The Walt Disney Company Assistant Sourcing Manager in Kissimmee, Florida

The Assistant Sourcing Manager is responsible for managing a merchandise category and supporting the Manager, Global Merchandise Sourcing across multiple categories. The Assistant Sourcing Manager has responsibility for anticipating potential production issues and developing breakthrough ideas and processes to continually mitigate risk. The Assistant Sourcing Manager will be responsible for supporting short and long-term sourcing strategies, driving factory relationships, initial cost negotiations, production follow up, and is accountable for all strategic details and decisions of all categories that are managed by their teams.

Responsibilities :

  • Proactively drives measurable efficiencies of team communications, tasks, and overall workflow to support continuous improvement

  • Assists management on the growth of global and segment-wide relationships

  • Supports manager to execute short and long-term sourcing strategies for managed categories, proactively drive the set priorities, objectives, and action plans to improve supply base and mitigate risk with measurable accountability

  • Assists manager in the leveraging opportunities and executes sourcing strategies for global site-specific items

  • Collaborates with Quality Assurance team to ensure products placed with managed suppliers are meeting Disney quality standards

  • 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

  • Collaborates with factory and Product Design to bring new art techniques and applications and researching trends

  • Support managers to monitor the managed suppliers continues to meet ILS MCS, regulatory standards, and other established supplier performance requirements

Basic Qualifications :

  • 5 years’ experience in Global Sourcing and/or Merchandising

  • Strong knowledge of product-specific construction standards, materials, and manufacturing processes/techniques

  • Outstanding negotiation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to balance conflicting priorities between creative design and cost of goods objectives

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical and strategy-formulation skills

  • Ability to influence internal stake holders and drive efficient decision-making

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Product-specific technical degree and/or manufacturing experience a plus

Required Education :

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Job ID: 551654BR

Location: Kissimmee,Florida

Job Posting Company: Disney Parks & Resorts