations. Develop and execute the company's business strategies in order to attain the goals of the board and shareholders. Provide strategic advice so direct reports will have accurate view of the market and the company's future. Prepare and implement comprehensive business plans to facilitate. Ensure company policies and legal guidelines are communicated all the way from the top down in the company and that they are followed at all times. Communicate and maintain trust relationships with shareholders, business partners, and authorities. Able to delegate responsibilities and supervise the work of direct reports providing guidance and motivation to drive maximum performance.Equal Opportunity Employer -It is our policy to abide by all federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination based solely on a person's race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, physical disability, mental disability, age, military status, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), sexual orientation, or any other protected status except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists.E-VerifyLiving Spaces participates in E-Verify. All newly-hired team members are queried through this electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify their identity and employment eligibility. Stylish d--cor, inspiring ideas and a masterful team are the backbone of Living Spaces and we're proud to be one of the west coast's leading furniture retail destinations. 15 years ago, we opened our first Living Spaces storefront with one purpose in mind: to bring style, quality and affordability to furniture stores. And we've met that challenge. With stores throughout Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and of course, online, Living Spaces not only sells an impressive assortment of furniture and accessories, we also stir the imagination and inspire great home design. Our secret to success is pretty straightforward: we strive to create the best experience for both our guests and our team members. That means we always try to be friendly, respectful, smart and inspiring-and those are qualities we look for in every prospective team member. That's what makes the Living Spaces team so united---and it's what makes our guests come back for more.

Keywords: Living Spaces, La Mirada , Vice President, Global Sourcing & Quality Assurance, Professions , La Mirada, California

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