Associate Sourcing Manager

Location US-WA-Bellevue
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From designing the first patented down jacket in America, to winning 50 industry awards in the last 5 years, Eddie Bauer has built a legacy of inspiration, innovation, and exploration over the last century. While our business has changed over the past 100 years, our work has remained centered around engaging in the transformative powers of the outdoors. Our ideas and actions are stronger, bolder, and more successful when we act together. We are committed as an organization in finding diverse and unique talent, with varied perspectives, and many different ideas. Every role within Eddie Bauer, from our corporate office to our stores, will have an opportunity to play a part in achieving our mission of inspiring, empowering and enabling everyone to experience the outdoors and live their adventure. 


Purpose: Support Sourcing Manager in executing the strategic global sourcing plan to meet company financial goals and aesthetic vision


Core Accountabilities:
Cost Negotiation and Metrics

  • Responsible for improving IMU and average unit cost year over year
  • Partner with cross-functional teams: Design, Tech Design, QA, and Materials to cost engineer products that meet or exceed financial targets
  • Negotiate cost with suppliers to best support company financial goals and long-term supplier partnership
  • Understand fit and design modifications that affect price and follow through with vendors on updates as required
  • Work with Manager to identify vendors that can execute the aesthetic requirements and deliver company financial goals. Counter-source costing and sampling with multiple vendors
  • Communicate costing and MOQ issues to cross-functional teams and drive resolutions
  • Report style costing for key meeting milestones: Line Reviews, Classification Meetings, Assortment Review, and Buy Meeting and additionally as requested.
  • Responsible for costing data integrity across multiple systems

Capacity Planning, Lead-Times, Pre-Production

  • Negotiate fabric and garment production lead-times to ensure bulk commitments align with corporate calendar
  • Process pre-production changes to vendors; communicate liability, quality, and delivery impact
  • Responsible for gathering and negotiating lead-times, commit timing, and capacity.
  • Support Sourcing Manager and Director with Fabric First Commit process
  • Maintain data integrity across multiple systems
  • Track and review style files for bulk approval to vendors.
  • Manage Western Hemisphere production


  • Proactively assist Manager to identify, assess, and implement process improvements to increase efficiencies and accuracy
  • Collaborate with team members to apply consistent processes that work for all teams

Leadership Expectations:

  • Operate with the highest level of conduct, integrity, and confidentiality; setting the example for leaders and associates.
  • Develop and nurture strong cross functional partnerships; driving business results and inspiring a culture of transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Serve as an PSEB advocate in the industry and marketplace.
  • Ability to balance a strong management presence with a high level of approachability, encouraging and eliciting associate feedback and interaction

Key Interfaces:

  • Tech Design
  • Materials
  • Design
  • Production- PSEB Asia
  • Quality Assurance
  • Channel Planning
  • Channel Merchants


Education/Experience Required:

  • 4 year college degree or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 years experience in Sourcing, preferably in Apparel, Gear, Footwear, or Accessories
  • Knowledge of apparel retail industry
  • Results driven and solution oriented
  • Strong leadership, problem-solving, and negotiating skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and data integrity
  • Expertise in MS Office applications and PLM systems
  • Ability to multitask and to prioritize projects and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; comfortable and effective in dealing with conflict
  • Ability to travel international

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that are required by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the associate is regularly required to talk or hear. The associate is frequently required to sit; stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; as well as reach with hands and arms.
  • The associate must frequently lift and/or move up to 15 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Ability to work in open environment with fluctuating temperatures and standard lighting.
  • Ability to work on computer and mobile phone for multiple hours; with frequent interruptions.
  • Required to travel in elevator or stairwells to attend meetings and engage with associates on multiple floors throughout building.
  • Hotel, Airplane, and Car Travel Require

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time position. As an International Retailer, occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required during periods of high volume. This role operates in a professional office environment and routinely uses standard office equipment.


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