Source and develop new products and vendors as directed by the Senior Merchandiser / Product Sourcing Manager, ensuring brief requirements are met.
Maintain up-to-date market trend information from Operating Companies (Opcos.
Work closely with Sourcing Quality (SQ) and Supply Chain (SC) teams to create / review product briefs and initial critical path activity( CPA ) with consideration of current factory base.
Ensure project delivery with satisfactory quality requirements and on-time shipment.
Ensure that project CPAs are updated and communicated to the relevant parties in a timely manner, highlighting major issues to Senior Merchandiser / Product Sourcing Manager and provide possible solutions.
Prepare buying trip itineraries for visiting buyers and arranging visits to vendors and factories properly. Complete factory visit reports thereafter.
Receive vendor quotations. Ensure all quote sheets, forms are accurately completed prior to sending to Opcos in a timely manner.
Complete application form to trigger factory assessment.
Check product samples, quotes, artwork and packaging to ensure that customer requirements are met.
Review bronze seal and existing test certificates with SQ team and send bronze seal to buyer if required.
Send packaging layout to Opcos for approval and then confirm SQ and the vendor.
Review and comment the printing proof together with SQ and then give feedback to Packaging team.
Negotiate excellent cost prices for new briefs / products aiming to achieving significant cost reduction against existing / alternative sources of supply.
Negotiate cost price reductions on existing ranged & repeat items.
Negotiate the most favorable buying terms and ensure all commercial agreements are clearly documented in VBAs .
Ensure disciplined and accurate follow up and tracking of all projects to ensure they are delivered to the required quality level, on-time and in the full quantities ordered.
Adequate internal communication with relevant teams such as Supply Chain, SQ to avoid miscommunication and ensure all CPAs are managed and OTIF targets are met.
Contribute as required to business planning and budgeting process.
Diploma holder major in Business (Purchasing or Marketing are advantage)
Preferably with sourcing experience, DIY product experience an advantage
Fluent spoken and written English and Mandarin plus Cantonese for positions in HK; French and German an advantage
Communicative, persuasive, result oriented, organized, detailed mind, solution oriented, sound judgment, commercial awareness, proactive, adaptive to changes, good team player.