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Director, Overseas Sourcing & Manufacturing

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Minted

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San Francisco, CA, US

Description

Minted is a design marketplace, sourcing creative content from independent artists around the globe and selling the best designs to the world in the form of art, home decor, and stationary. Founded in 2007 by Mariam Naficy on the principles of transparency and putting design first, we are early pioneers of crowdsourcing having launched our first design challenge in April 2008 and have held monthly art and design challenges ever since. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to learn more. Our corporate headquarters is located near the waterfront in downtown San Francisco, with additional offices in Oakland and Kansas City and we're backed by Benchmark Capital, IDG Ventures SF, Menlo Ventures, Primera (angel investors include Marissa Mayer of Yahoo and Jeremy Stoppelman of Yelp). We're a team of smart, ambitious, creative, and passionate people who come from all walks of life. Might you be one of us?
 
The Director, Overseas Sourcing and Manufacturing is a newly created role at Minted reporting to the VP of Supply Chain. In this role, you will be a leader in the supply chain team and responsible for creating world-class products that bring continuously fresh, unique design from Minted’s community of independent artists to life in the form of stationery, art, gifts, and home decor products.  Partnering with our product design group, you will create an overseas supply network that elevates the Minted brand. You will establish and manage all overseas sourcing, manufacturing, logistics and suppliers. You will be responsible for expanding Minted’s overseas vendor relationships and managing day to day partnerships to deliver high quality raw materials and finished products, while minimizing cost and time to market. You will have knowledge about and passion for sourcing best in class materials and finished products to grow our business. The ideal candidate is a results driven leader that thrives in a fast paced entrepreneurial environment and has a track record of delivering results.

You will:

    • Build and manage effective strategic relationships with overseas suppliers to support the company’s new product development, quality and cost goals
    • Partner closely with our CEO and new product design and development team to develop, source and manufacture products to drive sales growth
    • Manage production and sourcing, including materials knowledge, trade regulations, testing protocol, product integrity, production cycle timeline, fabric and garment construction, costing, SOT
    • Negotiate with offshore partners to obtain competitive pricing and improve margin structures, while also ensuring quality standards remain aligned to the Minted brand
    • Regularly visit overseas supplier sites to audit quality, verify capabilities, build expertise and relationships

You are:

    • Excellent at interpersonal and communication skills which enable you to work as a team with other Minted functions and partners. You are transparent and openly share information. You have experience working with employees at all levels of a company. You have the ability to influence key stakeholders and teams without direct authority
    • Articulate and persuasive while able to listen and incorporate the perspectives of others
    • Caring about bench succession and developing career paths for your direct reports. You have experience managing individual contributors and possibly entire teams, having formally evaluated team members for performance reviews
    • Passionate and care deeply about delighting the Minted customer

You have:

    • 8-10 years of experience in sourcing  and product development of consumer goods for retail, with particular experience required in home decor, gifts, party goods and fabric goods
    • Outstanding project management skills, ability to work cross-functionally and outside the organization, and have a track record of achieving the results expected. You are extremely detailed and process oriented, balancing short-term and long-term needs
    • An immediate network of trusted overseas manufacturers to Minted and have a long track record of working in-region with overseas partners and delivering results
    • A passion for design and the categories that Minted participates in and can source the highest quality products to meet customer expectations of Minted’s brand
    • The ability to make decisions quickly with imperfect data. You know how to measure and monitor results to move key metrics in the right direction. You are adept at Excel
    • What it takes to ensure every customer has a great experience with Minted, which involves working with cross-functional teams and sometimes making fast decisions and executing tasks quickly
Minted is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusion and diversity. We welcome people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and perspectives and will consider all qualified applicants for employment in accordance with all state, local, and federal laws. Minted participates in the E-verify program.

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