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Director, Global Apparel Sourcing

Columbia Sportswear Company

Job - Corporate/Business

Close Date: 06/21/2019

The Director of Global Apparel Sourcing serves as a strategic leader, expected to set a clear direction in a highly dynamic environment. This person must have a demonstrated ability to think and act globally and collaboratively, to develop and implement sourcing strategies that enable success of all Columbia Sportswear apparel brands and sales regions.


•Global sourcing strategy development and execution for apparel, equipment, and accessories, across all CSC brands, finished goods and raw materials, that meets or exceeds Brand and regional expectations.
•Develop source strategy that enhance revenues and profitability for value channel and speed to market initiatives
•Requires a high degree of collaboration with partners across business functions, sales regions, and brands, to ensure operational alignment and visibility.
•Development of long-term relationships with strategic vendors, establishing mutually beneficial growth plans, in line with Brands’ long range business plans.
•Establishing and executing market leading sourcing strategies in apparel, accessory, and equipment categories.
•Enablement of brand strategies, leading long-term partner selection and business negotiations to provide competitive advantage for CSC.
•Build source base that delivers balanced and continuously improving performance across gross margins, product quality, social & environmental responsibility, and on-time delivery.
•Proactive communication of risk assessments as a result of political, economic, or other factors, as well as associated mitigation actions
•Strong team leadership including resource allocation and organizational design


•College degree required, preferably in Business, Management, Engineering, or a related field.
•Minimum of fifteen years of sourcing experience and increasing responsibility within a complex apparel environment. Specialty retail and/or direct to consumer experience is highly preferred.
•Experience developing and implementing successful sourcing strategies across a portfolio of brands
•Strong current knowledge of international apparel trade regulations
•Deep understanding of apparel supply chain and production environments involving Asia supply base and a global customer base
•Experience building and leveraging strategic business relationships with external partners
•Strong executive presence and ability to communicate with senior leadership both internally and externally
•Proven leadership skills and the ability to manage and influence cross-functional teams
•Demonstrated initiative, creativity, strategic capabilities, and ability to work effectively in complex, rapidly changing environments
•Ability to anticipate business/brand needs and to create long term solutions
•Works with a high sense of urgency and integrity and is motivated by deadlines and new challenges
•30% or more international travel required

This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.

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