Senior Global Supply Chain Manager

The Senior Global Supply Chain Manager will develop and lead ongoing training, onboarding and continuous improvement of the company’s internal team and external manufacturing partners abroad. This position is responsible for assessing all capabilities of the supply chain function, including but not limited to, managing a highly skilled team of supply chain managers, driving strategic growth within the manufacturing matrix, managing production placement and ensuring all manufacturing documentation and compliance requirements are met. This position will report to the General Manager, will directly supervise Supply Chain Managers and Analysts, and will work closely with internal and external partners based in Minnesota, China and Southeast Asia.

Made for Retail is a collection of individuals that are passionate about design, innovation and product development for retail, bringing it all together through our strong supply chain and manufacturing expertise. Our approach is to offer diverse product categories that are exclusive, on-trend and multi-dimensional. This position requires regular travel to countries where Made for Retail’s manufacturing partners are based, particularly in China and Southeast Asia.

Position Overview

The Senior Global Supply Chain Manager will develop and lead ongoing training, onboarding and continuous improvement of the company’s internal team and external manufacturing partners abroad. This position is responsible for assessing all capabilities of the supply chain function, including but not limited to, managing a highly skilled team of supply chain managers, driving strategic growth within the manufacturing matrix, managing production placement and ensuring all manufacturing documentation and compliance requirements are met. This position will report to the General Manager, will directly supervise Supply Chain Managers and Analysts, and will work closely with internal and external partners based in Minnesota, China and Southeast Asia.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Use expert functional knowledge and critical thinking skills to define and resolve business challenges. Identify enhancements to support company vision, efficiency and sustainability.
  • Collaborate with internal supply chain and product development functions. Execute high-level strategies that enhance production efficiencies and meet product quality and margin goals.
  • Effectively drive strategic pricing initiatives and negotiate contracts with vendors and customers.
  • Strengthen working relationships with external stakeholders (i.e. customer supply chain and quality assurance, product testing providers, etc.).
  • Identify and develop strategic relationships with targeted business opportunities. Analyze customer and market strategies and needs, potential and specific contract requirements, risks/rewards and financial implications.
  • Directly manage factory partners through appropriate evaluation processes. Includes proper documentation, ensuring safety and regulatory compliance (e.g. C-TPAT) and meeting production/product specifications such as raw material and component quality, and traceability controls. May include equipment investment advisement.
  • Continuously improve operations of manufacturing partners by training, motivating and reinforcing performance standards and best practices.
  • In partnership with our supply chain leader in China, develop new manufacturing partnerships through rigorous analysis, hands-on training and ongoing performance assessment. Create standard training tools for a holistic onboarding process.
  • Gain insight into all levels of the manufacturing matrix to drive consistency in materials procurement standards, packing execution and recordkeeping.
  • Initiate and manage formal and consistent manufacturing assessments. Use tracking, reporting and analyzing to positively impact costing and performance metrics across the supply chain.
  • Teach internal cross-functional team how products are made and what drives execution ease and cost.
  • Communicate in a consistent and timely manner with customers, peers, team and leadership.
  • Support execution of programs consistent with Made For Retail goals as well as customer goals.
  • Collaborate with leaders in product development, design, financial, supply chain and business development to implement business plans that achieve desired outcomes.
  • Serving as team lead, guide Made for Retail’s supply chain managers and analysts with continuous development of their knowledge base and skills. Manager’s success depends on direct reports’ success. Enable and empower the team to improve their performance.
  • In partnership with the Controller, evolve analysts’ processes to be more meaningful, rewarding and effective.
  • Conduct regular performance reviews according to Made for Retail’s talent management practices.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, operations management or business management
  • 5-10 years progressive supply chain or manufacturing management experience
  • 3-5 years managing a highly skilled and dynamic team of supply chain managers
  • Well organized with solid judgment when multitasking in fast-paced environment
  • Quality Assurance experience
  • Prior international professional travel and direct interaction with international clients/vendors (especially in China)
  • Legally authorized to work in the United States without company sponsorship
  • Meet requirements for valid passport and foreign entry visa attainment
  • 20% international travel (1-2 weeks every other month)

Preferred Qualifications

  • In written and verbal communication, articulate clearly. Drive dialogue with strong situational awareness. Maintain alignment with long-term strategies and objectives.
  • Collaborate cross functionally to proactively increase the size and production competencies of our current manufacturing network.
  • Demonstrate experience working in a small company environment.
  • Understand and influence business processes to fit and protect timelines and schedules.
  • Build credibility. Influence and interact with suppliers, clients, key stakeholders and senior leadership.
  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese a plus.

In alignment with Made For Retail core values, this position will strictly adhere to the high set of moral standards that govern how we do business.

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