VF International is looking for an exceptional Manager, GMS Footwear to join our Global Material Supply. The role will be based in Stabio, Switzerland.
VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic brands such as Vans®, The North Face® and Timberland®. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling.
Let’s Talk about the Role
As part of the Global Materials Supply (GMS) Team, The Materials Manager will lead the GMS team that ser vices all Footwear Brands sourced through the European Sourcing Office. The role is responsible for creating the ESO materials strategy and managing an efficient material supply model that ensures quality, cost and timely delivery of all raw material. The leader is responsible for building and developing a cohesive materials team that maximizes “One VF” scale in leverage through analytics and brings a procurement mindset to the organization. The role has extensive focus to operationally connect with Brands, Sourcing, Suppliers, Finance, and Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability organizations. Frequent influential communication to VP and Director level is also required. The Materials Leader is viewed as a key thought partner to bring an innovative and creative solutions culture to the region to solve complex material supply issues.
How You Will Make a Difference
You will achieve this by:
Developing regional European material supply chain for all Footwear brands considering lead times, profitability, sustainable materials, brand and sourcing needs
Scouting and qualifying new sources of material supply within Europe
Ensuring reliable delivery of material on time for production by working closely with material suppliers and finished goods vendors
Partnering cross-functionally with VF Materials Labs, Sourcing and Quality Leaders in managing all aspects of material quality from establishing guidelines to delivering product to factories
Supporting Material Team by leading resolution of quality issues at factories and with vendors in collaboration with Sourcing and Quality teams.
Acting as the key liaison for Product Development leadership in all the brands and Sourcing leadership for all material supply related topics
Supporting material innovation and capabilities through supplier research and partnership in collaboration with Brand Development and Innovation Teams
Increasing leverage of the “One VF” model through decisions supported by facts and data that will in turn support the material supply strategy
Leading material cost negotiation tactics by establishing cost targets, utilizing fact-based methodology, and driving for positive outcomes in supplier facing discussions
Establishing annual material cost savings targets, drive initiatives, track progress, and report savings with close collaboration with Finance Teams
Reporting and monitoring supplier performance using set scorecards for active performance management
Managing and owning European sourcing region supplier relationship and building supplier partnerships in the brands
Building innovative solutions that improve manufacturing efficiency, agility, lead-time, etc.
Partnering with functional leaders on Compliance and Social Responsibility, to ensure VF standards and requirements are met within the group’s material supply
Actively supporting sustainable material roadmaps through identification of supplier capabilities, capacities and innovative sustainable alternatives
Working cross-functionally in selection of regional and local suppliers and materials that support material and manufacturing strategies and Product Development objectives.
Being accountable for all people related activities such as hire, train, manage and develop the talent in the team
Skills for success..
Ability to work cross functionally
Management experience in global, multi-national environment
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
A leader as well as a pleasant team player
Entrepreneurial & result-driven
Optimistic and dare to take calculated risks
Team player and the ability to work independently
Communication and influence globally and regionally
Bold and creative thinking
Able to work under pressure with multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines
Strong negotiation skills with the ability to influence
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
High understanding of footwear related components (Outsoles, Leather, Hardware/Trims, etc.)
Experience in Footwear, Apparel, Equipment and/or Sourcing and Supply Chain organizations
Proven record of leading teams
A formal education and subsequent University Bachelor or Master’s degree are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.
What’s in it For You
We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package.
A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do
An inclusive international environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together
Be part of an iconic lifestyle brand in a multi brand, multi countries organization
On site gym offering health and well-being initiatives
A discount card with 50% on all VF brands
Break out areas offering complimentary hot drinks
Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity
As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, VF is committed to support disadvantaged groups whilst providing equal opportunities for both VF associates and applicants alike.
If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!