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Sourcing Specialist, Accessories and Footwear

Ralph Lauren
Bengaluru, India
Closing date
6 Jan 2023

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Company Description
Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) is a global leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium lifestyle products in five categories: apparel, accessories, home, fragrances, and hospitality. For more than 50 years, Ralph Lauren's reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands and international markets. The Company's brand names, which include Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Collection, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Polo Ralph Lauren, Double RL, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Polo Ralph Lauren Children, Chaps, among others, constitute one of the world's most widely recognized families of consumer brands. At Ralph Lauren, we unite and inspire the communities within our company as well as those in which we serve by amplifying voices and perspectives to create a culture of belonging, ensuring inclusion, and fairness for all. We foster a culture of inclusion through: Talent, Education & Communication, Employee Groups and Celebration.

Position Overview

* To work on sample development process in order to ensure that samples are developed accurately to secure orders | To secure costing , negotiations, time action plan | Work closely with factory to ensure all production production/ops related activities are secured well on time to secure 100% Ontime.
* Should have good knowledge and understanding of Footwear as a product - both men's and women's category.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
* Responsible for sample develop and secure sample proto to SRS for accessories and ftw category
* Ensure base testing is carried out for fabrics and raw materials and work closely with Raw Material team for approval
* Carryout/ revise costing and negotiate prices with suppliers - Understand product costing and suggest alternative constructions, fabrications, and/ or vendors to meet Product Manager's aesthetic and margin targets
* Vendor allocation for product and work closely with identified vendors
* Work closely with capacity team on capacity management
* Ensure sample Leadtime is as per RL standard or keep minimum
* Work to secure all approvals prior to order confirmation.
* Secure all pre-production activities timely .
* Work with factory to ensure production TNA is followed and secured to ship on time.

Experience, Skills & Knowledge

* Merchandising/ sourcing experience preferred with US buying office or large trading business.
* At least 10 years of footwear manufacturing experience and footwear and accessories merchandising with main focus in product development and production.
* Diploma of Footwear Technical/Production industry desirable.
* Profound product and material knowledge in high end brands products with good fashion sense - Knowledge of footwear construction: basic knowledge of footwear design, color ways, sewing techniques, fabrication and trim, print design and manufacturing.
* Good working knowledge in in leather, synthetic and other footwear materials
* Knowledgeable in production processes and best practices
* High adaptability and flexibility to changing business environments, able to work independently.
* Detail-oriented and able to handle very structured process.
* familiar with multiple systems, charts and reports.
* Strong interpersonal skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills.
* Fluency in both spoken and written English.
* Candidates to have /with multiple brands, calendars & product categories exposure.


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