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Senior Sourcing Specialist


The Senior Sourcing Specialist is responsible for managing a merchandise category and supporting the Associate Sourcing Manager or Manager, Sourcing across multiple categories. The Senior Sourcing Specialist will be responsible for supporting short and long-term sourcing strategies and is accountable for managing the sample development submission, order/production follow-up. The Senior Sourcing Specialist will also assist Manager to monitor factory relationships and initiate vendor set-up, ISU form upon order award.


  • Proactively assists and drives measurable efficiencies of team communications, tasks, and overall workflow to support continuous improvement.
  • Participates and supports the growth of global and segment-wide relationships.
  • Supports short and long-term sourcing strategies for managed category set by management; proactively assists set priorities, objectives, and follow up action plans to improve supply base and mitigate risk with measurable accountability.
  • Assists leveraging opportunities and executes sourcing strategies for global site-specific items.
  • Collaborates with Quality Assurance team to ensure products placed with managed suppliers are meeting Disney quality standards.
  • Closely track product development management, communicating key milestones and deadlines within the sample approval process.
  • Manages production tracking report, driving communication and troubleshooting exceptions and delays proactively
  • Assists cost negotiation and works with suppliers on value engineering options to achieve profitability goals while ensuring product vision is achieved;
  • Identifies opportunities to leverage cross-category tools, information, processes and resources to optimize category performance.
  • Supports discussion and collaboration with factory and Product Design to seek new ideas, art techniques, applications and materials to drive product innovation.
  • Travels domestically to ensure production of merchandise continues to meet Disney quality standards. and continuously learn the product diversity opportunities of the factory, expand product knowledge/expertise.
  • Be the expert in all key sourcing regions.
  • Assists Manager to drive continuous improvement within supply base to elevate supplier performance with measurable results.
  • Work closely with Manager to maintain a stable and socially compliant supply base that meets ILS MCS, regulatory standards, and other established supplier performance requirements. Proactively addresses issues with timely and high-caliber executive-level communication and actions.
  • Proactively addresses issues to Sourcing Manager timely.

Basic Qualifications

  • Strong knowledge of product-specific construction standards, materials, and manufacturing processes/techniques.
  • Good negotiation skills.
  • Proficient in English and Mandarin or Cantonese.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to influence vendors and drive production efficiency
  • Understanding of China and Global testing, safety, and labeling requirements and impact to product design
  • Experience in merchandise sourcing and production management.
  • Strong computer skills. (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, MicroCharts, etc.)
  • Ability to work on multiple projects within specified time frames.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Understanding of free-trade agreements, duties and resulting impact of sourcing strategies.
  • 5 years’ experience in Global Sourcing and/or Merchandising
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Product-specific technical degree and/or manufacturing experience a plus
  • Proficiency in English (spoken and written)
  • Ability to communicate in other languages would be a plus
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