Category Sourcing Manager - Home Furniture

Job Type Buying and Merchandising Product Supply
Location London - Victoria
Partnership Level 6
Closing Date 25/10/2021
Vacancy Type Permanent
Salary £53,100.00 - £69,900.00
Salary Frequency Annual
Hours of Work 35

Description

What’s exciting - John Lewis sourcing team own, set the standard, location strategy and direction for sourcing JL OB product.  We are now building our global sourcing capabilities 

The Category Sourcing Manager informs and delivers strategic sourcing plans and supplier strategy for their categories.  Working across categories driving cost improvement and consolidation.  Ensuring right product from right region and right route, balancing cost, speed to market and risk.

What’s unique is being a Partner

Why do our Sourcing Team love working for us? “At John Lewis we want to be among the UK’s most purpose-led and sustainable businesses.”

Experience of working closely with internal stakeholders

What’s the role about?

As a Category Sourcing Manager - Home you will be recognised as an expert in softline and/ or hardline home sourcing.  You will have a deep understanding of your particular category / groups of categories and be responsible for implementing the own brand home sourcing strategy within this area whilst aligning to the Directorate strategy as set out by the Home Sourcing Lead.  

You will be able to analyse and interpret the relevant data and insight provided for your category.  Working closely with the Sourcing Lead you will use your insight to contribute to and influence the strategic sourcing plan for your category, as well as with buying offices, making recommendations on the supply base for your area of responsibility in order to drive profitability and deliver a responsive, transparent and ethical supply chain .  You will develop the growth, decline and exit strategies alongside the in-region Category Managers, identifying when categories need support at a local level.  You will set the calendar and cadence for E-Tenders required.

You will work closely with 

  • Category Managers

  • Buyers and Merchandisers

  • Sourcing Office Merchandisers

  • CSR team

  • Quality & Technical team

  • Supplier Management
     

What will you be doing?

You will be managing a product category for John Lewis own brand home product within the Global Sourcing Team. You will be informing and implementing a sourcing strategy to deliver the optimum balance of sourcing across the globe for your category.You will identify and recommend new routes to market at a category level and use open costings to unlock value.  You will work on critical path improvements at a category level to improve speed to market and flexibility.

You will keep up to date with market activities, delivering supply chain and sourcing insight for your category including on trade agreements, commodity and currency movements, competitor activity and other market data.  You will build strong relationships with stakeholders and working with Sourcing Office Category Managers and Merchandisers use your expertise and insight alongside the analysis of data from the Sourcing Analyst to influence decisions that can  increase efficiency, reduce cost and improve sustainability, quality and traceability.

What you'll have

  • Expert knowledge of global own brand sourcing for home soft and / or hard lines category

  • In depth knowledge of country of origin sourcing - right region, right product, right route approach

  • Understanding at a high level of the manufacturing capabilities and processes within your industry

  • Insight on Free Trade Agreements, duties, commodities, currencies etc...

  • Expertise in costing at bill of material level
     

What else could you bring?

  • Degree in relevant field or equivalent

  • Experience of working with stakeholders located in different regions in the world

As a business we encourage flexible working. We have a number of different ways to work flexibly, so at your interview feel free to talk about what flexibility means to you. There are no guarantees, however, examples of how our Partners already work flexibly include part-time, job share, home working and compressed hours.

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here. https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/ 

Link here to the Job Outline - please only use if you are an internal candidate.

We positively celebrate Diversity & Inclusion in the John Lewis Partnership. Our aim is to become the UK’s most inclusive business - for our Partners and for our customers, reflecting and connecting with the diverse communities that we serve. We want people from all walks of life to feel valued for their individuality, thrive in our business and share a sense of belonging. To find out more about D&I in the John Lewis Partnership click here - https://www.jlpjobs.com/about/diversityandinclusion/

Attachment: CATEGORY SOURCING MANAGER.pdf 

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