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27 Nov 2021

Full-Time Sourcing Partner

Matalan – Posted by Matalan Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

About the Role

We’re looking for a Sourcing Partner to join the team here at Matalan Head Office.  As a Sourcing Partner, you’ll support the Sourcing Manager, working in partnership with the Trading Teams, to identify and fulfil Sourcing needs across the apparel side of the business, in line with the strategic direction of the company and attend key meetings to support decision making and capitalise on consolidation opportunities.

  • You will lead day to day sourcing activities and projects, delivering both country of origin and supply base mixes in line with seasonal plans – creating a highly flexible and sustainable supply base and utilising a centralised view across all apparel areas.
  • Use strong negotiation skills to support cross costing exercises and selected volume line negotiations to capture cost savings without detriment to the product quality and taste levels, ensuring that Matalan achieves our goal of delivering outstanding value to our customers.
  • Create a robust and flexible supply base, delivering supplier de-risk opportunities and exit strategies where necessary.
  • Offer insight and drive opportunities utilising a centralised view
  • Investigate new supplier opportunities in line with current and future sourcing requirements, attending suitable meetings and completing relevant cross costings – communicating great opportunities to the wider business
  • Work in partnership with all relevant internal and external teams to seamlessly deliver the sourcing strategy in an effective and efficient way, continually reviewing and streamlining ways of working
  • Drive actions to optimise the customer offer ensuring the right product is in the right place at the right time.
  • Understanding of the duty rates by country, applicable commission rates, freight rates and other applicable costs to be including when calculating costs to Matalan, as well as the calculation of buying in margins.
  • Develop a firm knowledge of suppliers, product types and capabilities by country

About You

  • Sourcing, Manufacturing or Buying experience would be beneficial
  • Strong numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong ability to build relationships internally and externally with new and existing suppliers
  • Good influencing and negotiation skills
  • Proactive and flexible approach.
  • Confident working independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organisation and planning skills as well as the proven ability to prioritise multiple tasks whilst maintaining attention to detail and accuracy in a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint & Word

About Matalan

Founded in the early 1980s by John Hargreaves in Liverpool, Matalan is proud to serve its customers excellent quality at great value. With over 200 stores in the UK, a growing online presence and over 15,000 employees, working here is exciting, challenging, and above all fun! As part of the Matalan family you can expect some great benefits and the opportunity to be part of our exciting vision – to become the UK’s most trusted value retailer. This is Retail Made Real.

Matalan value diversity and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all communities.

Matalan wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the application and interview process and ultimately, in their role. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this.

In the event that a high volume of suitable applications are received, the post may close prior to the specified closing date. Please apply as soon as possible if interested. 

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 38 days.

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