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Senior Sourcing Manager

Product & Operations | Mountain View, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

Kiwi Crate is an innovative eCommerce company that sparks kids’ creativity and curiosity through offline and online materials and inspiration. We offer kids a delightful, engaging way to explore, create, and learn. We offer a subscription service that delivers curated hands-on projects to kids. Our office is located in Mountain View, within walking distance from Caltrain.

Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with Product Design, Editorial, Graphic Design, and Operations teams to ensure on time, on budget delivery of our products to end customers.

  • Manage or mentor members on the sourcing team to consistently solve issues and present creative solutions to problems.  Directs a project forward through balancing team skills with tasks and responsibilities.  

  • Develop new strategies or processes around supply chain / sourcing that will achieve the business objectives.  

  • Establish strong relationships with vendor partners, understand their strengths and weaknesses, demonstrate experienced negotiating skills, and manage our business with them effectively.

  • Evaluate and source new vendor options as the company continues to expand into new product categories.  

  • Demonstrates thought-leadership in sourcing & supply chain management.  Communicates effectively to senior management and the broader team.  Presents and articulates new ideas with solid context and considered trade-offs

Skills:

As a start-up celebrating creativity and development, we believe and encourage the same in our team. We seek team players with an infectious positive energy, great initiative, and a get-it-done attitude. Candidates must thrive in ambiguity and love a rapid pace. You must have a strong desire to learn and improve.

The ideal candidate has great initiative and operating range.  Required skills and responsibilities:

  • Experience.  Bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of sourcing or supply chain management experience with demonstrated successes.  Experience with consumer and toy products preferred.  

  • Hands-on, “get things done” mentality.  Self-starter with the ability to prioritize in a fast-paced environment and meet changing deadlines and priorities on multiple simultaneous projects.  Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while still paying attention to details and executing flawlessly.  Strong project management skills.

  • Resourceful.  You see a project from idea stage through successful completion - and do whatever it takes to make it a success.  You are an innovative thinker and can solve problems creatively.  

  • Detail-oriented.  We move quickly, but we bring care and thoughtfulness to everything we do. We care deeply about the details.

  • Collaborative.  Ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams in a matrixed organization, as well as confidently make presentations to senior management.  Positive management and encouragement of the team, yet able to give insightful, straight feedback and brings our sourcing team to the next level.

  • Broad operating range.  Have great business intuition. Have the ability to think strategically and create processes and organizational efficiencies, while also having a love of detail and design finesse.  Thrives in a fast-paced, small company environment.

Desired Experience:

  • BA/BS required

  • Experience with toys preferred, but open to apparel, office products, electronics, or similar consumer products.

  • Experience with managing a team

To Apply:

  • Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Please include a cover letter telling us why you'd make a good addition to our team and what interests you about this opportunity!

Location:

  • Located in Mountain View, CA, no relocation offered at this time