Life is Good Director of Sourcing in Boston, Massachusetts
Hello, we are glad you're here!
We've got an inspiring story to tell and a growing brand focused on improving the lives of millions. You have the apparel sourcing experience we need to fuel the continued growth of our business, brand, and culture. The products created by our Product Team are blank canvasses for our positive art and messages. When people wear our t-shirts or use our beach chairs, they are choosing optimism. You and your team will help our customers find new ways to wear and share their beliefs that Life is Good and that optimism is a choice.
Does this sound like you?
You have deep experience in the apparel industry. You have personally delivered strategies, plans, and results as the top sourcing leader in a team that includes designers, tech designers, product managers, sourcing, and quality.
You do your best work with your sleeves rolled up, leading people and driving innovation while managing workload and process. Your experience includes global sourcing and deep knowledge of quality and costing. Most importantly, you understand people and the importance of culture wherever in the world you may be.
You understand that this is not a fashion-oriented business. Our products, while improving in fit, quality, and durability each year, are classics.
You may wonder why this role is open. Our beloved sourcing leader is leaving us to pursue his dream and sail around the world.
This role is based in Boston and you will be working on-site on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week
We chose the questions on this application with great care. If you don't answer them, we’ll assume you're not serious about joining the team
Our compensation strategy combines robust market data for companies our size and an innovative bonus program
You direct and execute the global sourcing strategy for all Life is Good product categories to ensure our continued growth, stability, and profitability.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
You develop and maintain effective strategic relationships with Life is Good’s supply chain partners (agents, factories) while driving value, effectively managing risk, enhancing product improvements, meeting current and future business objectives
You develop and maintain a Sourcing base that is aligned with a consumer-centric business model
You ensure vendors are able to execute our premium arthouse-driven products in compatible minimum order quantities
You effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams to refine and expand a successful product manufacturing strategy that facilitates quick-turn consumer testing
You identify new suppliers by preparing a detailed product brief and request for quotations; Identify supplier capabilities and core competencies to support the needs of the brand
You research and negotiate agency and manufacturing agreements with representatives best able to produce high-quality Life is Good products and operate within the confines of our Code of Conduct and unique company mission throughout the world
You achieve margin requirements while maintaining desired delivery, quality, and brand aesthetic
You facilitate quick resolution of product-related issues with appropriate teams (inventory, sales, finance, operations, customer service, vendors/agents)
You analyze detailed costing breakdowns by product category to give clear direction on how to achieve and maintain margin goals by category. Collaborate regularly with finance, operations, and inventory to ensure margin goals and strategies are consistently executed.
You decrease blind buys by closely managing timing challenges associated with the seasonal Early Order Programs (EOP)
You ensure projections and capacity reservations are communicated timely and adjusted monthly •Analyze capacity utilization based on plan and actual. Assure capacity reservations are updated with current business needs via monthly S&OP meetings
You conduct continuous analysis and present to Leadership Team, including Key Performance Metrics: IMU improvement, On-Time delivery, Lead-time reduction, TCM improvement.
You lead all documentation for the lead time chart and capacity plan
You maintain positive vendor partnerships and ensure they are educated in and supportive of our social mission
You travel internationally several times a year
Your Experience and Qualifications:
You prioritize exceptionally well
You are known for flexibility and working autonomously
You bring hands-on business and cultural expertise in Central and South American countries
You have 7-10 years of experience delivering results in global sourcing for apparel and accessories
You understand the global textiles and apparel landscape and related sourcing processes
You demonstrate extensive knowledge of raw material development and costs, including construction, performance and finishing details
You have expertise with raw material manufacturing, garment manufacturing, and costing
You understand how fit and design modifications affect garment prices
You are an expert in MS Office: Excel
You've had experience with Centric (or related PLM) and SAP
Your experience includes international business experience
You have a strong understanding of logistics to lead sourcing conversations and negotiations
Your Personal Attributes
You believe passionately in our mission and the Life is Good Superpowers
You are skilled and comfortable working independently and as part of a team of dynamic creative professionals
You are known for your ability to give and receive feedback thoughtfully and constructively
Be an enthusiastic brand ambassador and a cultural leader
Speak and write clearly, simply, and succinctly
You have a keen sense of urgency and are very detail-oriented and organized
You are exceedingly proactive
YOU'LL KNOW YOU'RE SUCCESSFUL WHEN
You meet your annual goals
You are known as a cultural leader at Life is Good
You have developed long-term, profitable vendor partnerships
You have delivered better, more consistent product quality and margin through an improved sourcing base
You have led the team to achieve financial results through cost negotiation, a reduction in quality defects, and on-time delivery
We are located in the innovative and thriving Fort Point neighborhood. Our community is full of green space, outstanding food, and entertainment options. We offer top quality Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Accounts, Transit or Parking Reimbursement Accounts, Life, AD&D, Short and Long-Term Disability, 401(k) with a match, Paid Time off, 10 paid holidays, Good Vibes Time (we pay you to volunteer for the non-profit cause of your choice) and Family Time. And we have dogs. You’ll be involved in growing our social mission through the Playmaker Project.
Life is Good is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender orientation or expression, marital status or veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic under applicable federal or state law.