Company: FAF Inc.
Posted on: May 15, 2022
FAF has an opportunity for an Import & Sourcing Specialist to
join our talented and growing team. The Import & Sourcing
Specialist is responsible for the successful completion of the
product development life cycle from inception through to production
for all assigned Accounts and Categories.
The Import & Sourcing Specialist works independently and with
PD/Sourcing team, Category Managers, Merchandisers and Sales to
prioritize and complete assigned developments, requests and
Short lead times are a common occurrence and require quick decision
Job requires independent judgment, and high organizational skills,
creative problem solving, and a 'team player' mentality.
Customer Account Project Management:
Work with Sales team to create calendar timelines and identify
presentation needs for assigned Accounts
Shop assigned accounts and comparable Retailers to ensure
presentations are appropriate and innovative
Communicate with foreign vendors to develop cost engineered items
Work with internal cross functional team when it falls within their
Manage all presentation needs cross functionally - carding, pricing
etc and schedule reviews as needed
- - - - - - -Work Cross-functionally to manage development
timelines for assigned categories/accounts
Assign item #s and review spec sheets to ensure accuracy for vendor
to properly make samples.
Send relevant samples and artwork to vendors.
Work with foreign vendors to ensure Spec sheets are set up
correctly with accurate cost, descriptions and images.
Make suggestions to modify/engineer product to meet needed costs
and work with vendors to lower cost through changes in
- - - - - - -Communicate -daily with foreign vendors to solve any
pricing issues, development problems, or delivery issues
Effectively communicate development status. Look ahead and identify
Create spec sheets as needed.
Presentations and Customer follow-up:
Prepare Presentation and Selection proposals for costing
Target lower costs as needed to meet customer needs.
Supply cross functional team with updated cost and sampling details
needed within needed time frame.
Create revised spec sheets as needed based on customer requests
- - - - - - -Re-source existing items either for better first
cost/quality or due to customer specifications.
Work proactively to address any problems regarding design, existing
samples, cost etc prior to posting order to vendors
Check all items ordered to ensure vendors have samples need to
Post Program Setup sheets to vendors
Review approval board for all product details, accuracy
Monitor and follow photo imaging of production samples with foreign
Skills and Abilities Required:
Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management or related and/or
combination of education and 5+ years experience in Import,
purchasing and/or sourcing
Excellent organizational, oral and written communication skills
Proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel
Knowledge of Jewelry Manufacturing processes, -materials, and
Understanding of overseas product development processes and
Ability to multitask, and perform variety of duties, often changing
from one task to another of a different nature
Ability to work autonomously and follow through on assignments with
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative inter-department
Ability to occasionally work extra to meet presentation
Keywords: FAF Inc., Providence , Import Specialist, Other , Smithfield, Rhode Island
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