Sourcing Manager

Location: Hingham, Massachusetts US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 13143

Position Title: Mgr Sourcing

External Description:


Basic Purpose:

Responsible for establishing, developing, and directing the regional sourcing strategy for a product category and effectively directing the business relationships with raw material and finished product supplier and agents to leverage lower costs and reduced lead time while improving quality. Recruit, hire, train, and develop a team to manage the business to improve gross margin, on time delivery, and provide exceptional customer service.

Principal Accountabilities:

Cost Negotiation and Metrics:

  • Maintain detailed product cost sheets that will support activity based costing
  • Responsible for negotiating program pricing and delivery
  • Ability to provide price range targets to suppliers according to established corporate guidelines
  • Understand fit and design modifications that affect price and follow through with vendors on updates as required
  • Responsible for achieving area IMU, on-time delivery and quality goals
  • Actively participate in the development of the Sourcing three year plan, providing input and perspective on plant capacity and capabilities
  • Identify suppliers capabilities to support and react to quick response programs to that supports ongoing market needs 
  • Quarterly, analyze capacity and utilization of suppliers (textile mills and garment vendors) 
  • Monitor adherence to purchase order commitments to both textile mill and garment factories
  • Work with suppliers and Merchandising to maintain adherence to orders while remaining flexible to changing business needs 
  • Direct and facilitate seasonal negotiations. Conduct pre/post seasonal analysis and present to the Global sourcing team and Merchandising, including key performance metrics; IMU improvement, on-time delivery and quality analysis

Quality, Compliance, and Product:

  • Responsible for directing area time and action calendar, including fit approval samples, lab dips, test reports
  • Ensure all products are in compliance with all applicable international/U.S. laws and regulations are evaluated in accordance with Talbots Inc. vendor code of conduct 
  • Direct execution of presentation samples
  • Ensure order projections, commitments, and purchase order are issued to suppliers accurately and in a timely basis
  • Identify present and develop new potential suppliers that will support future growth plans while achieving IMU, on-time delivery and quality goals
  • Ensure Merchandising are informed of potential production shipment delays and quality issues


  • Oversee management of the WIP for potential delivery issues – trouble shoot and offer workable strategix solutions
  • Create mutually acceptable solutions to resolve unanticipated shipment delays or quality issues to maintain on-time delivery
  • Manage and develop relationships with suppliers who are aligned with the regional sourcing strategy
  • Establish and execute relationships with Merchandising and vendors
  • Train and develop staff to become effective business managers including a complete understanding of garment manufacturing
  • Provide support and guidance to staff in managing their business allowing opportunities for individual growth and development


  • College degree or equivalent 
  • 6 years directly related experience 
  • Knowledge of apparel retail industry 
  • Results and service orientated 
  • High-level proficiency with MS Office Professional applications (MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • Effective time management in order to prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines 
  • Team player 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Detail oriented 
  • Strong interpersonal skills; comfortable and effective in dealing with conflict 
  • Flexible, adaptable, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Ability to travel internationally 20%





Community / Marketing Title: Sourcing Manager

Company Profile:

Talbots is a leading omni-channel specialty retailer of women's clothing, shoes and accessories. Established in 1947, the company is known for modern classic style that's both timeless and timely, fine quality craftsmanship and gracious service. At Talbots relationships are the key to our business, we hire individuals who bring new ideas to the table, understand smart risk taking and  can enhance an already thriving culture.  With a commitment to offer modern classic style for every body type, through a  full range of sizes, inclusive to every woman in your life.

EEO Employer Verbiage:

Talbots is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates. Hiring decisions are based upon a candidate's qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration and are made without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, or any other category protected by applicable law. Talbots is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for job applicants with disabilities. If you require an accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position you are seeking or to participate in the application process please contact Talbots will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified applicants or employees, unless such accommodations would impose an undue hardship on the operations of the Company’s business.

PositionType_Description: Full Time

Location_formattedLocationLong: Hingham, Massachusetts US

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