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VP-Merchandise Sourcing Hardlines

4.2 Full-time 2 hours ago Full Job Description Job Summary: The Vice President, Merchandise Sourcing Hardlines develops and cultivates partnerships with best-in-class suppliers and internal stakeholders as they pertain to the sourcing and production of best-in-category Disney-branded merchandise. In partnership with the SVP, Global Sourcing, Logistics & Trade, sets the vision, strategy and priorities for the sourcing team and is responsible for continuously improving supplier relationships and the cultivation of global and cross-functional partnerships. The VP, Merchandise Sourcing Hardlines will lead, collaborate and produce results with regard to brand extension, product quality, efficiency and revenue growth. As part of the global merchandise Sourcing, Logistics and Trade leadership team, this person serves in a key strategic position utilizing extensive knowledge of successful global sourcing and product development strategies to drive margins and improve efficiencies across all markets and distribution channels (owned & operated retail and wholesale). The global merchandise Sourcing team has nearly 100 team members in 6 different countries managing 600+ suppliers providing merchandise for Disney stores, shopDisney.com, Parks & Resorts and wholesale partners worldwide. This position reports to the SVP, Sourcing, Logistics & Trade and will travel regularly domestically and internationally (up to 25%) to ensure a presence with the regionally based sourcing teams and supplier community. Responsibilities: Sourcing and Product Compliance Lead a team that fosters a culture of protecting the Disney brand through responsibly-sourced quality merchandise Drive strategies in partnership with TWDC Global Product & Labor Standards to ensure compliance policies are met across all products and suppliers Drive merchandise quality, sustainability and risk management initiatives with best-in-class suppliers that evolve with both the needs of the business and industry standards Negotiate complex contract terms with suppliers with an eye on cost, efficiency, quality and service Deliver on margin goals by driving cost and product development initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional leaders Productivity and Process Optimize global merchandise productivity and profitability by proactively mitigating cost drivers Lead supplier rationalization and increase leveraging of strategic suppliers across all direct-to-consumer businesses (Disney Stores, shopDisney.com, Parks & Resorts and flexible business models/wholesale) Drive sourcing strategies that evolve with shifts in trade policies and allow for flexibility through an on-going, active knowledge of a dynamic geo-political landscape Lead with a focus on flexible product development models that drive increased creativity and innovation from manufacturers Develop processes and operations that enable efficiency, scale and productivity Drive innovation of tools, in collaboration with Sourcing Operations & Compliance, and spearhead their implementation to enable the team to manage and mitigate risk, uncertainty and threats while ensuring supply chain continuity, cost control and quality assurance Leadership Lead 24+ team members responsible for all aspects of supplier strategy, rationalization, placement, cost negotiation, product safety/quality and on-time deliveries for over 5K home, toy, stationery and consumables products per year Drive and advocate for employee development, engagement and diversity to advance a culture of inclusion, collaboration and organizational vibrancy Mentor and inspire team with areas of focus that span multiple product categories and brands Strategy and Vision Drive sourcing strategies and solutions that support global distribution while balancing need for localization and speed-to-market Implement sourcing strategies that maximize value capture and minimize risk with a goal of year-over-year improvement across categories Keep pulse on industry trends to drive and evolve sourcing strategies Develop and drive clear and consistent strategies that align with the overall Consumer Products, Games & Publishing (CPGP) and Global Product Creation (GPC) vision Build and lead a highly-skilled and effective team including proactively recruiting and retaining a diverse team of key talent Drive large scale initiatives that reshape business processes Proactively seek new opportunities, ideas, techniques and materials to drive product innovation with both new and existing suppliers Collaboration and Communication Foster positive communication within and across disciplines Leverage knowledge of the Company's products and services to manage the needs of diverse stakeholders and ensure effective collaboration with cross-functional partners and vendors Basic Qualifications: 10+ years of significant, proven experience leading product sourcing teams on a global scale Skilled in gaining credibility and trust with diverse stakeholders to include business leaders and senior executives across TWDC Deep knowledge of international labor and regulatory standards and other established supplier performance schemes Tenacious and proactive approach to problem solving, efficiency and effectiveness tactics and inspires team members to bring a similar lens An extraordinary ability to drive results, get things done effectively and with a positive can-do attitude Bring curiosity, a drive for continuous improvement and a focus on efficiency and scale Exhibits personal responsibility and commitment, follow-through and accountability Ability to proactively identify issues and find solutions for potential problems Successful experience working, and thriving, in a highly matrixed company structure Robust leadership and talent development abilities and a collaborative and effective management style Excellent communication skills including the ability to influence mutually agreeable outcomes Ability to balance the macro big picture strategy and solutions with a detail oriented approach Possess a bias towards action and capability for continually evolving sourcing strategies and processes Ability to lead the team through times of change across industry, regulatory environment and business and product strategies Required Education Bachelor's degree or higher preferably in Merchandising/Product Development/Design, Business or Supply Chain Management
  • Type: Sales
  • Company: Disney Parks, Experiences and Products - 4.2

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