Materials Manager, Global Material Supply Footwear

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Company: VF Corporation
Location: Stabio (TI), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

VF International is looking for an exceptional Manager, Global Material Supply Footwear to join our team in Stabio, Switzerland. 

VF is one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic brands such as Vans®, The North Face® and Timberland®. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by our global associates across all brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling. 

Let’s Talk about the Role

As part of the Global Materials Supply (GMS) Team, The Materials Manager will lead the GMS team that services all Footwear Brands sourced through the European Sourcing Office. The role is responsible for creating the ESO materials strategy and managing an efficient material supply model that ensures quality, cost and timely delivery of all raw material. The leader is responsible for building and developing a cohesive materials team that maximizes “One VF” scale in leverage through analytics and brings a procurement mindset to the organization. The role has extensive focus to operationally connect with Brands, Sourcing, Suppliers, Finance, and Responsible Sourcing & Sustainability organizations.  Frequent influential communication to VP and Director level is also required.  The Materials Leader is viewed as a key thought partner to bring an innovative and creative solutions culture to the region to solve complex material supply issues.  

How You Will Make a Difference

You will achieve this by:

  • Developing regional European material supply chain for all Footwear brands considering lead times, profitability, sustainable materials, brand and sourcing needs

  • Scouting and qualifying new sources of material supply within Europe

  • Ensuring reliable delivery of material on time for production by working closely with material suppliers and finished goods vendors

  • Partnering cross-functionally with VF Materials Labs, Sourcing and Quality Leaders in managing all aspects of material quality from establishing guidelines to delivering product to factories

  • Supporting Material Team by leading resolution of quality issues at factories and with vendors in collaboration with Sourcing and Quality teams.

  • Acting as the key liaison for Product Development leadership in all the brands and Sourcing leadership for all material supply related topics

  • Supporting material innovation and capabilities through supplier research and partnership in collaboration with Brand Development and Innovation Teams

  • Increasing leverage of the “One VF” model through decisions supported by facts and data that will in turn support the material supply strategy

  • Leading material cost negotiation tactics by establishing cost targets, utilizing fact-based methodology, and driving for positive outcomes in supplier facing discussions

  • Establishing annual material cost savings targets, drive initiatives, track progress, and report savings with close collaboration with Finance Teams

  • Reporting and monitoring supplier performance using set scorecards for active performance management

  • Managing and owning European sourcing region supplier relationship and building supplier partnerships in the brands

  • Building innovative solutions that improve manufacturing efficiency, agility, lead-time, etc.

  • Partnering with functional leaders on Compliance and Social Responsibility, to ensure VF standards and requirements are met within the group’s material supply

  • Actively supporting sustainable material roadmaps through identification of supplier capabilities, capacities and innovative sustainable alternatives

  • Working cross-functionally in selection of regional and local suppliers and materials that support material and manufacturing strategies and Product Development objectives.

  • Being accountable for all people related activities such as hire, train, manage and develop the talent in the team

Skills for success..

  • Ability to work cross functionally

  • Management experience in global, multi-national environment

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)

  • A leader as well as a pleasant team player

  • Entrepreneurial & result-driven

  • Optimistic and dare to take calculated risks

  • Team player and the ability to work independently 

  • Communication and influence globally and regionally 

  • Bold and creative thinking

  • Able to work under pressure with multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines

  • Strong negotiation skills with the ability to influence

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 

  • High understanding of footwear related components (Outsoles, Leather, Hardware/Trims, etc.)

  • Experience in Footwear, Apparel, Equipment and/or Sourcing and Supply Chain organizations

  • Proven record of leading teams

A formal education and subsequent University Bachelor or Master’s degree are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.

What’s in it For You

We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package.

  • A supportive feedback-based culture where respect and integrity guide us in what we do

  • An inclusive international environment where people of diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and nationalities love working together

  • Be part of an iconic lifestyle brand in a multi brand, multi countries organization

  • On site gym offering health and well-being initiatives

  • A discount card with 50% on all VF brands

  • Break out areas offering complimentary hot drinks

Free to Be, Inclusion & Diversity  

As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day. 

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, VF is committed to support disadvantaged groups whilst providing equal opportunities for both VF associates and applicants alike.

If you like what you have read and want to join our team then we would like to hear from you!