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Director, Procurement - Soft Goods

Company: YETI
Location: Vancouver
Posted on: June 24, 2022

Job Description:

At YETI, we believe that time spent outdoors matters more than ever and our gear can make that time extraordinary. When you work here, you'll have the opportunity to create exceptional, meaningful work and problem solve with innovative team members by your side. Together, you'll help our customers get the high-quality gear they need to make the most of their adventures. We are -BUILT FOR THE WILD---.
YETI is a rapidly growing designer, marketer, retailer, and distributor of a variety of innovative, branded, premium products to a wide-ranging customer base. Our brand promise is to ensure each YETI product delivers exceptional performance and durability in any environment, whether in the remote wilderness, at the beach, or anywhere else life takes you. By consistently delivering high-performing products, we have built a following of engaged brand loyalists globally, ranging from serious outdoor enthusiasts to individuals who simply value products of uncompromising quality and design. Our relationship with customers continues to thrive and deepen because of our innovative new product introductions, expansion and enhancement of existing product families, and multifaceted branding activities.
The Director, Procurement will be based in Vancouver, CA, and will be responsible for strategically identifying and sourcing new suppliers while managing the performance of existing suppliers for the soft goods category. This will be a highly cross functional and collaborative role, working closely with numerous teams including but not limited to: Product Management, Operations, New Product Development, Engineering, Quality, Planning, ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance), and Program Management Teams. - -

  • Lead strategic sourcing and management of a world-class supply base based upon 3-year strategy plans and product roadmap needs.
  • Provide strategic direction and lead a team of procurement professionals.
  • Develop and manage sourcing strategies to ensure geographical balance and scale to support a high growth business.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for competitive intelligence research on new technologies, capabilities, and materials and communicate out to the Product Development and Design Teams.
  • Carry out extensive supplier due diligence via research, on-site supplier evaluations, and overseeing rigorous YETI cross-functional supplier qualification process.
  • Lead the RFQ/RFP process and supplier negotiations for the soft goods category.
  • Own should cost modeling and drive cost optimization through improvement initiatives and supplier negotiations.
  • Execute commercial agreements and manage supplier relationships at the executive level.
  • Work closely with cross-functional business partners to design the supply chain for future scale.
  • Define and implement supplier performance and development strategies, evolving YETI's global supply base to support category growth and manage risk.
  • Design, implement, and maintain Supplier Scorecard metrics and Quarterly Business Reviews for performance transparency.
  • Collaborate with key internal teams to further embed sustainable and responsible sourcing practices across the product lifecycle with YETI suppliers.
  • Support the advancement of YETI's programs focused on fair, ethical, and sustainable supply chain management.

    Qualifications and Attributes:

    • Bachelor's Degree and at least 12 years of relevant supply chain experience with extensive sourcing & supplier development experience; at least 4 years of experience leading teams
    • Experience working with suppliers in the soft goods space
    • Must have current and existing supplier relationships that are applicable to our categories
    • Experience working within a global supply base is required
    • Strong cross-functional, project management capabilities
    • Ability to manage multiple work streams in a dynamic global environment
    • Outstanding communication, presentation, and negotiation skills

      YETI is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: YETI, Vancouver , Director, Procurement - Soft Goods, Executive , Vancouver, Washington

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